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Undercover police spied on more than 1,000 political groups in UK

Undercover police officers who adopted fake identities in deployments lasting several years spied on more than 1,000 political groups, a judge-led public inquiry has said.<p>It is the first time that the number of political groups infiltrated by the undercover spies over more than four decades has …

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No transition: Free movement of people will end after Brexit

LONDON — The free movement of people from the EU will end on the date the UK leaves, the Immigration Minister has insisted, in a hardening of the government's Brexit policy.<p>The government's Brexit white paper, published earlier this year, suggested that there would be a "phased process of …

Microbeads: Ban on dangerous plastic particles to be considered after damning environmental report

A call for the full ban of dangerous plastic microbeads may be considered if cosmetic companies do not “clean up their act”, MPs have said.<p>In a new …

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UFO sighting alert: Mysterious eagle-eye shaped object spotted hovering over London Eye during New Year spectacular

Strange flying object spotted near the International Space Station's position<p>UFO sightings have been reported from various parts of the world during …

Britain unprepared for severe blackouts, secret Government report reveals

Exclusive: Increased death rates, rising public disorder and high-risk criminals on the loose among the likely consequences of prolonged power cuts, official assessment shows<p>Britain is unprepared for prolonged blackouts, with increased death rates, rising public disorder and high-risk criminals on …

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British police are going Robocop

British bobbies may soon be ditching caps and tunics for a striking new digital look.<p>At a presentation earlier this year pitching the Home Office’s new Security Innovation and Demonstration Centre (SIDC), Rob Coleman, director of the Center for Applied Science and Technology, unveiled a new vision …

'Enough is enough': US anti-racism protests

<b>New York City, United States -</b> Cynthia Howell is angry. Eleven years ago, her aunt was killed after police tossed a concussion grenade into her apartment during a mistaken drug raid.<p>On Saturday, she was at the vanguard of a march in Manhattan over fears of racism in an overly-militarised police …

Anti-Mining Activist Murdered Days Before Testifying At Climate Summit

Now, the Guardian reports that the body of the Shuar indigenous leader has been found, bound and buried in an unmarked grave on the banks of the Zamora River.<p>A well-known leader of the local Shuar communities, Tendetza Antun was also a vocal critic of a Chinese-operated Mirador mine in Ecuador's …

Now You Can Actually Attend a Hogwarts-Like Wizardry School

Aspiring wizards from Poland and Denmark evidently got sick of waiting for owls with their acceptances to Hogwarts to arrive and created their own …

These Breathtaking Photos Remind Us Exactly Why We Want To Fight So Hard Against Climate Change

When we talk about climate change, it's easy to get caught up in the politics and economic arguments and lose sight of what it is we're really fighting for. That's why we asked our followers on Instagram to show us one thing in nature for which they were thankful this holiday season -- and nothing …

#CameronMustGo: Campaign fast approaching a million tweets calling for Prime Minister to quit

The #CameronMustGo campaign on Twitter shows no sign of abating with 700,000 tweets posted over the last seven days.<p>Campaigners are now pushing to …

Activists urge a boycott of Black Friday in solidarity with Ferguson

While US retailers are flooding social media with plugs for the latest Black Friday deals, activists angry about the failure to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager earlier this year are using that same space to urge a boycott of the big shopping day.<p>Using the …

Black communities in England know what Ferguson is going through

When I think about Ferguson, Missouri, I'm reminded of a song by The Clash called "Guns of Brixton." It came out in 1979, with lyrics that complained about heavy-handed policing in the London neighborhood of Brixton that seemed to encourage a violent response from residents.<p>Two years after the …

Dog Follows Athletes Through Mud And Water, And Melts Hearts

After a stray dog in Ecuador met a team of Swedish adventure athletes, he grew so attached to the squad that he ran for miles and swam along to keep up with them. Now Arthur the dog is world-famous — and it all started with a meatball.<p>Sweden's Peak Performance team was in Ecuador this month to …

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Ray Lewis Explains Why He's Standing With Protesters In Ferguson

