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Jan 29 12:01

Scammers target Britons in lockdown with fake text messages and calls claiming they must pay a fine for breaching rules

Britons are being targeted by scammers with fraudulent calls and text messages claiming that they must pay a fine for breaching lockdown rules, Ofcom warned.

The racketeering messages purport to come from the UK Government, the NHS, people's local GP surgeries and even the World Health Organisation (WHO).

They aim to trick unsuspecting members of the public into handing over money to cover the costs of non-existent penalty charges.

Other coronavirus-related scams presently being run include emails, calls or texts promising to offer a COVID-19 test, vaccine, treatment or financial support.

Jan 29 11:55

West Midlands Police apologise after officer hauled away man under Covid laws for refusing to give his name on his way to work

The video of the incident which unfolded outside Dorridge railway station, Solihull, on Wednesday has been watched more than a million times since it was posted on Twitter.

In it, a male officer threatens to arrest the man when he refuses to provide his name and calls him an idiot.

Jan 29 11:51

The slow death of Oxford Street: How a FIFTH of stores in London's iconic shopping district are now boarded up with 'no hope of recovery' after being hit by 80% revenue plunge in 2020

One fifth of shops on London's Oxford Street are now boarded up with 'no hope of recovery' with more than 50,000 retail and hospitality jobs set to be lost when the third lockdown ends, an industry group claimed today.

Some 57 of 264 stores on the world-famous road are already permanently shut with revenue falling by more than 80 per cent to below £2billion in the 12 months from March 2020 compared to the same period a year earlier.

The New West End Company, a lobby group which represents hundreds of businesses in the area and provided the data, warned that the 'globally unique West End ecosystem is beginning to break down'. Retailers have been hammered by three lockdowns as well as tier four restrictions which hit London one week before Christmas.

Jan 29 11:37

UK parliament on course to approve law allowing secret agents to commit crime

A controversial law that will permit agents recruited by the UK's police and domestic security service MI5 to commit serious crimes has passed one of its final hurdles in parliament.

Known as the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, the new law puts onto a statutory footing a shadowy practice that has been informally permitted for decades.

The British government decided to draw up the legislation after a number of NGOs brought a legal challenge to the long-standing informal practice.

It passed its first parliamentary stages after the leader of the Labour opposition Keir Starmer - a former chief prosecutor for England and Wales - instructed his MPs to abstain rather than vote against the new law.

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Jan 29 09:25

UK Reportedly Has 'Appetite' for Joining 'Asian NATO' to Counter China

During his visit to India in December 2020, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reportedly said "nothing [was being] ruled out" when it comes to Britain possibly joining the Quad.

The UK joining the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) also known as the "Asian NATO" may be discussed during Prime Minister Boris Johnson's planned visit to India, where the sides will deal with ways to counter China, The Times reports. The Quad currently consists of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia.

Johnson was due to be the guest of honour at India's Republic Day parade on 26 January 2021, but he cancelled his visit after announcing a nationwide lockdown in the UK to combat the rise of a new strain of coronavirus. He is expected to travel to India as soon as conditions allow.

Jan 28 06:11

Money tops human rights as the UK flogs £2.6bn of sniper rifles, riot shields, tear gas and guns to ‘dodgy’ regimes

A new report reveals how Britain is stealthily engaged in selling military equipment to countries subject to arms embargoes and trade sanctions, such as Pakistan, Nigeria, and Kyrgyzstan, and to the authorities in Hong Kong.
The promotion of human rights overseas is one of the most frequently and fervently avowed objectives of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

The rhetoric of humanitarianism runs rife in official mission statements setting out the prime concerns of the department, and those of Whitehall more generally. To this end, an official report on FCDO “activities to promote human rights abroad” is published annually, along with a list of human rights “priority countries”.

A “priority country” is one in which “we are particularly concerned about human rights issues, and where we consider that the UK can make a real difference”, the gov.uk website explains.

Jan 27 11:54

Lockdown until SEPTEMBER: Boris faces major rebellion as he pleads for six month extension

The Prime Minister will be asking MPs to agree to the six month renewal of the Government’s so-called Henry VIII emergency powers to be able to impose restrictions at will to tackle the pandemic. But already senior MPs in his own party have warned that significant numbers could vote against unless there are moves to end lockdown and revitalise the economy.

Jan 27 09:50

Court backlog rockets to more than half a million cases in England and Wales during coronavirus

The backlog of court cases waiting to be heard in England and Wales has rocketed to more than half a million during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some trials are not expected to start until December 2021, amid warnings that victims may drop out of delayed prosecutions.

Crime fell dramatically during the UK’s lockdown, but the decline has not been sufficient to offset the rocketing backlog, which was rising long before the pandemic.

The number of cases waiting to be heard in the magistrates’ courts – where all types of crimes are initially listed – is nearing half a million.

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Jan 27 07:08

Death via lockdown: Boris has become ‘potato in a wig’ who has ‘crucified’ the UK

Jan 26 12:15

Hospital Closures

Hospitals approved locally for complete closure 1979–1986 (August)

This is a staggering amount of closures.

Jan 26 12:09

UK Labour leader Starmer hired former Israeli spy for social media team

Britain's Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer hired a former Israel spy to work in his social media team, The Electronic Intifada has revealed. Assaf Kaplan was hired as a "social media listener", and worked formerly for the infamous 8200 cyber unit of the Israeli intelligence services. In a profile of Kaplan on an ex-employer's website, he is described as a "Unit 8200 veteran".

Unit 8200 specialises in cyber intelligence, and is known for its role in blackmailing and assassinating Palestinians, as revealed in a shocking Guardian report in 2014. Another former Unit 8200 officer revealed anonymously the extent of the activities undertaken by the unit, some of which resulted in the killing of an innocent child in the Gaza Strip. Operatives also used sexual preferences to blackmail Palestinians into becoming collaborators with the Israeli occupation authorities.

