Britain

Saudi Arabia Says War Games Will Boost Military Ties With Muslim Allies

RIYADH, Feb 22  – The Middle East’s largest ever war games are now underway and will boost military cooperation between the 20 Muslim nations taking part, host country Saudi Arabia said on Monday, as it seeks to check the growing influence of arch rival Iran. The Northern Thunder exercises, which began on Feb. 14 and

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With Eye on Downing Street, Boris Bets All On Brexit

By William James and Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 22 – With one hand in his suit pocket and the other mussing his signature blond hair, Boris Johnson on Sunday took the riskiest gamble of his career: to oppose Prime Minister David Cameron by campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union. If the stars align

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UK Deal Done, Merkel Resets Sights on EU Migrant Plan With Turkey

By Paul Carrel BRUSSELS, Feb 20 – With a deal secured to help keep Britain in the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel swiftly refocused her sights on pressing ahead with a joint EU solution to the bloc’s refugee crisis in tandem with Turkey. Along with the deal for Britain, tackling Europe’s migrant crisis in collaboration with Turkey was a top priority

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Murder Law Applied Wrongly for 30 Years: Britain’s Top Court

LONDON, Feb 18 – Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a key part of the law often called “joint enterprise”, which allows people to be convicted of murder even if they did not strike the fatal blow, had been misinterpreted for three decades. The ruling could lead to a rush of appeals, although the

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Nations Pledge Billions for Syria at London Donors Conference

By Estelle Shirbon and William James LONDON, Feb 4 – Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference in London to tackle the world’s worst humanitarian crisis after the breakdown of peace talks the day before. With Syria‘s five-year-old civil war raging

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Hackers Bring Down Thai Websites Over British Murders Verdict

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, Jan 13 – International hacking movement Anonymous said it attacked hundreds of Thai government websites on Wednesday over death sentences handed down to two migrant workers for the murder of two British tourists. A court sentenced Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 22, to death on

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Britain Set for First Mass Strike by Doctors in 40 Years

LONDON, Jan 5 – The British government said it was seeking to hold talks with doctors in its state-funded health service in a last-ditch bid to avert a series of mass walkouts, potentially the first such strikes for four decades. Junior doctors, or doctors in training who represent just over half of all doctors in

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Daesh “Gets Tougher” in Face of Air Strikes

BAGHDAD, Dec 27 – A new message purporting to come from the leader of Daesh said air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition had failed to weaken the group. “Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more

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Into the Valley of Death

100 years after Sykes-Picot, Britain and France return to Syria BY Michael Stephens AFTER weeks of hand-wringing and heated debate, the United Kingdom has now joined the coalition in extended military actions in Syria. So far the impact has been fairly limited. U.K. bombs have only fallen on isolated Daesh-controlled oil fields in eastern Syria.

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