UK

Uber Wins Right to Contest English Tests for London Drivers

LONDON, June 27 – Uber said it had won the right to appeal against a court decision in favour of plans by a London regulator to impose new English reading and writing standards in a move which could deprive it of thousands of drivers. In March, the San Francisco-based firm, which allows people to book

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Trump Offers Help on London Attacks, Touts Need for Travel Ban

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, June 3 – U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter amid the unfolding deadly drama in London on Saturday to offer U.S. help to Britain and to promote his controversial travel ban as an extra level of security for Americans. British police rushed to two incidents in central London after a

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Attackers Plough Van into London Crowd, Stab Revellers, Kill Six

By Paul Sandle and David Milliken LONDON, June 4 – Suspected militants drove a van into pedestrians at high speed on London Bridge on Saturday night before stabbing revellers on nearby streets, killing at least six people and wounding nearly 50. Armed police rushed to the scene and within eight minutes of receiving the first

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Will Macron’s Presidency Affect Trade with the Middle East?

By Marcus Turner Jones Emmanual Macron sealed a decisive victory in the final round of the French presidential elections, seeing off opposition from far right candidate Marine Le Pen to become the youngest president of France in history, at age 39. Macron is a former investment banker who is pro-EU and pro-global. He has promised

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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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