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UK construction looks to cement recovery from virus woes

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:10 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants Britain to 'build, build, build' its way out of the virus-induced downturn with infrastructure investment

A student accomodation project is under construction in Guildford, southern England on July 8, 2020. - Cranes whir above the affluent market town of Guildford, southwest of London, as Britain's construction sector cranks back into gear after a damaging coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP)

UK sheds thousands of retail jobs despite state aid

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Pharmacy giant Boots is cutting more than 4,000 jobs, while the John Lewis department store chain is slashing 1,300 positions

A picture shows the Boots signage outside a branch of the retailer and pharmacy in London on July 9, 2020. - UK pharmacy giant Boots on July 9, 2020 said it will cut more than 4,000 jobs after the coronavirus pandemic slashed sales. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Britain focuses on youth in $37-billion virus package

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The UK government pledges £1,000 for firms to take on trainees, and £2 billion to subsidize placements for 16- to 24-year-olds from lower-income families

Pedestrians, one wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walk past clothing stalls at Petticoat Lane Market in London on June 7, 2020, as lockdown measures are partially eased during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Outdoor markets swung open their gates on June 1, and car showrooms tried to lure back customers and recoup losses suffered since Britain effectively shut down for business on March 23, to ward off a disease that has now officially claimed more than 40,000 lives in the country. Britain's Health Ministry said 40,261 people who tested positive for COVID-19 had died as of 0800 GMT on Friday June 5. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

UK historian quits Cambridge over slavery claim

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Professor David Starkey is also dropped by his publisher HarperCollins

RESIGNED. British royal historian Professor David Starkey resigns from Cambridge. File photo from AFP

EU, UK warn of big differences as Brexit talks move to London

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:29 PM

The talks this month are being held in a more limited format than earlier rounds, in hopes that a more personal encounter can deliver a breakthrough

DIFFERENCES. 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 court sides with Guaido in Venezuela gold dispute

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:10 PM

The rival claims come two years after election results handing President Nicolas Maduro a victory sparked mass protests and a violent police crackdown

UK-RECOGNIZED PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Juan Guaido, acting President of Venezuela, speaks at an event on February 1, 2020 in Miami, Florida. File photo by Saul Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

'Urgent' help needed for UK Airbus staff facing redundancy

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United Kingdom's leading manufacturing union, Unite, describes Airbus' planned layoffs as an 'act of industrial vandalism'

AIRBUS. The logo of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus at its Wings Campus in Blagnac, France, on March 7, 2018. Photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

UK economy suffers worst quarterly slump since 1979

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The British government revises the gross domestic product contraction in the 1st quarter of 2020 to 2.2%, from the initial 2%

People enjoy the warm weather and sunshine on the southern bank of the River Thames in London on June 25, 2020. - Just days after lockdown ended and European travel restrictions were lifted, many were staying home in the cool as a heatwave hit the continent with temperatures touching 40 degrees Celcius. Britain was bracing for a flood of visitors to its beaches with the heatwave expected to last until Friday and temperatures set to climb into the mid-30s in the south and centre of the country. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)

Britain has to accept weaker economic ties with EU – Merkel

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'If the United Kingdom does not want regulations comparable to that of Europe in terms of the environment, the labor market or social norms, our relations will lose intensity,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) walks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of their meeting. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/POOL/AFP

UK shopping mall giant Intu collapses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:40 PM

Intu, which owns 17 malls in the UK, is going into administration

A picture shows signage outside the Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre in Grays, east of London, on June 26, 2020. - British shopping centre giant Intu, already hit hard before the coronavirus lockdown, warned Friday that it was on the brink of collapse after talks failed to restructure its finances. The debt-laden firm, which owns 17 giant shopping malls including MetroCentre and the Trafford Centre in northern England and Lakeside in the southeast, was seeking to progress talks with creditors before a midnight deadline. Intu employs around 2,500 staff but another 100,000 people work at shops and restaurants inside its facilities, while another 30,000 are involved on the supply side. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

UK postal operator Royal Mail cuts 2,000 jobs

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:45 PM

While Royal Mail sees a jump in demand for parcel delivery, it continues to suffer from a slump in its core letters business

(FILES)This file photograph taken on July 10, 2013, shows pedestrians as they pass a Royal Mail post box on a street in London. - The British postal group Royal Mail announced on June 25, 2020, that it was cutting 2,000 jobs in order to adapt to a loss of momentum in its mail business in favour of parcel delivery, a trend reinforced by the health crisis. (Photo by ANDREW COWIE / AFP)

UK car sector warns 1 in 6 jobs in virus danger

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Britain's carmakers are ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, with the sector already shedding more than 6,000 jobs in June 2020

New Jaguar cars are pictured on the forecourt of a Jaguar Land Rover new car show room in Tonbridge, south east England, on May 24, 2020. - Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), owned by India's Tata Motors, was on Sunday said to be in talks with Britain's government in the hope of to securing a loan following a drop in sales due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Virus-fighting Bank of England pumps out extra £100-billion stimulus

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Analysts say the Bank of England's move is ultimately aimed at avoiding deflation – a spiral of falling prices

A pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in London on June 17, 2020. - The Bank of England, confronted by Britain's collapsing coronavirus-ravaged economy, will on June 18 reveal the outcome of its latest monetary policy meeting with analysts predicting more stimulus. The British central bank has been at the forefront of economic fire-fighting over this year's deadly COVID-19 emergency -- and could expand its quantitative easing (QE) stimulus in an attempt to kickstart growth. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

