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Institutional racism in Britain’s universities is harming the performance of minority ethnic students, the UK’s first professor of black studies has said.

Kehinde Andrews, an associate professor at Birmingham City University (BCU), told a conference last week marking Black History Month that universities are “no less institutionally racist than the police”, and criticised the curriculum for being overly “white”.

“Universities produce racism,” Andrews told the Guardian. “It’s...

Children will "just disappear" into the hands of smugglers and people-traffickers as French authorities clear the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp, a leading MP has warned.

Yvette Cooper said that despite efforts to bring unaccompanied children to the UK from the immigrant camp, there are still hundreds there as bulldozers are poised to move in.

Ms Cooper, who chairs the influential Home Affairs Committee, said the British and French authorities had not acted quickly enough or gone far...

The age of child refugees being brought to the United Kingdom from the Calais Jungle camp in northern France, has got considerable attention from the British media suggesting that those arriving in Britain on Monday may not be under 18. An anti-humanitarian reaction has come from a Conservative deputy, David Davis calling for child refugees to have teeth checked in order to verify their ages, the Independent reported on Wednesday.

In response to Davis's demand, the British Dental...

In what has been described as a "hate crime" by police, the woman was approached by a man who repeatedly told her to remove her head scarf as she walked alone on Oxford Street, London.

When she refused the man became more aggressive and attempted to snatch the hijab, which is a religious covering of the head with the face visible, from her head.

The attacker managed to remove the pin of the headscarf, but did not succeed in fully removing it.

The woman, in her 40s,...

Fourteen “teenagers” on Monday arrived in the UK from Calais as a fast-track system was launched to transfer youngsters from the "Jungle" camp before it is demolished.
The Home Office insisted it had “verified” the ages of all the refugees and that all of those who were brought to the UK were aged between 14 and 17.
However, Conservative MPs warned that photographs of the refugees suggested that many of the group were older than 17.
David Davies , the Conservative MP for...

RT UK’s bank accounts have been blocked, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan reported. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova reacted, saying it seems that in leaving the EU, London also left any freedom of speech obligations behind there.
“Our accounts in Britain have been blocked. All of them. ‘Decision not to be discussed’. Hail to freedom of speech!” RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said on her Twitter account.
The National Westminster Bank has informed RT...

A Muslim woman had her hijab pulled down on a busy north London street in racially-motivated assault and police is asking for help to find the attackers.

London police are asking for help finding two men who pulled off the headscarf of the woman in her 20s, who was shocked and distressed after the Sept. 28 attack. Police says she was not physically hurt.

Detective Ben Cousin said police will not tolerate "racially and religiously motivated crimes" and asked for help locating...

Controversial plans for the military to opt out from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) during future conflicts will be introduced by ministers, to see off what the prime minister described as an “industry of vexatious claims” against soldiers.

The long-mooted idea will be announced on Tuesday at the Conservative party conference by Theresa May and the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, although it was immediately criticised by human rights groups who said it was based on...

Two men, described as wearing dark coloured uniforms, allegedly entered the Al Rahman Mosque and Community Centre in Crowndale Road on Sunday night and began placing pieces of pork – which is considered “haram” or forbidden in the Islamic faith – inside shoes left on a rack near the entrance.

When confronted, the two men, who were both described as white, with short hair and beards, threw pieces of meat towards worshippers.

Helal Ahmed, who was praying at the mosque when the...

Manchester Evening News reports on an alleged racist assault on a young Muslim boy in Chorlton, Greater Manchester last week (22 September).

Rosina Sheraz posted a message on Facebook following the incident in which her 13 year old son was repeatedly called a “P***” before being punched in the face by another boy.

The incident happened at around 7.20pm when the victim was playing football with friends at Beech Road Park in Chorlton.

Ms Sheraz told the paper, “My son was...

The London Evening Standard reports on a suspected assault on an elderly man outside a mosque in north London.

The paper reports a man in his 70s was found injured in the street outside the UK Albanian Muslim Community and Cultural Centre on Rupert Road, in south Kilburn, at around 3.40am on Saturday 24 September.

Police and ambulances were called to the location and the man was taken to a north London hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

The police...

An arson attack at the Edinburgh Central Mosque over the weekend is being considered a hate crime according to Scotland police and a description of the man suspected of setting fire to the front entrance of the mosque has been released. Muslims make up 1.4 percent of the total population in Scotland and 15,000 of those are residents of Edinburgh, which has a total population of 495,000. The Scottish government recently revealed that hate crimes stemming from Islamophobia have nearly doubled...

The death of a 14-year-old boy, killed on a French motorway while trying to reach his family in Britain, despite having a legal right to asylum in the UK, has sparked urgent calls for the Government to stop playing “disgusting politics” with the lives of refugee children.

The young Afghan – who has a brother and two uncles living in the UK – was killed in a hit and run accident on Friday after trying to jump on to a lorry.

He had already started the legal process to join his...

A pregnant Muslim woman lost her baby after being kicked in the stomach in a “devastating” racist attack.

The woman, 34 , was shopping in a Co-op near Milton Keynes when a man launched a tirade of racist abuse at her.

He then followed her to her car before kicking her hard in the stomach. She collapsed in agony and had to be rushed to hospital, where she was told her baby could not be saved.

A 40-year-old man had a bottle and a bag of ice smashed against his head when...

Under European asylum rules known as Dublin III, migrants must make their asylum claim in the first safe country they reach, although children are permitted to transfer to another country if they have family members living there.

But according to Britain’s anti-slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland, children in the camp are risking their lives every day as they wait for British authorities to process their applications.

“Children are not waiting,” he wrote in a letter to U.K. Home...