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Women rights: British history changed 100 years ago

LONDON: British women won the right to vote 100 years ago after an intense struggle marked by a violent fringe campaign that shocked the country but helped to change the world. On February 6, 1918, the Representation of the People Bill became law and added to the voting roll around eight million women who were…

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Britain sets up unit to combat fake news

LONDON: Britain announced Tuesday it was setting up a new national security unit to combat “disinformation”, just weeks after Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of using fake news to undermine Western institutions. “We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives,” the prime minister’s spokesman said. “The government will respond with…

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Cyberwarfare with Russia ‘now greater threat than terrorism’, warns British Army chief

NEWS DESK: Enemy states using hybrid “weapons” ranging from assassinations and cyber attacks to the use of fake news and corruption now pose a greater threat to the UK and the West than terrorism, the head of the British Army has warned, reported The Independent. Vladimir Putin’s Russia is the “arch exponent” of this form…

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British actress Jane Birkin to publish her diaries

BORDEAUX: British actress and singer Jane Birkin, whose voice accompanied French crooner Serge Gainsbourg on some of his biggest hits, will publish in September the diaries she has kept since she was 12, she said in an interview published Friday. “It will certainly not be an autobiography. I’m in the process of translating them myself,”…

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Stamps issued to mark British actors prominence in Game of Thrones

LONDON: Stars of “Game of Thrones” will appear on a new collection of stamps to celebrate Britain’s contribution to the fantasy series, Royal Mail announced. Ten characters are pictured in the souvenir series unveiled on Wednesday, set against dramatic scenes from the hit US show. Highlighting the prominence of British stars among the cast, the…

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Video: British High Commissioner sent out warm greetings to Pakistanis. That, too, in Urdu!

NEWS DESK: Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, has shown some remarkable gesture by issuing a video statement, wishing Pakistanis a Happy New Year in our national language, Urdu. Best wishes for a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2018 from all at the British High Commission in Islamabad. #NewYear2018 نیا سال مبارک pic.twitter.com/6vRdRq8uxR —…

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Will Prince Harry invite the Obamas and not Trump to his wedding?

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Prince Harry in the Oval Office of the White House October 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Prince Harry is on a one day visit to the Washington DC area and met earlier in the day with wounded U.S. military personnel at Fort Belvoir, Virginia….

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Britain escorts Russian ship near national waters amid strained relations

LONDON: A British ship escorted a Russian vessel as it passed near UK territorial waters over Christmas, Britain’s defense ministry said on Tuesday, adding that Russian naval activity near Britain had increased in the holiday period, reported Reuters. The frigate HMS St Albans departed on Dec. 23 to track the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov…

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Prince Harry and fiancée release engagement pictures

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle have released a series of portraits by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to mark their engagement. Lubomirski, a former assistant to Mario Testino, famed for his photos of Harry’s mother Princess Diana, took the pictures this week at the royal retreat of Frogmore House,…

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Watch: Protest in Britain against Trump’s Jerusalem move

A protest was held in British city of Birmingham against United States President Donald Trump’s decision of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting his country’s embassy there.

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Apple to buy music recognizing app Shazam: report

NEW YORK: Apple is in talks to buy the popular song recognition app Shazam as the tech giant tries to compete with streaming leader Spotify, TechCrunch reported Friday. The technology news site, quoting unnamed sources, said that the deal could be announced Monday with financial terms not yet clear. A spokeswoman for Apple declined comment….

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to business leaders, youth at Habib University

KARACHI: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan met Pakistani business leaders and students at Habib University on Friday, one day after he arrived in the country. Sadiq Khan arrived at Habib University in the morning where he was scheduled to address students and business leaders present on the occasion. Excellent visit to @HabibUniversity in Karachi this…

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Britain, EU in historic deal to open Brexit trade talks

Brussels, Belgium: Britain and the European Union reached a historic deal on Brexit divorce terms on Friday that allows them to open up talks on a future relationship after the split. Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to Brussels for early morning talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to reach the breakthrough. The European Commission announced…

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Believe it or not: Non-existent restaurant gets top ranking

LONDON: A non-existent restaurant supposedly based in a garden shed briefly became London’s top eating place on travel and restaurant website TripAdvisor, who on Thursday hit back at the hoaxers. “The Shed at Dulwich”, based in a south London back garden, offered invited guests conceptual dishes named after moods, including “Lust – rabbit kidneys on…

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World, bar Israel, condemns Trump Jerusalem announcement

PARIS: Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn sharp criticism, with the significant exception of Israel. Here are key reactions from around the world: – Israel salutes ‘historic’ day – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s recognition as “historic” and a “courageous and just decision”. Netanyahu also pledged no…

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UK disagrees with ‘unhelpful’ US decision on Jerusalem

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said the British government disagreed with US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it was “unhelpful” for peace efforts. “We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital,” she said in a statement….

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Plot to kill UK PM Theresa May foiled: Sky News

LONDON: A plot to assassinate UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, Sky News reported on Tuesday, citing sources. Police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at the Prime Minister’s residence at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos to attack and kill Theresa May, Sky News…

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US, allies push for UN meeting on North Korea rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS: The United States, Britain, France and six other countries on Friday requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on human rights abuses in North Korea, which is already under fire for its missile and nuclear tests. The meeting, expected to be held on December 11, will mark the fourth time since 2014…

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Trump ‘wrong’ on tweets but relations will endure: May

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May repeated Thursday that US President Donald Trump was wrong to retweet anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right group, but stressed that the US-UK’s “special relationship” would endure. May’s initial condemnation prompted an extraordinary rebuke from the US leader, who told her on Twitter: “Don’t focus on me, focus on…

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Does Europe have what it takes to create the next Google?

LONDON: Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows. The region has thriving tech hubs in major cities, with record new…

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Trump attacks British PM after criticism of anti-Muslim videos

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump publicly upbraided British Prime Minister and ostensible ally Theresa May late Wednesday, rebutting her criticism of anti-Muslim propaganda in a diplomatic row between the two leaders. Plunging headlong into a high-profile spat with one of America’s closest international partners, Trump suggested May focus on defending the United Kingdom rather than…

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