Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tag Archives: UK

Pisa tests: UK lags behind in global school rankings

LONDON: The UK is still lagging behind leading countries at education and has made little progress in international rankings since results three years ago. The influential Pisa rankings, run by the OECD, are based on tests taken by 15-year-olds in over 70 countries. The UK is behind top performers such ...

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UK homes lose internet access after cyber-attack

LONDON: More than 100,000 people in the UK have had their internet access cut after a string of service providers were hit by what is believed to be a coordinated cyber-attack, taking the number affected in Europe up to about a million. TalkTalk, one of Britain’s biggest service providers, the ...

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MP asks spending watchdog to investigate Nissan Brexit deal

Whitehall’s spending watchdog could investigate the deal to keep Nissan making cars in north-east England, following a demand from the chair of an influential parliamentary committee. Andrew Tyrie, chair of the Treasury select committee, has written to the National Audit Office (NAO) asking for an inquiry into any assurances offered ...

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Zac Goldsmith beaten by Lib Dem in Richmond Park by-election shock

Zac Goldsmith has been unseated in a “shockwave” by-election upset by the Liberal Democrats. Lib Dem challenger Sarah Olney bulldozed Mr Goldsmith out of the Commons, sweeping away his 23,015 majority to finish 1,872 votes ahead of him. The Lib Dems poured resources into the contest as they successfully switched ...

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‘People asked to keep their eyes open for suspicious behaviour’

Anti-terrorism police patrol units are to be introduced across London, Scotland Yard has announced. Uniformed and undercover officers will be on the streets together in an attempt to spot people carrying out “hostile reconnaissance” and other criminal activity on the capital’s streets. Operation Servator, as it is known, is a ...

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Tata to sell Yorkshire steel plants in £100m deal safeguarding 1,700 jobs

YORKSHIRE: Tata has signed a letter of intent to start exclusive talks to sell its Yorkshire-based speciality steel business to Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty group for £100m. The agreement will give certainty to workers at the plants in Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Brinsworth who produce steels used in the automotive, aerospace and oil and gas sectors. ...

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Pornography sites face UK block under enhanced age controls

LONDON: Pornography websites that fail to implement stringent age verification controls could be blocked from British users after MPs forced the government to strengthen planned measures to prevent children accessing such content. The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, said the move would protect children from “harmful pornographic content” and fulfil a ...

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Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

LONDON: The teenage girl’s instructions were direct: She didn’t want to be buried, but to be frozen – with the hope she can continue her life in the future when cancer is cured. “I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they may find ...

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