United Kingdom

Britain’s Labour Must Broaden Appeal if it Wants Power: New Mayor

LONDON, May 8 – Sadiq Khan, the newly elected mayor of London, called on Labour on Sunday to “stop talking about ourselves” and broaden its appeal in the latest criticism of the opposition party’s hard-left national leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Khan, 45, was elected the first Muslim mayor of London last week, defeating a challenger from

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U.K. Arms Sales to Saudi Threaten its Yemen Aid Efforts: Lawmakers

By Emma Batha LONDON, May 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain’s efforts to tackle Yemen’s massive humanitarian crisis risk being seriously undermined by its multi-billion dollar arms sales to neighbouring Saudi Arabia, a group of UK lawmakers said on Wednesday. They urged Britain to consider suspending weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, which has been accused

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Crowds Gather to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday

By Georgina Cooper WINDSOR, England, April 21 – Crowds gathered from across Britain and beyond on Thursday to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the world’s oldest monarch who still performs scores of annual engagements and shows no signs of retiring. Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes, calling her “a rock of strength for

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The King and I: Retired Teacher Behind British Royals’ Visit to Bhutan

By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI, April 13 – That Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is in large part thanks to a retired Oxford schoolteacher. Honorary Consul Michael Rutland calls himself a mere facilitator, but a British diplomat said he had played a crucial role in arranging

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U.K. to Prevent Public Sector Boycotts of Israeli Suppliers

LONDON, Feb 17 – Local authorities and public sector organisations in Britain will be prevented from boycotting Israeli suppliers under new government rules, and those who do could face severe penalties, the government said on Wednesday. Apart from where it has put legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions in place, procurement boycotts by public authorities were

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Britain’s Kate Uses Guest Editor Role to Tackle Mental Illness Stigma

LONDON, Feb 17 – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate would seek help for their children George and Charlotte if they had mental health problems one day, Kate wrote in a blog published on Wednesday that sought to tackle the stigma associated with mental illness. Acting as guest-editor for a day of the Huffington

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Trump Threatens to Pull $1 bn Investment if He is Banned From U.K.

LONDON, Jan 7 – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has threatened to cancel over 700 million pounds ($1 billion) of planned investments in golf courses in Scotland if Britain slaps him with a travel ban. The threat from Trump, owner of two golf courses in his mother’s homeland of Scotland, comes as British lawmakers

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Britain’s PM Cameron Says Time to Start Bombing Militants in Syria

By Elizabeth Piper LONDON, Nov 26 – Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers on Thursday it was time to join air strikes against Daesh militants in Syria, saying Britain cannot “subcontract its security to other countries.” Cameron, who lost a vote on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s forces in 2013, needs to

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