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UK Labour joins Facebook ad boycott

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Senior lawmaker Rachel Reeves says that Facebook must 'take more responsibility for the lies and propaganda' on the social media platform

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)

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)

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 offers Hongkongers immigration rights after new China law

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Britain's new offer applies to an estimated 3 million Hongkongers but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab refuses to be drawn about how many would take up the offer

IMMIGRATION. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as he makes a statement on Hong Kong, in the House of Commons in London on July 1, 2020. AFP PHOTO/PRU

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)

Security questions after 3 die in UK knife attack

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:46 PM

The knife attack in a park in Reading, west of London, on Saturday evening, June 20, is the third in a year, and has again raised concern about the early release of offenders from prison

AFTERMATH. A police officers lays flowers, given by a member of the public, at an entrance of Forbury Gardens park in Reading, west of London, on June 22, 2020, the scene of the June 20 stabbing spree. 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 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

UK's Johnson announces inequality review after anti-racism protests

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

Britain has been rocked by protests against racial discrimination, some of them violent, following the death of George Floyd

PROTESTS. Protestors march during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/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

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

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

Stalemate after 4th round of post-Brexit talks

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier reports 'no significant progress this week,' accusing London of backtracking on divorce terms agreed in 2019

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

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 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

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

Key suspect in UK migrant truck tragedy arrested in Germany – sources

May 30, 2020 - 12:12 PM

26 other suspects are arrested in Paris and Belgium for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

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 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

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)

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