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Stalemate after 4th round of post-Brexit talks

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier reports 'no significant progress this week,' accusing London of backtracking on divorce terms agreed in 2019

FLAGS. The European Union flag and the British Union Jack wave in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Luxury carmaker Bentley to axe 1,000 UK jobs

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Bentley says the coronavirus pandemic 'hastened' its move to cut almost a quarter of its workforce in the United Kingdom

Tax the rich? Post-pandemic recovery idea finds favor in UK

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Mass unemployment, bankruptcies, and other potential shocks could hit the richest, but supporters of tax reform say they should still shoulder more of the burden

The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019 - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday that the suspension of parliament would be extended until October 14 -- just two weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU -- enraging anti-Brexit MPs. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

UK banking giants back China's Hong Kong security law

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:30 PM

HSBC and Standard Chartered express support for the highly controversial security law China is pushing in Hong Kong

GLOBAL BANK. An HSBC branch on the outskirts of Paris, France, June 30, 2009. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

UK car sector axes 2,000 jobs as sales slump

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:00 PM

British car dealership Lookers says it is cutting about 1,500 jobs, while carmaker Aston Martin is slashing 500

Prince Charles spurred to action after bout with virus

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Prince Charles calls the outbreak, which has officially claimed more than 40,000 lives in Britain 'an unbelievably testing and challenging time,' which has forced people to reassess their lives

EXPERIENCE. In this file photo taken on March 04, 2020, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reacts during his visit to the London Transport Museum in London on March 4, 2020, to take part in celebrations to mark 20 years of the museum. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

'Now is the time': John Boyega speaks at Black Lives Matter march in London

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:13 PM

'We have always been important,' the 'Star Wars' actor says during a gathering at Hyde Park

British actor John Boyega speaks to protestors in Parliament square during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. - Londoners defied coronavirus restrictions and rallied on Wednesday in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest on May 25. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

[OPINION] I can't breathe: A Filipina's experience with racism in the UK

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Despite the diversity policies in the workplace, there’s still a gap between theory and reality.... I'm still that bloody foreigner who stole someone’s job.'

London City Airport to reopen end of June 2020

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Domestic services are set to be the first to return at London City Airport

REOPENING. London City Airport. Photo from airport's website

China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will 'backfire'

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The United States and Britain have enraged Beijing with their criticism of planned national security legislation that critics fear would destroy the semi-autonomous city's limited freedoms

WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

UK's Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:18 AM

'If China proceeds to justify [Hongkongers'] fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away,' says the prime minister

UMBRELLA. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag umbrella at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Post-Brexit trade talks resume but little sign of breakthrough

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:45 PM

With the sides camped out in conflicting visions of the way ahead, few experts expect this week's talks to bear fruit

POST-BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. File photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

Mixed fortunes for London shops hit by pandemic

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Certain businesses like bicycle shops are seeing surging demand in London, but others like cafes are asking for help to make it through the coronavirus crisis

Shop owner Michael Falkowski is pictured at his bicycle repair shop, ImpressedLondon, on England’s Lane in north London on May 19, 2020. - England's Lane is one of those postcard streets in London just a short walk from Primerose Hill Park. But behind the colourful facades, the shops have had their darkest hours - and varying fortunes - in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY VERONIQUE DUPONT

Debates rage in Britain as some children go back to school

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:58 AM

'COVID-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England,' scientific advisor Jeremy Farrar says on Twitter

NEW ART. Artist Banksy's newest artwork about health workers is on display at a Britain hospital. Photo from Banksy's Instagram account

UK police say PM aide Cummings made minor lockdown breach

May 28, 2020 - 11:26 PM

Downing Street says Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not changing his mind and considers the matter closed

Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP)

UK risks 'longer and harder recovery' – Bank of England

May 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey hints that further interest rate cuts could be in the pipeline

DIRE WARNING. The Bank of England in London. Photo from Shutterstock

UK's Johnson suffers sharp poll fall after Cummings scandal

May 27, 2020 - 5:54 PM

It adds to a sense of growing revolt over the government's handling of Dominic Cummings, with nearly 40 Tory MPs demanding he lose his job

IN DEFENSE. In this file photo taken on September 03, 2019 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and his special advisor Dominic Cummings leave from the rear of Downing Street in central London on September 3, 2019, before heading to the Houses of Parliament. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK minister quits over Cummings lockdown trip

May 26, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Undermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis which has dominated British politics for days, Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, quits in protest

Britain revises up virus-related deaths to 46,000

May 26, 2020 - 7:59 PM

This means Britain's virus-related toll is now ever higher, although the weekly trends continue to show a slowdown in the virus' spread

MORE CASES. People walk in the sunshine in Durham, north east England. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

UK PM's top aide Cummings defies calls to quit

May 26, 2020 - 9:40 AM

Politicians of all stripes join scientific advisers and even some members of the clergy in condemning Cummings for flouting lockdown rules

