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Blair was briefed on UK UFO files

Prime Minister Tony Blair was briefed on the UK’s files about UFO sightings in 1998, newly declassified MoD documents have revealed.

Writer Nick Redfern urged him to “consider making available for public scrutiny all of the many and varied UFO reports compiled by the government”.

The request came as the government began to implement Freedom of Information (FOI requests).

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BBC | July 12th 2012

Alex Salmond told to reveal if he took legal advice on EU

Alex Salmond has been ordered to reveal if he has received legal advice on whether an independent Scotland could join the European Union.

Scotland’s Information Commissioner ruled that Scottish ministers were wrong to impose the equivalent of a super-injunction by refusing to say whether they had such advice.

In a detailed judgment, Rosemary Agnew said the Scottish Government had broken Freedom of Information (FoI) laws and gave it six weeks to confirm or deny the existence of the 

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Ian Swanson | The Scotsman | July 12th 2012

Disabled children four times more likely to be victim of violence: study

One in 20 children has a moderate or severe disability and a British study has found they a quarter of them have been attacked physically, sexually, abused emotionally or neglected.

A team from John Moores University in Liverpool examined 17 studies including a total of 18,000 children aged over two from Britain, America, Sweden, Finaland, Spain and Israel.

Last month a Freedom of Information request revealed that disability hate crimes have doubled since the financial crisis began in 2008.

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Rebecca Smith | The Telegraph | July 12th 2012

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