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I Think We Got Away With It: Listen to HSBC Trader Phone Calls

Here’s the challenge for U.S. prosecutors: convince a jury former HSBC currency trader Mark Johnson is guilty of front-running a $3.5 billion client order. Their strongest evidence is HSBC’s audio recordings of the phone calls between Johnson, the bank’s former global head of foreign exchange, and traders in London and New York, which take the jury back to re-live events of six years ago. The jury, which on Thursday started weighing the fraud case against Johnson, listened to numerous calls, including one where he said, “I think we got away with…

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Uber loses its license to operate in London

In a huge blow to Uber in the UK London’s transport regulator has rejected its application to renew its license to operate in the city. In a statement today TfL said it has concluded that Uber is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. “TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety.  Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, and demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate.  TfL must also be satisfied that an operator…

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Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

Exclusive: Every area of the capital breaches global standards for PM2.5 pollution particles, with most areas exceeding levels by at least 50% The scale of Londons air pollution crisis was laid bare on Wednesday, with new figures showing that every person in the capital is breathing air that exceeds global guidelines for one of the most dangerous toxic particles. damaging type of particle known as PM2.5. It also found that 7.9 million Londoners nearly 95% of the capitals population live in areas that exceed the limit by 50% or more….

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How Crazy Is Elon Musks Hypersonic Space Rocket Airline?

For whatever reason, some of the world’s smartest and most eccentric people tend to be drawn toward airlines. Elon Musk is the latest, but with a twist—rockets. Tacked onto a detailed explanation Friday of how SpaceX intends to land cargo on Mars five years from now—a farcical schedule that Musk conceded was “aspirational”—the space, car, solar, and battery entrepreneur segued into an audacious proposal to harness the speed of space-travel for faster earthly flights. In essence, Musk wants to fly you even when you’re going merely to London, not Mars. Flying at a…

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Calls for unity as thousands attend anti-Brexit rally in London

Lib Dem Ed Davey says remainers should listen to other side and be a unifying force, as estimated 50,000 turn out in capital Opponents of Brexit who turned out in their tens of thousands for one of the largest marches yet against Britains withdrawal from the EU have been told they need to listen and understand leave voters and bide their time for a referendum on any deal that may emerge. The plea, met with polite applause from many in the crowd in Parliament Square, came from the Liberal Democrat…

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Travel in the most narcissistic way possible with this suitcase face cover

Image: firebox.com Let’s face it — most suitcases look the same, which makes keeping track of them while traveling quite the hassle. Forget investing in those pesky luggage tags that easily fall off or trying to set your boring black suitcases apart from the crowd with colorful ribbon. Head Case — a new travel case that literally puts a giant picture of your head onto your suitcase — is here to ensure everyone knows your bags belong to you. SEE ALSO: So, this guy checked in a single can of…

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Heartbreaking: This Incredibly Loyal Paparazzo Still Waits Outside The Dry Cleaner Amy Winehouse Used To Use

You may want to grab some tissues, because youre probably going to need them. Theres a paparazzo in London whos so devoted to his favorite subject that its as touching as it is downright tragic: The sad soul can be found seven days a week, 365 days a yearrain or shinehaunting the alleyway outside Amy Winehouses old dry cleaner in London with his camera at the ready, despite the fact shes been dead for six years. It just doesnt get more heartbreaking than that. The loyal paps name is Dominic…

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How skaters make cities safer and the fight to save the Southbank skatepark

Skateboarders are the shock troops of gentrification, making no-go areas secure and then seeing their newly valuable sites destroyed when the developers move in. Can one much-loved London spot buck the trend? It was like a part of my soul was destroyed, says Ian Davross Scudds. He is talking about the moment in 2004 when two-thirds of the skateboarding site at the Southbank Centre in London was fenced off and destroyed without warning. Four decades of skateboarding history went with it. Now 54, Davross has been skating at the Southbank…

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Firefighters describe their battle with Grenfell Tower blaze

All the rescue team members were prepared to die to save others, London fire brigade commanders say Firefighters who battled the Grenfell Tower inferno have spoken of the chaos and tragedy they encountered when they were called to the building last month. Speaking in a forthcoming ITV documentary, commanders from the London fire brigade said every member of their rescue team was prepared to die as flames devoured the 24-storey high-rise that night. The crisis escalated rapidly as the fire tore through the structure in a matter of minutes, trapping…

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Camden Lock Market: firefighters battle large blaze in London

More than 70 fire fighters attempt to bring fire under control as London Ambulance Service says it is not treating anyone at the scene Firefighters have brought a large blaze at Camden Lock Market in north London under control. The London fire brigade said on Monday morning that ten fire engines had been dispatched to reports of a fire at the popular tourist spot after midnight. The brigade asked people to avoid the area and said the cause of the fire was not yet known. By 3.20am the brigade said…

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Adele review: global star shines all the brighter on emotional night

Wembley Stadium, LondonAfter hinting it may be her last live tour, Adele gave the crowd the expected highs and lows A year ago this week she was at Glastonbury, oscillating between devastating ballads of loss and enquiries as to which of the audience had shit themselves. Now, Adele rounds off her 25 tour with four nights at Wembley hosting 98,000 people a night a stadium record for a music event coming to commune in the emotional Big Four: love, anger, sorrow, joy. Having told the world earlier in the day…

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London counter-terror police investigate after van hits worshippers near mosque

One arrest made after vehicle is reported to have run over worshippers early on Monday Counter-terrorism police are investigating a major incident in Finsbury Park, north London, after a van hit pedestrians and left a number of casualties. The Guardian understands counter-terrorism officers have joined regular police looking at the incident which is in its early stages. The Metropolitan police said they were called to reports of a vehicle collision at about 12.20am on Monday. Aftermath of crash when vehicle hit mosque worshippers in London Officers are investigating whether the…

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Police launch criminal inquiry into Grenfell Tower blaze

Calls made for ban on cladding used on building as it emerges similar materials are illegal in the USGrenfell Tower fire latest updates Police have launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze as it emerged that cladding panels similar to those likely to have been used on the 24-storey building have been widely prohibited on tall buildings in the US since 2012. Under the US building code, the use of metal composite panels without a fire-retardant core has been banned since 2012 on buildings over 50ft (15 metres)…

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Latimer Road fire: huge blaze breaks out in 24-storey apartment block in London

Fears that people are trapped in a blaze at the tower block in Latimer Road, near Notting Hill, that broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morningGrenfell Tower fire – live updates A fire has broken out in a tower block in west London with fears that people are trapped in their homes. The fire in the 24-storey said on Twitter they were responding to a fire on the Lancaster West Estate after multiple calls. Two hundred fire fighters were at the scene along with forty engines that were…

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Three men detained after London-bound flight diverts to Germany

Pilot on flight from Ljubljana made unscheduled stop after learning of men talking about terrorist matters and baggage was later destroyed Three male passengers have been detained in Cologne after their easyJet flight bound from Ljubljana in Slovenia to London made a diverted landing, German police have said. The aircraft landed in Cologne after passengers reported that the men were talking about terrorist matters, according to the statement. The men were not identified. Police carried out security checks of the aircraft and questioned passengers after all 151 on board were…

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