British brothers sentenced for training in Syria rebel camp

Two British brothers who travelled to Syria apparently with the intention of attending a rebel training camp have been jailed, becoming the first to be sentenced for such offenses in the UK. Mohommod Nawaz, 30, was handed a four-and-a-half year prison term and his younger brother Hamza Nawaz, 23, was given three years at London’s […]

Briton, Frenchman seen in Islamic State video of beheadings

A British medical student and a Frenchman who went to Syria last year are believed to have appeared in a video showing a squad of Islamic State jihadists beheading Syrian soldiers and displaying the severed head of American aid worker Peter Kassig. Ahmed Muthana told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper his 20-year-old son, Nasser Muthana, appeared […]

Britain loses an “A” in its credit rating

British Chancellor George Osborne today refused to admit he had failed in his commitment to protect Britain’s credit rating, despite seeing it downgraded by leading agency Moody’s yesterday afternoon. In the wake of Moody’s reducing Britain one notch to AA1, Mr Osborne claimed the country’s credibility was intact hit back at calls for him to […]

UK to train Lebanese troops amid fears of Syria overspill

Britain will help train 2,000 Lebanese soldiers this year amid heightened concern that Syria’s neighbour will be sucked into the country’s civil war, the Foreign Secretary has said. The announcement by William Hague during a two-day visit to Lebanon came amid a tense face-off between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Lebanese militant group […]

Europeans Warned to Evacuate Libya’s Benghazi

Several European governments urged their citizens to evacuate the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in response to what the U.K. described as “a specific and imminent threat to Westerners,” highlighting jitters in the region after last week’s deadly hostage siege at a natural-gas facility in Algeria.

12,000 hours of flying time didn’t help helicopter pilot

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in central London had thousands of hours of aviation experience, including flying for films such as Die Another Day and Saving Private Ryan. Pete Barnes, who died when the helicopter he was flying hit a crane on a high building and crashed on to a street in Vauxhall, […]

British companies to search for Lebanon’s offshore oil and gas?

British companies could soon be involved in the search for oil and gas off Lebanon’s shores. At least that’s the hope of the UK government who are asking British companies to register an interest in searching for oil and gas in Lebanon’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). They have until the end of February 2013 to […]