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Dominic Raab removed as British foreign secretary in major reshuffle

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, demoting Dominic Raab from the post of foreign secretary to those of deputy prime minister and justice secretary. After months of criticism of several of his top team for

ISIS ‘Beatle’ pleads guilty to murdering US hostages

WASHINGTON: A British-born man who was a member of a team of Islamic State militants in Syria nicknamed “The Beatles” and accused of beheading American hostages pleaded guilty to eight US criminal charges including hostage taking and conspiracy to support

British PM Johnson and wife expecting second child

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie are expecting a second baby. Their first child, Wilfred, was born in April last year. Carrie Johnson announced her pregnancy in a post on Instagram in which she also revealed

UK will work with Taliban if they come to power: British Defence Minister

LONDON: Britain will work with the Taliban should they enter the government in Afghanistan, said Defence Minister Ben Wallace. “Whatever the government of the day is, provided it adheres to certain international norms, the UK government will engage with it,”

British royal Kate gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

LONDON: British royal Kate said she had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and paid tribute to everyone involved in the rollout of the inoculation programme. Kate, 39, said she had received the shot at the Science Museum, a

UK PM Johnson marries fiancée in secret ceremony

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has married his fiancee Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, local newspapers reported. Both newspapers – the Sun and Mail on Sunday – said guests were invited at the

‘Never wanted to harm Diana,’ British journalist denies link to her death

LONDON: A former BBC journalist found to have deceived Princess Diana in order to secure an explosive interview with her in 1995 has denied he was responsible for a chain of events that led to her death Martin Bashir told

British MPs write to Boris Johnson over Pakistan ‘Red List’ travel ban

LONDON: Around 50 British parliamentarians have signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urgently answer why Pakistan and Bangladesh have been added to the “Red List” countries. The letter has been written by Yasmin Qureshi, a British-Pakistani

Meghan Markle says British royals were worried about her son’s dark skin

LONDON: Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, said there were concerns about how dark her son Archie’s skin would be before his birth and that such worries explained why he was not given the title of prince. Meghan, whose

British tabloid ordered to publish front page statement of Meghan’s privacy win

LONDON: A London High Court judge has ruled that a British newspaper must publish a front-page statement saying that Meghan Markle has won a privacy case against it. Last month, judge Mark Warby ruled the tabloid Mail on Sunday had

Prince Harry says toxic British press was destroying his mental health

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Harry has said he stepped back from his royal duties because the “toxic” British press had been destroying his mental health, adding he had not walked away from public service. Last week, Buckingham Palace announced that Queen

British lawyer Karim Khan elected new ICC prosecutor

NEW YORK: British human rights lawyer Karim Khan has been elected as the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a politically daunting position whose incumbent was slapped with US sanctions. Khan previously led a special UN probe into

Iran bans import of US and UK-made COVID-19 vaccines

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader banned the import of American and British-produced vaccines against Covid-19, saying they were “completely untrustworthy”. “Importing vaccines made in the US or the UK is prohibited,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a tweet. “It’s not unlikely

Virgin Atlantic to commence flight operations to Pakistan from Dec 13

ISLAMABAD: Renowned British airline Virgin Atlantic has been granted permission to start flight operations to and from Pakistan and will commence from December 13. Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) granted approval to Virgin Atlantic to start its flight operation in

Britain bans new Huawei 5G kit installation from Sept next year

LONDON: British telecommunications firms will not be allowed to install new Huawei 5G kit after September 2021 as part of a plan to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from high-speed mobile networks. Britain has already ordered all Huawei equipment to

British PM Johnson self-isolating after COVID-19 contact

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson, who was admitted to intensive care in a London hospital earlier this year with the novel coronavirus, is well and

British nurse charged with murder of eight babies 

London: A British nurse was charged with murdering eight babies and attempted to kill another 10 at a hospital in northwest England. Lucy Letby, aged 30, was charged following an investigation into deaths at the neonatal unit of the Countess

British veteran and fundraiser knighted by Queen Elizabeth

WINDSOR: A 100-year-old World War II veteran who became a coronavirus lockdown hero by raising millions for British health charities was knighted in a special ceremony by Queen Elizabeth. Captain Tom Moore raised nearly £33 million by completing 100 laps

British PM Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered visas to millions of Hong Kong residents and a possible route to citizenship if China persists with its national security law. “Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life —

British PM returns back to work after recovering from virus

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday more than three weeks after being hospitalised for the coronavirus and spending three days in intensive care. Johnson, one of the highest-profile people to have contracted the virus, returned

WWII veteran raises £13 mn for UK health workers

LONDON: A 99-year-old British World War II veteran has completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff, raising more than £13 million. “Incredible and now words fail me,” said Tom Moore, a captain who served

Aviation minister, British envoy discuss coronavirus crisis

ISLAMABAD: Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan received the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr. Christian Turner on Friday and discussed a range of issues including the coronavirus crisis. The aviation minister highlighted the strong relationship and the long history between

British PM Johnson enters third day in intensive care

LONDON: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a third day in intensive care on Wednesday battling the coronavirus that has struck at the heart of the British government. “I understand the prime minister is in a stable condition, he’s comfortable

British PM hospitalised after persistent coronavirus symptoms

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalised on Monday undergoing tests after suffering persistent symptoms of coronavirus for ten days but remains in charge of the government. The Conservative leader announced on March 27 that he had tested positive

Pakistan allows chartered flight to transport US, British diplomats

KARACHI: Pakistan has granted permission to operate a chartered flight on the request of US Embassy to transport American citizens and diplomats along with British officials. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has released a statement for the special plane of US

Goodbye, Europe

After almost half a century, the United Kingdom is finally out of the European Union. The Union Jack has been removed from the regional bloc’s headquarters in Brussels. Now Britain has embarked on an uncertain future outside Europe. Britain became

British Ambassador Rob Macaire arrested in Tehran, says UK govt

TEHRAN: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday has said that the Iranian government has taken into custody the British diplomat in Tehran on Saturday after he was allegedly arrested amid demonstrations against Iran. The foreign secretary said Rob Macaire’s

UK policymakers finally approve historic Brexit agreement

LONDON: Britain’s parliament finally approved Brexit deal on Thursday, making it the first country to leave the European Union by the end of this month, putting an end to years of arguments that overthrew two governments and divided a nation.

British royals and media intrusion

Britain’s royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the shocking decision to step back from their roles as members of the royal family and seek financial independence. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hope to be financially independent

‘Joker’ leads BAFTA nominations with 11 nominations

LONDON: The dark origins story about comic book villain “Joker” led nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Tuesday. Netflix film “The Irishman”, a gangster drama directed by Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once