Jan 26 10:29

Annual number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2019

Consecutive UK governments have had no qualms about making huge NHS cuts. Numerous hospitals have been closed https://inews.co.uk/news/health/great-nhs-gamble-full-list-19-hospital..., and the number of hospital beds has dropped by nearly 80,000 between 2000 & 2019.

Allocating funds to conflicts such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria was deemed far more important.

In 2020 a "pandemic" arrived and the UK was shut down to "protect the NHS". The financial mismanagement of both Labour and the Conservatives is directly responsible for the resultant economic and medical carnage.

Jan 26 09:16

King Charles III is a ‘frightening prospect’: The fall of Royal Family predicted

Jan 26 09:13

Glastonbury Canceled Again, Casting Doubt Over Europe’s Music Festivals

Britain’s Glastonbury festival, one of the world’s most prominent pop music events, was canceled on Thursday for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus — sparking fear that large music festivals in Europe will not go ahead this summer.

“In spite of our efforts to move heaven and earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen,” Michael and Emily Eavis, the festival’s organizers, said in a joint statement on Thursday. “We are so sorry to let you all down.”

Jan 26 08:48

Cancer operations fell by 800 in the first fortnight of 2021 as hospital admissions for Covid-19 cases surged, new figures suggest

An estimated 800 cancer surgeries – about 13 per cent – were delayed between January 3 and 17, with London and surrounding counties the worst hit.

NHS England said urgent cancer cases were being treated with the same priority as coronavirus and insisted the figures 'do not present a full picture'.

But experts described the figures as 'worrying' and warned that the pandemic could have devastating consequences for both diagnosis and treatment.

Jan 26 08:35

UK turns to “counterterror” law to repress Palestine Action

Solidarity campaigners shut down an Israeli drone parts factory in the UK for several hours last week.

Three activists from Palestine Action were arrested outside the Elbit Systems factory in Shenstone in the Midlands on 18 January. This is the third time the factory has been hit in five months.

Red paint symbolizing the deaths of Palestinians was also sprayed across the factory front yard.

Jan 26 08:12

Brexit Red Tape: EU 'Punishing' Great Britain & Northern Ireland for Leaving the Bloc, Britons Say

British businesses are drowning in EU red tape after the UK left the bloc's single market and customs union. While Labour politicians are routinely lashing out at the PM and Tories for Brexit inconveniences, Britons say it's the EU that is taking its sweet revenge on them for withdrawing from the union.

Although Brussels and London struck a much anticipated trade deal on Christmas Eve, it has not liberated UK exporters from the necessity of filling out a bunch of paperwork, in order to comply with rules regarding origins, VATs and health checks so that they may deliver their products to the continent.

Thus, new post-Brexit rules may cost British exporters up to $34 billion in 2021 due to weak demand and excessive bureaucracy, according to the latest report by Euler Hermes Group SAS, a trade insurance company.

Jan 26 07:57

Dumping people in quarantine hotels to stop the spread of potential mutant Covid strains shows that paranoia now rules UK policy

We know that insisting UK arrivals quarantine in hotels will destroy the travel industry. But Boris Johnson is set to plough ahead with the plan regardless as a year into the pandemic, restrictions get ever tougher.

As the British government deliberates over a decision to force everyone arriving in the UK into hotel quarantine, it all seems so familiar... and that’s because this issue has been with us before and BoJo made a balls-up of it then.

So, here we are, revisiting the same problem with the same dire warnings ringing in our ears as when quarantine was first explored last year.

Jan 26 07:36

‘Go to the Supermarket’: COVID Cops Threaten Families With Fines for Buying Farm Stand Milk

British police reportedly threatened to fine families for buying milk from a farm stand and told patrons to take their business to supermarkets in order to keep in line with coronavirus restrictions.

Police told families last week attempting to buy milk from a vending machine in Trelogan, Wales, that they would be fined unless they immediately left the farmstand, with officers claiming people should purchase “essential” products from supermarkets or shops.

At the time of the police action, some five households were present at the farmstand to stock up on fresh milk.

After receiving complaints from her customers about the threats from the police, farmer Elliw Jones told North Wales Live that she phoned the lead officer, who informed her that the customers should take “their weekly shop in a supermarket or nearest shop”.

“He said they should get their milk from there,” Mrs Jones said.

Jan 25 09:07

Eurostar Near Collapse, Begs For Bailout, Becomes Hot Potato

Eurostar, the company that operates the cross-Channel train service that connects the UK with France, Belgium and the Netherlands, is on the brink of collapse, the company’s management warned this week. With passenger numbers down 95% in the final quarter of 2020 and revenues down over 80% over the course of 2020, it is now “on a drip” and in desperate need of extra cash, says Christophe Fanichet, a senior executive of France’s state SNCF railways, which is the majority shareholder of Eurostar.

“I’m very worried about Eurostar. The company is in a critical state, I’d even say very critical,” he said.

Jan 25 07:46

China Catching Up to US in Artificial Intelligence, Brexit to Hit EU's AI Capabilities, Report Says

The study explored 30 individual metrics such as research activity, business development, investment and human talent and found that China was steadily rising against the United States in the emerging technology, adding Brexit would also impact Europe's AI capacity, a report from a leading think tank on technology based in Washington found.

China is catching up to the United States in the ongoing rivalry for the top spot as the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI), research from a top think tank on science and technology revealed on Monday.

Despite the US leading in the development and implementation of AI, China is quickly rising and the European Union is lagging behind the former two, the report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found.

Jan 25 07:36

In outright defiance of UK PM, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon's party promises second independence referendum after pandemic

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is standing by her threat to hold a fresh referendum on independence if her party wins the May elections, despite Boris Johnson saying another one should not take place until at least 2055.

Sturgeon likened UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to a “cowering tim'rous beastie” – a line from the poem 'To a Mouse', about a scared mouse, by Scotland's national poet Robert Burns – during an interview with the BBC on Sunday. The Scottish leader also accused Johnson of being “frightened of democracy” by opposing another Scottish referendum until at least 2055 – just over 40 years after the last referendum in 2014, when a 55 percent majority of Scots voted against independence.

