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British pedophile jailed for Malaysia abuse found dead in UK prison

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:27 AM

A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.

FOUND DEAD. A handout released by the British National Crime Agency on June 1, 2016 shows a custody picture of Richard Huckle who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

Prince Harry extends privacy claims against UK media

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Prince Harry takes legal action against more tabloids, days after pressing charges against The Mail on Sunday newspaper

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP)

Harry, Meghan sue newspaper over 'privacy breach'

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:51 PM

In a stinging attack on British tabloid media, Prince Harry says his wife is being dogged by the press in the same way as his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was before her death in 1997

ROYAL COUPLE. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the 'Justice desk,' an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. File photo by Betram Malgas/Pool/AFP

British princess Beatrice engaged to marry

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The couple 'became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier this month,' the palace says in a statement, adding that the wedding will take place in 2020

ENGAGED. In an undated recent handout picture released by Buckingham Palace and taken by Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (R) poses with her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (L) in Italy. AFP PHOTO / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / PRINCESS EUGENIE

Harry and Meghan join South Africa's fight against gender violence

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex join campaigners in Cape Town fighting South Africa's stratospheric rates of violence against women on the first stage of a 10-day swing through southern Africa

Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex and Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex visit the District Six museum in Cape Town on the first afternoon of their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP

Sunseekers feel the strain of Thomas Cook crisis

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:20 PM

With British travel giant Thomas Cook in trouble, travelers fear they will be unable to return home or their trips will not push through

British tourists walk outside the Orange Beach hotel in in Tunisia's coastal town of Hammamet on September 23 2019. - Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was hanging by a thread on Sunday after the iconic British travel firm struggled to find further private investment and is now relying on an unlikely government bailout. Holidaymakers were already reporting problems, with guests at a hotel in Tunisia owed money by Thomas Cook being asked for extra money before being allowed to leave, according to a tourist interviewed by AFP. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)

British American Tobacco stubs out 2,300 jobs, as vaping casts cloud

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

British American Tobacco, the maker of Dunhill and Lucky Strike cigarettes, says the job cuts would ensure savings which can be reinvested in new product categories

A packet of Dunhill cigarettes made by British American Tobacco is photographed in London, 28 February 2006. Cigarette giant British American Tobacco reported on Tuesday a 29-percent drop in pre-tax profits to £2.588 billion pounds (3.796 billion euros, 4.503 billion dollars) in 2005, but the results were skewed by big deals in 2004. BAT also expressed "regret" at a decision earlier this month by Britain's parliament to approve a total ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces in England, following similar moves in Ireland and other European countries. The group, which makes Kent and Dunhill cigarettes, said in its official earnings release that revenue sank 13 percent to 9.325 billion pounds last year, compared with 2004. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)

British Council launches artist grants

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Applicants may apply to British Council's Connections Through Culture mobility grant to promote arts and cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia until September 26

BBC expands shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:23 AM

A BBC statement says, 'given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it's right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services'

BBC Scotland building, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; November 4th 2017: Glasgow headquarters building of the British Broadcasting Corporation at Pacific Quay.

Meghan Markle guest edits British Vogue

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The September issue includes a 'candid conversation' with former US first lady Michelle Obama

This undated handout photo issued on July 28, 2019 by Kensington Palace shows Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of Smart Works, in the workroom of the Smart Works London office. - Prince Harry's wife Meghan will guest edit the September issue of iconic fashion magazine British Vogue, which will see her in "candid conversation" with former first lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by @SussexRoyal / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / @SUSSEXROYAL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO COMMERCIAL USE - NO THIRD PARTY SALES - RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE - NO CROPPING OR MODIFICATION - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS /

Swedish owner of tanker seized by Iran says crew 'safe'

Jul 25, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Aside from a Filipino seafarer, the rest of the 23 detained crew of the oil tanker Stena Impero hail from India, Russia, and Latvia

An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on July 22, 2019 shows crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, after it was seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. Britain on July 23, said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. In a ramping up of tensions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the Stena Impero on July 19 in the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz. IRIB / AFP

Britain's Boris Johnson faces daunting problems from outset

Jul 24, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Here are the top challenges confronting the new British leader as he enters Downing Street

TOUGH TASK. New Conservative Party leader and incoming prime minister Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative party headquarters in central London on July 23, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

LOOK: Prince George all smiles as he celebrates 6th birthday

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Kensington Palace shares recent photographs of Prince George taken by Kate Middleton

SIX. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, takes a photo of Prince George. Photo from The Kensington Palace

Manila asks Iran to free Filipino on seized British-flagged tanker

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says one of the crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero is a Filipino citizen

