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Keep Calm and Negotiate”: EU Sees Oct 2018 Brexit Deal

By Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, Dec 6 – The European Union’s chief negotiator set a target of agreeing a Brexit deal with Britain by October 2018, assuming London keeps a promise to formally launch the process of leaving the EU by the end of March. Michel Barnier, at a news conference on Tuesday

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Major U.K. Hotels Hilton, Shiva Join Fight Against Modern Slavery

By Lin Taylor LONDON, Nov 30 – Hotels across Britain are joining forces to fight modern slavery in an initiative to be unveiled on Wednesday that will encourage staff and guests to help spot signs of trafficking in hotel foyers and corridors. Major hotel groups, including the Hilton and Shiva Hotels, will pledge to examine

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Britain Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

MARRAKESH, Morocco, Nov 17 – Britain said on Thursday it had ratified the Paris Agreement, the global deal to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement came into force on Nov. 4 when more than 55 countries representing more than 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions ratified the deal. “The UK is ratifying the

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UK Courts More Likely to Jail Black Than White People for Same Crimes

LONDON, Nov 16 – Britain’s courts are more likely to send people from ethnic minorities to prison for certain types of crime than white people convicted of the same offences, a government-commissioned review into race and the criminal justice system has found. Lawmaker David Lammy, who is heading the review, wrote in an open letter

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Indivisible or Flexible? Brexit Battle Looms Over EU Freedoms

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, Nov 7 – British businessman Simon Boyd recalls winning a big contract to build an aircraft hangar in France – only to lose it because he couldn’t secure the required French insurance in time. “We tried very, very hard to sort it but it was unsortable, because we are not a

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UK Working to Resolve Banking Concerns to Boost Trade with Iran

LONDON, Nov 2 – Trade is growing between Britain and Iran and the government is working to resolve banking sector concerns which are limiting its further expansion, British trade minister Liam Fox said on Wednesday. Despite the removal of international banking restrictions in January, Tehran has secured ties with only a limited number of smaller

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Hollande Says UK Must Take Share of Responsibility for Calais Minors

DOUE-LA-FONTAINE, France, Oct 30  – French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May to convey the message that Britain should take its share of responsibility for minors from the “Jungle” migrant camp of Calais. There was tension this week between the two countries over how to take

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Driverless Vehicle to be Tested on UK Streets for the First Time

LONDON, Oct 11  – A driverless vehicle carrying passengers will take to Britain’s public roads for the first time on Tuesday, as part of trials aimed at paving the way for autonomous cars to hit the highways by the end of the decade. The government is encouraging technology companies, carmakers and start-ups to develop and

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Britain to Protect Soldiers Serving Overseas From Legal Claims

BIRMINGHAM, Oct 4 – Britain will protect its armed forces serving overseas from “vexatious” human rights claims by making it possible to suspend the European Convention on Human Rights in future conflicts, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday. The ruling Conservative Party has criticised what it calls spurious legal claims against British troops returning

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