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‘Extraordinary courage’ of soldier killed in Afghanistan earns Victoria Cross – The Guardian

A British soldier who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The medal recognises Lance Corporal James Ashworth’s “extraordinary courage” while serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand province last year. The Victoria Cross, the country’s highest award for gallantry, has […]

Tax loophole for UK businesses set to close – BBC News

Tax loophole for UK businesses set to close – BBC News

16 March 2013 Last updated at 06:49 ET Around 100,000 employees could be ineligible for statutory sick pay – and not be aware of it A tax loophole that allows firms to dodge £100m a year in National Insurance will be closed under […]

Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch hit by 600 fresh claims – The Guardian

Detectives are examining an estimated 600 fresh allegations of phone-hacking incidents at Rupert Murdoch’s now closed News of the World on the back of fresh evidence obtained by the Metropolitan police from a suspect turned supergrass. Further details are expected to emerge on Monday morning at the high court during a hearing relating to the […]

Canadian nuclear suppliers make sales pitches in UK – CBC.ca

Canadian nuclear suppliers are undertaking a trade mission to the United Kingdom next week. Ten companies that supply parts and services to CANDU reactors are hoping to pick up some of the work that’s being created as Britain expands its nuclear program. The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries represents almost 200 companies and about 30,000 […]

UK’s Cameron says he disagrees with Pope Francis on issue of disputed … – Fox News

LONDON –  The pope may be infallible to his followers, but not to British Prime Minister David Cameron. Pope Francis — the Argentine cardinal elected as the new pontiff earlier this week — has been quoted as describing the Falkland Islands as Argentine soil that was “usurped” by Britain. The islands in the South Atlantic […]

Bee-harming pesticides escape proposed European ban – The Guardian

A European attempt to ban the world’s most widely used insecticides that have been linked to serious harm in bees has failed. The European commission proposed a two-year suspension of neonicotinoids after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) deemed their use an unacceptable risk, but major nations including UK and Germany failed to back the […]

UK Homegrown Crowdfunding Platforms Band Together To Create Self … – TechCrunch

UK Homegrown Crowdfunding Platforms Band Together To Create Self … – TechCrunch

It’s not easy being a crowdfunding tiddler in a pond where sharks like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are known to swim. Which doubtless explains why a group of homegrown U.K. crowdfunding sites have banded together to launch a self-regulating trade body — called the UK Crowdfunding Association (UKCFA). The 12 founder members are all relatively small and […]

UK Government Backs Seabed Mining Industry – Report – Fox Business

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has voiced support for plans to mine the international seabed for valuable metals after a U.K. unit of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) won an exploration license, the Financial Times reported Friday. Speaking at the project’s launch on Thursday, Mr. Cameron said that the seabed mining industry had the potential to […]

Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets April 26th UK release date, preorders start March 28th – Engadget

Samsung Galaxy S 4 with superfast 4G – only on EE 15th March 2013. London. EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced it will be the only UK network to launch the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone with superfast 4G. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available for consumers and […]

Bee-harming pesticides escape European ban – The Guardian

The world’s most widely used insecticides, linked to serious harm in bees, will not be banned across Europe. The European commission proposed a two-year suspension after the European Food Safety Authority deemed the use of the neonicotinoids an unacceptable risk, but major nations – including UK and Germany – failed to back the plan in […]