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British news: Leveson inquiry; rain, floods and snow


The news in the UK this week has been dominated by two stories:


Leveson inquiry verdict

Following a long-running scandal involving many famous newpapers and journalists in Britain, the man in charge of leading the investigation into the behaviour and criminal charges of those involved presented the findings and recommendations, which involved stricter legislation for the media.

What happened was that a lot of celebrities and other people in the news had their phones “hacked”, which means that journalists used technology to listen to messages secretly. People whose phones were hacked include Hugh Grant, J. K. Rowling (the author of “Harry Potter”) and many more.

The verdict has caused arguments amongst politicians and journalists. Most notably, Prime Minister David Cameron questioned the findings (he did not agree with them), but the Labour party and Liberal Democrats were more supportive. Given that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats currently form a coalition government in the UK, this could cause big problems in our political system.


Heavy rain, floods and snow

The weather has been typically atrocious in the UK recently, with heavy rain in many parts of the country causing flooding. Tragically, a few people died.

This has been followed by very cold weather (0oC or less!). Right now, there is some frost and snow around. You can read more details and see photos below:

BBC article about flood damage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20560710

Snow: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20565100

Frost and snow photos: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20565934

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