United Kingdom

Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Study finds that, following decriminalization policies in Portugal, users have faced better "health outcomes," including a reduction in HIV and AIDS cases. (Photo: M.A. Cabrera Luengo/flickr/cc)
There is no "clear correlation" between tough-on-drugs laws and lower drug use, finds a landmark UK government study based on a comparative analysis of narcotics laws around the world. Published Thursday by the Home Office, the report was signed by the Conservative home secretary Theresa May and the Liberal Democrat minister Norman Baker. While...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
The House of Commons, pictured in 2010. (Photo: UK Parliament/flickr/cc)
The UK parliament on Monday voted to recognize Palestine as a state alongside...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
British parliament on Friday voted to approve air strikes on Islamic State (...


A supermarket giant in the U.K. has removed metal spikes outside stores to deter rough sleepers and other "anti-social" elements after people protested that the latest in "defensive urban architecture" treats the homeless as pigeons, rats or other unwashed, unwanted, shoo-go-away vermin. Left Unity argues there are 700,000 empty homes in the country, and no good reasons for anyone to be homeless.