A former Philadelphia police officer says that he’s standing with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri to send a message that police are oppressing the majority of Americans.<p>“Number one, I want to give the residents of Ferguson the knowledge that there are some police that do support them,” Ray Lewis, …

Vetigel: The Plant-Based Gel That Stops Traumatic Bleeding Wounds in 15 Seconds

A graduate from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU) has invented a gel that can stop bleeding and seal serious wounds in just 15 …

The Monk Who Gave Up Acting With Laurence Olivier To Lead Buddhism In British Prisons

<i>Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on their</i> …

More than 100 protests over Ferguson decision planned

Protesters march through NYC and LA<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Vandals in Oakland, California, bust windows of a car dealership and loot stores<br>• Part of the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles has been shut down in both directions<br>• New York protester: "Now we're going to make sure things are going to change"<br>• Boston's mayor …

British Liberty Is Under Threat

The country seems invulnerable to tyranny. Yet in the last 15 years it has eliminated core rights and protections that took centuries to secure.<p>With the Magna Carta on display at the Library of Congress for a 10-week exhibition, the United States possesses a physical reminder that its special …

Michael Brown's parents address U.N.: 'We need the world to know'

The parents of Michael Brown, a Missouri teen killed by police, testified before a U.N. committee Tuesday because they want the world to know "what's going on in Ferguson."<p>Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture -- which also works against cruel …

At Home in Hong Kong's Surprisingly Comfortable Protest Camps

“I have never seen Hong Kong this organized, this nice, this united,” says Jamie Yai, a 34-year-old flight attendant, as he watches his two small …

Watch This Video of a Meteorite Exploding

<i>This article originally appeared on Lost at E Minor.</i><p>Photographer Wes Eisenhauer has taken some pretty extraordinary footage of the night sky you’ll …

New dog laws: What pet owners need to know from today

A breakdown of the new legal powers police have to help prevent dog attacks<p>For the first time, police and local authorities will be able to demand that owners take action to prevent a dog attack or risk fine of up to £20,000.<p>If a complaint has been made about a dog to the council or police, its …

Police move to clear Occupy protesters from Parliament Square

Police made one arrest after hundreds of officers converged on Parliament Square in London on Sunday night in an attempt to remove Occupy Democracy protesters.<p>A Metropolitan police spokesman said that officers were enforcing a notice to desist. The demonstrators, who were in the third day of …

Everything You Need To Know About The "Blood Moon" Eclipse

Wednesday's event is the second in a rare set of four lunar eclipses.<p>Lunar eclipses happen when the moon, sun, and Earth are aligned in such a way that the Earth's shadow covers the moon. During a blood moon, the moon turns a red hue because of the way the sun is filtered through Earth's …

Prof Brian Cox: 'There’s a naivety in saying there is no God’

Professor Brian Cox talks about religion, alien life and the Reithian ideals behind his new TV series<p>Once he was a scientist who used to be a rockstar, now he’s a rockstar scientist. So successful have his TV programmes become that Professor Brian Cox is more in the limelight now than he ever was …

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6 Absolutely Terrifying Things (That We'd Still Love To Do)

Sometimes the best part of travel is that, frankly, it totally scares the crap out of us. It's a chance for us to push our boundaries, do things we'd never do, and (just a little bit) pretend to be a totally different kind of person. Below, we highlight six of the most utterly hair-raising, …

Joshua Wong: the teenager who is the public face of the Hong Kong protests

With his floppy hair, baggy shorts and stripy T-shirt, accessorised with a yellow ribbon around each skinny wrist, the only thing distinguishing the 17-year-old from the other teenagers on Wednesday was the bank of television cameras facing him.<p>Joshua Wong is too young to drive or buy a drink in a …

Hong Kong democracy activists are offering their umbrellas to rain-soaked police

HONG KONG—Relations between Hong Kong’s police force and the tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors holding parts of the city hostage are getting a little better. Two demonstrators were photographed last night using their umbrellas to shelter officers from the rain, a stark contrast to …

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests – in pictures

Police fired teargas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill