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Bird Flu Hits British Turkey Farm

Britain on Friday announced the discovery of a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a turkey farm, and sought to allay fears the outbreak could affect the traditional Christmas meal. The H5N8 strain of avian flu was detected at a farm near Louth, a town in northeast England, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said. All of the more than 5,000 birds at the farm that have not died from the disease will be culled, Defra said. The government also announced it was restricting the movement…

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British Teens Drink a ‘Bathtub’ of Sugary Drinks a Year

British teenagers drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks each year, Cancer Research UK said on Tuesday as the charity urged the government to do more to improve children’s diets. Children aged 11 to 18 consume on average 234 cans of sugar-sweetened soft drinks each year, CRUK said. The figure amounts to almost a bath full and is more than double the figure for children aged between four and 10, whose average annual intake is 110 cans. The data stems from a recent report carried out by the government’s…

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Facebook, Google, Twitter Deliberately Fail to Tackle Terrorism: British Panel

In the first-ever widespread criticism of US technology giants and social media platforms, the British Home Affairs select committee has slammed the internet behemoths of becoming a “recruiting platform for terrorism” and “passing the buck”. Led by Keith Vaz, the British parliament’s longest-serving Indian-origin MP, the panel rapped Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube, saying the companies were deliberately failing to stop terrorists from using their platforms to promote their sinister agenda, The Telegraph reported on Thursday. “Huge corporations like Google, Facebook and Twitter, with their billion-dollar incomes, are consciously failing…

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Jaitley Woos British Businesses Keen on Investing in India

London: Ahead of the India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday wooed British businesses keen on investing in India, highlighting initiatives taken by the government to make the country an attractive destination for global investment. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne hosted Jaitley for dinner on his arrival in London on Sunday. The India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue will be held on Tuesday after which the two ministers are expected to issue a joint statement. Jaitley began his three-day UK visit with an interaction with…

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