“The polls now show that a majority of people in Scotland want independence,” Sturgeon declared, adding, “If the SNP win the Scottish election in a few months' time on a proposition of giving people that choice, then what democrat could rightly stand in the way of that?”

Jan 25 07:11

UK pubs to be shut until at least JULY

Jan 24 18:58

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Jan 24 18:35

Military veterans blast Royal British Legion for 'gross misuse' of funds after it spent almost £100,000 on a new LOGO while 6,000 ex-armed forces are homeless

Former servicemen have been left 'dumbfounded' at the 'gross misuse' of money spent on the rebranding job, which is set to be launched on Tuesday.

The servicemen pointed out that the enormous cost comes at a time when thousands of former veterans are living homeless.

It is estimated that between 3,500 and 6,000 former veterans are currently living homeless in the UK and the suicide rate among former military personnel has doubled in the last decade.

Jan 24 13:35

UK government ‘quietly’ extends local authorities’ lockdown powers in England until July 17 – media

The British government has extended the lockdown powers of local officials in England until mid-July, the Telegraph has reported. A Tory MP told the paper the change was “little noticed” at the time.

The regulation that allows local authorities to close pubs, restaurants, shops, and public spaces was due to expire last week, but it was extended earlier this month until July 17, according to a report in the Telegraph.

A Department of Health source told the paper that MPs had voted for the extension. “As we are currently in a national lockdown it was necessary to renew the regulations,” the source said, which means that the rules have been “automatically extended for another six months.”

The source added: "However, these measures are still subject to the statutory review point.”

Jan 24 08:38

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Jan 24 08:21

VIDEO shows smoke rising over Houses of Parliament in London. Alarm heard, no confirmed emergency at present

Video footage has surfaced appearing to show smoke or steam rising from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, as an alarm rings out in the background. Firefighters have not yet confirmed that the building is in danger.

The footage, posted to Twitter on Sunday, shows thick white smoke or steam seemingly rising from London’s Houses of Parliament. Some kind of alarm can be heard over the video.

Jan 23 22:34

PETER HITCHENS: So is this really an epidemic of despair?

What if this is in fact an epidemic of despair? I wrestle daily with the maze of figures advanced by all sides in the Covid-19 debate. They are hard to fathom.

How many actually die on any given day, as opposed to how many are recorded or announced? How many Covid patients in hospital have other major diseases but tested positive for Covid after arriving there?

How many caught Covid in hospital? How reliable are Covid tests anyway? I know personally of several people who have tested positive only to get a negative result when they were retested.

Other potentially fatal diseases are just not being tested for in the same way. And there are serious questions to be asked about the registration of cause of death, going back many months.

There is also a strange drop in influenza this year. Amazingly, lockdown enthusiasts are crediting this to the closure of our society. But if strangling almost all normal life is so effective against flu, why is it not working against Covid?

Jan 23 17:12

British legislator calls for widespread vitamin D rollout following 82% reduction in COVID-19 deaths in Spain

British Member of Parliament David Davis is urging the British government to strengthen its vitamin D supplementation program for people at-risk of COVID-19 following an impressive precedent set by Andalusia in Spain.

Speaking before the House of Commons on Thursday, Davis said that Britain should follow the lead of Andalusia, which distributed calcifediol, a vitamin D supplement, to care home residents last November. Since then, the Spanish region’s COVID-19 deaths dropped by 82 percent.

Because of this, Davis is imploring the British government to increase its dosage recommendations and implement a widespread vitamin D rollout.

Jan 23 12:05

Senior MP: British Public Will "Rise Up And Bring Down" Lockdown If Exit Plan Isn't Outlined

British MPs within his own party are demanding that Prime Minister Boris Johnson outline some sort of exit strategy for the nationwide lockdown in the country, with one senior minister warning that if he doesn’t people will begin to “rise up and bring it down”.

Speaking to Talk Radio, Sir Desmond Swayne, the MP for New Forest West, warned that the “goalposts keep moving” on the lockdown timeframe, and “We have to focus on hospital admissions and keep that focus rigorous…[or] at some stage people have got to rise up and bring it down.”

Swayne’s comments echo those of West Midlands Police commissioner David Jamieson, who warned back in October at the start of the second lockdown that “We’re sitting on a time bomb here.”

Jan 23 01:07

'Look into my eyes': UK government launches hard-hitting 'stay at home' advert

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Jan 22 10:54

Labour antisemitism: Why it has become impossible to criticise Israel

Like Jeremy Corbyn, any British politician who condemns Israel's treatment of Palestinians risks being sucked into the vast, toxic sludge surrounding the issue of antisemitism

The day after Labour leader Keir Starmer suspended his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, from membership of the parliamentary Labour Party, the Daily Telegraph published an article headed "Keir Starmer must go further..." by freelance journalist Angela Epstein. It contained a new list of demands. "It is not enough," wrote Epstein, "that Jeremy Corbyn... has been suspended. Or that he has had the whip removed... He needs to be 'sacked' as an MP. And booted out of parliament."

There is, of course, no legal mechanism for expelling Corbyn from parliament. He has committed no crime and was overwhelmingly re-elected by his constituents as recently as last December.

Jan 22 08:54

UK Reports 6,500 COVID-Related Prosecutions In First Six Months Of Pandemic

Almost 6,500 offences related to the CCP virus were prosecuted in the UK in the first six months of the pandemic, according to statistics published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Thursday.

Between Apr. 1 and Sept. 30 last year, 2,106 defendants were prosecuted for 6,469 CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus-related offences, with a conviction rate of 90 percent.

Jan 22 08:02

Brexit Britain Refusing to Treat EU Like Sovereign State, Blocks Amb Diplomatic Status: Report

Brexit Britain is reportedly refusing to grant the European Union the rank of a sovereign state, by denying its ambassador to the UK full diplomatic rights and privileges.

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Barrell, had written a letter to Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab outlining the bloc’s frustration that the newly-independent United Kingdom would not offer statuses to its diplomats that “reflect the specific character of the EU”, which it claims it deserves because it has a currency, a court, and can make laws.

