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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

British PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) The government says a total of 14,579 cases have so far been confirmed in Britain, while the number of deaths has risen by almost 200 to 759

POSITIVE. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses a news conference to give a daily update on the government's response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London on March 20, 2020. File photo by Julian Simmonds/Pool/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)

Assange loses bid to be bailed over coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Concern has been raised for the Australian's health behind bars, and he has had a history of illness, including respiratory infections

CALL TO FREEDOM. A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest called by Catalan National Assembly (ANC) under the motto 'Journalism is not a crime' to support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Barcelona on February 24, 2020. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Britain asks public to respect coronavirus lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:57 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people must stay inside except to buy essentials and take daily exercise, but there are questions about how the new rules will be enforced

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

[OPINION] From a Filipina in the UK, on her self-imposed lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

'It almost feels like having to go through the crisis two-fold, because I’m gathering and processing information about the situation in the Philippines and the UK simultaneously'

Stay home for three months, UK tells 1.5 million most at risk

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

'People should stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives,' says United Kingdom communities secretary Robert Jenrick

QUARANTINE. 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. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK hygiene sector shines amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:00 PM

British companies making cleaning and hygiene products are having to work round the clock to meet enormous increases in demand

Shoppers peruse near-empty toilet roll shelves at a supermarket in the centre of York, northern England, on March 19, 2020. - Britain's supermarkets on Wednesday stepped up efforts to safeguard supplies, especially for vulnerable and elderly customers, as the sector battles stockpiling caused by coronavirus panic. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

London homeless to be housed in hotels to self-isolate

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:55 PM

300 rooms will be made available in two hotels for the next 12 weeks for London's homeless

OUTBREAK. A deserted London Bridge is pictured as Londoners heed a call to stay home due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, in London on March 20, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/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

Japanese emperor's UK state visit postponed over virus

Mar 19, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The decision is taken following consultations between the British and Japanese governments, with the visit now set to be held at 'a later date, according to Buckingham Palace

POSTPONED UK VISIT. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (C) waves to well-wishers beside Empress Masako (R), former Emperor Akihito (L) and former Empress Michiko (2nd L) from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during a New Year's greeting ceremony in Tokyo on January 2, 2020. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Glastonbury cancels 50th anniversary festival over virus

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:02 PM

Pop superstar Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney have been set to headline Britain's best known music festival

CANCELED. The Glastonbury music festival, due to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, announced on March 18, 2020, it would be postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

UK hospitality sector calls for help to combat virus woes

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:15 AM

As Britons are asked to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus, pubs and restaurants appeal for government aid

A single customer sits at the bar in a near-empty pub in central London on March 17, 2020 after the UK government announced stringent social distancing advice including avoiding pubs and restaurants as a measure to kerb the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. - "Sacrificed', in danger of 'death', 'existential crisis': British pub and restaurant chains called on the government on March 17 for help with coronavirus damage in an already faltering sector, after the Prime Minister announced stringent social distancing advice to combat the virus. The UK government recommended on Monday that "non-essential" travel should be avoided, calling in particular for pubs and restaurants to be avoided. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

Queen retires to Windsor, reviews Japan state visit

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:17 PM

Queen Elizabeth II has already postponed some public engagements, and further changes are now being made to her diary in the wake of stricter measures introduced by the British government

QUEEN ELIZABETH II. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Louis Tomlinson cancels UK tour

Mar 17, 2020 - 12:21 PM

'Look after yourselves,' the One Direction member urges fans

LOUIS TOMLINSON. The singer says he is rescheduling the UK leg of his first solo world tour. Screenshot from Twitter.com/Louis_Tomlinson

UK defends coronavirus plan as 'wartime' measures loom

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Critics accuse the government of not acting quickly enough to contain the spread of the virus

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)

U.S. extends travel ban to U.K. and Ireland, reviews domestic curbs

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:14 PM

The suspension of 'all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland' is effective midnight Monday EST (12 pm Philippine time on Tuesday, March 17)

ARRIVALS. International flights arrivals are listed on a screen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 12, 2020 one day before a US flight travel ban hits 26 European countries amid ongoing precautions over the coronavirus. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

U.S., UK troops among 3 dead in Iraq rocket attack

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The attack threatens a dangerous escalation, with suspected US-led coalition air strikes promptly targeting Iran-aligned Iraqi fighters in neighboring Syria

US TROOPS. A handout picture received from the US embassy in Iraq on December 31, 2019, shows American soldiers taking position around the embassy in the capital Baghdad. File photo by US Embassy in Iraq/AFP

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 health minister tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:14 AM

The Times reports that she had been in touch with hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson

PARLIAMENT. Members of parliament gathering in the House of Commons in central London on September 25, 2019. Photo by HO/PRU/AFP

Boris Johnson urges panic-buying Brits 'to behave responsibly'

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Britain's chief scientific adviser believes there is 'absolutely no reason' for the public to panic buy

EMPTY. Empty shelves alert customers to limited sales of antibacterial hand washes and sanitizer gels inside a Boots store in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/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)

