United Kingdom

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
London's Heathrow Airport, seen here, has won a controversial expansion said to be devastating to local residents as well as the country's climate commitments. (Photo: Hugh Llewelyn/cc/flickr)
"Unforgivable," a "grotesque folly," an "environmental travesty" are just some of the ways critics are describing the decision on Tuesday by U.K. lawmakers to approve London's Heathrow Airport expansion despite fierce resistance from residents and environmental groups, who say the move prioritizes business above people and planet. U.K. ministers...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
A recent protest by the group Frack Free Lancashire. (Photo: @FrackFreeLancs/Twitter)
Ignoring massive local opposition, as well as grave threats to community and...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
International Court of Justice rejects three disarmament cases against U.K.,...


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.