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Name: Duncan White
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Writer of two novels, one published. Socialist.

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EU referendum: MP Sarah Wollaston swaps sides over 'untrue' Leave claims

From the BBC.

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston has quit the campaign to leave the EU and will vote for Remain instead, she told the BBC.

Dr Wollaston, chairman of the health select committee, said Vote Leave's claim that Brexit would free up 350m a week for the NHS "simply isn't true".

She told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg she did not feel "comfortable" being part of the campaign.

Vote Leave has stood by its much-criticised 350m claim, which is on the side of its battle bus.


I guess some Tories do have principles after all.

People-smuggling 'kingpin' Mered Medhanie extradited to Italy

Source: BBC

An Eritrean man believed to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa to Europe has been extradited to Italy, prosecutors say.

Mered Medhanie, known as The General, was held in Sudan in May and was flown to Rome on Tuesday.

Britain's National Crime Agency said he is thought to have arranged the transit of a boat that sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013.

At least 359 migrants died when the boat, travelling from Libya, capsized.

Most were from Eritrea and Somalia.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36476147

It's about time some of those grown fat on human misery see justice.

Game Of Thrones' Mountain has a message for Cristiano Ronaldo.


Drunken priest suspended after kicking PC and trying to bite paramedic

A priest has been suspended after he admitted assaulting a police officer and a paramedic on a drunken night out.

The Reverend Gareth Jones swore at officers and claimed he had diplomatic immunity from the Vatican when he was arrested two weeks ago.

A paramedic found him passed out in his clerical clothes, in central London.

Jones, who later said he was "deeply ashamed" about what happened, had drunk three bottles of wine, several pints of beer, gin and tonics and vodka.

Highbury Corner magistrates heard he kicked a paramedic twice in the leg before punching him and trying to bite him, on Charing Cross Road, in Covent Garden.


Father Jack is alive and well.

Harry Shilling: UK gun smuggler jailed for 30 years

Source: BBC

The man behind Britain's most notorious gun-smuggling operation, involving 100,000-worth of weapons, has been jailed for 30 years.

Harry Shilling, 26, from Swanley in Kent, will serve a minimum of 20 years. He has also been put on licence for a further five years.

He and his gang smuggled 31 machine guns and more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition into the UK by boat.

The guns came from the same source as those used in the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36446462

Tiger Temple: Forty dead tiger cubs found at Thai temple

Source: BBC

Forty tiger cub bodies have been found in a freezer at a Thai Buddhist temple accused of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

Police and wildlife officials started an operation on Monday to remove all the living tigers at the Tiger Temple.

Pictures from journalists at the scene posted to social media showed the 40 cubs lined up on the floor.

The site in Kanchanaburi is a popular tourist attraction but has been closed to the public since the raid.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36424091

US nuclear force 'still uses floppy disks'

From the BBC.

The US nuclear weapons force still uses a 1970s-era computer system and floppy disks, a government report has revealed.

The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon was one of several departments where "legacy systems" urgently needed to be replaced.

The report said taxpayers spent $61bn (41bn) a year on maintaining ageing technologies.

It said that was three times more than the investment on modern IT systems.

The report said that the Department of Defence systems that co-ordinated intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft "runs on an IBM Series-1 Computer - a 1970s computing system - and uses eight-inch floppy disks".


Savchenko 'freed in prisoner swap'

Source: BBC

Ukraine's Nadiya Savchenko, hailed as hero at home and jailed for murder in Russia, freed in prisoner swap - reports

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36378173

Austria far-right 'narrowly loses poll, electing Van der Bellen president'

Source: BBC

Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU's first far-right head of state, the BBC has been told.

Mr Hofer led narrowly after Sunday's election but postal votes counted on Monday gave Mr Van der Bellen victory.

Mr Van der Bellen campaigned on a pro-EU platform, backed by the Green Party.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36362505

IS fanboys tweet support and give away their location.

From Buzzfeed. Terrorists aren't immune to stupidity.

As rumors spread that an ISIS-affiliated media group would be releasing a recording from the top leadership on Saturday, thousands of ISIS supporters, also known as fanboys, took to social media sites to try and create a buzz about the release.

Among the tweets and uploads to Telegram, a messaging app with many ISIS channels, were dozens of photographs showing the fanboys holding pieces of papers with messages scribbled on them in support of ISIS, from countries around the world, including Germany, France, and England.

Their photos were supposed to instill fear by showing that the group had supporters in major European cities. Instead, the photos were used to geolocate the fanboys, and give tips to local law enforcement officials on how to find them.


Four Lions remains the most accurate depiction of Islamist terrorists.

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