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Ukip candidate: 'Gay donkey tried to rape my horse'

independent.co.uk — John Rees-Evans, who is running for Cardiff South and Penarth in May's general election, told the bizarre story to protesters outside a new campaign office in Merthyr Tydfil. An anti-Ukip demonstrator had asked him to respond to a string of controversial quotes by fellow party members, including on from Dr Julia Gasper in Oxford, who allegedly claimed that "some homosexuals prefer sex with animals".
Dec 22, 2014

RT @Independent: Ukip candidate claims a 'homosexual donkey' tried to rape his horse ind.pn/1wea1px pic.twitter.com/nzigWNsEpJ

Dec 22, 2014

RT @MrHarryCole: "A Ukip parliamentary candidate standing in Wales has claimed a “homosexual donkey” tried to rape his horse." independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…

Dec 22, 2014

"A Ukip parliamentary candidate standing in Wales has claimed a “homosexual donkey” tried to rape his horse." independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…

Dec 22, 2014

Ukip really do brighten up every day. Surely it will turn out in 2015 that all these stories were just part of a bet independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @CPJElmore: Think UKIPs comments can't get any more bizarre & offensive! Wonder what he means by 'non conventional relationship' http://…

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Inside Isis: The first Western journalist ever given access to the 'Islamic State' Jurgen Todenhofer has just returned

independent.co.uk — Jürgen Todenhöfer, 74, is a renowned German journalist and publicist who travelled through Turkey to Mosul, the largest city occupied by Isis, after months of negotiations with the group's leaders. He plans to publish a summary of his "10 days in the Islamic State" on Monday, but in interviews with German-language media outlets has revealed his first impressions of what life is like under Isis.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @CarmenGentile: Wow. The first Western journalist ever given access to the 'Islamic State' has just returned – what he discovered independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Dec 22, 2014

The first Western journalist ever given access to the 'Islamic State' has described what he found independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @Leon_Krauze: The first Western journalist ever given access to the 'Islamic State' has described what he found independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Dec 22, 2014

The first Western journalist ever given access to the 'Islamic State' has described what he found independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

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London from the Rooftops: Incredible images show London's skyline from its highest points

independent.co.uk — His project London from the Rooftops, which began in 2006, has received a wave of positive reviews and grown Burns' reputation as one of the capital's most exciting photographers. And this has continued to throughout 2014, with Burns having what he considers his best year in photography yet.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @Independent: Check out these stunning images of London's skyline. We love this full moon over Battersea ind.pn/1JISssd pic.twitter.com/05fZpcf760

Dec 22, 2014

RT @Independent: Check out these stunning images of London's skyline. We love this full moon over Battersea ind.pn/1JISssd pic.twitter.com/05fZpcf760

Dec 22, 2014

RT @IndyArts: London from the Rooftops: Incredible images present city's skyline from its highest points ind.pn/1JISssd pic.twitter.com/0rfKat3ofO

Dec 22, 2014

RT @matthewchampion: late shout for funniest TV moment of 2014 from BBC journo reporting on Isis (thanks to @sommervillebbc for sharing) i100.independent.co.uk/article/dont-i…

Dec 22, 2014

late shout for funniest TV moment of 2014 from BBC journo reporting on Isis (thanks to @sommervillebbc for sharing) i100.independent.co.uk/article/dont-i…

Kangaroo fights drone and wins

independent.co.uk — The unmanned devices have come under under fire recently after a drone came within feet of a passenger jet near Heathrow and it seems one of Australia's most well-known creatures is similarly annoyed by their increasing presence.

Glasgow bin lorry crash: At least six feared dead after vehicle mounted pavement in city centre

independent.co.uk — The vehicle mounted the pavement and hit the side of the Millenium Hotel in George Square, where pedestrians were waiting to cross the road outside Queen Street Station, the Daily Record reported. More to follow

'When the wounded started to appear on the street, it was all too much to take': Bryan Adams on photographing wounded veterans

independent.co.uk — Pretty early, but not seriously until the 1990s when I started doing my own LP covers. Why did you decide to photograph wounded veterans? What bothered me, was all the lies when we went to war in the Middle East: "45 minutes to drop a bomb on us" and "the world will be safer without Saddam", all nonsense.

Pakistan 'to execute 500 militants' after Taliban Peshawar school massacre in which 133 children were killed

independent.co.uk — Last week, 133 children were killed by gunmen wearing suicide vests at the Army Public School in Peshawar, sparking international outrage and demands in Pakistan for a tougher response to the Taliban. The day after the attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on executions in terror cases.

Labour’s cuts would be less deep

By Ben Chu
blogs.independent.co.uk — Fleet Street's top cartoonists have a similar view on Ed Miliband's deficit reduction plans. Here's Dave Brown in the Indy: Here's Peter Brookes' cartoon in The Times: And here's Steve Bell in the Guardian: What the draftsmen have in common is that they take a somewhat sceptical view of that idea that austerity would be less painful under a Labour government.

Sydney siege: Muslim bride Manal Kassem interrupts her wedding day to lay down bouquet in tribute to killed hostages

independent.co.uk — Barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson, 38, and café manager Tory Johnson, 34, were both killed in the siege in which lone gunman and self-styled cleric Man Haron Monis held people hostage in a Lindt café for 16 hours. He was killed when police stormed the area to end the stand-off.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @Independent: Muslim bride interrupts her wedding day to lay down bouquet in tribute to Sydney Siege victims ind.pn/1JHNMTx pic.twitter.com/BWT2bfpex2

Dec 22, 2014

RT @Independent: Muslim bride interrupts her wedding day to lay down bouquet in tribute to Sydney Siege victims ind.pn/1JHNMTx pic.twitter.com/2pZIYzTeaW

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was 'shot down by the US military', former airline CEO claims

independent.co.uk — Marc Dugain, who headed Proteus Airlines and is an established author, speculated that the Americans may have targeted the aircraft because they feared a September 11-style attack on a military base in the Indian Ocean.
Dec 22, 2014

The @thei100 sum up our @croydonad Campaign to End All Campaigns with, er, a Ross Geller gif... i100.independent.co.uk/article/local-…

The Isis reality TV show - Victims confront terrorists on controversial Iraqi TV show

independent.co.uk — 'In the Grip of the Law' - produced by the state-run Al Iraqiya channel in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior - is part of a concerted media effort to attack the Islamic extremist group Isis and garner public support for the Iraqi forces that were humiliated by Isis this summer.
Dec 22, 2014

Whether it should be broadcast or not terrorists should come face to face with victims. The #Isis reality TV show — independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Dec 22, 2014

Big Brother. Literally — Victims confront terrorists on controversial Iraqi TV show ind.pn/13U5h2M pic.twitter.com/DYsdyklxXd

In Sickness and in Health: Cheers Jacko, the kindness of strangers is a great tonic

independent.co.uk — Without wishing to sound too much like poor Blanche DuBois, I've been thinking about the kindness of strangers a lot. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the pubs that have been my homes from home since the night in February when Nick nearly died.

Open The Door To Your Heart by Darrell Banks: 'Holy grail' Northern Soul single sells for £14,543

independent.co.uk — Collectors crashed the auction website as they tried to enter last-minute bids for the 7-inch vinyl single "Open The Door To Your Heart" by Darrell Banks. The London Records version of the 1966 classic eventually sold to a user known only as "dalerivers" for £14,543 - with about £1,000 added to the sale price in the last 10 minutes of bidding.

Ian Burrell: It has been a year of living dangerously for many in the media and the need for courage has rarely been more clear

independent.co.uk — The Ebola crisis shows the risks we face in a globalised society and the reporters who braved the West African cities where the virus took hold played an essential role in both highlighting the issue and quantifying the dangers.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @propellerites: .@iburrell: It’s been a year of living dangerously for many in media & need for courage is clear via @Independent http:/…

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

independent.co.uk — Despite the attention heaped on Mars, Venus might actually seem a better bet for space exploration and a new planet for us to eventually live on. It's nearer to us, a more similar size and has a density and chemical composition more like Earth - but it's also completely inhospitable.

Bletchley Park: Google easter egg wraps Enigma site’s search results up in code

independent.co.uk — A simple Google of Bletchley Park generates a bunch of code - different every time - which then resolves itself into the normal Google result for the site, written in a typeface reminiscent of early computers.

New York police shootings: 'Watch what I'm going to do' gunman tells onlookers moments before he opens fire

independent.co.uk — Yesterday, US police officers were studying 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley's activity on social media in the hours before attacking and killing officers Wenjin Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40. Shortly after Brinsley shot girlfriend Shaneka Thompson, 29, a Veterans Affairs officer, he posted on her Instagram account messages referring to Eric Garner and Michael Brown - two black men who have died after altercations with police.
Dec 22, 2014

Killer of New York cops bragged: 'Watch what I'm going to do' @rose_catb, via @Indyworld independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…

Dec 22, 2014

'Watch what I'm going to do' New York gunman told onlookers moments before he opened fire ind.pn/1CsTYd8 pic.twitter.com/UM4vq990ws