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  1. Lifestyle - Books - BRITAIN

    Book review: Acts of Union and Disunion, by Linda Colley

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 09:43am by Nick Walker

    ... Nick Walker Acts of Union and Disunion by Linda Colley Profile Books 3 stars Nick Walker With Scotland's referendum on independence looming, this is a timely study of a country whose unwieldy title- emblazoned on my passport- betrays its disunity. Th ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1448551/book-review-acts-union-and-disunion-linda-colley
  2. News - World - BRITAIN

    Missing British yacht spotted, but no sign of crew or life raft

    Posted May 24th 2014, 09:10am by Reuters

    ... shattered. The swimmer knocked on the hull but heard no response, the statement said. “The ability to locate that overturned hull, but still not be able to find a life raft is indicative of how unlikely it is that the life raft is still out there,” said Lieutenant Joe Klinker, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s 1st District, which oversees Massachusetts waters. Klinker said the search ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1519226/missing-british-yacht-spotted-no-sign-crew-or-life-raft
  3. News - World - BRITAIN

    UN agency warns Britain over African children kidnapped for voodoo rituals

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 11:20pm by AFP

    ... was a witch. They were jailed for life. A year later, police found the dismembered corpse of a Nigerian boy in London's River Thames, believed to have been used in a ritual. And in 2010, Kristy Bamu, 15, died after being tortured by his sister and her partner, both originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who claimed he was cursed. They also received life sentences. Sandberg ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1537095/un-agency-warns-britain-over-african-children-kidnapped-voodoo-rituals
  4. Property - International - BRITAIN

    UK commercial property lending rises as banks cut bad debt

    Posted May 28th 2014, 05:08am by BLOOM

    ... institutions such as insurance companies and private equity funds entered the market to pick up the slack. "Recovery post-crash has been slow but steady, and it is promising to see that the market ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1520027/uk-commercial-property-lending-rises-banks-cut-bad-debt
  5. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Labour's rent control election pledge may curb new UK investment

    Posted May 21st 2014, 06:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Labour's promise worries pension funds and insurers that have bought up rental homes Rent control poll pledge may curb new investment A pledge to introduce rent ... on residential development which we all know is desperately required," he said. A rising number of pension funds and insurers have snapped up or built thousands of British homes to rent out over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1516280/labours-rent-control-election-pledge-may-curb-new-uk
  6. News - World - BRITAIN

    Churchill’s last surviving child, Mary Soames, dies at 91

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 08:39pm by AFP

    ... was a truly remarkable and extraordinary woman who led a very distinguished life," the Conservative MP said. "She was not just a wonderful mother to whom we were all devoted, but the head and heart of our family after our father died, and will be greatly missed. "She was a distinguished writer and led a distinguished life, with her service in the war, and is part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1523923/churchills-last-surviving-child-mary-soames-dies-91
  7. News - World - BRITAIN

    Muslim extremist killers of British soldier Lee Rigby sentenced to life in prison

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 02:01pm by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Michael Adebolajo ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole and accomplice Michael Adebowale receives 45-year minimum sentence for brutal murder of off-duty soldier in London street A Muslim extremist was jailed for life and his accomplice for a 45 years on Wednesday for hacking British soldier Lee Rigby ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1436267/muslim-extremist-killers-british-soldier-lee-rigby-sentenced-life-prison
  8. News - World - BRITAIN

    London skyscraper The Gherkin goes into receivership

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 08:57pm by GDN

    ... affected by the substantial appreciation of the Swiss franc against the pound." The first 15 floors of the Norman Foster-designed skyscraper are occupied by the insurer Swiss Re, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1496904/london-skyscraper-gherkin-goes-receivership
  9. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Bank of England opts for cautious approach on housing market

    Posted May 07th 2014, 05:01am by Reuters

    ... of strategy at Standard Life Investments. Banks now need to spend about two hours interviewing each mortgage applicant- far longer than was common before- likely creating a bottleneck in approvals ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1505919/bank-england-opts-cautious-approach-housing-market
  10. News - World - BRITAIN

    British judges defy EU by ruling in favour of whole-life jail terms

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 02:14am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in London Judges defy EU by ruling for whole-life terms British judges can imprison criminals convicted of serious offences for their entire lives, a UK appeals court said. ... heinous that the requirements of just punishment encompass passing a sentence which includes a whole life order." The UK courts have definitively rejected the ludicrous ruling from Strasbourg ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1430723/british-judges-defy-eu-ruling-favour-whole-life-jail-terms

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