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England chief Strauss to step down for summer

England cricket director Andrew Strauss is to stand down temporarily for the season while his wife Ruth continues her treatment for cancer, with Andy Flower filling in while the former Test captain is on leave. “My wife was diagnosed with cancer in December,” Strauss told reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday. “We are very lucky she…

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Amitabh and daughter stun fans with auto-rickshaw travel

The Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and his daughter Shweta Bachchan took an auto-rickshaw to go for work. The Bollywood’s Big B on his blog wrote “I travel today for the work in the greatly in demand and preferred mode of travel, the AUTO .. the autoriksha .. the auto, the rick .. call it what…

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Brexit seen threatening UK links in EU supply chain

Mandy Ridyard knew Brexit was going to be a challenge for her aviation components firm, but it was still a shock when she heard a French company bluntly ruling out British suppliers from an international bid for a contract in China.  There was just too much uncertainty about Brexit to include British companies in the…

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Iran warns US it would regret quitting nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that if the United States quits the nuclear deal then Washington will regret it “like never before”, as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson scrambles to save the agreement during talks with the Trump administration Monday. US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement when it comes up…

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UK royals release pictures of newborn Prince Louis

Britain’s royal family on Sunday released two pictures of its newest arrival, Prince Louis, taken by his mother Kate at their Kensington Palace home. In one touching image, three-year-old Princess Charlotte is kissing her sleeping brother, while the other shows the royal baby propped against a cushion. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very…

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UK interior minister Amber Rudd resigns in blow to PM May

Britain’s interior minister Amber Rudd resigned Sunday, admitting she “inadvertently misled” lawmakers about deportation targets, in a body blow to the government as it faces public outrage over the targeting of the so-called Windrush generation of migrants. Rudd, who had faced intensifying pressure over the treatment of elderly Commonwealth citizens primarily from the Caribbean, told…

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Modi faces protests over £1bn deal in UK

London: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Wednesday set to sign £1 billion ($1.42 billion, 1.14 billion euros) of investment deals with Britain during a visit to London, where he was met by hundreds of religious protesters. Modi, in Britain for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, was also expected to confirm the new India-UK…

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UK designer Christopher Raeburn transforms the unexpected

After a childhood building tree houses and robots, British designer Christopher Raeburn has made a career out of transforming unusual materials — including parachutes — into clothes ready for the catwalk. More than a decade since graduating from London’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Raeburn has made a name for himself with streetwear fit for…

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UK defies ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

A large number of people living in the UK and their government united against the ‘Punish a Muslim’ day Letters and online images were circulated across the country in March, calling for violence against Muslims on April 3. According to the BBC, the letters and images called for a points-based system for the performance of…

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American, British soldiers killed in Syria: Pentagon

BEIRUT: Two members of the US-led anti-jihadist coalition — an American and a Briton — were killed by an improvised explosive device in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, US and British officials said Friday. Five other coalition service personnel were wounded, the Pentagon said. The attack in Manbij happened late Thursday — the day…

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Ukraine to expel 13 Russian diplomats over spy case

Kiev: Ukraine is to expel 13 Russian diplomats as part of a coordinated effort by European nations and the US to punish Russia over an attack on a former Russian spy in England, President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday. “In response to a cynical chemical attack in Salisbury, Ukraine, in the spirit of solidarity with our…

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UK suspends high-level diplomatic contact with Russia

London: Britain will suspend high-level bilateral contact with Russia and revoke an invitation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain. May said Britain would “suspend all high-level bilateral contact”, saying that Russia was “culpable”…

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Russia warns Britain over spy poisoning speculation as May readies response

London, March 12: Russia warned the British government Monday it was playing a “dangerous game” that risked harming bilateral ties as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to update MPs on a spy attack that politicians and the media have linked to Moscow. May will make a statement to the House of Commons after chairing a…

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UK’s May to make statement on spy poisoning after security briefing

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement Monday on the nerve agent attack against a Russian double agent in an English city, amid speculation she could publicly blame Moscow and announce an “appropriate” response. May will address the House of Commons after chairing a meeting of the government’s national security council, where…

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UK street artist draws Edhi in Trafalgar Square

PHOTOS: TWITTER A London-based street artist and social worker, Daniel Swan, drew an image of Abdul Sattar Edhi in Trafalgar Square On his website, Problems of Perception, Swan talks about how he used to work for one of the biggest corporations in the world until he realised he was not helping humanity. Poverty in America…

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PTI’s Chaudhry Sarwar says he “gave up British nationality”

Chaudhry Sarwar, who won the Senate election on PTI’s ticket, said he gave up British nationality when he became the Punjab governor in 2013. He tweeted: “Absolute baseless allegations circulating on the media that I am a dual national. I gave up my British nationality when I became the Governor of Punjab in 2013. I…

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Deadly blizzards lash Europe, air travel disrupted

LONDON: Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe Thursday, forcing airports to cancel or delay flights around the continent, as a deep freeze gripped countries from the far north to the Mediterranean beaches in the south. The snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, left roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded…

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‘Beast from the East’ sends Siberian cold blast across Europe

LONDON: Europe remained Wednesday gripped by a blast of Siberian weather which has killed at least 24 people and carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow. The frigid temperatures, down to minus 24 degrees Celsius (minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of Germany and minus 29 in Estonia overnight, have prompted warnings for the most vulnerable…

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UK appoints Pakistani-origin Sara Khan to lead anti-extremism drive

LONDON: The UK government has appointed a Pakistani-origin women right campaigner Sara Khan as the new chief of a commission set up to root out extremism in the country. Sara Khan, 37, will head the Commission for Countering Extremism, a body that had been proposed in the wake of the terrorist attack at an Ariana…

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Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with UK’s May

Davos, Switzerland: US President Donald Trump boasted of a “really great relationship” with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, as the pair met in neutral Switzerland to turn the page on a public spat. “We’re on the same wavelength in, I think, every respect,” Trump said during their meeting in Davos, as the pair…

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Trump cancels trip to UK as new embassy is in “off location”

NEWS DESK: Donald Trump has confirmed he will not come to the UK to open the new US embassy next month, blaming the Obama administration’s decision to move it to an “off location” in a “bad deal”, reported The Independent. Reports last night had said the president would not be attending because he was concerned…

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