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Aid trucks are currently stuck at the Syrian/Turkish border as it looks increasingly like the fragile Syrian truce negotiated by the US and Russia is unravelling prior to its official expiration of 4pm GMT. Conveys of forty trucks, headed toward the north Syrian city of Aleppo, containing enough food to feed 185,000 people for a...
US Sanctions target ‘Putin’s Bridge’ Companies Kettlemag Kirstie Keate Moscow Putin's Bridge
Companies involved in the construction of the multi-billion dollar bridge link between Russia and the annexed Crimea, were included on an updated blacklist of companies included in US sanctions on Thursday. The so-called ‘Putin’s Bridge’ is a project favoured by the Russian President as a way of integrating Crimea into Russia, providing a physical link...
First ICC prosecution for war crimes against world heritage site Kettlemag Kirstie Keate Timbuktu
Amass al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a Malian armed fighter, is to face the first ever court case for war crimes on a World Heritage site by an individual under the Rome Statute which came into effect in 2002. He will stand trial on Monday at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, and is charged with the...
Measles cases linked to festivals kettlemag kirstie keate measles
Public Health England has issued a statement reminding all teenagers to make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations after a significant number of new measles cases reported across England since June have been linked to music festivals. There have been 234 cases between January and June this year, compared to only 54...
Further detentions ordered in Turkey
Private Turkish broadcaster, NTV, has reported that arrest warrants were issued for 42 journalists on Monday, including one for Nazli Ilicak, a well known commentator and a former parliamentarian who was fired for criticising government ministers whilst working for the pro-government newspaper, Sabah Daily. Following the failed coup attempt between 15-16th July, Turkish authorities have...
Shoppers killed in Munich shooting
Europe has once again seen a mass killing on a Friday night, the third significant act of violence in eight days. After last week's Batille Day killing in Nice, Munich has now suffered a shooting at its Olympia shopping centre. A video of the shooter outside a McDonald's restaurant has been verified. This follows a suspected...
May to be next UK Prime Minister
Home Secretary, Theresa May, will become UK Prime Minister on Wednesday, current Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed, following Andrea Leadsom’s withdrawal from the Tory leadership race, leaving May as the only candidate. David Cameron announced he would step down after the UK voted to leave the European Union last month. He will now hand his resignation...
The Chilcot report: What is it?
Today the Chilcot Report is expected to be published. It’s the official report into the involvement of the UK in the eight year long Iraq War that started in 2003, with UK troops leaving in 2011. In total 178 British troops, one MOD civilian and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis were killed during the conflict, it’s believed the cost...
Markets react to Brexit
At the beginning of the first full trading week since the announcement of the UK voting to exit the EU, financial markets have reacted sharply. The FTSE 100, the index of the largest 100 companies on the London Stock Exchange, seen as an indicator of the performance and expected performance of those companies and the economy, was trading...
UK votes to leave the EU
The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the EU in yesterday’s referendum. Following the result, Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned for Remain, has announced his resignation and that he would leave office in October. He made the announcement in a televised statement this morning saying, “The British people have made...
EU Referendum Kettlemag Kirstie Keate EU referendum
Final vote for Brexit The UK has voted to leave the EU. The final result is looking as though it was a 52% win for Brexit, with 48% of people wanting to remain. Scotland emphatically voted to stay within the EU with a 62% to 38% wanting to say in the EU, which is likely to...
Qatar to deport Dutch woman after ‘Illicit Sex’ conviction
A Dutch woman, known as “Laura”, will be deported from Qatar to the Netherlands following her allegation of rape against a Syrian identified as Omar Abdullah Al-Hasan. Aged 22, Laura said she was drugged at a party in the W Doha Hotel in March and woke up in an unfamiliar apartment where she realised she...
The BMW 1 Series: Is it worth it?
Recently, I had the misfortune of being in a car accident. I was fine, but a quick note here, when driving, please do not take your eyes off the road. If you hit someone, it quite often leaves them feeling pretty beaten up and not best pleased. The lives and health of other drivers are,...
EU: Brexit or Bremain?
