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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

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)

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

Britain, EU in post-Brexit trade talks stalemate

May 15, 2020 - 10:05 PM

EU negotiator Michel Barnier says 'no progress has been possible on the more difficult subjects,' despite Britain now having provided suggested texts in almost all areas of disagreement

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)

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 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)

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

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

UK raises alarm over virus-related syndrome in children

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:23 PM

The state-run National Health Service issues an alert about a small number of children presenting an unusual set of symptoms, including abdominal pain and inflammation around the heart

EMPTY. A picture shows an empty children's play area on Llandaff Fields in Cardiff, South Wales, in the morning on March 24, 2020 after Britain ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. File photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

UK launches loans for virus-hit small businesses

Apr 28, 2020 - 12:30 AM

This new plan is the latest in a series of multibillion-pound packages to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Britain

NEARLY DESERTED. A man wearing a protective face mask walks through the near-deserted streets in Lincoln, Eastern England on April 20, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Undocumented in a pandemic: Thousands of Filipinos in UK suffer in silence over COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Advocates and lobbyists urge the UK government to now grant legal status to all undocumented migrants and refugees

Photos courtesy of Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

Bank of England warns of worst recession in centuries

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:00 AM

'It seems that we are experiencing an economic contraction that is faster and deeper than anything we have seen in the past century, or possibly several centuries,' says economist Gertjan Vlieghe

INTEREST RATE CUT. The Bank of England in London. Photo from Shutterstock

UK gov't accused of slow response to virus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:00 PM

In his first chance to question the government since being elected Labour leader, Keir Starmer says there is 'a significant gap between promise and delivery' in how ministers are handling the crisis

CORONAVIRUS IN UK. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer listening during Prime Minister's Question time in the House of Commons in London on April 22, 2020, as parliament resumes with social distancing measure in place, and some MPs taking part remotely by videolink, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AFP PHOTO/PRU

Britain turns to Europe to save its crops

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:55 AM

A charter plane carrying 180 Romanian agricultural workers arrives in Britain at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has forced a lockdown and boosted demand for food

A seasonal worker from Romania picks strawberries at BR Brooks & Son farm in Faversham, south east England on June 29, 2018. - After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine the strawberry season is in full swing in the so-called Garden of England. But with a shortage of seasonal labourers to pick the fruits, a trend exacerbated by Brexit, there are growing fears many may be left to rot on their stems. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

UK extends coronavirus lockdown for 'at least' another 3 weeks

Apr 17, 2020 - 12:23 AM

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recuperates from COVID-19, says it is 'too soon' to lift the stringent social distancing regime rolled out last month

LOCKDOWN EXTENDED. A man walks the near-deserted streets of the City of london on April 16, 2020, during the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK puts virus-hit construction sector back on track

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, work will begin on a high-speed railway that will link London with major cities in central and northern England

A digger is driven on the HS2 construction site near South Cubbington Wood, Leamington Spa, on February 25, 2020 where ancient woodland is set to be felled to make way for Britain's HS2 high-speed railway project. - The British government confirmed that UK's high-speed railway HS2 will be built despite soaring costs, bringing faster and greener transport connections between London and northern England. Critics like the protesters at South Cubbington Wood point out that construction of the HS2 line is set to destroy ancient woodlands and wildlife. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP)

UK GDP could 'fall 13%' in 2020 as virus death toll climbs

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Office for Budget Responsibility warns that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic would be a bigger shock to the United Kingdom economy than the 2008 financial crisis

SOCIAL DISTANCING. A single customer sits at the bar in a near-empty pub in central London on March 17, 2020. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Lawyer says Assange fathered 2 kids with her while in Ecuador embassy

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Lawyer Stella Moris, Julian Assange's fiance, says 'forming a family was a deliberate decision to kind of break down those walls around him and imagine a life beyond'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. British police have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London after his asylum was withdrawn, the police said in a statement on April 11, 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Boris Johnson continues virus recovery as UK death toll nears 10,000

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:14 PM

Britain continues to be hit hard, recording more than 900 daily COVID-19 deaths on Saturday for the second consecutive day