UK PM Johnson's car hit in collision outside parliament

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:36 PM

Johnson's Downing Street office confirms it is the prime minister's car and there are no reported injuries

COLLISION. A protester from a pro-Kurdish demonstration is stopped and detained by police officers as he ran towards the car of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) as it was leaving with a police escort from the Houses of Parliament in London on June 17, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK fines Commerzbank over money laundering failures

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Commerzbank is ordered to pay a fine of almost £38 million ($47.9 million)

Picture taken on May 13, 2020 shows the logo of German bank Commerzbank on one of the bank's branches in Berlin. - Germany's second-largest lender Commerzbank sank into a loss in the first quarter as it took a hit of 479 million euros over the coronavirus pandemic, it said Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

London mayor takes pay cut over virus funding cut fears

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:22 PM

Sadiq Khan says the capital faces a budget shortfall of nearly £500 million ($628 million) over the next two years because of an 'unprecedented' income loss from the crisis

PAY CUT. London Mayor Sadiq Khan leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on March 16, 2020, after a COBRA meeting on the government's response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK inflation hits 4-year low on virus lockdown

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Britain's inflation rate slumps to 0.5% in May 2020 despite a rebound in oil prices

shoppers, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), of a face mask or cvoering as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walks past recently re-opened shops on Regent Street in London on June 17, 2020, as lockdown restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus continue to be relaxed. - Britain's annual inflation rate slid to 0.5 percent in May, the lowest level in four years, as the country's coronavirus lockdown dampens prices, official data showed Wednesday. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

UK jobless claims near 3 million on coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Economists argue that the full extent of the coronavirus will not be clear until Britain's jobs retention scheme ends, as furloughed workers are currently not in the unemployment statistics

UK PARLIAMENT. 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

More 'oomph': UK's Johnson eyes Brexit trade deal by July

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:17 PM

(UPDATED) Both sides hope the intervention of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen could revive proceedings

TALKING BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) walks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of their meeting. File photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

Queen marks official birthday with scaled-back parade at Windsor

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Queen Elizabeth II watches a smaller military parade in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she has been staying during the COVID-19 outbreak, in her first official public appearance since the country's virus lockdown began in late March

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. The Queen views a military ceremony by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, to mark the official birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on June 13, 2020. Photo by Joanne Davidson/Pool/AFP

Airlines launch legal action against UK over quarantine

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:30 PM

British Airways, EasyJet, and Ryanair say Britain's quarantine policy for arrivals will have 'a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs'

ARRIVALS. Travelers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on March 19, 2020, after being flown back from Cuba. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK economy shrinks a fifth on virus lockdown

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:45 PM

Britain's gross domestic product nosedives by a record 20.4% in April 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 19, 2020 A pedestrian walks along an empty street outside York Minister in the centre of York, northern England, as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues. The UK government said on June 7,2020, it will reopen places of worship "for private individual prayer" on June 15 as it continues to progressively ease coronavirus restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said services and worship groups will still be banned for the time being due to concern that the virus spreads more quickly in enclosed spaces. OLI SCARFF / AFP

HSBC under fire in UK for backing China's Hong Kong law

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:15 PM

HSBC's support for China's proposed Hong Kong security law angers business and political circles in Britain

HSBC. The bank's building in Hong Kong. Photo from HSBC website

UK beer sales fall flat in virus lockdown – industry group

Jun 12, 2020 - 2:00 AM

The British Beer and Pub Association urges the government to reopen pubs as sales drop

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

Unilever to merge Anglo-Dutch arms in British company

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Unilever says ending its 90-year-old double-headed structure would make it more responsive to challenges including the coronavirus pandemic

UK labor market outlook bleakest since 1992 – study

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Employment consultancy ManpowerGroup says British employers' hiring intentions for the 3rd quarter of 2020 are down to -12%

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

Britain starts mandatory self-quarantine for arrivals

Jun 08, 2020 - 7:19 PM

How the quarantine will be implemented differs between Britain's devolved nations, and the measures will be assessed every 3 weeks

HEATHROW. Passengers walk through the arrivals hall after landing at Heathrow Airport in west London on May 9, 2020. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain to reopen places of worship on June 15 'for private individual prayer'

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:41 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office says services and worship groups will still be banned for the time being

SET TO REOPEN. A pedestrian walks along an empty street outside York Minister in the center of York, northern England, as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues. File photo by Oli Scarff/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

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

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

China faces mounting pressure over Hong Kong security law

May 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The US, Britain, Canada, and Australia lead criticism of the planned law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and acts that endanger national security

PRESSURE. Riot police detain a group of people during a protest in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/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

26 held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

May 27, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The arrests target the ring of smugglers suspected of organizing the migrants' journey

ARRESTS. In this file photo, a police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a truck, 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. File photo by Ben Stansall/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)

Man wanted in Britain over 39 deaths 'organized' trafficking

May 16, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Ronan Hughes faces extradition to Britain over a human smuggling case that saw 39 Vietnamese migrants discovered dead in a truck

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

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

Filipino dance duo Ezekiel and Carl stun 'Britain’s Got Talent' judges

May 08, 2020 - 2:16 PM

The pair receives a standing ovation at the end of their high-energy performance

FILIPINOS GOT TALENT. Pinoy dance duo Ezekiel and Carl perform in the audition rounds for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Screenshot from YouTube.com/BritainsGotTalent09

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