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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 gov.uk

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

'Most prolific rapist in British legal history' found guilty of 136 rapes

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:59 PM

The Crown Prosecution Service says Reynhard Sinaga is suspected of attacking 'scores' more men since he moved to Britain in 2007, calling him 'the worst-known sex offender in the country's history'

JAILED FOR LIFE. An undated handout photograph released by Greater Manchester Police on January 6, 2020, shows Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga. AFP PHOTO/GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

New UK government raises minimum wage

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Almost 3 million people would benefit from the increase, the government says

NEW GOVERNMENT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFPDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Tesco halts Christmas card production after China inmate's message

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:32 AM

'We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu Prison China, forced to work against our will,' says the writing on the card, found by a 6-year-old

First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:56 PM

London stocks and the British pound jump on hopes of an end to years of uncertainty, which has hurt investment and economic growth

STILL THE PM. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

How the world is reacting to Johnson's big UK vote win

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions

WORLD REACTS. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Stefan Rousseau /Pool/AFP

Johnson vows to get Brexit done after big election win

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Boris Johnson's Conservative party secures 365 seats – its biggest majority since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s

BIG WIN. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson leaves after retaining his seat to be MP for Uxbridge and Ruislip South at the count center in Uxbridge, west London, on December 13, 2019 after votes were counted as part of the UK general election. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Britain votes in 'Brexit election'

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Up for grabs are all 650 seats in the British parliament, which has been deadlocked since the 2016 referendum on EU membership that saw a majority vote to leave

POLLS OPEN. Council workers attach a polling sign to a lamp post in central London as polling stations open for a general election in London on December 12, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Jeremy Corbyn: Britain's main opposition leader

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Jeremy Corbyn is offering the country a choice between a newly negotiated, softer form of Brexit and staying in the European Union

JEREMY CORBYN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a general election campaign rally in East London on December 11, 2019, the final day of campaigning for the general election. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson: Polarizing leader focused on Brexit

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has toned down his trademark jokes and bluster, as he focuses on a promise to 'Get Brexit Done' by finally taking Britain out of the European Union

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. File photo by Christopher Furlong/Pool/AFP

Polls tighten on eve of Britain's Brexit election

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Britons head to the polls for the third time in 4 years on Thursday, December 12, against a backdrop of political deadlock since a 2016 referendum which saw a majority opt to leave the EU

EVE OF POLLS. In this handout photograph taken and released by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on December 6, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn participate in the BBC Prime Ministerial leaders debate, at the studio in Maidstone, Kent. AFP PHOTO / JEFF OVERS-BBC

UK's 'Brexit election' campaign enters final straight

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Boris Johnson is hoping the poll hands his ruling Conservatives a majority, while Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is trying to upset the odds and usher in Britain's first leftist government in 9 years

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil at the Guildhall in central London to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack on December 2, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK PM faces flak for ducking TV grilling

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Four other major party leaders have subjected themselves to an uncomfortable grilling from the BBC's Andrew Neil but the prime minister has so far declined to do so

UK ELECTIONS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, southeast England on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/Pool/AFP

Terror checks intensified as London attack enters election fray

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Boris Johnson blames the previous Labour government for changing the law in 2008 to allow for the early release of prisoners

Armed police stand guard at Cannon Street station in central London, on November 29, 2019 after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge. - The Metropolitan Police on Friday said several people were injured and a man was held after a stabbing near London Bridge in the centre of the British capital. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

UK vows review as convicted terrorist named in London attack

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The latest attack comes less than two weeks before Britain's general election, and politicians temporarily suspended campaigning

ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge in the City of London, on November 30, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Vietnamese truck victim was at Dutch migrant center – report

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Authorities say the minor disappeared from the Dutch asylum shelter before his body was found inside a refrigerated truck in Britain

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. - British police said 39 bodies were found near London Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria. Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

UK truck victim families take on loans to repatriate remains to Vietnam

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Vietnam's foreign ministry says they would help to bring either the ashes or the bodies of the victims back – but that families would have to cover the cost of repatriation

REPATRIATING REMAINS. Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Here's where you can find Ravenclaw's diadem, the Time-Turner, and a whole bunch of wands in Manila

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

Time to apparate to Museum Context UK's pop-up at the SM Mall of Asia

MUSEUM CONTEXT UK. The Edinburgh-based brand is selling their licensed merchandise in Manila. Screenshot from Facebook.com/museumcontextuk

UK police name 39 Vietnamese in truck deaths

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:58 PM

The British and Vietnamese governments are working together to repatriate the bodies, the police say

CONFIRMED. Hoang Lanh, father of 18-year old Hoang Van Tiep who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, looks at his son's photograph on his phone at their house in Dien Thinh commune of Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 28, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

All 39 victims found dead in UK truck were Vietnamese – police

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security also confirms that all 39 were from the country, noting they hailed from 6 provinces

PRAYERS. A portrait of Bui Thi Nhung (C), who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 26, 2019. File photo by Ran Thi Minh Ha/AFP

Britain's Johnson spars with election rivals on Brexit and Trump

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson's main rival in the snap December 12 poll, has struggled to explain his position on Brexit ever since Britons narrowly triggered the divorce in a 2016 referendum

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) speaks with Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) in the Central Lobby as they walk back to the House of Commons on October 14, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Vietnam arrests 8 over UK truck deaths

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Many of the suspected victims came from just two provinces in central Vietnam, including Nghe An province where 8 people have been arrested in connection with the deaths

