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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.

Shortages in U.K. food supply are now part of Brexit conversation

Britain’s prolonged heatwave will impact food supplies later this year and would exacerbate any disruption caused by a hard Brexit, an industry lobby group warned on Wednesday.

Scotland has been chosen to host U.K.'s first spaceport

After several years of study and consideration, the British government announced July 15 that it will start development of a new spaceport in northern Scotland, while an English airport signed a deal that could also lead to launches from its facility.

British lawyer for Bangladesh's Zia refused entry to India

New Delhi - A British lawyer assisting Bangladesh's opposition leader in her fight against corruption charges has been refused entry to India where he was scheduled to give a press conference about the case.

London observatory closed due to smog 60 years ago reopens

Greenwich - The famed Royal Observatory in Greenwich, United Kingdom, is reopening more than 60 years after London’s smog and light pollution forced its closure in 1957.

Wind power in U.K. continues to set records, overtaking nuclear

In the first three months of 2018, the U.K.'s wind farms made history, supplying more electricity than its eight nuclear power plants. And in another milestone, overnight on March 17, wind supplied almost half, 47 percent of Britain's electricity.

Hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than $700 mn: report

Miami - The tourism industry in the Caribbean region attracted almost one million fewer visitors after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit last year, costing it over $700 million, according to an industry study released Monday.

Blockchain is a 'pixie dust' fad

The British Parliament's Treasury Committee heard evidence on cryptocurrencies and blockchain on Tuesday. Martin Walker from the Center for Evidence-Based Management spoke before the committee.

UK Typhoon jets to provide security for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Doha - UK Typhoon fighter jets bought last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, Britain's ambassador in Doha said Tuesday.

UK's Johnson urges 'independent' probe of Rohingya crisis in Suu Kyi talks

Nay Pyi Taw - Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson stopped off in Myanmar on Sunday to press Aung San Suu Kyi on the need for an independent probe into violence in Rakhine state, as the country faces mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities again...

UK accounted for 50 percent of Europe's new offshore wind in 2017

The European offshore wind industry had an impressive year in 2017, increasing capacity by 25 percent to 3.1 gigawatts of new capacity installed. And the United Kingdom's installed 1.7 gigawatts accounted for more than 50 percent of the total.

Moscow says UK defence minister worthy 'of Monty Python'

Moscow - Moscow on Friday said the British defence secretary had stepped beyond "the boundaries of reason" after he accused Russia of planning to create chaos in the UK that could "cause thousands and thousands of deaths".

3D survey solutions using AI could change undersea inspections

Subsea technology company Rovco has secured Innovate UK funding to develop a 3D visualization system as part of a two-part artificial intelligence demonstrator project potentially worth £1.0 million (US$1.35 million).

World's first vending machine for the homeless is totally free

Homeless people in the United Kingdom can now obtain food or other personal items like socks or a toothbrush from a vending machine at no cost any time of the day or night, thanks to a local charity called Action Hunger.

Uber loses appeal in U.K. case over drivers’ employment rights

Ex-Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam took Uber to court last October over their employment status and won. They argued that they should be given basic worker rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage.

Nick Heyward to release new solo album 'Woodland Echoes'

English singer-songwriter Nick Heyward will be releasing his first solo studio album in 18 years entitled "Woodland Echoes."

Armada Music opens new United Kingdom office in London

One of the largest independent record labels in the electronic dance music industry, Armada Music, has opened its United Kingdom office in London.

Archbishop of Canterbury declares Sudan new Anglican province

Khartoum - Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north.

Trump touts 'very big' trade deal with Britain

Washington - US President Donald Trump touted the prospects of a "very big" trade deal with Britain on Tuesday as the minister tasked with clinching accords for the post-Brexit era met officials in Washington."Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom.

U.K. farmers using new technology to stop sheep rustling

Farmers in Cumbria, U.K. are fighting back against thieves who have been stealing their sheep, using cutting-edge technology in a 12-month pilot project in the country's Lake District.

U.K. announces it will invest $320 million in energy storage R&D

London - In a move aimed at powering the transition to a low-carbon economy, the U.K. is set to invest in battery technology research and development to the tune of £246 million ($320 million) over the next four years.

Deadly snake fungus has now been found in wild snakes in Europe

A fungal disease that has been killing wild snakes in over 30 states in the U.S. and Canada has now been identified for the first time in wild snakes in Europe, according to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Review: Soul II Soul's Simon Law looks to the sky on debut solo album

A key member of British R&B collective Soul II Soul, who co-wrote their two Grammy-winning songs "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" and "African Dance," Simon Law has worked on all the band's albums but one. His debut solo effort is out now.

Trump nominates NFL team owner as envoy to Britain

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will formally nominate Republican fundraiser and American football team owner Woody Johnson to be his ambassador to Britain.

Review: Stone Free Festival brings top rock acts to the O2 Special

London - The second annual all-day rock festival at London's O2 saw Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow as the headline act, supported by Sweet and Blue Öyster Cult. Digital Journal went along.

Country/rock singer Jace Everett returns with new album Special

The American singer/songwriter is perhaps best known for co-writing "Your Man," a number one hit for Josh Turner in 2005, and for his song "Bad Things," which was used as the theme tune for the HBO series 'True Blood'.
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The Cover of Mike's Autobiography.
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Banksy's new art for the Olympic Games - "Hackney Welcomes the Olympics".
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Remaining criminals on the loose in Operation Captura, a joint initiative between Spain and the UK to catch Britain's most-wanted.
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Tom Chaplin on stage at Wembley Stadium, London, opening for Jeff Lynne's ELO, June 24 2017
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A photograph of the lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.
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UK: HM Treasury entrance
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The elite CO19 or Central Operations 19 (formally known as SO19 or Special Operations 19), is an elite tactical team within London's Metropolitan Police Service. CO19 operatives are seen here undergo counter-terrorism exercises involving a hijacked commercial airliner.
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital complex
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Twitter feed of Derren Brown
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Buildings burn on Tottenham High Road, London after youths protested against the killing of a man by armed police in an attempted arrest, August 6, 2011 in London, England. Twenty-nine-year-old father-of-four Mark Duggan died August 4 after being shot by police in Tottenham, north London.
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Buckingham Palace in London, England
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In a poll of 1,180 headteachers in England, 70 percent believed it appropriate for schools to promote British values
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The Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge.
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Flooding in York, UK
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The scene at the Old Royal Naval College during a concert by Sir Cliff Richard, July 1 2017
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Seven men convicted of 30 child sexual abuse offences, including conspiracy to rape and the rape of a child under the age of 13, have been given sentences totalling 107 years today at Bristol Crown Court.
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Sir Cliff Richard on stage at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, July 1 2017

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