UNDER FIRE. Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings arrives home in London on May 25, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims

May 25, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Johnson rejects calls to sack Dominic Cummings after he came under fire for traveling across the country with his wife while she was suffering from symptoms of the disease

PROTEST. A woman wears a face mask with a message written on it that reads 'nobody is above the law' outside the home of Number 10 Downing Street special advisor Dominic Cummings in London on May 24, 2020. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown

May 21, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Channel crossing attempts have increased since the end of 2018, despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures

French Gendarmes and police, wearing protective masks against the noverl coronavirus, COVID-19, assist migrants, including five children and a baby, who tried to reach England by crossing the Channel, and who were rescued off the French port city of Calais on May 16, 2020. French maritime authorities said they picked up 16 migrants, including one child, in the English Channel in the early hours of May 16, 2020. The Britain-bound group was rescued some six kilometres 3.8 miles) off the French port of Calais after their makeshift vessel ran into difficulties around 3:30 am (0130 GMT) and called for help, they said.  BERNARD BARRON / AFP

EasyJet to resume flying on June 15

May 21, 2020 - 4:00 PM

EasyJet's initial schedule will involve mainly domestic flights in Britain and France, with more routes to be announced

EASYJET. An Airbus A321 of low-cost passenger carrier EasyJet is pictured in France on November 24, 2016. File photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

UK sells negative bond yields for first time

May 20, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Investors park their cash in bonds, which are in keen demand as the coronavirus pandemic sends the global economy into a dizzying downturn

LOCKDOWN. A man walks the near-deserted streets of London on April 16, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK jobless claims surge by almost 70% on coronavirus

May 19, 2020 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) British unemployment claims surge by a record 856,000 to a total of 2.1 million people in April 2020

A deserted Westminster Bridge is pictured looking north around Monday lunch time, in central London, March 23, 2020, as governments scramble to defend their own economies against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in order to ward off a long-term global recession and future waves of infections. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

UK MPs criticize 'inadequate' gov't coronavirus testing

May 19, 2020 - 10:34 AM

The country has seen 34,796 deaths – the second-highest toll in the world behind the United States

TELLY. Valerie Cloke, sits in an armchair in her living room watching television as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivers a special address in the village of Hartley Wintney, west of London, on April 5, 2020 during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

UK adds loss of taste and smell to coronavirus symptoms

May 18, 2020 - 7:46 PM

The symptoms will now feature with fever and cough as main indicators of the virus, with health officials saying it would mean a 2% rise in picking up cases

MORE SYMPTOMS. Medical staff transfer a patient along a corridor at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in Blackburn, north-west England on May 14, 2020, as national health service (NHS) staff in Britain fight the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Hannah Mckay/Pool/AFP

United Kingdom royal swan census canceled due to coronavirus – reports

May 17, 2020 - 10:16 PM

The spectacle, dating back to the 12th century, draws crowds along the riverbank with many schools typically invited to meet the Swan Uppers during their journey

UK economy shrinks on coronavirus

May 13, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Britain's gross domestic product contracts 2% in the 1st quarter of 2020, with the economy 'in freefall'

LOCKDOWN. A man walks the near-deserted streets of London on April 16, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK extends virus furlough scheme until October 2020

May 13, 2020 - 12:30 AM

A British government scheme which allows employees to receive 80% of their monthly pay during the coronavirus crisis is extended for 4 months

LONDON. A pedestrian walks along the bank of the Thames with the towers of London in the background on March 11, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Global arrest call issued for U.S. diplomat's wife wanted for UK car crash

May 12, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The case has been a political headache for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he tries to secure a US trade deal after Britain's departure from the European Union

SEEKING JUSTICE. In this file photo taken on October 9, 2019, Charlotte Charles (2R) and Tim Dunn, (2L), parents of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn who was killed in a collision with a car, leave after a meeting with Britain's Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on October 9, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Virus-ravaged UK aviation sector faces quarantine woe

May 12, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Operators of United Kingdom airlines and airports express alarm over the British government's plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on inbound travelers

Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, react as they arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on March 19, 2020, after being flown back from Cuba. - The MS Braemar had more than 1,000 people aboard including five confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 50 people in isolation due to showing flu-like symptoms. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Heathrow Airport urges roadmap for quarantine exit

May 11, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye calls on the British government to 'urgently lay out a roadmap for how they will reopen borders once the disease has been beaten'

Passengers wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walk through the arrivals hall after landing at at Terminal Two of London Heathrow Airport in west London, on May 9, 2020. - Britain could introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for international arrivals to stem the spread of coronavirus as part of its plan to ease the lockdown, an airline association said Saturday, sparking alarm in an industry already badly hit by the global pandemic. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

EU, Britain restart push on post-Brexit ties amid virus gloom

May 11, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The EU side accuses Britain of focusing only on issues dear to them and ignoring those essential for EU members, such as fishing, or on agreeing on minimum standards for health and the environment

