Tag: Great Britain

U.K. Announces $2 Billion Bailout to Help Keep the Arts Afloat

LONDON — Britain’s arts sector, largely shuttered since March because of the pandemic and warning of an imminent collapse, is being given a lifeline through what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as a “world-leading” rescue package for cultural and heritage institutions. The organizations will be handed 1.57 billion pounds, about $2 billion, the culture ministry […]

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Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’: Inspired Vision or Wishful Thinking?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his pro-Brexit allies have long promised that once Britain broke free of the European Union, it could play a bold new role on the world stage — one they dubbed Global Britain. For a few days this week, it looked as if they were actually making good on […]

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U.K. Judge Denies President Nicolás Maduro Access to Venezuelan Gold at Bank of England

LONDON — A British judge ruled on Thursday that President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela cannot access over $1 billion in gold in a Bank of England vault, on the basis that Britain does not recognize him as the leader of a country battered by economic sanctions and the coronavirus. Like many Western countries, including the […]

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U.K. Grants Asylum to Ex-Consulate Worker Who Told of Torture in China

HONG KONG — A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong who said he was tortured by the authorities in mainland China last year has been given asylum in Britain. The disappearance last year of the consulate worker, Simon Cheng, during the height of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong highlighted the issues that […]

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Who Wants to Go to Fashion School in a Pandemic?

LONDON — Conner Ives had big dreams for his master’s degree show at Central Saint Martins, the renowned art and design school in London. The equivalent of a designer’s final exam, the graduate shows each May are not only an academic rite of passage, but also an opportunity to build a profile, make industry contacts […]

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How China’s Security Law Scammed Hong Kong

ImageA police officer in Hong Kong on Tuesday standing guard near protesters opposing Beijing’s new national security legislation for the city. The law criminalizes, among other things, threats to China’s national unity, including calls for Hong Kong to become independent from the mainland.Credit…Vincent Yu/Associated Press After many years of rejecting the people of Hong Kong’s […]

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China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, Explained

The sweeping new national security law that China imposed on Hong Kong, aimed at stamping out opposition to the ruling Communist Party in the former British colony, is as “devastating” as some critics feared, a human-rights activist said on Wednesday. Conceived in secrecy and passed on Tuesday without serious public input, the law sets up […]

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With Much of the World’s Economy Slowed Down, Green Energy Powers On

After a two-hour boat trip from Lowestoft, a seaside town on the east coast of England, giant wind mills more than 500 feet high loomed out of the mist like enormous sea creatures. High atop the towers, technicians in helmets and red-and-black protective suits were visible, fine-tuning the machines and hooking them up to the […]

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Teenager Who Threw Boy From Tate Modern Is Sentenced to at Least 15 Years

LONDON — A teenager who admitted he attempted to kill a 6-year-old boy by pushing him from a 10th-floor viewing platform in a shocking attack at the Tate Modern museum in London last year was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison by a British court on Friday. Jonty Bravery, 18, from Ealing in […]

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Labour’s New Leader Sacks Official Over Charges of Anti-Semitism

LONDON — In a decisive break with the hard-left wing of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, its new leader dismissed a senior lawmaker on his leadership team Thursday for having shared an article online that the party said contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. The dismissal by the new Labour leader, Keir Starmer, represented a pronounced shift […]

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Boris Johnson Cares About ‘Liberty’ More Than People’s Lives

LONDON — Britain, bruised and wary after months of lockdown, is reopening. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson triumphantly announced a major loosening of restrictions. Much of the country’s cultural and recreational life — pubs, cafes, museums, galleries, cinemas, hotels — will return on July 4, while the distance people are required to keep from […]

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New Neolithic Finds Near Stonehenge Site

LONDON — A new archaeological discovery at the site of an ancient village near Stonehenge promises to offer significant clues about life more than 4,500 years ago in the Neolithic period, and could even “write a whole new chapter in the story” of the celebrated structure’s landscape, experts say. The find also makes the site the largest […]

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Stabbing at U.K. Park Is Declared a ‘Terrorist Incident’

LONDON — A stabbing attack at a park in southern England that left three people dead on Saturday is being investigated as a “terrorist incident,” police officials said Sunday. The attack happened around 7 p.m. at Forbury Gardens in the town of Reading, the Thames Valley Police said. A Black Lives Matter protest had been […]

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Pandemic Gives S.O.S. a New Meaning for U.K. Cheesemakers: Save Our Stilton

PIKEHALL, England — First the phones fell silent, then the email inbox abruptly emptied of orders. At Hartington Creamery, one of just six companies that produce Britain’s famous blue Stilton cheese, things looked ominous from the moment the coronavirus lockdown began and pubs and restaurants closed. But it was when one customer called not to […]

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Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.