As Kettle's Current Affairs Editor and Managing Editor, I'm used to having an opinion on pretty much everything, much to my friends and colleagues misery, but there's one thing I don't have an opinion on, and that really I should, and that's whether to vote for 'Brexit' or 'Bremain'. And it's not that I don't...
EU ‘Vote Leave’ campaign edges into the lead Kettlemag Kirstie Keate EU leave campaign edges ahead
The Brexit campaign has edged ahead of of Bremain campaign according to an opinion poll by ICM today. The results see the exit campaign currently on 46%, up 1% from the previous week, and 44% voting to stay in the the EU, unchanged from the previous week. The remainder are still undecided. Pharmaceutical industry warnings...
UK votes down amendment to help lone children
Monday night saw possibly the biggest betrayal of refugee children by the current government to date by the voting down of the so called Dubs amendment by a vote of 294 to 276. The amendment, tabled by Labour’s Lord Dubs would have allowed for 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children to enter the UK. Horror and trauma...
Remain campaign sees surge after Obama comments Kettlemag Kirstie Keate EU remain campaign sees boost
The probability of the UK remaining in the EU after the June referendum has surged to 74%, a jump of 10% compared to a week ago, according to bookmaker Betfair. Betfair data has shown the probability of the UK staying in the EU is the highest it’s been since September last year.  The pound rose to...
Hops shortage could mean misery for craft beer fans Kettlemag Kirstie Keate Hops shortage cause craft beer price hike
A potential shortage of the vital ingredient for craft beer, hops, could mean higher prices for  its lovers. Hops are currently in short supply following a smaller than usual European hop harvest due to a hot, dry summer last year. The shortage of supply has increased the price of some hop varieties by up to...
Huge tax evasion unveiled at Panama law firm Kettlemag Kirstie Keate Panama law firm leaks uncover tax evasion
Panama law firm, Mossack Fonseca, has suffered the leak of over eleven million documents which have implicated the rich and powerful in financial wrong doing through money laundering, arms and drugs deals and tax avoidance in a period going back to 1977. Those implicated include Russian President Putin, and family members of UK prime minister...
Syrian success in Palmyra invigorates campaign against IS Kettlemag Kirstie Keate IS driven out of Palmyra
The Syrian army has declared Palmyra will be a ‘launchpad’ for operations against IS following regaining control of the ancient city. Reacquiring control of the city is thought to be one of the biggest gains against IS since its declaring of a caliphate across part of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Although the city is...
Common EU asylum system rejected by Cameron Kettlemag Kirstie Keate common EU asylum system rejected by Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the UK would not join an EU common asylum system as the EU begins a crucial summit on the refugee crisis. On arrival at the summit he said, “We have an absolutely rock-solid opt-out from these things. There's no prospect of Britain joining a common asylum process in...
Syrian Government wrecking ceasefire, opposition claim kettlemag Kirstie Keate threat to Syria ceasefire
A senior official from the main opposition group in Syria, Saudi backed 'High National Committee' (HNC), has said the current cease in hostilities in the country was in danger of collapse and, “complete nullification” due to attacks by government forces.  The HNC said the cessation had been broken by the Syrian government 15 times, and...
Cameron addresses the House of Commons on the new EU deal Kettlemag Kirstie Keate EU special status
Prime Minister David Cameron has told MP’s that a Brexit from the EU could, “hurt working people for years to come” leading to the country taking a “leap into the dark” after the referendum on 23rd June. He outlined that in the event of a vote to leave the EU, exit talks would begin immediately...
Cameron warns thousands of refugees may enter UK if we leave EU
A spokesman for David Cameron has warned thousands of refugees could flock to Britain from France “overnight” if voters decide to leave the European Union, in a statement underlining the Prime Minister’s view that Brexit would hurt the UK’s security. The spokesman added that leaving the EU could harm an agreement with France that enables...
Should the UK accept unaccompanied refugee children?
Last week the UK government agreed to give sanctuary to an unspecified number of unaccompanied children to the UK.  Helping is the best thing These children have escaped from the most traumatic of situations, possibly orphaned, alone in the world with nowhere safe to return to. Returning them to Syria, Iraq etc will undoubtedly lead to...
