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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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UK cancer rates to rise faster among women than men: charity

LONDON: Cancer rates in Britain will rise six times faster among women than men within the next two decades, according to data released on Friday by charity Cancer Research UK.

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British MPs approve first stage of Brexit bill

London: British MPs on Wednesday approved the first stage of a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. MPs approved the bill, which would allow the government to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and formally begin two years of exit negotiations, by a margin…

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Queen Elizabeth resumes duties after illness

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has given an honor to a member of her staff in a private ceremony, resuming official duties as she continued to recover from a heavy cold that forced her to miss Christmas and New Year church services, a spokeswoman said. The 90-year-old monarch fell ill before Christmas, delayed her trip from…

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2016 begins and ends with music deaths

NEW YORK: Pop superstar George Michael’s death over the Christmas holidays caps one of the most tragic years in memory for the music world which mourned a steady stream of top names. Here are some of the prominent musicians who died over the momentous year: — DAVID BOWIE. The rock icon’s fans were stunned by…

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Madonna, Elton John lead tributes for George Michael

LONDON: Madonna and Elton John led tributes from around the world for British pop star George Michael, who died at his home near London on Sunday aged 53. “Farewell my Friend! Another Great Artist leaves us. Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW?” Madonna wrote in a post on Instagram accompanied by a video of her presenting…

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E-cigarettes a ‘major public health concern’: US surgeon general

MIAMI: E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now “a major public health concern,” the US Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably.

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Scotland bans smoking in cars with children

LONDON: A new law comes into force in Scotland on Monday banning smoking in cars when children are present, as part of the government’s plans for a “tobacco-free generation”. Under the law smokers face a ÂŁ100 ($127, 119 euros) on-the-spot fine if caught lighting up in a private vehicle where under-18s are present. The penalty…

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Britons look online for Black Friday bargains

British retailers’ websites, and to a lesser extent their stores, were awash with discounted goods on Friday as shoppers chased “Black Friday” deals in a spending spree that is expected to top last year’s record level. Shoppers were looking for bargains ahead of an expected rise in prices in 2017 as a weaker pound starts…

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Britain has no Brexit plan, leaked memo claims

LONDON: The British government has no overarching plan for Brexit and may take another six months to agree a negotiating strategy, according to a leaked memo published by The Times on Tuesday. Civil servants are struggling to cope with more than 500 Brexit-related projects and an extra 30,000 extra staff may be needed to handle…

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Designer Stella McCartney unveils first menswear collection

LONDON: Fashion designer Stella McCartney unveiled her first menswear collection on Thursday at London’s famous Abbey Road recording studio, where she promised men a more free and fun wardrobe. McCartney chose to present the collection at the recording studio made famous by her father, Paul McCartney, and his three fellow Beatles when they named one…

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