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UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'

UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'

Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. Sir John Sawers, who recently retired after five years as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Russia poses a...

German MPs back Greek loan extension

German MPs back Greek loan extension

The German parliament has voted to extend financial aid to Greece by another four months. The extension - approved by creditors last week in exchange for a series of Greek government reforms - needs to be ratified by eurozone members. Some MPs had expressed doubts about the deal and there is substantial public scepticism but...

UK Visa system allows ‘slavery’

UK Visa system allows ‘slavery’

The UK visa system is enabling unscrupulous employers to treat foreign workers as modern-day slaves, a BBC investigation has found. BBC Radio 4's Face the Facts spoke to dozens of workers who were paid little or nothing, were not allowed out and were sometimes abused or beaten. The situations come from "tied" visas - meaning...

Driverless car review launched by UK

Driverless car review launched by UK

Changes to road regulations and car maintenance checks will be necessary to accommodate driverless cars on the roads of the UK, a Department of Transport report has confirmed. The government wants the UK to become a world leader in driverless technology. It will publish a code of practice in the spring which will allow the...

Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Secretary of State John Kerry denied on Sunday that a split has emerged between Washington and Europe over how to handle Russia, after leading US senators sharply criticized Germany and other countries who oppose sending arms to the Ukraine military. "Let me assure everybody there is no division, there is no split – I...

Ancient forest found under sea

Ancient forest found under sea

A shocked diver has found an incredible 10,000-year-old pre-historic forest under the North Sea and experts believe it could have once stretched as far as Europe. Diver Dawn Watson, 45, discovered the remarkable 'lost forest' when she was diving just 300 metres off the coast of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk. She found complete oak...

Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine of a "blatant land grab". He was speaking after reports that the rebels had extended the area they control, violating a ceasefire plan. Ukraine says Russia has more than 9,000 soldiers fighting alongside the rebels, a claim it denies. Meanwhile, foreign ministers from...

Amazon creates 6,000 new permanent jobs in Europe

Amazon creates 6,000 new permanent jobs in Europe

Amazon.com Inc created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in 2014 to respond to booming demand, the US online retailer said on Tuesday. Amazon said in a statement it now employed 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union, with the new jobs created in logistics centres, customer service, software development, supply chain management and...

Rival German rallies over Islam

Rival German rallies over Islam

Supporters and opponents of a group campaigning against what it sees as the "Islamisation" of Europe have held rival rallies across Germany. There have been weekly protests by the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) since October. A record 18,000 people turned out on Monday at one rally in Dresden. But counter demonstrations...

Global celebrations bring in 2015

Global celebrations bring in 2015

Celebrations for the start of 2015 have taken place across Asia and Europe, with firework displays in a host of major cities. New Zealand led the way, with Sydney Harbour providing a spectacular backdrop to Australia's display. There was shock in Asia as a crush in Shanghai, China saw 35 people die marking the start...

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