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UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit begins

UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit begins

LONDON –– Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain’s divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, declaring there was no turning back and ushering in a tortuous exit process that will test the bloc’s cohesion and pitch her country into the unknown. In one of the most significant steps by a British leader since World War […]

UNITED KINGDOM – Attacker named

UNITED KINGDOM – Attacker named

LONDON –– The attacker who killed three people near parliament in London before being shot dead was named on Thursday as a 52-year-old British-born man, Khalid Masood, who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence officers over concerns about violent extremism. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued by its Amaq news agency, […]

UK: Several injured in ‘terrorist’ incident at Westminster

UK: Several injured in ‘terrorist’ incident at Westminster

London’s Metropolitan Police say an attack in Westminster is being treated “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise”. A policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament in London. Around three shots rang out outside the Palace of Westminster after a […]

UNITED KINGDOM –– Laptops banned from cabins on some flights

UNITED KINGDOM –– Laptops banned from cabins  on some flights

LONDON – The US and UK are banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey. The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution. It covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of […]

Impose visas on US citizens, says EU

Impose visas on US citizens, says EU

STRASBOURG – Members of the European Parliament have called for the European Commission to impose visas on US citizens visiting Europe amid an ongoing dispute over visa restrictions against five EU nations. MEPs called on Washington to grant the same visa-free access to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus as enjoyed by citizens […]

ENGLAND – Groom rapes stranger hours before wedding

ENGLAND – Groom rapes stranger hours before wedding

LONDON –– A groom has admitted a “sustained and systematic” rape hours before he was due to marry his pregnant partner. Convicted rapist Derry Flynn McCann, 28, launched a two-hour assault “within sight” of his victim’s front door in Hackney, east London, on January 13. He later married his partner having “recently” been released from prison. […]

UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit Bill defeated

UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit Bill defeated

LONDON – Britain’s upper parliamentary house dealt a defeat to Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, voting for a change to her Brexit plan that says she can only trigger divorce talks if she promises to protect the rights of citizens of the European Union (EU). The defeat is a blow to the Prime Minister, who […]

UNITED KINGDOM – Toshiba chairman quits over $3.4bn loss

UNITED KINGDOM – Toshiba chairman quits over $3.4bn loss

LONDON – Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga has resigned, hours after the Japanese conglomerate revealed details of a multi-billion dollar loss. Earlier Toshiba had delayed issuing its results, but it then said it was set to report a net loss of 390bn yen ($3.4bn) in the year to March 2017. The company said it expected to […]

UNITED KINGDOM – MPs back Brexit bill

UNITED KINGDOM – MPs back Brexit bill

LONDON –– MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. They backed the government’s European Union Bill, supported by the Labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114. But the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrat leadership opposed the bill, while 47 Labour MPs and […]

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