The UK, however, does not want to set a precedent by giving mission staff from the EU, considered simply another international body, the same status as diplomats from sovereign nations, according to the BBC’s report on Thursday.

Jan 22 07:59

UK Chief Scientist Claims It Would Be ‘Insanity’ to Lift Restrictions Early

England’s chief scientific adviser has claimed that it would be “insanity” to lift lockdown restrictions early.

The remarks come amidst weeks of government ministers either shifting the projected end date of lockdown further back or saying that they could not tell at all when Britons could have their freedoms restored to them.

Sir Patrick Vallance was responding to those he claimed were “perpetually” asking for lockdown to be lifted, saying according to The Times: “It’s worth remembering Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.”

“The lesson is every time you release it too quickly you get an upswing,” he added.

Jan 22 07:58

Boris Defends Biden: ‘Nothing Wrong with Being Woke’

Prime Minister Johnson offered an oblique defence of U.S. President Joe Biden when asked if he thought he was “woke”, saying there was “nothing wrong” with that.

Prime Minister Johnson, a notionally conservative politician, made the comments after Lisa Nandy, shadow foreign secretary for the opposition Labour party, had praised Mr Biden, 78, as “a woke guy”.

“[H]e appointed an amazingly strong woman of colour who is also pro-[abortion] as his running mate, he mentioned the trans community in his victory speech, he stood up for the Black Lives Matter protesters, he spoke out about the policing of that movement,” Nandy gushed to the left-wing Guardian newspaper, claiming that the Democrat politician has “never shied away from standing up for his values”.

Jan 22 07:58

Boris refuses to rule out extending lockdown until summer

He said that it was ‘too early to say’ when restrictions would be eased when asked when the rules would relax. Ministers hope that the current lockdown will be the last one needed during the pandemic. But asked directly if he could rule out the lockdown lasting until the summer, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘We will continue to keep all of the scientific evidence and data under review.

Jan 22 07:57

Storm batters Britain leaving homes and cars submerged and at least one person dead ahead of freezing weekend and MORE rain next week

Hundreds of residents were evacuated from their homes after more than a month's rain in 56 hours turned rivers into raging torrents – with at least one person feared drowned.

Storm Christoph brought a trail of destruction to north-west England and Wales yesterday, and worse could be yet to come as across the country major rivers are still rising and may overflow.

Scenes of devastation included the 18th-century Llanerch Bridge over the River Clwyd being dramatically swept away in North Wales.

Jan 22 07:56

Thank goodness Trump's gone! Queen 'personally relieved' by Joe Biden’s election win

QUEEN Elizabeth II has a vital role to play in sustaining the special relationship between the UK and the United States after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, a royal expert has said.

Richard Fitzwilliams said while the monarch is meticulously impartial when it comes to all things political, privately she is likely to be relieved at the prospect of dealing with a rather more conventional leader than Donald Trump. Her Majesty sent a private message to Mr Biden congratulating him on the day he was sworn in as the country’s new leader during a scaled-back ceremony in Washington yesterday.

Jan 22 07:42

Britain moves towards Anglosphere federation

Jan 22 07:17

The UK’s vaunted NHS is a National Health Shambles – it wasn’t ready for the Covid second wave and can’t cope. What a surprise

The UK’s new lockdown is driven by the NHS’s failings – even in a normal winter, it can barely cope with a rise in demand. We need to have an honest debate about it, not put it on a pedestal as the so-called ‘envy of the world.’

The news has been full of images of NHS intensive care units full to bursting. When cases shot up from mid-December, particularly in London and the South East, rising hospital admissions soon followed. This potential to 'overwhelm' NHS capacity was a significant factor in introducing the third lockdown and in the refusal to give any date by which these restrictions might be eased.

Jan 22 07:07

500,000 more kids face mental health issues as they’re denied school, vaccines, friends and holidays. We’re betraying a generation

British children suffer record levels of depression in our Covid lockdown, with suicidal thoughts, self-harm and eating disorders surging. With schools unlikely to reopen until April, it’s not just their education that’s at risk.

Watching my daughter fight the fidgets as she takes part in her latest Google Classroom call with a remote teacher and fellow pupils, I haven’t the nerve to tell her that the promised return to school straight after February half-term ain’t gonna happen.

Because Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said today that while schools in England would be given two weeks’ notice before they were expected to open, he couldn’t say when that would be, kicking into touch PM Boris Johnson’s pledge of a February return at last month’s address to the UK.

Jan 21 06:38

Leaders like UK’s Johnson who wooed Trump face tricky reset

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a lot of nice things about Donald Trump over the years, from expressing admiration for the U.S. president to suggesting he might be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.

But after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Johnson has changed his tune.

Trump, he said, had encouraged the violent insurrection, had disputed the result of a “free and fair election,” and was “completely wrong.”

Jan 21 06:35

Merkel pushes for coordinated bans on UK arrivals to EU due to new variant of coronavirus – British media

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allegedly proposed that Brussels allows EU countries to shut their borders to UK travellers following the emergence of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, a report claims.

EU nations would be “free to impose temporary bans on entry and on transporting passengers entering from [non-EU] countries with virus-variants areas,” the Times reported on Thursday, citing a draft proposal submitted to Brussels by Berlin.

According to the paper, the move is being wholly backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and emphasizes “an urgent need to act in order to prevent or at least slow down the spread of worrying virus variants to and within the EU area.”

European countries were thrown into panic mode when a more contagious variant of the coronavirus was discovered in Britain late last year. More than 40 states quickly suspended flights from the UK in December.

Jan 20 10:13

Asked About Xinjiang, UK's Johnson Says Attribution of Genocide a Matter for Courts

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was up to the courts to determine cases of genocide, responding to a question about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

On Tuesday Donald Trump's U.S. administration determined that China has committed "genocide and crimes against humanity" in its repression of Uighur Muslims.

Asked about that decision, and whether he would endorse it Johnson said: "The attribution of genocide is a judicial matter, but I can say for myself that I regard what is happening in Xinjiang, and what's happening to the Uighurs is utterly abhorrent."