This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero seized by Iran is now at anchor off the port of Bandar Abbas with all its crew aboard after colliding with a fishing boat, authorities said on July 20, 2019. The Swedish-owned Stena Impero "collided with a fishing boat", said Allah-Morad Afifipoor, director-general of the Hormozgan province port and maritime organisation.  Nico KEMPS / VESSELFINDER.COM / AFP

'Life-changing moment': Filipino filmmaker wins BAFTA film grant

Jul 14, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Drama del Rosario hopes his documentary would help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and sexual assault, especially involving male survivors

WIN. Student documentary filmmaker Drama Del Rosario was one of the two winners of the inaugural BAFTA-GSA Commissioning Grant for his film 'I'm Okay (And Neither Are You)'. Photo by Lan Nguyen.

Britain sends second warship to the Gulf after Iran tanker standoff

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) British officials say the naval deployment is part of a pre-planned rotation and meant to ensure a continued British naval presence in one of the most important but volatile oil shipment routes in the world

HMS DUNCAN. A March 22, 2013 handout photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defence in London on July 12, 2019, shows the British Royal Navy's HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, as it prepares to arrive in Portsmouth, southern England. AFP PHOTO / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2019

U.S. plans Gulf naval escorts after Iranians menace UK oil tanker

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:10 AM

The nominee to become chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said Washington is putting together a coalition 'in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping'

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Iran tried to seize British oil tanker – CNN

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Citing US officials, CNN reports that Iranians ordered the British Heritage oil tanker, which was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area, to change course and stop in Tehran's nearby waters

British Airways fined £183m over computer theft of passenger data

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:58 PM

In a statement, IAG says the UK Information Commissioner’s Office intends to issue the airline with a penalty notice under the UK Data Protection Act, totalling £183.39 million or around $229.7 million

BRITISH AIRWAYS. A British Airways Airbus A320 commercial plane with registration G-TTOB is landing at Geneva Airport on March 22, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The 'one country, two systems' deal is at the center of the row between London and Beijing

A woman places signs on a fence next to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 4, 2019. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

UK warns China of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Hong Kong is part of China and we have to accept that. But the freedoms in Hong Kong are enshrined in a joint declaration' signed with former colonial ruler Britain, says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hong Kong's colonial flag (C) is held up during a protest march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule. China's President Xi Jinping warned July 1 that any challenge to Beijing's control over Hong Kong crossed a "red line", as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Britain's Prince William: 'Fine by me' if children gay

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:02 AM

'I fully support whatever decision they make, but it does worry me from a parent point of view, how many barriers, hateful words, persecution, all that, and discrimination that might come,' says Prince William

VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

Critics hit out at millions spent on Harry and Meghan's home

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Queen Elizabeth II's grandson and his wife has moved into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate before the birth of their son Archie on May 6

ROYAL COUPLE. In this file photo taken on October 03, 2018 Britain's Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public during a walkabout outside the The Royal Pavillion in Brighton, southern England. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Airlines halt Hormuz flights amid U.S.-Iran crisis

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The suspensions come after the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States issued a Notice to Airmen 'prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman'

STRAIT OF HORMUZ. A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Top contender for UK prime minister admits having taken cocaine

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:04 PM

'I wish I hadn't done that. But I don't believe that past mistakes disqualify you,' says Britain's Environment Secretary Michael Gove

RACE TO PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove is one of the leading contenders to replace Theresa May as Britain's next prime minister. Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP

Prince Harry and Meghan name 'dream' son Archie

May 09, 2019 - 7:28 AM

'The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,' the couple announce on their Instagram account

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019.  Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP

World gets first glimpse of Meghan's royal baby

May 08, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The couple also ends months of intense speculation and announces the name of their firstborn child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

ROYAL BABY. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool/AFP

Britain eagerly awaits royal baby name

May 07, 2019 - 7:06 PM

UK royal names are normally chosen from a relatively restricted pool of those used by past kings and queens. But Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are anything but normal royals.

Prince Harry 'over the moon' as Meghan gives birth to a boy

May 06, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mother and baby are doing incredibly well, it's been the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine,' a beaming Prince Harry tells reporters in Windsor

ROYAL COUPLE. In this file photo taken on October 03, 2018 Britain's Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public during a walkabout outside the The Royal Pavillion in Brighton, southern England. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

LOOK: New Princess Charlotte photos mark her fourth birthday

May 02, 2019 - 2:54 PM

The new pictures are taken in April by Duchess Catherine at Kensington Palace and at their home in Norfolk

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. A photograph of Princess Charlotte taken in April and released on May 2 ahead of her fourth birthday. Image from Kensington Palace Twitter account.

