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UK police detain man with knives on terror charge near PM May’s office

LONDON: British police said on Thursday a man carrying knives had been arrested on Whitehall, the street home to numerous government ministries in central London, and was being detained under anti-terrorism laws. “A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation,”…

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Pakistani student makes history to become first non-European president of KCL

LONDON: Pakistani student, Momin Saqib is the first ever non-European national who became president of Britain’s prestigious King’s College London (KCL) student union for one year. It should be mentioned here that Momin Saqib, a student of BSC Computer Science & Management, belongs to Lahore. He is the first Pakistani to win the honor in…

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates 91st birthday

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, with the world’s longest-reigning monarch taking a step back from royal duties to allow the younger generation to step forward.

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Britain’s May wins parliament’s backing for June 8 snap election

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May won parliament’s backing for an early election on Wednesday, a vote she said would strengthen her hand in divorce talks with the European Union and help heal divisions in Britain.

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Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack

UNITED NATIONS: Russia blocked a Western effort at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to condemn last week’s deadly gas attack in Syria and push Moscow’s ally President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident.

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UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Idlib province, but Russia is likely to veto the measure, diplomats said. Britain, France and the United States put forward the draft text which was slightly…

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Britain wants to join CPEC; Pakistan welcomes

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomes the desire of Britain to join the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. This was stated by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal while talking to Radio Pakistan correspondent Sophia Siddiqui. He said several other countries in the European Union and the Central Asian Republics are also evincing keen interest in…

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Russia says proposed UN resolution on Syria ‘unacceptable’

Russia said Wednesday that a UN resolution put forward by Britain, France and the United States on a suspected chemical attack in Syria was “unacceptable”, after deflecting blame from its ally Damascus. “The text as presented is categorically unacceptable,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, calling the project “anti-Syrian”. “It pre-empts the results of an…

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US wants Britain to remain ‘strong leader’ in Europe

WASHINGTON: The United States wants Britain to remain a strong leader in Europe even as it begins its withdrawal from the European Union, the Trump administration said Wednesday.

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Britain to launch EU exit process today

LONDON: Britain formally launches the process for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, a historic step that has divided the country and thrown into question the future of the European project. Just days after the EU’s 60th birthday, Britain is poised to become the first country ever to seek a divorce, striking a blow at…

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Middle-aged London attacker was criminal who wasn’t seen as threat

BIRMINGHAM: Before he killed at least four people in Britain’s deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat. A British-born convert to Islam, Masood had shown up on the periphery of previous terrorism investigations that brought him to the attention…

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Britain names parliament attacker, IS claims responsibility

LONDON: London police on Thursday identified a British man as responsible for killing four people in a rampage outside parliament, as hundreds gathered for a candlelit vigil in the capital. The Islamic State group claimed the assailant behind the deadliest attack on British soil in 12 years was one of its “soldiers” acting on a…

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British police identify parliament attacker as Khalid Masood

LONDON: The man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman in an assault on the heart of British democracy was 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who was born in Kent in southeast England, police said on Thursday. London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Masood was known by “a number of aliases” and had been…

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Laptop and tablet bans on flights: What we know

Britain and the United States have announced bans on laptops and tablet computers from the cabin of flights from several Middle East and North African nations. The restrictions are different in the two countries and only Britain has specified the maximum size of electronic device allowed — 16 by 9.3 centimetres (6.3 by 3.7 inches)….

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British man convicted of killing rare butterflies

LONDON: A British man has been convicted of capturing and killing two of Britain’s rarest butterflies, the endangered Large Blues, which have been a prized collector’s item since the Victorian era. Judges at the court in the southwest city of Bristol late on Thursday found 57-year-old Philip Cullen guilty of killing the Large Blues, which…

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COAS highlights Pakistan Army efforts against terrorism

ISLAMABAD: A two days Pak-UK Seminar on ’Sharing Experiences in Stabilization and Peace Efforts’ being organized at NDU Islamabad. Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, was the Chief Guest on opening session. The event is second in on ongoing consultative process between security practitioners of the two countries. UK delegation is being led…

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Trump’s state visit to Britain delayed: report

LONDON: US President Donald Trump has asked to delay his state visit to Britain later this year to allow public anger over the invitation to recede, it was reported Wednesday. The Sun tabloid said the trip, originally believed to be planned for June, was now being considered in October following protests and opposition from MPs….

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‘Game of Thrones’ actor dies at 36

LONDON: “Game of Thrones” actor Neil Fingleton, who was named Britain’s tallest man, has died of suspected heart failure at 36, according to the London-based Tall Persons Club. Standing at 232.5 centimetres (seven feet and six inches), he was best known for his role of Mag The Mighty in an episode of the hit American…

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Govt focuses on attaining sustainable growth: Ishaq Dar

ISLAMABAD: UK Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad and discussed matters of bilateral interest. Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister said after achieving macroeconomic stability, the government has now focused on attaining higher, sustainable and inclusive growth. Ishaq Dar acknowledged the valuable support of DFID…

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Ethical qualms make UK police cameras a mixed success

LONDON: With accusations of police misconduct raging on both sides of the Atlantic, Britain has taken the lead in supplying officers with body cameras despite worries about ever-increasing surveillance by the authorities. London’s Metropolitan Police Force is currently providing over 22,000 officers with Body Worn Video (BWV), saying it will “help officers to gather evidence…

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Queen Elizabeth II marks sapphire jubilee

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest reigning sovereign, on Monday set a new record as the first British monarch to reach her sapphire jubilee, with 65 years on the throne. The queen, now 90, rose to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 upon the premature death of her father, King George…

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