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Thousands rally for England’s health service

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Thousands of protesters marched in London on Saturday in support of England’s state-run National Health Service (NHS). The march called for “no cuts, no closures, no privatisation” in the NHS and demonstrated against pay restraint. The campaigners, who say the NHS is at breaking …

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UK cinema-goers asked to become real-life 007s

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British film icon James Bond has entertained audiences for over five decades, but now the country’s foreign intelligence agency is asking cinema-goers to become spies themselves. MI6 on Friday unveiled a 58-second advertisement — entitled “But She Can” — that will be shown in …

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Scottish leader presses case for independence vote

Edinburgh, United Kingdom | AFP |  Scotland’s nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday pressed on with calls for a new independence referendum, saying it might be the only way to protect the country’s interests as Brexit approaches. “Proposing a further decision on independence wouldn’t simply be legitimate, it would almost …

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Britain names first woman top police officer

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  A woman will become Britain’s most senior police officer for the first time, the government announced on Wednesday, a controversial move due to her involvement in a fatal London shooting. Cressida Dick, 56, will succeed Bernard Hogan-Howe as commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, returning …

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Nigeria’s Buhari to stay in London for ‘further rest’

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP |  Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari needs “further rest” so will extend his month-long medical stay in London, but there is “no cause” for worry over his health, his office said Tuesday. “During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating …

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Report indicates WhatsApp is vulnerable to snooping

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  The Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp is vulnerable to interception, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday, sparking concern over an app advertised as putting an emphasis on privacy. The report said that WhatsApp messages could be read without its billion-plus users knowing due to …

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WikiLeaks urges leaks of departing Obama White House docs

Washington, United States | AFP |  WikiLeaks appealed Tuesday for leaked White House documents before President Barack Obama leaves office, as its founder Julian Assange again denied Russia was the source of hacked Democratic party emails that hurt Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency. “System admins: Don’t let the …

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Queen Elizabeth misses second church service with heavy cold

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Queen Elizabeth II missed a New Year’s Day church service on Sunday because of a lingering “heavy cold” that also forced her to stay at home on Christmas Day, Buckingham Palace said. The 90-year-old, the world’s longest reigning monarch, is however continuing to receive …

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