Minister Intervenes to Give Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei Full UK Visa

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei leaves the airport in Munich Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday. On Thursday the artist, whose passport was returned by Chinese authorities last week four years after it was confiscated, said Britain had granted him only a short-stay visa. He said this was because immigration officials said he had not declared a “criminal conviction”. Ai, who was detained for 81 days and had his passport confiscated four years ago, has never been charged nor convicted of a crime. “The Home Secretary was not consulted over the decision to grant Mr Ai a one-month visa. She has reviewed the case and has now instructed Home Office officials to issue a full six-month visa,” a Home Office (interior ministry) spokeswoman said. “We have written to Mr

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World View: Tensions with Palestinians Soar after Israeli Settler ‘Price Tag’ Attack

AP Photo Contents: Hamas promises revenge for Palestinian baby burned to death; High tensions are reminiscent of prelude to last year’s Gaza war; Five ‘Hilltop Youth’ extremists charged with ‘price tag’ Church arson; Palestinian teen shot and killed by Israeli army near Gaza border fence

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Exclusive: Tom Cotton: ‘It is Our Duty to Lead on the Global Stage’

Tom Cotton WASHINGTON– In a speech to the National Conservative Student Conference, United States Senator Tom Cotton harshly condemned President Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with the Iranian regime. Speaking to Breitbart News following the speech, Senator Cotton emphasized the importance of involving young Americans in foreign policy issues.

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Free Pornography for Norwegian Prisoners May be Under Threat

Twitter/@Gazetteseries Norwegian prisoners have a constitutional right to unlimited porn to watch in their cells – but now the police union is calling for curbs. Claiming that free access to pornography can harm the “peace, order and security” of the prison environment, the Norwegian Directorate for Correctional Services says their officers can feel awkward entering a cell if an inmate is in the middle of enjoying him or herself, reports TheLocal.no. They claim searching cells for contraband can also become embarrassing if the cell is full of porn, so they at least want to put in place some limits on how much porn each inmate is allowed to keep at once. The directorate cites the popularity of ‘rape fantasy’ porn which depicts prison guards being pinned down and raped by their wards as a particular area for concern. Prison guard union spokesman Knut Are Svenkerud said: “We also know that some inmates have had

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David Cameron Thinks A Few Sniffer Dogs Can Solve The Migrant Crises… Forgets To Tell Dog Supplier

NETHERLANDS-ENERGY-NUCLEAR David Cameron’s latest attempt to tackle the deepening Migrant Crisis at the Euro-tunnel involves sending in a few more sniffer dogs. However, the Home Office’s supplier of dogs, Wagtail International, had not even received a call from Whitehall before the Prime Minister made the announced last night, according to Channel 4 News. The Prime Minister chaired an emergency COBRA meeting with his ministers upon returning from Asia yesterday, but so far he has only promised to send some new fencing to France, which will take weeks to install, and to turn a military base near the tunnel entrance into a lorry park, so the M20 can be cleared. The migrant crisis on both side of the Channel is currently costing Britain £250 million a day in lost trade. At one point this month, queues of lorries stretched back eighteen miles into Kent, and delays for haulage drivers are still more

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Russia’s ‘Tin Pot Despot’ Putin Ordered Spy’s London Murder, UK Inquiry Told

Putin and Shoigu take part in celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “tin pot despot” who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday. Kremlin critic Litvinenko, 43, died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at London’s plush Millennium Hotel, shortly after obtaining British citizenship. British authorities say there is evidence to try Russian suspects Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun for murder. From his deathbed, Litvinenko accused Putin of ordering his killing. Both Russians deny the charge and the Kremlin has rejected any involvement, dismissing the validity of the British inquiry into Litvinenko’s death that caused Anglo-Russian relations to sink to a post-Cold War low. On the closing day of the inquiry that began in January, Ben Emmerson, lawyer for Litvinenko’s widow Marina, listed several reasons he said pointed to Russian responsibility for Litvinenko’s death. Read more at Reuters

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NEW IMAGES: Life Inside Migrant ‘Jungle’ in Northern France

(Rob Stothard/Getty Images) Hundreds of migrants are now camped at a makeshift site near the port of Calais in northern France in a desperate bid to reach the UK. The camp, which has been dubbed “The Jungle”, sprawls over 50 acres and sits next to one of the main highways on the route to the freight terminal for the Channel Tunnel. The Daily Mail says it includes tents, makeshift houses, shops and even a school and church.

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Revealed: The Shocking Number of Drug Addicts on State Benefits

Drug Abuse Nearly 77 per cent of all people undertaking drug addiction treatment are on state benefits, an official government study has revealed. In the research undertaken in 2012 but released by the Department for Work and Pensions this week, government data matching found that nearly four in five people being treated for addiction had claimed state benefits such as job seekers allowance in their lifetime. More concerning was the number of people receiving the treatment who at that time were presently receiving benefits – 61 per cent. The highly convergent figures suggest a significant coincidence rate between drug abuse and being out of work, as such a small percentage receiving treatment – only 16 per cent – had once claimed money but had gone on to find work. The figures involved are significant. The government documents reveal a staggering 134,090 people in Britain were receiving drug addiction treatment in 2012, meaning 82,350

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