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British Empire breaking news

Two items in the past 24 hours about The Empire On Which The Sun Never Set Till Nighttime:

Hundreds of Indian Ocean islanders who were forcibly deported from their homeland by Britain 40 years ago won a battle yesterday which could see them set sail for an emotional return within days.

The court of appeal in London found the British government guilty of "abuse of power" for attempting to prevent the Chagos Islanders from reclaiming land leased from under their feet by Britain to the US in the 1960s.

The Guardian takes up the story.

Mau Mau veterans in Kenya have vowed to continue fighting for reparations from the British government for abuses perpetrated during colonial rule in the East African country -- this after Britain dismissed the compensation claim.

More on this story, together with some priceless excuses, from the Inter Press Service.