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‘Terror threat to Britain increasing’
LONDON: The terror threat to Britain is increasing as Daesh loses battles and territory in Syria and Iraq, the Security Minister has said. Ben Wallace said extremist Britons and other Europeans are either unable to get out to the region to join Daesh, or have come home and are trying to inspire homegrown fanatics to carry out attacks. The terror group has already lost its base in Iraq, Mosul, and is facing an international
 
 
Hawking blames Tories for health service ‘crisis’
LONDON: Physicist Stephen Hawking has criticised the British government for causing a crisis in the state-run National Health Service (NHS), saying it had to be protected from becoming a profit-making US-style system. Writing in the Guardian newspaper, the British cosmologist, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21, also accused Britain’s health minister of cherry-picking scientific evidence to justify policies.
   
Juncker condemns ‘cowardly’ attack in Spanish city
LONDON: The European Commission President has condemned a “cowardly” vehicle attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona and pledged a Europe-wide response to the atrocity. Jean-Claude Juncker pledged to put the EU’s its resources at the disposal of Barcelona’s emergency and security services following the outrage, which he said had “deliberately targeted those enjoying life and sharing time with family and friends” as reports of at
 
 
MPs want Big Ben to ‘bong UK out of EU’
LONDON: Leave-backing Tory MPs have called for Big Ben to chime on the day the UK leaves the European Union. Parliament said earlier this week it would review plans to silence the Great Bell for four years during maintenance work, after Prime Minister Theresa May joined a backlash against the move. But the bongs will still be halted after noon on Monday to ensure the safety of workers during the renovation of Elizabeth Tower,
   
Corbyn demands wider Grenfell Tower probe
LONDON: Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May to demand the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is widened to cover social issues linked to the disaster. The Labour leader said he was “deeply concerned” that the inquiry, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will not consider issues such as social housing, austerity and deprivation linked to the fire, which left at least 80 people dead. The terms of reference of Moore-Bick’s
 
 
UK universities scramble to fill places
LONDON: The number of students accepted onto UK degree courses has fallen, leaving tens of thousands of places still available on A-level results day. At the time the results were first published, some 416,310 had taken up places, down 2 per cent on the same point last year, Ucas figures show. Despite the drop, the number of students accepted onto degree courses on A-level day is still the second highest number recorded, the
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