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Rising alarm in Britain over Russian meddling in Brexit vote

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November 18, 2017 7:31 PM
LONDON (WASHINGTON POST) - New investigations released this week suggest the Russians meddled in Britain's historic referendum last year to leave the European Union, placing an already weakened Prime Minister Theresa May in a most awkward position - just when she needs to be her strongest in Brexit negotiations.


Cambodia accused of 'killing off democracy' after opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

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Cambodia has been accused of ‘killing off democracy’ after the country’s supreme court dissolved the opposition party and outlawed over 100 politicians ahead of a general election next year. Thursday's ruling to disband the Cambodia National Rescue Party, in a Southeast Asian country visited by about 159,000 Britons a year, was widely expected amid the worst crackdown on freedom and human rights in two decades. The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a firebrand former Khmer Rouge fighter who has held office for 32 years, had already accused the CNRP of plotting a US-backed revolution and jailed the party’s leader Kem Sokha in September. After a horrific genocide in the 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge under dictator Pol Pot killed 1-3 million, Cambodia has functioned nominally as a democracy since 1993. Analysts say the current repression reveals Hun Sen’s desire to cling to power after a surge in the CNRP’s popularity. “This is the end of democracy in Cambodia. We have not done anything wrong. We have fought for democracy. They have killed the will of more than three million people in Cambodia,” said CNRP spokesman, Yim Sovann, referring to the party’s recent support in June’s local elections. Deputy opposition leader Mu Sochua, 63, has been lobbying for international help since she was forced to flee her homeland in October, after being accused by Hun Sen of being an “urban terrorist.” She described the supreme court's decision as "a blow to democracy" but said it would not be fatal. "The democratic movement for change inside and outside Cambodia will be glued together stronger than ever," Ms Sochua said after the decision. Mu Sochua, deputy leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Credit: AP Ms Sochua met with British officials in London this week to shore up support for targeted sanctions on the regime. Britain is one of Cambodia’s most important trading partners, importing roughly $1 billion [£760m] worth of products in 2016. In an interview she told The Telegraph the party was anxious to see more action from the international community, "especially the UK", and hoped Thursday's decision would be seen as "a red line being crossed".  "You can let peace die, democracy die in Cambodia or you can take action to be accountable to your own taxpayers," Ms Sochua said. She added: “If the prime minister can go as far as dissolving the party that is the only competitor, I think Mr Hun Sen can do anything else, so the situation for democracy and for peace in Cambodia looks really bleak. Opposition leader Kem Sokha prays during a Buddhist ceremony in Phnom Penh Credit:  AP Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, called for Japan and the EU to immediately suspend all financial and technical electoral assistance for the 2018 election unless the CNRP was reinstated and permitted to compete. “The Supreme Court dissolution of the CNRP is the culmination of Hun Sen’s backdoor plan to ensure his victory in next year’s election,” Mr Robertson said. Champa Patel, head of the Asia programme at think-tank Chatham House, pointed out that the presiding judge in the case was a high-ranking member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and a close associate of the prime minister.   A Buddhist monk tries to enter a blocked street outside the supreme court on Thursday Credit: AP “The dissolution of the Cambodian opposition reflects how the courts in Cambodia have become tools serving government interests,” she said. “It is difficult to see how any proceedings can be seen as independent of vested interests.” The atmosphere of intimidation in Cambodia had already sparked international alarm, with Sweden threatening to revise its relations with Phomn Penh, and US Senator Ted Cruz threatening to push for a travel ban on top officials. Profile | Hun Sen  

Muswell Hill: Murder detectives investigate after woman found dead 'bound and gagged' in home

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Murder detectives are investigating the death of a woman who was allegedly found bound and gagged at her home in a north London suburb.

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Panama Papers case: Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, family members may face travel restrictions

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Sharif, 67, and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their ownership of properties in London.


'Tube crush' website featuring photos of 'attractive' men on London Underground sparks privacy row

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A "Tube crush" website where passengers secretly capture and rate photos of men they find "attractive" while riding the London Underground has sparked a privacy row.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage

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November 18, 2017 11:44 AM
LONDON (AFP) - He accepted living in her shadow. She forgave his periodic gaffes.


Elder Conlan's time to shine

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Jamie Conlan's career has been overshadowed by the exploits of his younger brother Michael, the London Olympic bronze medallist and 2015 world amateur champion.

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British Airways passenger endured "10 hours of hell" when speaker made loud noise during Las Vegas flight

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Nicole Lightbody, 26, says she was stunned when British Airways offered her just £20 in compensation for the trip from London Heathrow to Las Vegas


Premier League Preview: Matchday Twelve

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Following the final international break of the year, attention turns back to club football with North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur getting matters underway in Saturday’s early kick-off. Home advantage sees Arsene Wenger’s side as slight favourites despite being three places and four points behind their neighbours with eleven games played. Victory for the ...]


Casualties feared in UK mid-air collision

Added: 17.11.2017 20:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

Several people were feared dead on Friday after a helicopter and an aircraft were involved in a midair collision northwest of London.

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