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Elton John distances himself from Ukip after Nigel Farage hints at support

The Guardian by Josh Halliday | Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sir Elton John has taken the unusual step of denying he supports any political party after Nigel Farage hinted that the star could back Ukip. Farage was swiftly rebuffed by the musician after suggesting in a radio interview that he had a "big announcement" to make after being invited to a more...

Ukip MEP marks fiftieth anniversary of the death penalty abolition with campaign to bring it back

The Telegraph by Georgia Graham | Monday, 18 August 2014

Fifty years after the last execution took place in Britain a Ukip MEP has marked the anniversary with a call for it to be brought back. Louise Bours, Ukip health spokesman, said there was no “ethical reason” to keep child killers and police murderers alive. Miss Bours, who represents North West England more...

Ukip HQ in ex-brothel really rubs some people up wrong way

Western Daily Press by . | Saturday, 16 August 2014

Residents in most towns up and down the country would probably breathe a sigh of relief when a dubious massage parlour was closed down. But it appears that for some people living in a cosmopolitan part of Bournemouth what is replacing it just might be worse – a Ukip office being more...

Ukip leader Nigel Farage confirms intent to stand in Thanet South for 2015 General Election

Isle Of Thanet Gazette by . | Friday, 15 August 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has for the first time confirmed he does want to stand in Thanet South in the 2015 General Election. After months of speculation, Mr Farage said that he had put himself forward for selection in hustings that will take place on Tuesday, August 26. A local party member more...

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GREECE | Greek neo-nazis to get brief jail release for Council oaths

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:02 | Source: naharnet.com |

Greek neo-Nazi politicians who won town council posts in recent elections whilst jailed on criminal charges are to be temporarily released to be sworn in, a justice source said Thursday. The decision affects party spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris and fellow lawmaker Panagiotis Iliopoulos, who were respectively elected city councilor in Athens and more...

SWEDEN | Swedish neo-nazis get an earful of Schindler's List theme at rally

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 15:38 | Source: Guardian |

Playing the theme from Schindler's List was an appropriate way to demonstrate Norrköping’s belief in 'the equal value of all people', officials said. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/Universal Neo-Nazis who gathered for a rally in the Swedish city of Norrköping have been greeted by the theme song from Schindler's List ringing from the more...

GREECE | Rise in Greek homophobic attacks blamed on Golden Dawn

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 12:49 | Source: Global Post |

Greek human rights groups condemned a rise in attacks on gays Monday after two young men were savagely beaten in Athens. The anti-racist alliance Keerfa blamed the far-right party Golden Dawn for mounting homophobic violence after two men were set upon by a dozen shaven-headed men in black T-shirts at the more...

AUSTRIA | Teenager sentenced for running Nazi chat forum

Monday, 25 August 2014, 13:57 | Source:thelocal.at |

Salzburg Regional Court has sentenced an 18-year-old youth to 12 months for operating a right-wing internet forum, under the Prohibition Act Section 3g. He must serve one month of his sentence behind bars, and cannot appeal. The 18-year-old has also been told he will be on probation and will have more...