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Sons recall memories of Princess Diana in new TV documentary

LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and his brother Harry recall memories from their childhood 20 years after the sudden death of their mother, Princess Diana, in a new television documentary to be broadcast this week, reported Reuters. The 90-minute film, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, celebrates the life and work of Diana, Kensington Palace…

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Three cups of coffee a day keep the doctor away: studies

MIAMI: Coffee addicts and aficionados often say drinking the bitter liquid makes life worth living, but the habit may also help them live longer, according to two major international studies. Experts cautioned, however, that the US and European reports, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, failed to show that coffee was truly the reason…

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Briton transforms childhood tag into ‘extreme sport’

LONDON: A childhood game played in school playgrounds the world over, tag has been transformed by a British enthusiast into an extreme sport, attracting world athletes and a James Bond movie actor. Fast moves and dodging are essential in a game of “Chase Tag”, the new sport which sees players race around obstacles trying to…

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Over 100 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS: A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor with one country — NATO member The Netherlands voting against — while Singapore…

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China’s Xi draws ‘red line’ in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: China’s President Xi Jinping said Saturday Hong Kong was freer than ever before but laid down an uncrossable “red line” for any challenge to Beijing’s authority as the city marked 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Xi spoke in a televised address after swearing in new Hong Kong leader Carrie…

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Corbyn’s Eid greetings message is simply beautiful

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted a simple yet beautiful video message on Eid for the Muslims of the world. Watch this video to see him say ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all:

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Five London towers evacuated over fire safety fears

LONDON: Residents of 800 London flats were hurriedly evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears over their tower blocks’ external cladding, after urgent testing prompted by the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno. The cladding on the five Chalcots Estate towers is similar to that used on Grenfell, widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive…

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Prince Harry says no one in royal family really wants to wear the crown

It’s hard out there for a king. Or a king-to-be. Or even the spare heir. That’s one of the dominant themes to come out of Prince Harry’s Newsweek feature. In it, the 32-year-old royal discussed the challenges of being born into his family. Taking over as monarch, he said, is a job that no one…

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Video: British policeman joins crowd celebrating Pakistan’s victory

As Pakistani supporters burst into jubilation to celebrate the country’s Champions Trophy victory, a British cop could not hold on his sentiments for long. Watch this video…

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One dead as van rams pedestrians near London mosque

LONDON: A van ran into pedestrians near a north London mosque, killing one man and injuring eight others in an incident that police on Monday said was being investigated by counter-terrorism officers. The 48-year-old driver of the van was detained by members of the public and then arrested by police, as Muslim leaders said worshippers…

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Fire engulfs tower block in west London

LONDON: A massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, trapping residents inside as 200 firefighters battled the blaze. Witnesses could hear screaming from the upper floors as the flames rose and one desperate resident could be seen waving a white cloth. Police and fire services…

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Embattled May unveils Britain’s new cabinet

LONDON: Britain’s embattled Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday unveiled her full cabinet, making few changes as the premier clings to power after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election. May made Damian Green, former work and pensions secretary, her deputy by naming him first secretary of state. Treasury chief secretary David Gauke moves…

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British PM’s top aides quit after election disaster

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s two closest aides announced their resignations Saturday after a crushing electoral setback that left her authority in tatters. Senior members of the ruling Conservative party had reportedly made the departure of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill a condition of allowing May to stay on after losing her parliamentary majority…

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Music legend AR Rahman to perform in UK next month

MUMBAI: Great musician A R Rahman is all set to perform in the Britain in the beginning of next month. It should be mentioned here that Oscar-winning music maestro announced this on social media for his fans on a Facebook post. “Friends and music lovers in the UK, looking forward to being amongst you and…

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Britain plunged into uncertainty as May tipped to lose majority

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May was poised to win Britain’s snap election Friday but lose her parliamentary majority, according to shock forecasts that plunged the country into uncertainty and cast doubt on who will govern as Brexit talks loom. The pound fell sharply amid fears that the Conservative leader will be unable to form a…

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What you need to know from the UK parties’ manifestos

Britain goes to the polls on Thursday to elect the prime minister who will chart Britain’s course through Brexit negotiations and confront the aftermath of three terror attacks in less than three months. Here are the key points from the manifestos of the main parties: Brexit Conservatives: Prime Minister Theresa May has already outlined her…

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Five things you should know about the UK election

Why is the UK election important? The vote will determine who gets to negotiate Britain’s departure from the EU over the next two years, and the strength of mandate that the government will have in parliament for five years. Britain’s new leader will also have to deal with the aftermath of a terror rampage in…

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UK arrests three as footage of London Bridge attack appears online

British police investigating the deadly attacks on London Bridge said they had arrested three more suspects, as footage of the moment officers shot the assailants dead appeared online. Counter-terrorism officers, backed up by armed colleagues, arrested two men on the street in Ilford, east London, late on Wednesday, while a third was arrested at a…

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Wonderland Villas: A tale of Hong Kong’s property rollercoaster

HONG KONG: Red-whiskered bulbuls start chirping around 5:00 am at Wonderland Villas, a hilltop complex in leafy northern Hong Kong whose own history charts the city’s political, economic and social fortunes. Built in 1984, the year colonial power Britain signed an agreement to hand Hong Kong back to China, the complex was one of the…

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Adnan Sami Khan blasts Trump on Twitter

MUMBAI: Singer Adnan Sami Khan slammed United States President Donald J Trump in his tweet, referring to the billionaire as a ‘bigot’. Following the London Bridge terror attack in which more than seven people were killed and almost 50 were wounded, Trump took Mayor Sadiq Khan to task on micro blogging site Twitter by stating,…

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Outrage as Trump targets London mayor after attacks

WASHINGTON: Outrage erupted on both sides of the Atlantic Sunday after President Donald Trump lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of a terrorist assault in the British capital which left seven people dead. In a series of tweets, Trump poured scorn on Khan’s attempt to reassure the public after three assailants…

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