UK 'a more upbeat nation' in 2017
>The UK is a slightly more positive place to be than it was last year, an official survey suggests.
>The UK's level of life satisfaction, as measured by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has edged up to a record 7.7 out of 10.
>Last year, the level was 7.6.
British counterterrorism laws breach human rights, lawyer tells RT
>Indiscriminate powers for authorities to convict people under terrorism laws are in breach of human rights, a specialist lawyer has told RT.
>Human rights lawyer Shoaib M Khan hit out at the “huge powers” of authorities to detain people under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which he says are being “abused.”
>Khan took part in a debate on RT alongside former Metropolitan Police officer Peter Kirkham just hours after the international director of human rights monitoring group CAGE was found guilty of committing terrorist offences by refusing to unlock his phone and laptop when detained at Heathrow Airport.
Pharmacist showed child ISIS beheading video to ‘radicalize’ him, court heard
>A Leicester pharmacist who showed an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) beheading video to a child claimed the terrorists were “not bad people” as he tried to “radicalize” the youngster, a court heard.
>Zameer Ghumra, 38, is also alleged to have taught the primary school-aged child and one other how to “survive a bomb attack” and fight with knives. Nottingham Crown Court heard the man, who denies committing a terrorist offence, “brainwashed” them.
>He also instructed the boys not to associate with non-MusPost too long. Click here to view the full text.