Apostasy is not just something that scandalises people in far off lands. Harriet Alexander hears the story of a British woman whose life was turned upside down when she left Islam – echoing the plight of Meriam Ibrahim, who awaits a death sentence in Sudan for the same “crime”
Yet another sinkhole has opened up in flood-hit Britain, the sixth this month, leaving one house on the brink of collapse and two more homes evacuated.
The tidal surge which hit the east coast of Britain has been described as the “most serious” for 60 years.
Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.
Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of cruise missile strikes, alongside the United States, as military commanders finalise a list of potential targets.
Government sources said talks between the Prime Minister and international leaders, including Barack Obama, would continue, but that any military action that was agreed could begin within the next week.
As the preparations gathered pace, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, warned that the world could not stand by and allow the Assad regime to use chemical weapons against the Syrian people “with impunity”.
Britain now only has 2-day supply in reserve
(OILPRICE.COM) — Demand for natural gas in the UK soared during the coldest March in 50 years. This has led to a supply shortage, and some experts to suggest that Britain’s gas supplies could actually run out by the 8th of April, forcing them to import from Norway and Russia at far higher prices.
Whilst the government has been championing a “dash for gas” which has seen demand for the fuel increase significantly, they have done little to increase the storage capacity in the country. After the month of higher than expected demand the UK now only has a two day’s supply in reserve.
Ian Marchant, the chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy, one of the UK’s largest power suppliers, commented that, “it appears the government is significantly underestimating the scale of the capacity crunch facing the UK in the next three years and there is a very real risk of the lights going out as a result.”
Britain could face further riots like those in summer 2011 due to the economic crisis, the Head of the International Red Cross has warned.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk – By Alice Philipson
Yves Daccord said Britain should learn the lessons of the Middle East, where economic uncertainty and a lack of options for young people helped fuel unrest.
“If the economic pressure goes on, it will have a social impact on people and if young people especially don’t see any future then you might be confronted with unrest like in 2011. There is no reason that this unrest will not repeat itself,” Mr Daccord told The World At One.
“In Egypt and Tunisia one of the drivers of the revolution was the price of food and also for a lot of young people, there was no future.
“I would be careful about comparing it with Europe, but we [Europe] can at least learn something from it. When you have a large number of people uneducated, unemployed and with no real options in front of them, you could have a violent situation.”
Mr Daccord also warned there is the prospect of further violence throughout Europe as increasing numbers of people fall into poverty.
He said the Red Cross is having to help more and more people across the continent due to cuts in State services.
Around two million people are now using the Red Cross in Spain alone.
“There are more poor people but the State has less ability to help them socially,” he said.
“[In the past] there has been a social net to take care of it [these problems].
“For the first time we have poor and unemployed people but at the same time the State have to cut their services, which means many more people have to deal with it [by themselves]. “
He added: “Today in Europe, for the first time in the last 20-30 years, there is suddenly no hope and that creates more tension.”
Five people were killed and hundreds of businesses and homes attacked in four days of rioting across England in August 2011.