CORONAVIRUS. An 'I love NHS' sign is draped with flowering plants at St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 11, 2020, where Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be on the road to recovery from the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Photo by Niklas Halle'n / AFP

UK virus lockdown extension looms as Johnson's health 'improves'

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) No announcement on the status of the British lockdown would be made until April 13 at the earliest

PM'S CONDITION. A file photo of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a news conference on March 20, 2020, before he was hospitalized for coronavirus. Photo by JULIAN SIMMONDS / POOL / AFP

Britain's Johnson 'responding to treatment' but remains in intensive care

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The prime minister remains clinically stable and is responding to treatment,' Boris Johnson's spokesman says

Police officers stand on duty outside St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 7, 2020, where Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care with symptoms of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in intensive care after being admitted with a deteriorating case of coronavirus, prompting serious concerns on Tuesday about his health and the government's response to a still-escalating outbreak. ISABEL INFANTES / AFP

Deprived of customers, UK farmers throw away milk

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers calls for financial aid 'to avert a larger crisis in the industry'

United Kingdom gov't warns of tougher measures on social distancing

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The warning comes after the warmer weekend weather has stoked fears that Britons could congregate in parks and open spaces, potentially increasing transmission

UK PM Johnson continues self-isolation

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:14 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson still looks under the weather as seen in a video message on Twitter

'CLAP FOR CARERS.' A handout image released by 10 Downing Street, shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he participates in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, in the doorway of 10 Downing Street in central London on April 2, 2020. AFP PHOTO/10 DOWNING STREET/PIPPA FOWLES

UK gov't promises more virus tests as death toll jumps

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) Britain has so far carried out a total of 153,000 tests compared to Germany which is testing 70,000 people a day

FIELD HOSPITAL. Work continues by members of the military and private contractors inside the ExCel center in London on March 31, 2020, which has been transformed into a field hospital comprising of two wards, each of 2,000 people, to be known as the NHS Nightingale Hospital, to help with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

'Heartbreak' as UK garden sector faces virus 'wipeout'

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Horticultural Trades Association is asking the British government for financial aid of up to £250 million ($309 million) to avoid collapse

Botanical Horticulturalist Michael Antonetti poses with an orchid display during a photo call for the 'Orchid Festival' at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London on February 7, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

United Kingdom lockdown will last 'significant' period – gov't

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially says the shutdown would be for 3 weeks

Fitch downgrades UK debt to AA-, outlook negative

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:10 AM

Fitch Ratings estimates the British economy could contract by 4% in 2020

LOCKDOWN. A deserted Mall leading to Buckingham Palace is pictured in London on the morning on March 24, 2020 after Britain ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain, eurozone face 2% recession in 2020 – S&P

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

S&P says a 2% recession for Britain and the eurozone would amount to a loss in real GDP of about 420 billion euros ($460 billion) in 2020

A man wearing a mask walks past the Regional Science Centre in Oldham, Lancashire on March 26, 2020, during a country-wide lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Bank of England cuts interest rate to record low 0.1%

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:45 AM

'The spread of COVID-19 and the measures being taken to contain the virus will result in an economic shock that could be sharp and large, but should be temporary,' says the Bank of England

Britain deploys 'big bazooka' on coronavirus crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The British government outlines a fiscal stimulus worth £30 billion ($39 billion) in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak

A pedestrian walks along the bank of the Thames with the towers of the City of London in the background in London on March 11, 2020. - Britain on Wednesday unleashed a "big bazooka" of aggressive spending and monetary policy stimulus, assembling an emergency response to the deadly spreading coronavirus -- and warning that it stood ready to act to safeguard the health of the nation and the economy. The British government and the Bank of England launched a coordinated fightback against the country's "significant but temporary" economic impact from the coronavirus, pledging fiscal stimulus worth £30 billion ($39-billion, 34.4-billion euros) and slashing interest rates to a record-low 0.25 percent. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

UK's Johnson faces probe over luxury holiday – report

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing an inquiry amid questions over who paid for his recent Caribbean holiday