TRADE TALKS. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost speak at start of the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks between the EU and the United Kingdom, in Brussels on March 2, 2020. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP

UK unveils phased plan to exit lockdown

May 11, 2020 - 10:47 AM

PM Johnson says the lockdown had come 'at a colossal cost to our way of life' but said it would be 'madness' to squander the progress by moving too soon

SISTERS. Nuns sing and clap to show their appreciation of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

France, Spain ease coronavirus lockdowns but UK wary

May 11, 2020 - 8:13 AM

The risk of a second wave is underscored by a resurgence in South Korea

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

UK to set up coronavirus alert system

May 10, 2020 - 5:34 PM

The alert system will be monitored from a new center for biosecurity and will have 5 levels

GREAT BRITAIN. A British Union flag flies near the Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as Big Ben, opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 7, 2016. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Johnson warns 'maximum caution' needed as UK poised to ease lockdown

May 08, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Meanwhile, two separate studies indicate that black and minority ethnic groups were more at risk from the virus than the white population

TELLY. Valerie Cloke, sits in an armchair in her living room, watching television in London. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

O2, Virgin Media to merge into $46.6-billion UK telco giant

May 07, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Telefonica chief executive Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete says the merger would create 'the leading operator in the United Kingdom' that would be 'a game-changer' in the British telecoms sector

UK economy to plunge 14% in 2020 on virus, warns Bank of England

May 07, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey says the government's soon-to-be-announced decision on lockdown restrictions 'will shape the path by which the economy is brought back into action'

A man walks the near-deserted streets of the City of london on April 16, 2020, during the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. - The British government on Thursday was expected to extend a nationwide lockdown for another three weeks, while the country's coronavirus death toll spiked by 861 -- a greater increase than in recent days. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Banksy pays tribute to UK health workers with new artwork

May 07, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Now on display in a hospital is Banksy's new artwork in honor of Britain's health service, which will later be auctioned to raise money for charities

UK could start easing virus lockdown next week – PM

May 06, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Speaking in parliament for the first time since he himself was hospitalized with coronavirus, Boris Johnson says the government will review the data and he will set out the next steps on Sunday, May 10

EASING LOCKDOWN? Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on May 6, 2020 to attend Prime Minister's Questions in the Houses of Parliament. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Adele breaks the internet with post on 32nd birthday

May 06, 2020 - 6:39 PM

The Grammy Award winning singer thanks frontliners as she celebrates her birthday in the midst of a pandemic

ADELE. The singer posts a photo to thank fans on her 32nd birthday. Screenshot from

Updated UK virus toll becomes world's second highest

May 06, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The updated statistics, showing 32,313 total deaths by around April 24, means Britain has probably had the highest official death numbers in Europe for days

A member of the clinical staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as she cares for a patient at the Intensive Care unit at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, on May 5, 2020. NHS staff wear an enhanced level of PPE in higher risk areas such as critical care to minimise the spread of infection between staff and patients. Britain's death toll from the coronavirus has topped 32,000, according to an updated official count released Tuesday, pushing the country past Italy to become the second-most impacted after the United States. Neil HALL / POOL / AFP

UK scientist behind lockdown quits after breaking rules

May 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Professor Neil Ferguson steps down following media reports that he had allowed a woman to visit him at home

WATCHING. A still image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with a message of hope from her special address to the nation is seen on the giant billboard in Piccadilly Square, central London on April 18, 2020. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Trump urges U.S. to re-open, British death toll hits 32,000

May 06, 2020 - 8:43 AM

The growing US death toll is already more than 70,000 – by far the highest globally – while Britain's rises to 32,000, putting it above Italy in the grim ranking of national fatalities

HOMELESS. A homeless person asks for help on Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Michigan on March 30, 2020. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

UK car sales crash to 1946 low as virus slams economy

May 05, 2020 - 8:55 PM

New registrations for cars sold in Britain collapse to 4,321 in April 2020, the worst performance since February 1946 or just after World War II

LONDON. A pedestrian walks along the bank of the Thames with the towers of London in the background on March 11, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

‘This is my sworn duty’: In UK, Kenneth Lambatan heeded nurse’s oath till the end

May 04, 2020 - 5:58 PM

For 18 days, Kenneth tried to defeat the coronavirus. Before he was taken off life support, his family stayed with him virtually – from thousands of miles away.

FALLEN HERO. Kenneth Lambatan, a Filipino cardiac research nurse in United Kingdom, is among the frontliners who have succumbed to the coronavirus disease. Photos from Ezel Lambatan

UK says coronavirus lockdown to be lifted gradually

May 04, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Britain is banking on an enhanced testing regime and contact tracing, including via a smartphone app, to monitor transmission rates and prevent a second wave of infection

HOPE. A cyclist passes a rainbow banner bearing a message of hope on railings outside Salford Royal Hospital, in Salford, Greater Manchester, northwest England, on May 3, 2020. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP