Theresa May is to outline plans for a “wide-ranging” inquiry, led by an expert panel, into historical child sex abuse claims, the BBC understands.
The BBC’s Nick Robinson said the inquiry would look at claims covering the government, the NHS and the BBC.
The inquiry would be held in public but evidence would not be given under oath.
The home secretary will also tell MPs about a separate review of whether her department failed to act on claims of a paedophile ring in the 1980s.
A UK regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it conducted a psychological study on users without their consent.
The test saw Facebook “manipulate” the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users to control which emotional expressions they were exposed to.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it planned to question Facebook over the study.
Facebook said it had taken “appropriate protections for people’s information”.
In what’s being heralded as a secular triumph, the UK government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools.
The new clauses, which arrived with very little fanfare last week, state that the…
…requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.
So, if an academy or free school teaches creationism as scientifically valid, it’s breaking the funding agreement to provide a “broad and balanced curriculum.”
In the UK, state-funded academies are basically equivalent to charter schools in the United States, and are primarily comprised of high schools. Free schools, which were introduced in 2010, are non-profit making, independent, state-funded schools which are not controlled by a local authority, but are subject to the School Admissions Code. Free schools make it possible for parents, teachers, charities, and business to set up their own schools.
In addition to the new clauses, the UK government clarified the meaning of creationism, reminding everyone that it’s a minority view even within the Church of England and the Catholic Church.
I can only imagine the wingnut reaction if this were happening in the US. It would breach the wingularity.
Ms Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, said she was against Scottish independence even though she was “no fan of the current Westminster government”.
“My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland’s remarkable people or its achievements,” she wrote in a post on her website
“The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same twenty-first century pressures as the rest of the world. It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery.
“The more I listen to the Yes campaign, the more I worry about its minimisation and even denial of risks.”
Retired military general Norman Arthur represented Queen Elizabeth in his Scottish neighborhood and is passionate that the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Stuart Campbell, a pro-independence campaigner based hundreds of miles south in England, disagrees fervently.
But both men have one thing in common: They have called in police after being threatened for their views.
The sinister side of the debate on Scotland’s Sept. 18 referendum is coming to the fore as opinion polls narrow on the outcome. The “Better Together” campaign is particularly keen to draw attention to this: Its leader has likened independence champion Alex Salmond to Kim Jong-il, the North Korean autocrat, blaming Salmond for a “culture of intimidation” in Scotland.
Metal spikes installed outside a complex of plush London flats, apparently to stop homeless people from sleeping there, have sparked outrage.
The 17-inch long metal studs are embedded in the floor outside a block of luxury flats on Southwark Bridge Road in central London.
The ‘Ethical Pioneer’ posted photos of the ‘anti-homeless’ spikes on Twitter, with another user comparing them to spikes used to keep pigeons off buildings.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Telegraph: ‘There was a homeless man asleep there about six weeks ago.
‘Then about two weeks ago all of a sudden studs were put up outside.
‘I presume it is to deter homeless people from sleeping there.’
A London hate preacher jailed after calling for 9/11-style attacks across Europe has sparked fresh outrage after defending the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls.
In videos posted online, Mizanur Rahman praises Boko Haram, the terrorist group behind the kidnapping, for angering the West and suggests it is “not necessarily a bad thing” if they kill non-Muslims.
The clips raise fresh questions about the extent to which Britons, including the young, are being radicalised over the internet. Children can be heard in the background in one two-hour rant.
Much is being written about the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent assertion that Britain is “a Christian country.”
While some religious groups like the Hindu Council UK and the Muslim Council of Britain seem comfortable with the characterization, another group warned—in an open letter published in the Daily Telegraph and signed by more than 50 public figures—that such a claim “fosters alienation and division in our [British] society.”
A German clothing brand favoured by neo-Nazis in Europe, whose goods were banned because of their similarity to logos worn by SS officers, has opened a high-street store in the heart of London’s Jewish community.
The Viking Thor Shop, which opened in Finchley, North London a fortnight ago, is an outlet for Thor Steinar, a controversial brand whose products are strongly associated with far-right street groups and football hooligans.
The Ballards Lane store is situated yards from the office of the UK’s Chief Rabbi. Jewish and Islamic groups in the multicultural community have expressed concerns that the shop will attract far-right supporters and inflame tensions. But the store’s manager denied any neo-Nazi associations and claimed he was simply selling leisurewear.
When a young doctor delivered a baby in a north London public hospital in 2012, he couldn’t have known the procedure would sweep him into a national controversy.
His patient was bleeding after the birth and needed stitches. Like tens of thousands of women in the UK, she had also been subjected to female genital mutilation, or FGM, years earlier.
Now the doctor, 31-year-old Dhanoun Dharmasena, is set to appear before a London court next week on charges that he committed the same crime himself.
A man believed to be a relative of the patient will also stand trial, accused of encouraging and abetting FGM. Dharmasena and Hasan Mohamed, 40, will be the first to be prosecuted for FGM in Britain 29 years after the act was criminalized here.