Jan 20 08:52

UK Authorities Could Force People to Take Selfie Every Day to ‘Prove’ They’re Self-Isolating

UK authorities are considering a new measure that would force people to send selfies every day to prove they’re self-isolating, photos which would then be cross-referenced using GPS data and facial-recognition software.

The Sunday Times reports that COVID lockdown officials are looking to mirror policies introduced in New Zealand, where all new arrivals to the country are forced to check in to a ‘quarantine hotel’ at the airport for a period of 2 weeks.

Another potential enforcement measure would be to copy Poland’s so-called “enhanced monitoring” system for those who are supposed to be self-isolating.

“Each person is contacted once a day and told to send a photograph of themselves at the location where they are confined,” states the report. “These are cross-referenced using GPS data and facial-recognition software. Those who fail to comply within 20 minutes receive a visit from police.”

Jan 20 08:17

Downing Street insists Boris Johnson would have a 'strong relationship' with any US president after Mark Sedwill claims the PM did not want Donald Trump to win a second term and Tories suspect No10 is trying to win over Joe Biden

Downing Street today insisted Boris Johnson would have a 'strong relationship' with whoever occupies the White House after Mark Sedwill claimed the PM did not want Donald Trump to win a second term.

Lord Sedwill, the former head of the UK civil service, said people who believe Mr Johnson would have preferred a victory by Mr Trump at the US presidential election last November are 'mistaken'.

Many Tories believe the intervention by Lord Sedwill could prove to be helpful as Number 10 tries to win over Joe Biden.

Jan 20 07:50

‘Unprecedented exodus’: Why are migrant workers leaving the UK?

Migrants have left the United Kingdom in large numbers, causing what is likely to be the largest population decline since WWII, according to a new study.

As many as 1.3 million people born abroad left the UK in just over a year – from July 2019 to September 2020 – the UK’s Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) think-tank said on Thursday, describing an “unprecedented exodus” driven by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jan 19 08:52

UK Labour Party hires former Israeli spy

The UK Labour Party has hired a former Israeli spy to help manage its social media, The Electronic Intifada can reveal.

Assaf Kaplan will work in the office of Labour leader Keir Starmer, a source with knowledge of the hire said.

Kaplan was in Israeli military intelligence for nearly five years, an officer in Unit 8200, its cyberwarfare branch.

Unit 8200 specializes in spying, hacking and encryption. It carries out blackmail, mass surveillance and systematic discrimination against Palestinians.

In 2014, a group of whistleblowers detailed how the unit spies on Palestinian civilians living under Israeli military occupation.

Jan 19 07:00

Khan’s London: ‘Up to Forty’ Males Fight Street Battle with Swords, Knives, Broken Bottles

A mob of “up to 40” males fought a running battle on the streets of London with swords, knives, and broken bottles, despite England’s draconian anti-coronavirus lockdown.

Metropolitan Police officers covering Ealing reported on social media that they had “responded to a large fight… in [Southall] involving up to 40 males fighting with swords and bottles,” managing to chase two from the scene and detained them after they were “identified as having carried swords during the fight.”

The pair were arrested for violent disorder and affray, but as yet there is no word on whether any of the remaining 38 or so brawlers have since been apprehended. Officers are urging anyone with information which might help them to identify them to contact them the 101 non-emergency number citing reference 136/17jan.

Jan 19 06:59

Biden to Visit UK First to Plot ‘Destiny of the World’ with Boris Johnson

President-Elect Joe Biden will reportedly make his first international trip outside of North America to the United Kingdom to plot the “destiny of the world” with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a source close to the 77-year-old Democrat has claimed.

Insiders within the Biden camp have pointed to the G7 meeting in June, which will be hosted by the UK in Cornwall, as the likely time of the meeting.

A source cited as a “close friend” of Mr Biden told the British paper The Daily Telegraph that the president-elect will look to put aside differences over Brexit, to which Biden has long expressed his opposition.

“Boris is a conservative, Joe’s a moderate [Democrat] so I think they can get over it. I think they’ll end up getting along,” the source said, illustrating how far to the left the UK Tory party is on almost all matters, compared to U.S. political parties.

Jan 19 06:58

UK Liberal Democrats to Campaign to Bring Back EU Free Movement

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, which branded the Leave vote a “national humiliation”, is campaigning to bring back freedom of movement with the EU, opening up migration to an unlimited number of Europeans to live and work in the UK.

Ed Davey took over as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the party’s embarrassing losses under former leader Jo Swinson, who campaigned to force the UK to stay in the EU if they won enough seats to take control of Parliament. Without regret, after Swinson had lost her own constituency in the December 2019 poll, she said that she was “proud that Liberal Democrats were the unapologetic voice of Remain”.

As recently as May 2020, Davey was pressuring the government to delay the UK leaving the EU’s institutions — which occurred as scheduled on December 31st, 2020 — by up to two years because of the pandemic.

Jan 19 02:32

Partygoers In England Allegedly Tell Police They’ve Never Heard About The Coronavirus Pandemic

Partygoers in England allegedly had an all-time great excuse after being busted by the police.

According to a tweet from the Hampshire police, a party in Basingstoke was broken up by the authorities, and the people enjoying themselves claimed they didn’t know about the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Why were they so ignorant? Well, they just don’t watch the news!

Look, if you’re partying and the cops show up during the coronavirus pandemic, you might as well just plead ignorance.

I mean, what the hell do you have to lose? I’d rather plead ignorance than admit to breaking the law. You have to leave a little wiggle room for your defense!

Jan 18 09:31

UK POLICE CHIEF: 'NOW IS REALLY NOT THE TIME' FOR FREE SPEECH, PROTEST

The chief constable of Dorset Police has urged lockdown protesters to accept that “now is really not the time” for freedom of speech and the right to assembly.