LOOK: Prince Louis' new photos for his 1st birthday

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Kensington Palace releases new photos as Prince Louis, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, turns one

'Peaky Blinders' crime boss to 'become good' in the end

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight reveals that the show's lead Thomas Shelby will 'be a changed man' by its final season

Meghan Markle's baby to test royal appetite for reform

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Meghan Markle's new-age ideals and US glitz have already raised eyebrows during her pregnancy. How she intends to bring up the baby, who will be seventh in line to the throne, will only increase the scrutiny.

GIFTS. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), react as they are presented with baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L), at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London. Photo by Chris Jackson/AFP

Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus as EU leaders hold out hope for deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:44 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week

AVOID CHAOS. File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

British government, opposition in Brexit crisis talks

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Earlier, MPs voted in favor of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the EU on April 12

(FILES) A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) unveiling his plans for education during a general election campaign visit in Leeds, northern England, on May 10, 2017 and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) speaking at the launch of the Scottish manifesto by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh on May 19, 2017.  Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTO / Dan Kitwood AND Lindsey PARNABY

Britain's Prince Charles heads to Cuba amid U.S. tensions

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Prince Charles is asked by the British government to add Cuba to a long-planned tour of Caribbean nations as Brexit spurs it to seek alternative trading partners

PRINCE CHARLES. Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/AFP

EU leaders offer 2 options for short Brexit delay

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Union president Donald Tusk says the UK accepts EU's extension scenarios

BENDS BACK. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

British police get $130 million to tackle knife crime surge

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Just this week, a teenager is the 17th person knifed to death in London alone in 2019

UK backlash at Meghan's lavish US baby shower

Feb 23, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Meghan Markle's party is hosted by Serena Williams at Manhattan's Mark Hotel and is attended by guests like Amal Clooney

MEGHAN MARKLE. The Duchess of Sussex is criticized by British media for her 'lavish' baby shower. File photo shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan at Tomorrow's Women Wirral, an organization that supports women in vulnerable circumstances. Photo by Charlotte Graham/AFP

Don't have time to exercise? Here's a regime everyone can squeeze in

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Incorporating more high intensity activity into our daily routines – whether that’s by vacuuming the carpet with vigor or walking uphill to buy your lunch – could be the key to helping all of us get some high quality exercise each day

NO EXCUSES. For those of us who are time-poor, high-intensity exercise can be incorporated into our daily routines. Image from Shutterstock

Rebel British MPs take up seats in parliament

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:32 PM

One of the 7 lawmakers, Chuka Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second referendum, says that he now wants to establish a new centrist political party by the end of the year at the latest

LABOUR PARTY. Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London on February 19, 2019. Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Duterte signs law recognizing British School Manila as int'l education institution

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:29 PM

This means British School Manila will no longer be shut down by the Department of Education

RECOGNITION. The British School of Manila is now an international education institution in the Philippines. Photo by author DTinayBSM from Wikipedia

UK airline Flybmi collapses under fuel costs, Brexit pressures

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Flybmi, which operated 17 aircraft on routes to 25 European cities, ends all its operations

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U.K. 'deeply concerned' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The British government supports a free media,' says British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is facing a string of cases under the Duterte administration. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

BBC wants security review after cameraman attacked at Trump rally

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:11 AM

A Trump supporter yelling anti-media slogans attacks a British Broadcasting Corporation cameraman during the US president's rally in El Paso

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in El Paso, Texas. The British Broadcasting Corporation asked the White House for a review of security arrangements on February 12, 2019 after a BBC cameraman was assaulted at a Donald Trump rally. BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked by a Trump supporter yelling anti-media slogans during the US president's rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night.Skeans was unhurt and the man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat was restrained and removed from the riser where the media had assembled.  Nicholas Kamm / AFP

[OPINION] Why we need to support free media in era of fake news

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:14 PM

As Winston Churchill said, 'A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny'

UK PM May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' Brexit

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The world's fifth-largest economy is in political turmoil and grasping for solutions that could smooth its planned departure from the bloc after 46 years just 10 weeks from now

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Some of the key reactions to the British parliament's rejection of a Brexit deal

An anti-Brexit activist waves Union and EU flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on January 16, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May was left "crushed" and "humiliated", Britain's newspapers said today as they raked over the fallout from parliament's huge rejection of her EU divorce deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:04 AM

MPs vote 432 to 202 against Theresa May's plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history

HISTORIC VOTE. Britain's parliament on January 15 resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and leaving the country on track to crash out of the EU. AFP PHOTO / MARK DUFFY / UK Parliament