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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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UK bans manufacture of products containing microbeads

NEWS DESK: The UK has banned the manufacturing of products containing microbeads, in what is being viewed as one of the world’s toughest bans on the harmful pieces of plastic, reported The Independent. The landmark step will stop manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products from adding the tiny pieces of plastic to rinse-off products…

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Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle ‘set to boost UK economy’

LONDON: Prince Harry’s wedding to American actress Meghan Markle could provide a 500 million pound boost to Britain’s economy as tourists flock to the country and Britons celebrate, according to an estimate. Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and fifth-in-line to the throne, will tie the knot with Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle, the royal…

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Happiness at work improves in the UK. But that’s not all

NEWS DESK: Happiness in the workplace has improved slightly over the last year, but nearly half of UK employees still expect to be looking for a new job in 2018, new research has revealed, reported The Independent. According to a survey by human resource firm Investors in People, one in four employees feel unhappy at…

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Iran protesters rally again despite warning of crackdown

LONDON: Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by authorities of a crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had…

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Web giants in UK could be hit with major new tax

NEWS DESK: Web giants that are failing to adequately help the UK Government fight terrorism could be hit with a major new tax, a security minister has warned, reported The Independent. Ben Wallace said the Government’s “patience is running out fast” with internet companies who are too slow to act against extremist content. He struck…

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Firefighters battle blaze in Manchester apartment block

LONDON: Firefighters battled a blaze in a tower block in central Manchester, northern England, on Saturday with flames engulfing several apartments on the ninth floor. The Manchester fire service said it had sent 12 fire engines to tackle the blaze in the Northern Quarter of the city and urged people to avoid the area. It…

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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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Scotland bans use of wild animals in travelling circuses

NEWS DESK: Scotland has banned the use of wild animals in circuses, becoming the first of the UK’s nations to do so, reported The Independent. Under new legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament, travelling circuses that use wild animals will be banned from entering the country. The bill was introduced by Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland’s Environment…

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Fifth Black man dies in UK after being restrained by police this year

NEWS DESK: A law student who wanted to be the “best lawyer in the country” has become the fifth young black man to die after being restrained by police officers this year, reported The Independent. The mother of Nuno Cardoso, 25, demanded “justice” for her son after he collapsed in the back of a police…

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With new album, Eminem finds political voice

Just how much has America changed since Donald Trump’s election? Eminem, knee-deep in controversy a generation ago for misogyny and homophobia, is back as a self-styled moral conscience. The top-selling rapper in history rips into Trump on “Revival,” his first studio album in four years, in which Eminem openly muses on whether he can stay…

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On the trail of London’s serial cat killer

LONDON: In what has become a grim ritual, Tony Jenkins examines the mutilated remains of a domestic cat — and says the south London serial killer has struck once again. Nobody is surprised when Jenkins, the co-founder of Snarl, a local animal rescue and rehabilitation shelter, arrives at a veterinary surgery to confirm the grisly…

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PM Abbasi meets Shaukat Aziz in London

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Shaukat Aziz on Thursday to convey his condolences over the demise of the latter’s son. According to details, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met the former prime minister in London where he offered his condolences for the demise of Aziz’s son Abid who died of cancer last month. Abid Aziz…

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Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital

ISTANBUL: Leaders from the the world’s main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul said it declared “East Jerusalem as the…

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UK foreign minister in Iran to push for Briton’s release

Tehran: Britain’s foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday to press for the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif also expected to focus on a 2015 landmark nuclear deal…

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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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Fake restaurant becomes London’s top-rated eatery

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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The long winter: ‘Game of Thrones’ fans in four-day viewing marathon

LONDON: Ice zombies and fire-breathing dragons plague the characters in the hit fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones,” but for fans who took part in a four-day marathon to watch the series’ 67 episodes back-to-back, a pained rear end posed a greater threat. The marathon viewing began on Monday evening in London’s Prince Charles Cinema,…

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