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to attend a cabinet meeting held at the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, northeast England, on January 31, 2020, the day that the UK formally leaves the European Union. - Britain on January 31 ends almost half a century of integration with its closest neighbours and leaves the European Union, starting a new -- but still uncertain -- chapter in its long history. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Big UK retailers reveal coronavirus supply disruptions

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:10 AM

With production hampered in China, retailers in the United Kingdom express concern over continuity of supply

Shoppers carry plastic bags containing purchases from John Lewis and other retail stores as they walk along Oxford Street, on 'Black Friday' in London, on November 25, 2016. - Black Friday is a sales offer originating from the US where retailers slash prices on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the UK it is used as a marketing device to entice Christmas shoppers with the discounts at stores often lasting for a week. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP)

Climate campaigners win appeal to prevent new Heathrow runway

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Triumphant campaigners call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to finally cancel the project

WIN. Campaigners against Heathrow expansion celebrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on February 27, 2020 after a decision by the Court of Appeal on legal challenges to the UK government's approval of plans to expand capacity at Heathrow airport. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

UK rejects EU trade demands, threatens to walk away

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Two days after EU ministers approved their own joint approach to the negotiations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government sets out its own red lines

TRADE DEAL. Anti-Brexit campaigners are seen in Westminster, central London on February 26, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Londoners rally for Assange ahead of extradition hearing

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:24 PM

Supporters of Assange's freedom gather outside the Australian government's representative office, then march though central London for a rally outside parliament

'HANDS OFF'. Protesters hold up placards as they gather outside Australia House to take part in a march in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London on February 22, 2020, as he fights extradition to the United States. The main hearing in extradition proceedings against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange begins at the end of February. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Critics slam U.K. post-Brexit immigration plans

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near Big Ben. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brings high winds of more than 140 kilometers an hour and more than a month's worth of rain in 48 hours in some places

STORM DENNIS. A picture shows a member of the emergency services and cars on a flooded high street in Tenbury Wells in western England, on February 17, 2020, after the River Teme broke its banks and flooded amid Storm Dennis. Photo by Oli Scarff/ AFP

British finance minister quits in reshuffle upset

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:00 PM

British Finance Minister Sajid Javid stands down after Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to use a reorganization of his cabinet to get rid of some of Javid's aides

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid leaves 11 Downing Street in central London on September 4, 2019, to head the House of Commons to set out his plans for public spending. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK team tests novel coronavirus vaccine on mice

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Researchers at Imperial College London said their ultimate goal was to have an effective and safe way of halting the SARS-like strain's spread by the end of 2020

TESTING. Doctor Paul McKay, who is working on an vaccine for the 2019-nCoV strain of the novel coronavirus, poses for a photograph with bacteria containing the coronavirus DNA, at Imperial College School of Medicine in London on February 10, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

New UK ambassador to U.S. appointed after Trump row

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Karen Pierce, a career diplomat who has previously served in Washington as private secretary to the British ambassador, is the first woman to hold the post

NEW AMBASSADOR. In this file photo taken on August 20, 2019 Dame Karen Pierce, Permanent British representative to the United Nations speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

Go Huawei: UK PM challenges U.S. critics of China firm

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'Now, if people oppose one brand or another, then they have to tell us which is the alternative,' says Boris Johnson

JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to members of the media in the Great Hall inside Parliament Buildings, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, on the Stormont Estate in Belfast on January 13, 2020. Photo by Liam McBurney/AFP

UK ambassador to Iran arrested – British gov't

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:20 AM

UK Ambassador Rob Macaire is accused of allegedly 'inciting' protesters in Tehran angry at the military's accidental downing of a Ukranian passenger jet

UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of

Prince Harry's wife Meghan returns to Canada amid royal storm

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Reports say Meghan headed back to Canada to rejoin 8-month-old Archie and 'she may stay there for the foreseeable future'

IN CANADA. In this file photo taken on October 25, 2019 Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle in Windsor. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

UK royals 'hurt' after Harry, Meghan quit frontline roles

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:14 PM

The mood in the palace is understood to be one of disappointment and even 'hurt,' according to the BBC

ROYAL FAMILY. In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018 members of the royal family (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Prince Charles; Prince Harry; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (with Princess Charlotte and Prince George);  and Prince William stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP