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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Trojan Horse schools: 'British values' must be promoted

Trojan Horse schools: 'British values' must be promoted in the classroom, says ...

The Independent - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Schools will be told they must promote “British values” in the classroom in the wake of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation into allegations of a takeover of the city's schools by hard-line Islamists.

Rik Mayall dead: Funniest moments from Blackadder and Bottom to The Young ...

The Independent
17 minutes ago

Written by
Jess Denham

English comedian and actor Rik Mayall died this morning aged 56, sparking an outpouring of tributes from fans of his classic scenes.

Magistrate court fines 'may rise 300%' under new plans

BBC News - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Maximum fines imposed by magistrates are set to rise dramatically under new proposals for England and Wales. The top offence level, which includes motorway speeding, could increase from £2,500 to £10,000.

Pakistan pounds 'terrorist hideouts' after Karachi attack

The Times (subscription) - ‎17 minutes ago‎
TOPSHOTS-Smoke rises after militants launched an early morning assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014.

One in three adults have borderline diabetes, study finds

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎54 minutes ago‎
More than one in three adults is now on the verge of developing diabetes amid soaring levels of obesity and couch potato lifestyles, a study has found.

South Korean ferry crew on trial

The Guardian - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Sewol ferry captain Lee Joon-seok arrives by bus at the court in Gwangju for his trial. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images. Fifteen crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April with the death of more than 300 people, mostly children, have gone on trial on ...

Academy chiefs have 'benefited personally' from schools

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎1 hour ago‎
Key figures behind the Government's flagship academies programme have “benefited personally” from their position by winning lucrative contracts from schools worth tens of thousands of pounds, according to MPs.

Britain to host UK-China summit after human rights tensions

Reuters UK - ‎7 hours ago‎
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will host Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in London next week for an annual summit, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Tuesday, two months after a human rights row between the two nations derailed talks.

Madeleine McCann: New Search 'Will Be Useful'

Sky News - ‎3 hours ago‎
Police are edging closer to understanding what happened to the youngster, a top Portuguese lawyer tells Sky News. 3:24am UK, Tuesday 10 June 2014.

Ministers hail thrift drive after saving £14.3bn

BBC News - ‎4 hours ago‎
Ministers have said there will be "no let-up" in the drive to reduce waste in Whitehall after £14.3bn in efficiency savings were found last year.

Duke of Edinburgh 'indefatigable' as he puts duty first on 93rd birthday

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎1 hour ago‎
He turns 93 today, but the “indefatigable” Duke of Edinburgh will be putting duty first, as always, by attending a Buckingham Palace garden party in his usual role supporting the Queen.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Simon Cowell to quit as judge on 'Britain's Got Talent'?

Karachi airport attack: Pakistan Taliban claim responsibility for airport terror attack

The Independent
21 minutes ago

Written by
Andrew Buncombe

The Pakistan Taliban have claimed responsibility for a jolting, deadly attack on Karachi's airport that led at least 26 people dead.

Trojan Horse: plan for 'no-notice' school inspections

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎1 hour ago‎
Schhols are to face no-notice inspections after it emerged that those at the centre of the alleged Trojan Horse plot put on "hastily arranged shows of cultural inclusivity" to fool regulators.

Scottish vote puts focus on future of monarchy

Financial Times - ‎10 minutes ago‎
The way Greg Cross sees it, a vote for independence in Scotland's referendum could be a killer blow for the British monarchy north of the English border.

Report: Swastikas found in apartment of Las Vegas cop killers

Washington Post - ‎13 minutes ago‎
Walmart employees hug outside their store after shootings left five people dead - including two Las Vegas police officers - at the store and a nearby CiCi's Pizza in Las Vegas, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Coalition child poverty plan not 'remotely realistic' – Alan Milburn

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎9 minutes ago‎
The Coalition's anti-poverty tsar has accused ministers of condemning large swathes of the current generation of children to be left behind in life by failing to come up with a more effective plan to get to grips with poverty.

Lloyds values TSB as little at £1.1bn as float is 'priced to go'

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎5 minutes ago‎
Lloyds Banking Group is selling a stake in TSB for as little as £1.1bn as it prices the flotation of the challenger bank well below book value to attract investors in a market where the appetite for IPOs is waning.

Row over president tops EU agenda

RTE.ie - ‎1 hour ago‎
A significant row over who will become the next President of the European Commission is expected to top the agenda of a high-level meeting later today involving the leaders of Sweden, Britain, the Netherlands and Germany.

Madeleine McCann: Police conclude scrubland search

BBC News - ‎47 minutes ago‎
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have concluded their search of an area of scrubland in Praia da Luz. Forensic teams are expected to move on to two other sites from Wednesday after a two-day pause in the search due to a ...

Nick Clegg is 'dead in the water' and should be sacked, says senior Lib Dem ...

The Independent - ‎17 minutes ago‎
Nick Clegg's attempt to reassert his position with a major speech on Monday threatens to be undermined by a call from a senior Liberal Democrat for him to be sacked.

A new search for Moors victim Keith Bennett is to take place

Belfast Telegraph - ‎1 hour ago‎
A new search for the body of missing Moors murder victim Keith Bennett will start next week. Also in this Section. Patients 'hit by surgery shutdowns' · No more cuts, warns Army's supremo · Cameron to open business festival · PM and Merkel to hold EU talks.

RPT-The poor long for help as Egypt's new president is sworn in

Reuters - ‎51 minutes ago‎
(Repeats story first filed on Sunday). * Egypt's Sisi sworn in as President. * Unemployment fuelled revolution, calls for change.

Iraqi officials: Double bombing at Kurdish party office kills 13 northeast of Baghdad

Fox News - ‎22 hours ago‎
BAGHDAD - Authorities in Iraq say a double bombing at a Kurdish party office has killed 13 people in a town northeast of Baghdad. Police officials say the attack took place Sunday morning when a suicide bomber set off his explosive vest at the gate of the ...

Malaysia Airlines widow 'disgusted' by novel about plane mystery

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎3 hours ago‎
Oil rig worker loses job after plane 'sighting' · The search for MH370. The wife of a New Zealander who was aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is "disgusted" at the release of a fictional account of the mystery.

India, China fix several meets in coming months

Economic Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW DELHI: Notwithstanding the major irritants in bilateral ties, Asia's two biggest countries India and China on Sunday sought to build a partnership as they decided on a series of high-level contacts in the coming months including Vice President Hamid ...

Quebec prison break: 'Massive' manhunt underway for 3 inmates who fled in ...

CTV News - ‎6 hours ago‎
Police in Quebec are working with airports and other law enforcement agencies across Canada and the United States to track down three inmates who made a daring escape from a prison using a helicopter.

'Super computer' first to pass Turing Test, convince judges it's alive

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎2 hours ago‎
Google algorithm passes 'human' test. A "super computer" has duped humans into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the "iconic" Turing Test, experts say.

Manufacturing confidence mounting

Insider Media - ‎8 minutes ago‎
Manufacturers across the region have sustained the strong start made in 2014, reporting positives in outputs and orders, according to the latest quarterly figures from the EEF and BDO.

'Do I have to go on my knees?': grovelling apology from IMF head for incorrect ...

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎5 minutes ago‎
Christine Lagarde has asked whether she needs to grovel on her knees before George Osborne over the IMF's incorrect warnings on the UK economy, as she warned against raising taxes.

REFILE-UPDATE 1 -Japan's economy picks up speed on unexpected surge in ...

Reuters - ‎18 minutes ago‎
(Corrects typographical errors in paragraphs one and seven). * Q1 GDP revised annualised +6.7 pct vs initial +5.9 pct. * Capex revised up to +7.6 pct vs preliminary +4.9 pct.

Overseas tourists offer fresh boost to Japan's economy

Financial Times - ‎13 minutes ago‎
The last time foreign tourists spent more money in Japan than their Japanese equivalents spent overseas, the Apollo moon landing was still fresh in the memory, Osaka was hosting Asia's first World's Fair and a dollar bought three and a half times more yen ...

England 0 Honduras 0: match report

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎17 minutes ago‎
England made heavy weather of this. Facing Honduras proved a far more dangerous encounter than they anticipated with lightning, a storm, a 43-minute delay for safety reasons and then some inexplicable roughhouse tactics from their fellow World Cup ...

Pietersen 'relieved' to be out

Sportinglife.com - ‎23 minutes ago‎
Kevin Pietersen claims it was "a relief" to escape the England dressing room when he was ditched from the team. Sky Bet.

Amelie Mauresmo is the latest strong female in Andy Murray's life

BBC Sport - ‎19 minutes ago‎
Ever since Judy Murray started to organise indoor games of tennis for a very young Andy and Jamie, the Wimbledon champion has had a strong female influence on his career.

UPDATE 6-Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar claims

Reuters UK - ‎16 minutes ago‎
... * Sponsors signal unease on Qatar 2022 bribe allegations. * Allegations cloud build-up to Brazil tournament this week. * Sponsors, broadcasters would benefit from move to another venue (Adds Kia comment).

World Cup 2014: BBC pundits predict what will happen in Brazil

BBC Sport - ‎1 hour ago‎
The World Cup starts in Sao Paulo on Thursday and finishes in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July. Thirty-two teams will contest the tournament, including hosts Brazil, holders Spain and perennial hopefuls England.

Simon Cowell to quit as judge on 'Britain's Got Talent'?

IBNLive - ‎1 hour ago‎
Los Angeles: TV mogul Simon Cowell may quit as a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent', fears fellow judge and singer Alesha Dixon.

Monty Python Release Own Version Of England Football Anthem For 2014 ...

Contactmusic.com
2 hours ago

Written by
Nick Hill

The legendary comedy troupe don't seem to have much faith in England's chances at this year's World Cup. The recently united comedy group Monty Python are getting into the spirit of the World Cup, which kicks-off next week.