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Britain opens visa scheme for millions of Hong Kongers

Fpo - A new visa scheme offering millions of Hong Kongers a pathway to British citizenship went live on Sunday as the city's former colonial master opens its doors to those wanting to escape China's crackdown on dissent.

Pakistan lawyers seek review of Daniel Pearl murder acquittals

Islamabad - Pakistani prosecutors filed a last-ditch attempt Friday to overturn the acquittal of a British-born militant convicted of masterminding the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, as the new US secretary of state directly pressed on the case.

AstraZeneca rejects 'incorrect' reports on Covid-19 jab efficacy in elderly

Berlin - Pharma giant AstraZeneca has defended the efficacy of its Covid-19 vaccine after media reports said the German government had doubts about its effectiveness among those over 65.

UK hospitals overwhelmed as COVID cases and deaths spike

Public Health England (PHE) is reporting 1,325 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test - the highest figure reported on any day since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The number of cases reported in the past 24 hours was 68,053.

Over 75 percent of UK will be in Tier 4 lockdown on January 1

London - Over 75 percent of England will be under a Tier 4 lockdown - the strictest of COVID-19 restrictions - on New Year's Eve due to a surge in cases of a variant of the coronavirus in the past two weeks.

Variant of COVID-19 spreading rapidly through southern England

Families must cancel their Christmas gatherings and most shops have to close in London and much of southern England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday as health officials work to curb a rapidly spreading COVID-19 variant.

Lovesick Scot jailed for breaching Covid rules on jet-ski odyssey

London - A lovesick Scottish man who bought a jet-ski so he could evade lockdown measures to visit his girlfriend in the Isle of Man has been jailed for breaching coronavirus restrictions, reports said.

Grassed up: hapless drug suspect's phone reveals stash to cops

London - A suspected drug dealer stopped by British police caught a lucky break when they found nothing in his car -- until he pulled out his phone to access a translation app and inadvertently showed officers a video of his cannabis farm.

Iran centrifuge plan alarms European trio

Paris - Plans by Iran to install advanced centrifuges at its main nuclear enrichment plant in Natanz are "deeply worrying", France, Germany and the UK said on Monday.

UK's initial vaccine rollout will only cover 400,000 people

London - The UK received its first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Thursday night and are now prepared to begin vaccinations on Tuesday - with one little change. Many doctors and nurses have been excluded from the first round of injections.03

UK becomes first nation to approve Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

The U.K. became the first nation to grant emergency approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine - a decision that will likely put pressure on the Food and Drug Administration to move swiftly to do the same.

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.
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A couple walk their dog close to a large area of flooded land near Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels in south west England February 4, 2014. Swathes of the mainly rural area of south west of England have been under water for over a month
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Enormous snowball made in South Park in a snow-covered Oxford in February 2007.
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