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British political crisis reaches its zenith
LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of a historic defeat in a vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday potentially leaving Britain in limbo about the biggest political and economic change for the country in decades. Barely two-and-a-half months before Britain is due to leave the EU, May’s expected defeat leaves open a range of outcomes, from resurrecting her deal, leaving the EU with no deal at all or
 
 
Criminal gangs ‘abuse’ UK anti-slavery law to recruit child drug mules
LONDON: Criminal gangs in Britain are luring children into becoming drug mules by telling them they they will not be punished if they say they were coerced, citing a legal defence intended for trafficking victims, police and prosecutors said on Tuesday. Gangs are recruiting children into the “county lines” drug trade using a section of the Modern Slavery Act meant to protect victims of human trafficking who are forced to commit
   
Police chief errors caused Hillsborough disaster, court told
LONDON: The “extraordinarily bad” failings of former police chief David Duckenfield caused the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans, a court heard Tuesday as his trial began, nearly 30 years on from the Hillsborough stadium disaster. Duckenfield, 74, the match day police commander at the April 15, 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, failed to declare a major incident quickly, or enact emergency
 
 
Scotland’s Sturgeon under fire on handling of Salmond harassment case
EDINBURGH: Scottish lawmakers will launch an inquiry into whether First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s pro-independence government has been even-handed in how it has treated sex harassment allegations against her mentor and predecessor Alex Salmond, political parties said on Tuesday. The case, which has set the two most popular figures in Scottish nationalist politics against one another, has raised questions about Sturgeon’s judgemen
   
UK cop in Novichok attack back on duty
LONDON: A British police officer poisoned in the Novichok nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy has returned to active duties, Wiltshire Police said on Tuesday. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was left critically ill following the Novichok poisoning attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal on March 4 last year. The policeman is thought to have come into contact with the deadly nerve agent when he searched Skripal’s home in Salisbury
 
 
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