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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

'Extremely difficult' to stage London Marathon, says Foster

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:42 PM

A decision on whether this year's London Marathon – already postponed from April to October – will push through is expected soon

TOO CLOSE. The UK currently imposes a two-meter social distancing regulation. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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

Pandemic to cost global insurers $203 billion – Lloyd's

May 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Lloyd's of London says the coronavirus pandemic would have a 'unique' impact on the insurance industry, with its 'devastating' economic, human, and social cost

South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear prepare to spray disinfectant on the street to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Seoul on March 6, 2020. - South Korea's total reported infections -- the largest figure outside China, where the coronavirus first emerged -- rose to 6,284 on March 6, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / 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)

London Marathon may now be for elite only

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Organizers say there are 10 scenarios being considered for the postponed race

CROWDED. Marathon organizers worldwide look to avoid large-scale gatherings. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/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

London Marathon postponed until October 4

Mar 14, 2020 - 8:51 AM

Another major race that draws runners around the world has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

HEALTH CRISIS. Cancelation of sporting events like the London Marathon aims to mitigate the spread of the virus. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

London man 2nd patient to be cured of HIV

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:38 AM

Researchers caution that the breakthrough does not constitute a generalized cure for HIV, which leads to nearly one million deaths every year

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

London's 'chewing gum man' fuses art with recycling

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:36 PM

The 57-year-old Ben Wilson has toured London for the past 15 years sculpting and repainting scraps of gum discarded by passers-by

RECYCLING. File photo of London artist Ben Wilson. Photo from wikipedia commons

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

UK vows action after police kill 'convicted extremist' in terror stabbing

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:14 AM

Police say Sudesh Amman, 20, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot on the busy Streatham High Road packed with shoppers at about 2 pm

GUARDS. Police officers guard a cordon, set up on Streatham High Road, at the junction of Prentis Road, in south London on February 2, 2020, after a man is shot dead by police following reports of people being stabbed in the street. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

Man shot by police after 'terrorist-related' London stabbing

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:43 PM

London's Metropolitan Police says the incident has been declared as terrorist-related

1st UK cases of novel coronavirus confirmed

Jan 31, 2020 - 6:54 PM

(UPDATED) Two members of the same family are Britain's first confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

POSITIVE. A couple wear face masks as they walk along the Thames embankment in central London on January 28, 2020. PHOTO BY Justin Tallis/AFP

How Londoners trick facial recognition tech

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:30 AM

A group of Londoners defy security cameras by walking through the city in surreal face paint

FOOLING TECHNOLOGY. Image adapted from work by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story

'Brain dead' NATO's summit dominated by leaders' feuds

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Meeting outside London to mark the 70th year of the Atlantic alliance, the members vow to stick together against threats from Russia and terrorism and recognize the challenge of a rising China

ALLIANCE. Nato heads of government class of 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Vigils held for victims of London Bridge terror attack

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the main opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan join a vigil to honor London Bridge attack victims Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones

VIGIL. Members of the public attend a vigil at the Guildhall in central London to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack on December 2, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/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's Johnson vows to act as convicted terrorist named in London attack

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:58 AM

Boris Johnson pledges to introduce minimum 14-year sentences for serious terrorist offenses, while some convicted might never be released, and to scrap early release if he wins a majority

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) visits the scene of a stabbing, on London Bridge in the City of London on November 30, 2019. Photo by Simon Dawson/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

London knife attack suspect was ex-terror convict – police

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Police say that the man was convicted in 2012 for terror offenses

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)

Several hurt after stabbing on London Bridge

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:43 PM

(4th UPDATE) The incident happens on the north side of London bridge. Police add that, 'A man has been detained. We believe a number of people have been injured.'

LONDON ON GUARD. Armed police stand guard at Cannon Street station in central London, on November 29, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK government, military covered up war crimes – report

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Military detectives who unearthed evidence of the alleged war crimes says that seniors commanders hid them 'for political reasons'

BREXIT. A Union Flag is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shrouded in scaffolding in the background at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 8, 2017 after a significant breakthrough was made in the divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU over Brexit. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

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

Hong Kong Stock Exchange drops bid for London rival

Oct 08, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited says it is 'disappointed' to pull its bid for the London Stock Exchange Group

STOCKS BOOSTED. (L-R) The flags of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China, and Hong Kong are seen flapping in the wind on May 6, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Facebook taps London police to track terror livestreams

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The alliance is a new collaboration with crime fighters to train software to more quickly spot and filter violent imagery fed to the platform by 'dangerous' groups