Chief Constable James Vaughan was speaking after the controversial arrest of two women for, seemingly, being recorded leaving home more than once and “sitting on a bench”, in an incident the police now allege was “stage-managed” by lockdown protesters, as one of the women is a Covid sceptic — although she denies any pre-planning.

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Chief Constable Vaughan’s zero-tolerance attitude towards protesters differs markedly from that shown by British police leaders towards Black Lives Matter activists, who have been allowed to break lockdown rules largely unmolested throughout the pandemic — in part, London Police Commissioner Cressida Dick admitted in June, because officers are afraid to enforce the law against them.

Jan 18 09:30

GUARDIAN SMEARS SYRIA'S PRESIDENT WITH IMPLAUSIBLE LINK TO BEIRUT'S PORT BLAST

On August 4 2020 2.750 tons of ammonium nitrate, stored in a warehouse of Beirut's harbour, exploded. The blast destroyed large parts of the city.

The dangerous load had come on a defect ship which was impounded by the Lebanese authorities. It had been stored since 2013. Despite urgent warnings, the complicate Lebanese bureaucracy had never found a way to get rid of the dangerous load.

Soon conspiracy theories sprang up about the 'real' ownership and purpose of the load and of who might have had an interest in igniting it. None made much sense. The original explanation of a bureaucratic tussle and pure neglect are still the most plausible cause.

But that does not stop the British Guardian from trying to blame the Syrian government for the incident:

Jan 18 08:14

WATCH: BLM Radical Sasha Johnson Arrested by London’s COVID Cops

BLM leader Sasha Johnson, a self-described ‘Black Panther’, has been arrested by London’s Metropolitan Police Service (the Met) for allegedly breaching Britain’s draconian coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings.

In footage released on social media by the conservative student organisation Turning Point UK, the Black Lives Matter leader was seen being arrested by police outside Number 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister.

The video shows the BLM radical being told that she has been “warned to leave the area” by police officers, who informed her that she was being arrested for gathering in public with more than two people.

Sasha Johnson shouted out “no justice, no peace!” as she was being hauled into a police van.

“Look how many of you it took, look how many of you… cowards!” she shouted as the officers locked her in the van.

Jan 18 08:05

Media Reveal How British Nuclear Bombs Could Blow Up a Big Chunk of the World

During the Cold War, the UK’s powerful nuclear arsenal was one of the key sticking points in disagreements between Moscow and Washington regarding the deployment of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe. In 1987, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to US demands and signed a treaty banning them. The US scrapped the agreement in 2019.

Although the UK’s nuclear arsenal is dwarfed by that of its principal ally, the US, to the point where President Donald Trump reportedly didn’t even know the country was a nuclear power at one point, Britain’s nukes are nevertheless a potent deterrent that can “devastate even the largest of countries”, The National Interest contributor Kyle Mizokami writes.

Jan 17 11:22

Moment civil liberties campaigner Lord Sumption tells a stage 4 bowel cancer sufferer that her life is 'less valuable' than others in blunt TV debate on the impact of lockdown

Former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption today told a Stage 4 bowel cancer sufferer that her life was 'less valuable' than others.

Jonathan Sumption, who sat on the Supreme Court until 2018, made the comments while appearing on the BBC's The Big Questions this morning to discuss the cost of lockdown.

He told BBC podcaster Deborah James, 39, that her life was 'less valuable' than others because she suffers with Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer.

Host Nicky Campbell invited guests to discuss the cost of lockdown and whether it was 'punishing too many for the greater good'.

Lord Sumption, who argues that vulnerable people should be able to isolate if they want while leaving the rest of the population to continue without lockdown, said: 'All lives are not of equal value - the older you are, the less valuable yours is because there's less of it left.'

Jan 17 08:28

I refuse to be bullied into silence: PROFESSOR KATHLEEN STOCK was ostracised and denounced by 600 colleagues because she dared to challenge the trans orthodoxy sweeping Britain

I was proud to be given an OBE in the latest New Year Honours List. I was delighted for my profession, too – it’s rare for philosophers to get much attention. It might sound strange, then, to say I felt a pang of anxiety when I first heard the good news towards the end of last year, and again when it was made public on January 1. I knew there might be a price to pay for getting such a public honour. And thanks to the trans lobby and its increasingly aggressive behaviour, I was right.

The OBE came as a result of my campaign for academic freedom and, in particular, the freedom to examine the demands of influential trans pressure groups such as Stonewall.

So it was no surprise when, just a few days ago, I opened my emails to find that more than 600 people had signed an open letter denouncing me.

Jan 17 08:26

UK Supreme Court dismisses appeal by insurers, opening up 370,000 businesses to Covid-19 payouts

The UK Supreme Court has ruled in favour of hundreds of thousands of firms who filed for insurance payouts to cover losses they incurred during the first Covid-19 national lockdown.

The court’s decision could hand a lifeline to businesses that might otherwise have been forced to cease trading due to the negative financial impact of having to remain closed for a substantial part of 2020.

During the UK’s first nationwide lockdown in the spring of 2020, businesses sought to make claims for loss of earnings through their business interruption insurance policies. However, a number of insurers rejected the claims, as they argued that the unprecedented situation was only covered by specialist policies that many customers had not taken out.

Jan 16 18:48

Matt Hancock is filmed out in London park after Boris Johnson's national plea to 'stay home this weekend' - as crowds flock to beauty spots, supermarket shoppers refuse to wear masks and anti-lockdown protesters are arrested

The Prime Minister yesterday released a video calling on the public to 'think twice' before leaving the house as he moved to cool rising optimism amid a drop in daily infections and the vaccination of more than 3.5million people.

He urged everyone to behave as if they have coronavirus, warning that asymptomatic 'silent spreaders' are unwittingly fuelling the crisis and the next person infected 'could be you'.

But his sobering clarion call did little to put off crowds who headed to busy parks - including the Health Secretary who was filmed by a passerby casually walking through Queen's Park in North London while clutching a rugby ball.

In the clip, Mr Hancock, who is not wearing a mask, smiles as a member of the public who remarks at how 'muddy' he is.