At Crufts dog show, dog lovers defy coronavirus fears

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Despite the coronavirus spreading to dogs, animal lovers still flocked to the opening day of the world's biggest dog show, Crufts, in Birmingham, England

1st UK death confirmed in coronavirus outbreak

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The state-run health service is currently under strain as it also deals with winter outbreaks of flu and norovirus

ON THE MOVE. Travelers wear protective face masks as they wait on the concourse at London Victoria train station in central London on March 3, 2020. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

UK airline Flybe dealt final blow by coronavirus

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Flybe, the biggest operator of United Kingdom domestic flights, collapses amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

BRITISH AIRLINE. A Flybe plane taking off in the Netherlands. Photo from Shutterstock

Cathay Pacific fined by UK watchdog over massive data breach

Mar 05, 2020 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office orders Cathay Pacific to pay about $644,000 for 'failing to protect the security of its customers' personal data'

CATHAY PACIFIC DATA LEAK. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/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)

Rock band Genesis reunites for UK tour

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Lead singer Phil Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford, and keyboard player Tony Banke of British rock band Genesis announce their first tour in 13 years

British-Filipino Choir wins Manchester Amateur Choir Competition 2020

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 AM

PRESS RELEASE: This is Haraya Choir's first outing in the choral competition scene, singing in front of a large British audience

HISTORY. British Filipino singing group Haraya Choir wins Manchester Amateur Choir Competition 2020. Photo from Haraya Choir

Joshua happy to come home with Pulev fight in London

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:09 PM

'The belts go back up in the air and nothing will stop me from being victorious,' says Joshua

TITLE DEFENSE. Anthony Joshua is set to defend his world heavyweight title against Kubrat Pulev. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

EU and UK launch tough post-Brexit relationship talks

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart David Frost meet in Brussels, launching several months of intense talks that will mobilize about a hundred officials on each side

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

Just call me Harry, prince says as royal exit looms

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Harry and Meghan will join the queen on March 9 for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which is expected to be their last official appearance as working royals

JUST HARRY. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, addresses a sustainable tourism summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh on February 26, 2020. Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool/AFP

Iran open to 'any initiative' after talks to save nuclear deal

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) A diplomat says no timetable has been fixed for solving the dispute, adding 'we are still far from a result'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on December 23, 2019, shows the nuclear water reactor of Arak, south of capital Tehran, during a visit by the head of the organization Ali Akbar Salehi. AFP PHOTO/HO/ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN

In extradition bid, U.S. accuses Assange of endangering sources

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his supporters claim the prosecution is politically motivated, and the case has alarmed free speech advocates

ASSANGE. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK begins repatriating citizens from virus-stricken Japan cruise ship

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Foreign Office says an 'evacuation flight from Japan has now departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as British government and medical staff' and is due to arrive in the UK Saturday'

DIAMOND PRINCESS. A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Violinist plays during brain op as surgeons test her dexterity

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:21 AM

Video footage of the operation shows Turner playing the violin as doctors monitored her movements on screens

PERFORMANCE. Musician Dagmar Turner plays the violin during brain surgery at King's College Hospital in London. Photo by King's College Hospital/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

Harry Styles robbed in London – reports

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The former One Direction member was, thankfully, unharmed

Britain unveils points-based immigration plan

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Each foreign worker must earn 70 points to be eligible, with a set number of points for each qualification or skill

LOVE. A migrant walks next to a tent tagged with the initials of the United Kingdom, UK, into a heart-shape logo inside the 'Jungle' camp for migrants and refugees in Calais on June 24, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Doctors, media freedom group rally around Assange

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:52 AM

A group of 117 physicians and psychologists from 18 nations says that Assange was being subjected to 'torture' in prison

TRAPPED. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. Photo by Ben Stansall/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

Caroline Flack under pressure from 'show trial', management says after suicide

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The TV presenter is supposed to go on trial for allegedly hitting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

PRESSURE. Caroline Flack's management says the TV presenter has been under a lot of pressure.  File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Virus fears send Wall Street down after U.K. finance minister quits

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:28 AM

United Airlines and American Airlines, which both halted flights to China due to the outbreak, see their shares decline by about 1.2%

DOWN. A man gestures as he looks at stock price movements on a screen at a securities company in Beijing on February 6, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/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

U.K. police say 39 Vietnamese died from lack of oxygen, overheating

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The victims were found dead in a refrigeration trailer on October 23 last year

MIGRANT. This photograph taken on October 30, 2019 shows a Vietnamese migrant, who requested to remain anonymous and was deported from Britain, speaking during an interview with AFP at his home in Vietnam's Nghe An province. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/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

BBC to make Greta Thunberg documentary series

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new docuseries will follow the life of the 17-year-old Swedish environmental activist, her international crusades, and the science behind climate change

Queen's granddaughter Beatrice to marry in May

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:53 PM

The marriage, at St James's Palace on May 29, is likely to be a more low-key event than the 2018 wedding of her younger sister Eugenie

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