Boko Haram village attack kills at least 86
At least 86 people including children have been killed in the latest Boko Haram attack in the village of Dalori in north-eastern Nigeria. Witnesses reported Boko Haram fighters firebombing huts and shooting terrified civilians as they tried to flee the attack over the weekend. There are also reports that a number of children were unable...
Syrian peace talks stall before they start Kettlemag Kirstie Keate Syrian peace talks stall
The first Syrian peace talks for two years that were scheduled to begin today, have stalled over who will represent President Bashar al-Assad's opponents. Due to be held in Geneva, there has been international disagreement over who should be invited from al-Assad’s opposition who are demanding, amongst other things, an end to air strikes, a release...
Cecil Parkinson dies aged 84
Ex-Conservative Chairman, Cecil Parkinson has died aged 84 after a long battle with cancer. He is credited with playing a key role in Margaret Thatcher's Conservative victory in 1983. At one point he was considered one of Mrs Thatcher's closest allies within the party but his career was hit by scandal when it was revealed...
Who next for Tory leader? Kettlemag, Kirstie Keate, Next Conservative leader, politics, news, UK
The Tory Party have a problem. Well they have many, but they have one specific problem at the moment. David Cameron, who a recent YouGov survey rated as the least disliked party leader of a generation, will stand down as leader ahead of the 2020 general election which means they need a replacement. George Osborne...
Further UK steel job losses
Tata Steel today announced the loss of 1,050 jobs. In a press release Tata Steel confirmed the jobs would be lost as a result of cost saving measures to improve the competitiveness of its UK business, referring to Tata Steel UK as an “indirect subsidiary”. 750 jobs will be lost at Port Talbot, with 200...
RAF fire Brimstone missiles as aid finally reaches besieged Syrian City
The RAF has used Brimstone missiles against IS in Syria for the first time. The missiles were used to target the IS stronghold of Raqqa, where amongst other targets including a command centre, a Brimstone was used to hit a supply truck. Brimstone missiles were also used to attack cranes brought in to repair the damage...
Saudi allies unite against Iran
Tensions are increasing across the Middle East as Bahrain and Sudan cut ties with Iran. The United Arab Emirates, home to hundreds of thousands of Iranians, has also downgraded its relations with the country and Saudi Arabia broke off all relations with Iran following the storming of its embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran....
Top business stories of 2015
2015 took the business and economic world on a bumpy ride, but what were the top stories of the year? Data breaches 2015 business was beset with data breaches but Talktalk and Ashley Madison caused the most uproar. 157,000 customers of Talktalk were affected by the breach in October with bank details being accessed and...
Antibiotic resistance to Colistin found in UK
Officials have announced that bacteria found to be resistant to the antibiotic Colistin have been found in the UK. Colistin is the final antibiotic available to doctors to treat bacterial infections immune to all other drug treatments. The announcement is thought to increase the chances of the arrival of untreatable infections, also known as the antibiotic...
Carbon emissions to fall this year Kirstie Keate Kettlemag greenhouse gas emissions decline this year
According to research, worldwide greenhouse gas emissions will fall in 2015. If correct, this will be the first time they have fallen during a period of global economic growth. The current decline in emissions is thought to be due to a decline in coal consumption by Chinese manufacturing. China, the worlds biggest polluter, is currently...
Northern Ireland abortion law breaches human rights
A judicial reveiw hearing, held in June, has ruled the current legislation in Northern Ireland prohibiting abortion unless there is a clear risk to the mothers life or physical or mental health, has been ruled as being in breach of human rights law, it was announced today. Anyone unlawfully carrying out an abortion in Northern Ireland can...
US votes to restrict Syrian and Iraqi refugees
The US House of Representatives has voted 289-137 to restrict Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement in the US, as many of the left leaning Democrats joined the right leaning Republicans in a vote seen as a rebuke to the White House. The legislation will have to pass through the Senate before reaching President Obama who...
Indian and UK firms to sign deals worth £9bn amid protests
Visiting Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has been confronted with angry protests during his talks with David Cameron as deals worth £9bn are to be signed signalling closer economic ties between the two nations. The leaders have agreed to work more closely together on issues such as finance, defence, nuclear power and climate change. The...
100 years of shell shock
Every November we remember the fallen, those who died in battle whist serving their country. We also remember those who returned but returned forever changed, due to the horrific injuries they sustained on the battlefield, both the physical and the mental. Generations of soldiers for whom the trauma of warfare doesn't end just because the...
Security concerns leave tourists stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh
The UK has cancelled all flights from Sharm el-Sheikh following concerns the Russian airliner KGL9268, that crashed in Sinai earlier this week, may have been brought down by a bomb, killing all 224 Russians onboard 23 minutes after take off. Currently it is only UK flights affected, whether this points to specific threat to the...
’English votes for English laws’ voted through House of Commons
The ‘English votes for English Laws’ (EVEL) vote has today gone through the House of Commons despite objections from all opposition parties. The Conservatives won the vote 312 to 270 votes. The SNP has strenuously objected to the plans saying it will bring independence closer. The SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire, Pete Wishart...
Obama reverses US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan
President Obama’s policy to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by the end of his presidency will be reversed, it has been revealed. He had originally planned to reduce the troops to 1,000 when he left office, leaving a small embassy based force. Obama said "Given what's at stake in Afghanistan and the opportunity for a...
Facebook pay just £4,327 in corporation tax Kirstie Keate Kettlemag Facebook corporation tax
Facebook paid just £4,327 in corporation tax in 2014 last year it has been revealed, less tax than would be paid on the average UK salary of £26,500. Corporation tax Corporation tax, the amount of tax paid by companies on profits, is currently 20% for profits of £300,000 or less, and 21% for profits above...
Russia hits Iran as Nato speaks out Kirstie Keate Kettlemag Iran hit by Russian airstrike
News that four Russian cruise missiles, fired at Syria, have landed in Iran comes just hours after Nato secretary-general Jens Stolenberg issued an assurance to member states they will defended following the, “escalation of Russian military activities” in Syria. Nato, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the political and military alliance of 28 member states including...
Economic indicators: the good, the mad and the downright strange Kirstie Keate Kettlemag economic indicators
There is almost undoubtedly no industry more nervy and superstitious than finance. In no other industry does bad news spread like wild fire, wiping a fortune off its value with just a careless whisper of the word, "downturn"...  Bad news, true or not, sends panic and disarray through the financial markets at a rate so...
Volkswagen suspends sales of 4,000 cars in UK
Volkswagen are suspending 4,000 car sales in the UK in the latest development of the defeat device scandal.  The software device, used algorithms to detect through steering and atmospheric pressures, when a car was being tested for compliance with EPA standards and altered the emissions of diesel cars during emissions testing. During normal driving conditions,...
Hungary to deploy troops in growing migrant crisis
Hungary's government has received permission from the Hungarian parliament to deploy their army to help control the growing migrant crisis.  The army have been given authorisation to use a range of non-lethal force including rubber bullets, tear gas, and pyrotechnical devices. Borders Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has said the influx of migrants was now...
Australia to get fifth Prime Minister in eight years Kirstie Keate Australian Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull is to become Australia’s fifth Prime Minister in eight years after the ruling Liberal party voted him in by 54 votes to predecessor, Tony Abbott’s, 44 votes.  Tony Abbott is now the shortest serving Australian Prime Minister in forty years. Australian politics is notoriously tumultuous. Tony Abbot was elected just over two years...
UK to take 20,000 Syrian refugees as fight against IS continues Kirstie Keate Kettlemag Syrian Crisis
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps over the next five years, responding to a growing public demands for the government to help those fleeing civil war and Islamic State. In a statement to the House of Commons he said "We are proposing that Britain should...
France to begin Syrian air reconnaissance Kirstie Keate Kettlemag Syrian
President Hollande has announced France will start to send reconnaissance flights over Syria from tomorrow with airstrikes being considered to fight against Islamic State, although sending in ground troops has been ruled out. Previously France had limited its planes to Iraqi airspace with the US carrying out strikes in Syria and Iraq. President Hollande said,...