Jan 16 14:16

Covid-19: Protect us from unlawful killing charges - medics

Doctors and nurses need protection from prosecution over Covid-19 treatment decisions made under the pressures of the pandemic, medical bodies have said.

Groups including the British Medical Association have written to ministers saying medical workers fear they could be at risk of unlawful killing charges.

It comes as the UK's chief medical officers said the NHS could be overwhelmed in weeks.

Jan 15 10:38

UK Bank Threatens to Cancel Accounts if Customers Refuse to Wear Masks

HSBC has said it will “reserve the right” to cancel the accounts of customers who refuse to wear masks inside its UK branches.

The British-based bank — the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) founded in 1865 — said that masks are mandatory in all branches unless visitors have a medical exemption.

A spokesman for HSBC told The Mirror on Tuesday that it advises its customers: “If you do visit us, please wear a face covering and maintain a safe distance from others. If individuals put themselves or our colleagues at risk, without a medical exemption, we reserve the right to withdraw their account.”

Jan 15 10:33

OneWeb secures new funding from SoftBank to help it take on Elon Musk’s Starlink

LONDON — Less than a year after filing for bankruptcy, U.K. satellite communications firm OneWeb announced it has $1.4 billion in total funding thanks to a new investment from SoftBank and Hughes Network Systems.

Reports suggest the new funding from SoftBank and Hughes is worth around $400 million. OneWeb and SoftBank did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

Founded in 2012, OneWeb wants to create a network of hundreds of satellites and use them to deliver broadband to everyone in the world, no matter where they are. The company claims its satellite system will be able to deliver affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency broadband.

The London-headquartered company is competing with Elon Musk’s Starlink, which has launched considerably more satellites and is already conducting trials in the U.S. and the U.K.

Starlink is a subdivision of aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company SpaceX, which was founded by Musk in 2002.

Jan 15 10:11

REPORT: Man Who Threw Out Over $300 Million In Bitcoin Offers City 25% If They Let Him Dig Through Landfill

A Wales man who accidentally threw out a hard drive with millions of pounds worth of bitcoin has offered to share his wealth with the city if he is allowed to search through a landfill for it.

James Howell, a 35-year-old IT worker in Newport, offered to give the city a portion of his bitcoin value if the city’s council allows him to search through the city’s landfill for a hard drive that reportedly has £230 million (approximately $300 million) worth of the digital currency, WalesOnline reported.

Howell has been asking the city’s council for eight years for permission to search the landfill, after he claimed he had accidentally discarded the drive in 2013, WalesOnline further reported.

Jan 15 06:56

Britons furious as Boris warned of leadership coup in lockdown row - 'Backbench idiots'

BRITONS have reacted furiously after Boris Johnson was warned he could be forced out of Downing Street by Tory backbenchers unless he outlines his plan to end the current national Covid lockdown.

Boris Johnson says the 'strain is colossal' on the NHS
The Prime Minister has been told he must set out how long he thinks the toughened coronavirus restrictions will last and what plan he has to lift them. Mr Johnson was warned he would face a leadership challenge if he does not lift the national lockdown soon. Steve Baker, who is deputy chair of the Conservative Party backbench Covid Recovery Group (CRG), has written to MPs to encourage them to make their opinions known to the Government chief whip.

Jan 14 21:26

Police quiz finance boss of Oxford Covid vaccine firm after he drives 250 miles to his second home 'in search of better wi-fi signal'

Lee Warren, finance director at AstraZeneca vaccine manufacturer Cobra Biologics, travelled from his home in Stoke-on-Trent to Rothbury in Northumberland last Monday - the same day Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown.

He spent three nights at his second home before complaints from angry locals prompted police to arrive and order the family to return home.

Both Staffordshire and Northumberland were in Tier 4 prior to the national lockdown - with Government guidance stating: 'You must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home.'

Jan 14 14:08

Almost 200,000 people now waiting at least a year for routine NHS operations

Almost 200,000 patients in England are now waiting a year for routine NHS operations, according to the latest data.

By the end of November a total of 192,169 patients were waiting more than 52 weeks for treatment with the total NHS waiting list now at more than 4.5 million patients, the highest since records began.

In February 2019, the number of patients waiting over a year was just 1,163. The numbers have ballooned because of the widespread cancellations by hospitals during the first and second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jan 14 11:12

Matt Hancock reveals 3MILLION Covid jabs have now been administered across UK as GPs are offered £30 bonus for every care home resident they vaccinate before end of the week

The Health Secretary tweeted that he was 'delighted' with the news, adding: 'We're accelerating the Covid vaccine roll-out across the UK.'

It comes after it was revealed GPs will be offered a £30 bonus for every care home resident they vaccinate before the end of the week.

GP-led hubs administering the vaccine will be granted a cash incentive in hope of speeding up the roll-out of jabs in care homes.

Jan 14 07:45

UK Police Hand Out Almost 45,000 Covid Fines

The home secretary and a senior police officer have revealed that forces across the UK have handed out 45,000 fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown laws.

National Police Chiefs’ Council chairman (NPCC) Martin Hewitt said during a Downing Street coronavirus briefing on Wednesday that “I make no apology” for handing out the massive number of fines. He said: “Since October, we’ve been guiding our officers to move more quickly to issuing a fine where people are clearly breaching regulations, and they’re not listening to us.”

Mr Hewitt added that forces have sent “more officers out on dedicated patrols to take action against the small few who”, he claims, “are letting us all down”.

Jan 13 06:45

NHS doctors instructed to postpone routine care and administer covid-19 vaccines instead

The British Medical Association and The National Health Services (NHS) have instructed general practitioners to postpone routine checkups and administer covid-19 vaccines instead. Healthcare systems around the world have been radically transformed in 2020, as family and friends are barred from their loved ones and conditioned to believe that getting vaccinated is the only way people can make human contact again. Healthcare systems have been reorganized to reflect this belief system and the end game of coercive vaccination is here.

In the pandemonium, private healthcare has become a top-down dictatorship, as experimental injections take precedence over all other forms of healthcare.

