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British court recognises Sharia law marriages for the time

For the first time in the UK, a British court has recognised Sharia law after a judge made a landmark divorce ruling which could change the way Islamic marriage and divorce works in the country.  The high court ruled that an estranged couple’s nikah falls under British matrimonial law despite it not being legally recognised as such,…

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August 3, 2018


Tech firms should be made liable for ‘fake news’ on sites – UK lawmakers

Tech firms like Facebook should be made liable for “harmful and misleading” material on their websites and pay a levy so they can be regulated, British lawmakers said, warning of a crisis in democracy due to misuse of personal data.

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July 29, 2018


Shehbaz Sharif leaves for London to visit Kulsoom Nawaz

Former chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif left for London Saturday morning to visit his ailing sister-in-law Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. “Leaving for UK shortly to inquire after my Bhabi’s health,” he tweeted on Saturday morning. “She is in ICU and needs your prayers.” He also wished the nation Eid Mubarak. The president of Pakistan Muslim…

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June 16, 2018


British lawmakers to grill man at centre of Facebook scandal

LONDON: The Russian-American academic who developed an app that allowed political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to farm the data of 87 million Facebook users faces questions Tuesday by British lawmakers. Aleksandr Kogan, who teaches at Cambridge University, will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee to explain his relationship with CA, the…

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April 24, 2018


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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April 4, 2018


Amazing: Dogs give new life to disabled owners

BIRMINGHAM: Alongside well-groomed canines taking part in beauty contests this week at Britain’s Crufts dog show, specially trained labradors, poodles and cocker spaniels showed off a different set of skills that can save the lives of their disabled owners. These four-legged helpers are trained not just to help the blind or partially sighted but also…

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March 10, 2018


Women rights: British history changed 100 years ago

LONDON: British women won the right to vote 100 years ago after an intense struggle marked by a violent fringe campaign that shocked the country but helped to change the world. On February 6, 1918, the Representation of the People Bill became law and added to the voting roll around eight million women who were…

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February 1, 2018


Stamps issued to mark British actors prominence in Game of Thrones

LONDON: Stars of “Game of Thrones” will appear on a new collection of stamps to celebrate Britain’s contribution to the fantasy series, Royal Mail announced. Ten characters are pictured in the souvenir series unveiled on Wednesday, set against dramatic scenes from the hit US show. Highlighting the prominence of British stars among the cast, the…

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January 4, 2018


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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January 4, 2018


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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December 30, 2017


Why a walk in the park beats a stroll on the street

LONDON: Older adults who take a daily constitutional may want to avoid traffic-jammed city streets and head to a park instead because polluted air diminishes the benefits of exercise, a UK study suggests. Researchers in London randomly assigned 119 men and women age 60 or older to take two-hour walks along one of two distinct…

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December 22, 2017


Birmingham named as 2022 Commonwealth Games host city

LONDON: The English city of Birmingham was on Thursday confirmed as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a troubled bidding process. “We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement — it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city,” Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin told a press conference at Birmingham’s…

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December 21, 2017


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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December 18, 2017


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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December 16, 2017


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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December 14, 2017


Believe it or not: Non-existent restaurant gets top ranking

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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December 8, 2017


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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December 2, 2017


Malala Yousafzai meets Chief Justice LHC at Oxford

OXFORD: Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai met Lahore High Court’s Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah on Thursday at Oxford University.  Malala Yousafzai is an international icon and symbol of courage, strength and determination. It comes as no surprise that the Pakistani activist for education meets influential personalities every now and then. Most recently she…

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November 30, 2017


Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of honor in Oxford

LONDON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, over her “inaction” in the Rohingya crisis. “When Aung San Suu Kyi was given the Freedom of the City in 1997 it was because she reflected Oxford’s values ​​of…

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November 28, 2017


UK air crash kills four

LONDON: Four people were killed Friday when an aircraft and a helicopter collided in Buckinghamshire, south England, local police said. Two people were killed in each aircraft, which came down in woods near Waddesdon Estate, near Aylesbury, according to Thames Valley Police said. Police chief Rebecca Mears said she could not yet give out the…

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November 18, 2017


UK couple jailed in latest holiday sickness scam

LONDON:A British couple were jailed Friday for making fake holiday sickness claims in a case that authorities hope will the end the “explosion” of fake food poisoning cases. Deborah Briton, 53, and partner Paul Roberts, 43, claimed they and their two children had fallen ill during holidays to Spain’s Majorca in 2015 and 2016. Judge…

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October 14, 2017