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China praises British diplomat for saving drowning woman

Bejing - Beijing on Tuesday praised a British diplomat who was filmed diving into a river in southern China to save a drowning student, a rare warm moment between two countries at loggerheads over human rights.

British diplomat in China earns hero status after river rescue

Bejing - A British diplomat has become a hero in China after a video of him rescuing a student from a swollen river racked up tens of millions of views on social media.

Johnson 'optimistic' over Brexit deal ahead of talks with EU chief

London - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "pretty optimistic" a Brexit deal could be reached as he prepared for talks on Saturday with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen to determine the next steps in the fraught negotiations.

New COVID-19 restrictions in place as hospitalizations in UK rise

The UK is at a “perilous turning point” and must act, Boris Johnson has told MPs, announcing new restrictions for England including slashing the size of wedding celebrations and bans on indoor team sports, as well as a return to home working.

UK's COVID-19 epidemic growing as R number goes over 1.0

London - Public health officials have warned of "worrying signs" of infection among the elderly, as the reproduction “R” number of COVID-19 infections indicated the UK's epidemic is growing again.

China says UK envoy's Twitter account hacked, after sex video 'like'

Bejing - China's embassy in London has angrily demanded that Twitter investigate what it says was a hack on its ambassador's official account, which "liked" a pornographic video.

Prank or not — Do not open unsolicited seeds received in the mail

Here is something strange to ponder over. People in several states in the U.S. and hundreds of gardeners in the U.K. have been sent unknown seeds through the mail, allegedly bearing Chinese writing. Anyone receiving seeds is asked to contact authorities.

China says Britain going down 'wrong path' over Hong Kong

Bejing - China warned Monday that Britain was heading down "a wrong path" as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was expected to announce the suspension of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, raising tensions between the countries.

China clashes with US over new Hong Kong security law

Fpo - China promised Thursday to take "strong countermeasures" if the US presses ahead with tough new sanctions that target banks over infringements on Hong Kong's autonomy, after Beijing imposed a sweeping security law on the restless financial hub.

China slams 'senseless' US move at UN over Hong Kong

Bejing - China accused the US of taking the UN hostage on Friday over a controversial security law for Hong Kong and warned Western nations to stay out of its internal affairs.

International concern grows over the spread of coronavirus

International concern about the spread of coronavirus outside China grew on Sunday with sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. In the U.S. State Department officials say Americans who get sick in Asia will no longer be repatriated.

UK to ban fossil fuel-powered vehicles in 12 — 15 years

London - Britain will ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2035 - five years earlier than planned - heaping pressure on an auto industry that is already struggling to cope with a global sales slump and the fallout from Brexit.

Social Media will have to adhere to new child privacy code in UK

London - Social media firms will have to adhere to a new code, which aims to help protect children’s privacy online. The UK's data regulator has published a set of standards that it hopes will force tech companies to take protecting children online seriously.

Qingpu Prison: the 'cultural exchange' centre in forced labour scandal

Bejing - Shanghai's Qingpu Prison, the Chinese prison at the centre of a forced labour scandal, describes itself as a "first-class" facility, where inmates can learn about jade sculptures and receive therapy.

UK sets a new renewable energy record this week

London - The UK had a little help this week from Storm Aiyah, the first named storm of the season, with wind power generating more than 16 gigawatts (GW) of electricity - setting a new record for renewable energy.

Vietnam arrests two in UK truck death investigation

Hanoi - Vietnam police have arrested two people for trafficking in connection with the death of 39 migrants whose bodies were found in a truck in Britain, many of them feared to be Vietnamese.

Kenyans say UK stole land for tea, push for UN inquiry

Kibore Cheruiyot Ngasura was just a small boy when his family was violently expelled from their ancestral land in Kenya's lush tea-growing western highlands by British colonisers, and banished never to return.

Chatting with Bruce Soord of the UK rock band The Pineapple Thief Special

New York - Bruce Soord of the UK progressive group The Pineapple Thief (TPT) chatted with Digital Journal about their upcoming show at Sony Hall in November.

Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research.

Nearly half of UK companies targeting 'carbon neutrality' by 2030

The climate crisis may seem overwhelming - given the size of the challenge we are facing. However, carbon neutrality is proving to be the right business response for nearly half of UK businesses in a recent survey.

Boris Johnson following 'will of the people': Hungary FM

Budapest - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was praised as an "excellent politician" by Hungary's foreign minister Friday, who said criticism of the embattled Briton was "mostly unwarranted".

Britain's Prince Andrew 'appalled' by Epstein abuse claims

London - Britain's Prince Andrew has said he was "appalled" by allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after a video was released purporting to show him at the home of the convicted paedophile in 2010.

Britain's Prince Andrew 'appalled' by Epstein abuse claims: report

London - Britain's Prince Andrew has said he was "appalled" by allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after a video was released purporting to show him at the home of the convicted paedophile in 2010.

Brits arrested in record Australia drug bust

Sydney - Four British men were arrested in Australia and New Zealand in an international drugs sting that netted a record haul of potent MDMA, Australian police said Wednesday.

Domino's is stockpiling tomato sauce and toppings before Brexit

Domino's Pizza has spent £7 million stockpiling toppings and tomato sauce to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. The company is preparing for possible disruption food supplies or food prices rising sharply.

The climate crisis: How long do we have to limit its impact?

Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of CO2 would have to be cut 45 percent by 2030. That's 12 years, so where did 18 months come from?

Iran condemns detention of oil supertanker in Gibraltar

Gibraltar - Iran on Thursday condemned the "illegal interception" of one of its oil tankers in Gibraltar where authorities said they suspected it was carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

'Net-zero emissions by 2050' is now the law in the UK

London - Britain’s new target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 became law on Thursday, making it the first among the major G7 countries to set such a goal.

Coal-fired generation in UK drops, despite coal stockpiles

London - Current stockpiles of coal in the UK are more than twice what the government anticipates coal-fired power stations will need ahead of the 2025 deadline for ending coal-fired power for electricity.

Increased flood risk may force communities in UK to relocate

London - Entire communities might need to be moved away from coasts and rivers as the UK takes urgent action to prepare for an average global temperature rise of 4C, the Environment Agency warned.
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