Jan 12 08:18

CHATTING IS BANNED IN THE U.K

Jan 12 06:49

'They are one sandwich short of a picnic!' Fury at 'pathetic nit-picking' as Dutch police strip the ham out of lorry driver's lunch and tell him 'Welcome to Brexit' in import crackdown

Dutch police officers have sparked fury after officers were filmed laughing at a British truck driver while confiscating his ham sandwiches in line with post-Brexit import rules.

'Welcome to the Brexit, sir,' one of the officers says mockingly in the video of the incident, as the driver pleads: 'Can you take the meat and leave me the bread?'

Footage from Dutch TV showed the border officials confiscating sandwiches and other foodstuffs from drivers entering the Netherlands from the UK.

The EU does not allow for meat, meat products, milk or dairy products to be brought in from countries outside the union for 'personal consumption'.

With Britain having left the EU on January 1, the rules now apply to people crossing the Channel.

Jan 12 06:36

UK Government May Only Let People Out ONCE A WEEK

The British government has reportedly discussed upping COVID restrictions even further by only allowing people to leave their homes once per week.

Claiming that the National Health service is at breaking point, the government is said to be considering implementing stricter rules, including compulsory mask-wearing outdoors, and banning so called ‘extended bubbles’, where people are allowed to meet one person from another household.

Most chilling, however, is the revelation that cabinet ministers have privately debated preventing people from talking to each other in the street and in supermarkets, and even preventing people from leaving home more than once per week, and introducing curfews.

Jan 11 18:00

Cancer sufferer, 52, fears her children will be left motherless after her urgent surgery was cancelled because of Covid-19 pandemic

Sarah Joel, 52, who has two sons aged 11 and six, was left inconsolable after getting a call just days before an operation to treat her stage four cancer.

Jan 11 08:31

U.K. Divorces Expected To Surge In A Post-COVID 2021

Divorces in the U.K. are expected to surge heading into 2021 as Covid lockdowns continue to force couples to actually stay at home and be in each others' presences - something they apparently didn't know they were signing up for when they got married to begin with.

Jan 11 08:17

Lockdown Police Caught on Camera Violating Their Own Lockdown Rules

The clip shows a man approaching four officers who are sat at a table drinking coffee.

Under Tier 4 restrictions, and now under the national lockdown as a whole, it is against the rules to sit at a table and consume beverages or food given that all pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed except for takeaway services.

“Officers, can you just let me know what tier we’re in please?” asks the member of the public.

When one of the officers responds, the man explains, “You’re not supposed to be sitting down in a restaurant – takeaway service only, I’m sure that’s what they said.”

After the officers say they are on a break, the man responds, “If the rules say I can’t sit in a restaurant, why are you?”

Jan 09 17:16

PETER HITCHENS: I am, for the first time, afraid for the future of freedom in my country

By the way, when YouTube last week censored a recording of one of the conversations I have each Monday with the TalkRadio presenter Mike Graham (as they blatantly did), it was not temporary. It was permanent.

On January 4, the same Mr Mason tweeted: 'I don't just want Johnson to say 'Stay home, save lives' etc. I want him to call out and ridicule the bull**** anti-maskers, lockdown skeptics and denialists in his own party – and order social media platforms to suppress/label Covid disinformation. That's leadership.'

This is plainly a call for censorship. By 'disinformation', such people always mean 'things I disagree with'. When I challenge them, they can come up with no examples of untruths.

Jan 09 16:57

Met police officers who were spotted 'flouting' Covid rules by tucking into breakfast INSIDE London café en masse face investigation - despite cracking down harder on public who break rules

Brian Jennings, 44, regularly walks past the cafe, near the Greenwich Patrol Base in south east London for exercise and saw them sitting inside eating.

The IT manager from Blackheath said he was outraged by the site after reading of members of the public who fined for going for a walk with a coffee.

He said: 'There's a large police depot on the Thames riverside near me. I walk past it a few times a week because it's a nice quiet place to take exercise.

'On the neighbouring industrial estate there's a cafe. We noticed in the first lockdown and then we noticed it again today that, regularly, first thing in the morning there will be half a dozen squad cars outside and every table full of police officers having breakfast in there.

'It's not a one off it's been going on for a few months. You read about people getting fined in the papers and it seems hypocritical as there [looks like there is little] social distancing in the cafe."

Jan 09 08:17

Lockdown without end in the UK? Boris Johnson has shown Brits the finger

Britain is in national lockdown again, but this time with an important difference. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hasn’t given a definite date when restrictions will finally be lifted, which should give everybody cause for concern.

In Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 film adaptation of ‘The 39 Steps’, Richard Hannay (played by Robert Donat) tells seemingly ‘respectable citizen’ Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) that the dastardly criminal mastermind he is after has the top joint of the little finger of his left hand missing. “Sure it’s not this one?” says Prof Jordan, raising his right hand.

I thought of that famous scene on Monday when Boris Johnson made his latest ‘address to the nation’. That we were going into a new national lockdown, so soon in the New Year, was absolutely unsurprising. In fact, in a tweet on December 18, I predicted the exact date (January 4) when Johnson would make his announcement.

Jan 09 08:14

Brexit Creates Major Problem For UK Energy Companies

In the international electricity markets, countries fall into one of three categories:

those that provide adequately for their needs like the US,

those with excess reserves like Canada

and those in deficit.

The UK is in a deficit by about 7% of its annual requirements. Undersea cables linking the UK’s grid to mostly nuclear power stations in France and the Netherlands make up this deficit.

Jan 09 07:52

‘This is getting sicker by the day’: Viewers blast TV show asking about rewards for snitching on neighbours breaking Covid rules

ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ came under fire from viewers after it controversially asked whether Brits should receive a financial reward for turning their coronavirus rule-breaking neighbours in to the police.

“Should people be rewarded for snitching on their neighbours who break lockdown rules?”asked presenter Kate Garraway during Friday’s show. Acknowledging that the UK is in “such a serious situation,” Garraway added, “But should we incentivise people by giving them money?”

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