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Hong Kong Stock Exchange unveils shock $40-billion bid for London rival

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited says its proposed merger with the London Stock Exchange Group 'represents a highly compelling strategic opportunity'

Photo from Shutterstock

Man found guilty over car attack outside UK parliament

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Although Salih Khater did not kill anyone, and ended up crashing the car into security barriers, the August 2018 attack sent several people to hospital for treatment

PARLIAMENT CAR ATTACK. Police forensics officers work around a silver Ford Fiesta car that was driven into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament in central London on August 14, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Man arrested after scaling Buckingham Palace gates

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:34 PM

The 22-year-old, who was unarmed, is arrested at around 2:00am (0100 GMT) on Wednesday and the incident is not being treated as terror-related, the police says

BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Britain's Red Arrows, the flying display team of the Royal Air Force (RAF) fly over Buckingham Palace as members of the Royal Family stand on the balcony to watch, in London on June 8, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

WATCH: Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:23 PM

This conference brings together countries and organizations taking action to defend media freedom

'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The 'one country, two systems' deal is at the center of the row between London and Beijing

A woman places signs on a fence next to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 4, 2019. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

UK shares list in China, a first for foreign firms

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The launch of the London-Shanghai Stock Connect marks 'the first time that any foreign company will be able to list in mainland China'

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (C) and Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua (C-R) applaud after the opening of the markets at the London Stock Exchange in London on June 17, 2019. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)

London police arrest 5 teens over attack vs lesbian couple

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The teenagers are suspected of ganging up on a lesbian couple for refusing to kiss each other for entertainment

BEATEN. Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris after being attacked by a gang of males aboard the London night bus. Photo from Geymonat's Facebook page

Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse

May 17, 2019 - 8:53 PM

MPs are due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU

BREXIT. A combination of pictures shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. File photos by Dan Kitwood and Lindsey Parnaby

Doctors unveil first child blast wound manual

May 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The guide is put together by British aid agency Save the Children and experts at Imperial College London at the request of Syrian medics working in the bloody 8-year civil war

Britain's May pins hopes on final June Brexit vote

May 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May says MPs will vote on legislation to implement the Brexit deal in the week starting June 3, with the aim of getting Britain out of the European Union by the end of July

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:02 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government aims to 'give people a choice on independence' from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021

Nearly 300 arrested at London climate protests

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The protests are organized by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements

EXTINCTION REBELLION. Protesters stand behind their banner blocking a road near Parliament Square in central London on the second day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group on April 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Assange held in London jail ahead of long legal fight

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) A legal source familiar with the case tells Agence France-Presse that Julian Assange is being held at Belmarsh prison in southeast London

ASSANGE. A view of Wandsworth prison in southwest London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is believed to be held according to media reports on April 12, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's Ecuadoran stay

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Julian Assange has been living at Ecuador's embassy in London's plush Knightsbridge district since 2012

ASSANGE IN ECUADOR. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Origin and species: fighting illegal logging with science

Mar 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Wood Anatomy Laboratory in Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens may not seem like the obvious epicenter of efforts to halt international illegal logging

A view of the Temperate House, the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, during the final months of a five-year restoration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London, on February 13, 2018. A gleaming monument to the ambition and creativity of its age, the world's largest Victorian glasshouse will once again welcome visitors to see some of the world's rarest plants following a lengthy facelift. Justin TALLIS / AFP

Second HIV remission patient rekindles cure hope

Mar 05, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Ten years after the first confirmed case of an HIV-infected person being rid of the deadly disease, a man known only as the 'London patient' shows no sign of the virus for nearly 19 months, researchers report

UK's May faces another damaging defeat in Brexit saga

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Parliament will hold a symbolic vote endorsing Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy but Conservative Party hardliners could abstain, threatening defeat for her

BREXIT. In this file photo, demonstrators wave EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on December 5, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

London denies plotting last-minute Brexit vote

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:47 AM

The British government insists it is working towards leaving the EU on time, with a deal in place

BREXIT. In this file photo, Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London on September 9, 2017. File photo by Niclas Hallen/AFP

Campaign for second Brexit vote goes down to the wire

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Lacking the support of main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the campaign has flagged in recent weeks

JEREMY CORBYN. A video grab by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn taking part in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London on January 30, 2019. Photo by PRU/AFP

Tomb of Karl Marx vandalized in London

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A marble plaque with the names of Marx and his family – the monument's oldest and most fragile part – was repeatedly hit with a blunt metal instrument

Image of Karl Marx memorial at Highgate Cemetery by Tony Baggett/Shutterstock