#AceWorldNews LONDON May 19 With 5 intelligence specialists…

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – May 19 – With 5 intelligence specialists on-board, the plane will fly over northern Nigeria to determine where extremists hold the abducted girls.

The Sentinel R1 is capable of staying in the air at high altitudes for a long time.

Intelligence analysts will receive detailed 3D images of terrain from ground mapping radars.

The specialists will scan the images for possible evidence and suspicious movements.

Experts say similar technologies were widely used in Afghanistan.

The data will be then passed to the Nigerian authorities.

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Britain’s Royal Air Force spy plane Sentinel R1 has flown to Nigeria to aid in search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram extremists in April, the UK Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence said.

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` Metropolitan Police Have Tried to Silence a ` Whistle-Blower ‘ who ` Exposed Manipulation ‘ of Crime Figures ‘

#AceUKNews – LONDON – April 14 – (PressTV) – The Metropolitan (Met) police, Britain’s largest force, have tried to silence a whistle-blower who exposed manipulation of crime figures, newly-released documents show.

According to the papers seen by the British daily, The Guardian, on Sunday, senior officers made three attempts over a period of about five months to prevent Police Constable James Patrick from blowing the whistle on massaging crime statistics by the Met.

Patrick received a letter warning that he will be barred from having any contact with the public.

The whistle-blower was also threatened in another two letters with further disciplinary action if he continued to expose the crime figures scandal through interviews with the media.

Patrick, who is currently awaiting disciplinary proceedings, told MPs in November 2013 that rape and sexual offences were being routinely under-reported by as much as a quarter.

His remarks prompted an investigation and led to admissions by the police inspector Tom Windsor and the Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe that crime figures produced by the force were likely to be unreliable.

The constable resigned in March 2014, saying he was forced to quit his post “as a result of making disclosures in good faith and in the public interest.”

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UK Citizen’s Poll Data: `Three quarters of the Respondents ` Doubt Cameron’s ‘ Ability to Reshape Relationship with EU ‘

#AceUKNews – UNITED KINGDOM – 23 March – Polling data released on Sunday shows that nearly three quarters of respondents doubt that UK Prime Minister David Cameron will be able to reshape Britain’s relationship with the EU.

The poll, which was gathered from 20,000 people, also showed large-scale discontent about how the UK benefits from EU membership.

Cameron, faced both with Eurosceptic factions in his own Conservative Party as well as voters switching to the openly anti-EU Independence Party, has promised to try to negotiate sweeping reforms to the EU and, if he is re-elected, hold an in-out referendum by 2017.

So far, Cameron has received a lukewarm, and in some cases negative, response to his renegotiation bid from European leaders.

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#AceWorldNews Moscow March 19

#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 19.

Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov said Britain’s decision to suspend military cooperation with Russia cancelled out all agreements, which had been reached earlier. “Unilateral curtailing of cooperation cancels out all positive agreements, which were reached earlier,” Antonov said. “In recent times, Russia and Britain have exerted maximum effort to develop military mutually advantageous contracts,” the deputy minister said, adding “Russia praises Britain’s progress in ensuring security of the Olympic Games in London”. “In 2014, Russia and UK intended to hold several joint events. Most of them were planned to take place in Russia,” Antonov said. #ANS2014

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` Britain’s Five Richest Families are worth more than the `Poorest Twenty Percent of the Population ‘

#AceUKNews The combined fortunes of Britain’s five richest families are worth more than the poorest 20 percent of the population, says an Oxfam report.

The organization has appealed to the government to take action over the UK’s widening wealth gap.

In a report published on Monday entitled “A Tale of Two Britain’s,” the charity revealed the scope of the UK’s wealth divide. It calculated that Britain’s five richest families have a fortune of £28.2 billion ($46.9 billion), more than the £28.1 billion ($46.7 billion) of the poorest 20 percent of the UK population.

The study also said that over the past two decades the richest 0.1 percent of the population has seen its wealth grow almost four times faster than the 90 percent of population who are considered well-off.

In real terms in means the rich have seen their income rise by £24,000 ($40,000) every year.

The authors of the study said the new figures were “deeply worrying” and indicative of an “economic failure” on the part of the UK government.

“Britain is becoming a deeply divided nation, with a wealthy elite who are seeing their incomes spiral up, while millions of families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Bill Phillips, Oxfams director of campaigns and policy in a statement.

Phillips said the current system had led to a “vicious circle” where the rules are constantly being re-written in favour of the super wealthy.

Top five

Topping the list of Britain’s richest is the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor who has a fortune of £7.9 billion ($13 billion), according to Forbes.

The Duke owns thousands of acres of real estate, including 190 acres in Belgravia, an area adjacent to Buckingham Palace and one of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods.

Second on the list are real estate moguls David and Simon Reuben, with a combined wealth of $11.5 billion.

The Hinduja brothers Srichand and Gopichand come in third place with a fortune of $10 billion.

Bringing up the rear with respective fortunes of $6.9 billion and $5.5 billion, are Charles the 8th Earl of Cadogan,

Then finally reclusive billionaire Michael Ashley.

BBC – RT – Daily Mail – News Source’s

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` Australia has no plans to change its flag and remove `Britain’s Union jack’ according to Julia Bishop’

#AceWorldNews Australia has no plans to change its flag and remove Britain’s Union Jack from it,

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said. “Believe it or not, it’s not an issue that actually draws much attention in Australia,” Bishop told BBC Radio.

It follows an announcement by neighbouring New Zealand that it will hold a referendum on the issue.

New Zealand’s flag is nearly identical to Australia’s.

Extract post 11 March The existing design features the Union Jack and four stars representing the Southern Cross. Key has previously stated his preference for a silver fern as the national flag, but does not see the change as part of a trend towards severing ties with the UK, as some Republican groups do. http://wp.me/p165ui-4d9

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