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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.

Brexit chaos stirs fears for Bulgaria farm workers

Brashten - The 960 inhabitants of the Bulgarian village of Brashten, nestled in the hills and forests on the Greek border, don't normally pay much heed to international politics.

UK's 'green collar jobs' in offshore wind set to triple by 2030

London - The UK Government has announced a new Offshore Wind Sector deal which intends to triple the number of ‘green collar jobs’ by 2030. The new deal aims to increase the workforce within the sector to 27,000 by 2030, tripling the current 7,200 jobs today.

Op-Ed: Jack Savoretti is the 'Male Artist to Watch in 2019'

U.K. acoustic singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti is the "Male Artist to Watch in 2019" in the music industry. He deserves to be a household name.

UK's first legal cannabis farm to be built in 'secret' location

Cannabis production is set to come to the UK on an industrial scale after the first fully legal farm was granted planning permission. A 7.5-acre greenhouse will be built in rural Wiltshire, in the West Country.

Another drone sighting causes disruption at UK's Heathrow airport

London - Just a couple of weeks after drone sightings caused the Gatwick airport in the UK to be shut down, Heathrow airport has now also had its flight schedule disrupted by drone sightings.

Caribbean islanders to vote on whether to retain London-based court

Saint John's - Voters in two Caribbean countries long independent from Britain will wrestle with thorny issues of fairness and sovereignty on Tuesday as they go to the polls to decide whether to keep a London-based body as their final court of appeals or embrace a co...

U.K. Government announces new plastics tax as part of new budget

The U.K. government is seeking to ramp up efforts to tackle the scourge of litter and waste from single-use plastics, proposing a new tax on plastic packaging, subject to consultation.

Tropical Storm Helene heading toward The United Kingdom

London - While the East coast of the U.S. is being battered by Tropical Storm Florence, another Atlantic tropical Storm, Helene, is on track to brush by the western edge of the United Kingdom late Monday.

UK embassy accuses Russia of 'disinformation' over Skripals case

Moscow - The British embassy in Moscow on Friday accused Russia of spreading "disinformation" after London charged two Russian citizens with the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK.

Data science to be part of new plan to grow U.K.'s export market

London - A new initiative, outlined in a report published by the U.K. government on Tuesday outlines a strategy to use data science to identify companies with the potential to provide their services overseas as part of a plan to grow the U.K.'s export market.
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The FSA is now mapping food safety prosecutions.
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One of the UK's many trams.
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Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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Russell Brand, British comedian.
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Railroad travellers: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
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Buckingham Palace in London, England
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The vessel was filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium - enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools -in a test run last October and now the engines and fins are being fitted ahead of next month's flight.
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The British war memorial in Port Stanley, Falkland islands
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Tony Blair, former British prime minister is widely criticized for offering Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi "the hand of friendship." Blair first visited Libya in 2004, and was instrumental in transforming a pariah state into an ally and helping BP to seal a big energy deal with Gaddafi's regime.
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Model, the latest sculpture by Antony Gormley at the White Cube gallery in London.
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Johnny Tuxedo's Limited Edition 'Britannia Tux'
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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on stage at the O2, 23/04/17
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On August 3, 2001, car bombing by the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) in Ealing, London, United Kingdom. Seven people suffered injuries and the Ealing Broadway shopping center, which was adjacent to the blast, suffered substantial property damage.
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The British Library is the national library for the U.K. The library holds over 170 million items from all over the world. It is located in London.
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A jubilee Union Jack flag flies in West Wittering, Sussex
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On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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Tequila Mockingbyrd
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Screen grab from Youtube video of fox in front of No. 10 Downing Street in 2010.
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Ian Meiers and James Sleater of Cad & The Dandy.
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