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Electronic surveillance and collection of personal data are "pervasive" in British society and threaten to undermine democracy.


 privacy UK
The government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons. ... The government says the database is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.
 big brother travel privacy UK
A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming "There's probably no God".


 advertisement religion UK bus God atheism
A Russian ex-KGB agent could soon be in control of London daily newspaper the Evening Standard. Billionaire businessman Alexander Lebedev is believed to have made an offer for a 76% share of the paper.


 Russia UK KGB newspaper
A parent is jailed for their child's truancy once a fortnight every school term in England and Wales, analysis of court statistics shows.


 UK truancy jail
A Dutch MP who called the Koran a "fascist book" has been sent back to the Netherlands after attempting to defy a ban on entering the UK.


 UK fascism Netherlands Koran
The submarines are equipped with sonar to detect other vessels nearby but our correspondent said it might be the case that the anti-sonar devices, meant to hide the submarines from enemies, were "too effective".


 UK Atlantic France collision nuclear submarine
A study has concluded that many of the UK's historic sites are under threat from illegal metal detector users. History enthusiasts are frustrated that little is being done to prevent the damage.


 UK archaeology looting metal detector Roman Saxon
Anti-terror measures worldwide have seriously undermined international human rights law, a report by legal experts says. After a three-year global study, the International Commission of Jurists said many states used the public's fear of terrorism to introduce measures. These included detention without trial, illegal disappearance and torture. It also said that the UK and the US have "actively undermined" international law by...


 USA terrorism UK human rights illegal international law
A former head of MI5 has accused the government of exploiting the fear of terrorism and trying to bring in laws that restrict civil liberties.


 torture terrorism UK freedom civil liberties MI5 fearmongering fear
New research has found that a whopping 11 million Brits are thinking of taking a job overseas within the next two years - a significant dent in the population - and a fifth of those would choose a new life down under...


 UK migration unemployment exodus immigration emigration Australia
What was once the most secret of all British government documents has been released in full. During the Cold War, civil servants used to rehearse the end of the world - what would happen if deterrence failed and nuclear war became inevitable.


 nuclear politics UK war government Cold War
Biggs was a member of a 15-strong gang which attacked a mail train in Ledburn, Buckinghamshire, on 8 August 1963. The gang made off with £2.6m in used banknotes in the biggest ever raid on a British train. After being given a 30-year sentence, Biggs escaped from Wandsworth Prison, south London, in a furniture van after spending 15 months in jail. He was on the run for more than 30 years, living in Spain, Australia and Brazil, before...


 robbery train thief parole UK