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Britain appointed a "minister for loneliness" on Wednesday to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May described as "the sad reality of modern life" affecting millions of people.

Tracey Crouch, a junior minister for sport and civil society, will take on the role as part of a broader strategy to combat loneliness in Britain.

"For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," May said.

"I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us...

Princess Michael of Kent has caused controversy by wearing a "racist" brooch to the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, that was also attended by Prince Harry's mixed-race fiancee Meghan Markle. The princess, who is married to the Queen's cousin, was pictured wearing a prominent piece of "blackamoor" jewellery pinned to her coat as she arrived at the annual royal family gathering. She is thought to have been introduced to Ms Markle, who was attending her first such lunch after her...

​Theresa May’s most important ally in Government has been asked to leave his Cabinet job after a probe found he made “misleading” statements about pornography found on his Commons computer. Damian Green was forced out after an investigation exposed he had known for years that the explicit material had been discovered by police, something at odds with his public comments. The probe carried out by a senior Whitehall official also found claims from Conservative activist Kate Maltby that Mr...

The Saudi-led coalition is pushing Yemen towards an "apocalyptic situation", aid agencies warned on Wednesday, the 1,000th day since the beginning of a military intervention by Riyadh which has rained bombs on the country and starved its people amid conditions akin to a "medieval siege". Millions of Yemenis continue to be deprived of food, fuel, and medicine as Saudi Arabia maintains its blockade on the northern ports of Yemen. The blockade has further compounded the precarious situation...

A disabled Iranian refugee murdered in the U.K. by a neighbor who believed he was a pedophile was a victim of institutional racism, a report stated on Monday. The independent review said police and Bristol City Council had wrongly categorized Bijan Ebrahimi as a troublemaker, rather than a victim, and sided with his abusers. Findings claimed police and the council in south-west England displayed a "distinct lack of understanding" of Ebrahimi's plight and thus "unwitting prejudice against him...

McDonald’s has apologised after a Muslim woman complained she was told to remove her headscarf or leave one of the fast-food chain’s restaurants, saying she was told it was a security threat. The 19-year-old student, who asked not to be named, said she was stopped in a north London McDonald’s by a security guard who repeatedly told her to remove her hijab on Thursday evening. When she refused, she said the guard appeared shocked but continued to ask, so she decided to film the incident on...

A British man who tried to find and kill Muslims with a 10-inch knife has been put behind bars for two years and three months, a police statement said Wednesday. The 24-year old Mickey Sage pleaded guilty to a single count of threatening a person with a knife in a public place and accepted that the incident was religiously aggravated.

Sage stopped and asked people with the large knife in his hand if they were Muslim in the early hours of June 7, days before a terror attack killed a...

British aid workers in Syria are being stripped of their citizenship by the UK government, Middle East Eye has learnt. At least two aid workers based in northern Syria have been deprived of British citizenship on the grounds that they “present a risk to the national security of the United Kingdom”, according to recent letters sent to their families by Home Secretary Amber Rudd. In another case, a volunteer who has delivered aid into Syria and worked on charity-funded projects there was “...

Britain's primary school inspectors will question girls who wear the Muslim headscarf at school, the head of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) announced over the weekend. Amanda Spielman explained the move was to tackle situations in which wearing a headscarf "could be interpreted as sexualization" of school children. Spielman's announcement, which came as a recommendation not yet added to the inspectors' official handbook, advises schools to record pupils' responses to...

The BBC has conceded that it should have properly identified the Israel advocacy roles of interviewees featured in a report on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, and acknowledged that the failure to do so constituted a breach of editorial standards.

The finding of the Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) concerned an episode of the BBC Two “Victoria Derbyshire” show broadcast on 27 April, which featured a report by BBC journalist Jon Ironmonger on the support offered by...

Theresa May has said she will celebrate the centenary of the Balfour declaration, which paved the way for the creation of Israel, with “pride” next week. After welcoming Benjamin Netanyahu to London, Ms May and the Israeli Prime Minister will dine together at an exclusive event to celebrate the historic promise made in 1917 that the British Government would use its “best endeavours” to facilitate the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, will not be...

Tory aides have compiled a list of three dozen Conservative MPs accused of inappropriate behaviour including being “handsy at parties”, it has been claimed. The list, contained in a spreadsheet, reportedly names 20 ministers among those at whom the claims are levelled. The allegations, published in a redacted form by the Guido Fawkes blog, came as Theresa May vowed to crack down on alleged impropriety in Westminster. The Conservative Party declined to comment.

Ms May has written to...

Half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study, a BBC survey says. Of the women who said they had been harassed, 63% said they didn't report it to anyone, and 79% of the male victims kept it to themselves. The ComRes poll for BBC Radio 5 live spoke to more than 2,000 people. The survey was commissioned after sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein resulted in widespread sharing of sexual harassment stories. Women and men who have been...

In August 2016, six teenage boys were arrested in Harlow, Essex, after Polish immigrant Arkadiusz Jóźwik died following a brutal street attack which his brother said began after he was heard speaking Polish on the street. The decision to leave the EU in some cases emboldened people to express their feelings of hate and "legitimised" the prejudice that they had by empowering them to express and verbalise those feelings.

As part of hate crime awareness week, I was in Parliament this...

A former soldier who posted hate speech on Facebook about hanging Muslims and slaughtering refugees was today spared jail. Donna Bowdler avoided prison last September after making vile remarks on the social network about the death of Muslims and destruction of mosques.

But while on bail over those offences, dating from October to December 2015, she made yet more offensive posts, between January and August 2016. She wrote about slaughtering refugees and later said: “Come and have a go...