MORE ARRESTS. Major General Nguyen Huu Cau, director of police for Nghe An province, speaks to the media, in relation to the 39 migrants found dead in a truck in Britain, during a parliamentary break in Hanoi on November 4, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Britain calls halt on fracking following government U-turn

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'It is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts on the local community,' says Britain's Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom of fracking

ANTI-FRACKING. In this file photo taken on October 16, 2018 Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood (4th L) campaigns with fellow anti-fracking protesters gathering near the entrance to the Preston New Road drill site where energy firm Cuadrilla Resources have commenced fracking (hydraulic fracturing) operations to extract shale gas. AFP file photo

Vietnam 'strongly condemns' human trafficking after UK truck tragedy

Nov 02, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Officials are now working to identify the victims after DNA samples were collected from families in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces in central Vietnam

FEARED DEAD. A portrait of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on October 26, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

Trump wades into UK polls with attack on opposition leader and Brexit warning

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:16 AM

In unprecedented criticism of a candidate to be British premier from a sitting US president, Donald Trump says that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be 'so bad' in the role

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) poses for a selfie with Labour candidate Hannah O'Neil (L) and activists in Milton Keynes, southern England on October 31, 2019. Britain will go to the polls on December 12 in a bid to unlock the protracted Brexit deadlock. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

UK election campaign hots up on Brexit day that never was

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Ahead of an election rally in London, veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn attacks Boris Johnson's 'born-to-rule Conservatives' who he says are only interested in protecting 'the privileged few'

ELECTION CAMPAIGN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waves as he launches the party's election campaign in south London on October 31, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Flights and fake passports: The 'VIP packages' enticing Vietnamese to UK

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Details of well-oiled smuggling routes spanning Vietnam to Europe are under renewed scrutiny after 39 people were found dead in a truck in Britain

Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. NHAC NGUYEN / AFP

Truck driver remanded at UK court over 39 dead migrants

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Maurice Robinson, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, money laundering, and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Vietnam collects DNA samples from relatives of UK missing

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities say they would try to fast track DNA testing, but warned results would not be immediately available

Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. - Britain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, triggering revulsion among politicians and once again putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

3 held over UK truck deaths freed on police bail

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Authorities say the 3 suspects were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. - British police said 39 bodies were found near London Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria. Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

UK 'pauses' production of Brexit coin as delay looms

Oct 26, 2019 - 9:05 PM

'We have paused production of the Brexit coin, and will take a final decision in due course,' says the UK government

POUND. In this file photo taken on December 14, 2017 a British one pound sterling coin is arranged in front of a Union flag for a photograph in London. AFP file photo

Up to 20 Vietnamese feared among 39 UK truck dead

Oct 26, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Several Vietnamese families now fear their relatives are among the victims, who may have been carrying falsified Chinese passports

PRAYERS. A portrait of Bui Thi Nhung (C), who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 26, 2019.

EU and UK scramble for Brexit deal on eve of key summit

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Council President Donald Tusk says the 'basic foundations of an agreement are ready'

EU flags flutter on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 25, 2019. Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday called the current Brexit deal negotiated with the EU "unacceptable" and set preparations for leaving the bloc without an agreement as a "top priority" for the government. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

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

EU presses UK to resubmit Brexit plan as end-game looms

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:57 AM

UK plans to remove some customs border checks in Ireland, but EU sees the potential for rampant smuggling

BREXIT. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is required by law to seek a Brexit extension from the EU by October 19 if he has not reached a deal by then. Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

EU 'unconvinced' by UK Brexit proposals

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:13 AM

EU Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair a make-or-break October 17-18 EU summit dominated by Brexit, tweets a message to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: 'We remain open but still unconvinced'

TUSK. European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

UK PM loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's inflammatory language draws accusations – including from his sister Rachel – of stoking divisions in a country still split over the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit

IMPASSE. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London on September 3, 2019. File photo by Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

UK MPs return after bombshell court ruling

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The judgement has hit Prime Minister Boris Johnson's authority, prompting calls for his resignation and cast further doubt on his promise to pull Britain out of the EU on October 31, come what may

BACK. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows members of parliament gathering in the House of Commons in central London on September 25, 2019 after parliament resumed. AFP PHOTO / PRU

UK PM vows to pursue Brexit plan after Supreme Court blow

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Boris Johnson renews his call for an early election to end the standoff with parliament

PARLIAMENT. The sun sets behind The Palace of Westminster, home of the British Houses of Parliament in central London on January 4, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n /AFP

WATCH: Bow down to Olivia Colman in new ’The Crown’ season 3 teaser

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:41 PM

‘One just has to get on with it’

QUEEN. Olivia Colman plays Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming season of 'The Crown.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Britain's Supreme Court enters Brexit crisis

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:21 AM

The appeals revolve around 'whether it was lawful for the prime minister to advise Her Majesty to order prorogation,' Britain's Supreme Court President Brenda Hale says as she opened proceedings

SUPREME COURT AND BREXIT. Demonstrators protest outside the entrance to the Supreme Court in central London, on the first day of the hearing into the decision by the government to prorogue parliament on September 17, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK parliament speaker vows to thwart Boris Johnson over Brexit law

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:37 PM

UK parliament passed a law earlier this month aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit, but Johnson is adamant Britain will still leave the EU on schedule on October 31 with or without a withdrawal agreement

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow arrives for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats at Westminster Abbey in central London on September 10, 2019. ISABEL INFANTES / AFP

Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The government has immediately appealed, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, September 17, and parliament set to remain shut in the meantime

ANOTHER BLOW. 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. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP