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British lambast "racist" government billboard vans with humour

 
Whether the Home Office were trying to be helpful in providing a hotline number for those in Britain illegally or whether it was merely a publicity stunt is a question hotly debated. But the backlash against the campaign dubbed #RacistVan by some online critics did not take long to kick in. Spoofs, satire and spamming were the twitterati’s weapons. Read more…
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Reactions to the Royal Baby: The Good, The Bad and the Weird

Heard enough of the cooing about the royal baby over the last 24 hours? Have a look at these reactions and jokes to cheer yourself up. Read more...

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"Muslim patrols" target drinkers and gays in London

 
Three videos have emerged online showing several men harassing passers-by in the streets of East London for drinking alcohol, wearing short skirts or “looking gay”. These unidentified men describe themselves as a “Muslim patrol” that aims to apply sharia law in the streets near the East London mosque. While these appear to be isolated incidents perpetrated by delinquents rather than by organised radical Islamists, the authorities are taking them seriously. Read more...

UK Muslims distribute Koran in response to anti-Islam film

 
With violent protests spreading around the world over the video “Innocence of Muslims”, a Muslim organisation in the United Kingdom decided to react in a very different way: by distributing copies of the Koran in English to non-Muslims, with the aim of countering prejudice against Islam. Read more...
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One year after riots, London neighbourhood turns ruins into art

 
One year after the London riots, some neighbourhoods in the city still bare the scars. One such neighbourhood is Lavender Hill, located near the southwestern Clapham Junction railway station. To commemorate the riots, a number of Lavender Hill residents got together to paint a mural over the boarded up remains of a business destroyed during the mayhem. See the images…
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UK students: 'We’re being priced out of education'

 
Thousands of students from across Britain marched through the streets of London Wednesday to protest the government’s overhaul of the higher education system. Read more…

“The vigilante groups patrolling London’s streets aren’t all right-wing racists”

 
With a growing number of British cities having been affected by violent riots, several groups of citizens have mobilised to protect their neighbourhoods. These vigilante groups are often depicted as right-wing racists, but after following one of their patrols, our Observer in London says this is a generalisation that doesn’t always hold true. Read more...
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