LONDON — For months, British authorities have pursued an app that they promised would help ease the country’s coronavirus lockdown, despite growing criticism that it posed privacy risks and would not work well. On Thursday officials abruptly reversed course, saying Britain would join other countries and design a new contact-tracing app based on software provided […]

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Vera Lynn, Singer Whose Wartime Ballads Uplifted U.K., Dies at 103

Vera Lynn, who sang the songs that touched the hearts and lifted the spirits of Britons from the bomb-blitzed streets of London and Coventry to the sands of North Africa and the jungles of Burma during World War II, died on Thursday at her home in Sussex, England. She was 103. Her death was confirmed […]

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England’s ‘World Beating’ System to Track Coronavirus Is Anything But

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain unveiled last month a “world beating” operation to track down people who had been exposed to the coronavirus, giving the country a chance to climb out of lockdown without losing sight of where infections were spreading. As with much of the government’s response to the pandemic, however, […]

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Far-Right Groups Push Back as Protesters Rally in Europe

LONDON — Thousands of people rallied against police brutality and racism in European cities like London and Paris on Saturday, punctuating a week of protests across the continent that included destruction of statues linked to slavery and demands for a reckoning with racial discrimination. As European protesters have shown solidarity with demonstrators in the United […]

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson Stirs Culture War Over Churchill Statue

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Friday stirred a fraught debate over symbols of his country’s past, accusing protesters of seeking to “censor our past” and telling them it was “absurd and shameful” that a statue of Winston Churchill needed to be covered to protect it from being vandalized. In series of […]

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Hair Salons Reopen, and Americans Rush Back

Few professional encounters require prolonged bouts of close contact like appointments at hair or beauty salons. This makes beauty, nail and barbershops potentially high-risk hubs of infection for the coronavirus, which has killed almost half a million people worldwide since the start of this year. And yet, across the United States, customers are clamoring to […]

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George Floyd Protests Inspire Fresh Scrutiny of Policing in Europe, Too

PARIS — The killing of George Floyd has resonated in Europe, drawing thousands of demonstrators into the streets of cities like Paris, London and Berlin. Statues of colonizers and slave traders have been pulled down or defaced. The message has been one of solidarity with protesters in the United States — but also a call […]

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Top U.K. Tea Brands Urge #Solidaritea With Anti-Racism Protests

LONDON — The outcry over racial and social injustice that grew in the United States after the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis has quickly spread across the globe. Now the argument has spilled into one of the staples of British life: tea. After some on the right called for a boycott […]

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Prince Andrew and U.S. Prosecutor in Nasty Dispute Over Epstein Case

For four months, federal prosecutors in New York have been locked in a nasty public spat with Prince Andrew of Britain about what they say is his refusal to aid their investigation into allegations of sex trafficking and other crimes by the financier Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. In March, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United […]

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U.K. Lab to Sidestep Drug Industry to Sell Potential Virus Vaccine

LONDON — A prominent British laboratory is forming a special partnership that would sidestep the drug industry to sell a potential vaccine against the coronavirus without profits or licensing fees in Britain and in low- and middle-income countries. Scientists, nonprofit groups and public health experts have urged that any successful vaccine to combat the pandemic […]

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Throngs Marching in Australia and Europe Against Police Brutality

SYDNEY, Australia — Tens of thousands of Australians rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in cities and small towns on Saturday, joining the Americans protesting against the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while calling for an end to systemic racism in Australia and Aboriginal deaths in police custody. Despite warnings […]

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Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T. figures. At the height of Roberta Cowell’s celebrity status, in 1954, her face adorned the cover of Britain’s popular Picture Post magazine. When her story appeared in […]

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How the Coronavirus Makes a No-Deal Brexit More Likely

LONDON — The coronavirus epidemic in Britain has killed more than 40,000 people, sickened hundreds of thousands more, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and paralyzed the economy. Now it may claim another casualty: a trade agreement between Britain and the European Union. On Friday, the two sides announced that they had made little headway in […]

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