Tag: Great Britain

Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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Homeless Children Are Being Housed in Shipping Containers, English Report Finds

LONDON — Thousands of children in England are growing up in repurposed shipping containers, converted office blocks and cramped rooms in hostels, usually far away from their schools and family support networks, a new report by the Children’s Commissioner has found. Official statistics show that 124,000 children in England are without permanent accommodation, an 80 […]

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Boris Johnson Needs Help From Trump, but Not Too Much

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, known for his bombast and outspokenness, begins his first foreign trip as leader on Wednesday walking a daunting diplomatic tightrope, ostensibly trying to pry Brexit concessions from stony-faced Europeans while keeping a wary eye on his domestic opponents with a general election possible in the fall. And […]

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China Acknowledges Holding an Employee of Britain’s Hong Kong Consulate

HONG KONG — The Chinese government acknowledged Wednesday that it was holding an employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong who had disappeared in early August, a case that raised fears of political applications of Chinese law to combat a monthslong protest movement. The employee, Simon Cheng, was detained while Hong Kong is in the […]

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Prince Andrew, ‘Appalled’ by Epstein Scandal, Denies Any Role

LONDON — The video, dark and grainy, shows a man identified as Prince Andrew of Britain standing in a doorway and waving goodbye to a young woman, then giving a look around before quickly shutting the door. The footage was published on Sunday by The Daily Mail, a British tabloid, which says it was taken […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Calls Boris Johnson ‘Britain’s Trump’ as Campaign Begins

No date has yet been set, and much of the country is seemingly on vacation, but on Monday unofficial campaigning for Britain’s next general election was well underway. In a speech, the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, promised to do “everything necessary” to stop Britain’s exit from the European Union without an agreement. Mr. Corbyn also […]

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The Man Turning European Fashion Into Something Raw and Real

Video by Kristin-Lee MoolmanCredit Jonathan Anderson’s creations for Loewe and his own brand have made him one of the most forward-thinking designers working today. Aug 19, 2019 “THERE MIGHT BE no other place in the world as good as where I’m going to take you,” says Jonathan Anderson, with a final drag of his cigarette. […]

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Seized Iranian Tanker Leaves Gibraltar, Despite U.S. Demand

An Iranian oil tanker held for six weeks after being impounded left Gibraltar on Sunday, days after the authorities there rejected a request from American officials that it turn the vessel over to them. A marine traffic monitoring site showed the tanker, the Grace 1, leaving Gibraltar’s waters. Iranian and Gibraltar news organizations confirmed that […]

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No-Deal Brexit Risks Food, Fuel and Drugs Shortages, Leaked U.K. Files Say

Britain would face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, according to government documents leaked to The Sunday Times of London, a scenario Brexit opponents have long warned about. The forecasts compiled by the Cabinet Office set […]

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To Understand Hong Kong, Don’t Think About Tiananmen

HONG KONG — As Hong Kong’s sleepless summer of political strife wears on, not a day, nay, an hour, seems to go by without someone evoking the 1989 crackdown against another group of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. On breathless postings on Twitter, people share pictures of military exercises by Chinese troops just across the border […]

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Overlooked No More: Rani of Jhansi, India’s Warrior Queen Who Fought the British

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Alisha Haridasani Gupta By the time Laxmibai was a teenager, she had already violated many of the expectations for women in India’s patriarchal society. She could read and write. She had learned to ride a […]

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In U.K. Chicken Boxes, Drumsticks, Thighs and Tough Talk on Knife Crime

LONDON — Fried chicken, a mainstay of takeout food in Britain, normally comes in colorful paper boxes with a company logo or a joking reference to the succulent contents inside. But this week, customers at chicken shops across the country will instead encounter boxes with a government message about knife crime, which has been rising […]

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Overlooked No More: Laxmibai, India’s Warrior Queen Who Fought the British

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Alisha Haridasani Gupta By the time Laxmibai was a teenager, she had already violated many of the expectations for women in India’s patriarchal society. She could read and write. She had learned to ride a […]

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U.S. Applies to Seize Iranian Tanker Held in Gibraltar

LONDON — The United States has applied to seize the Iranian oil tanker being held at Gibraltar, the government of the British territory revealed on Thursday, just as the authorities there were considering whether to release the ship they detained more than a month ago. The American action is the latest in a series of […]

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Useless Dads and Placid Women: U.K. Bans 2 Ads Over Sexist Stereotypes

LONDON — Two television ads have been banned in Britain under new rules against harmful gender stereotypes, the country’s advertising authority said on Wednesday, the first such action since the regulations came into force last month. The ads, from the local branches of Volkswagen and the food giant Mondelez, were found to be in breach […]

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In Looming Brexit Clash, U.K. Constitution Could Be the Loser

LONDON — What if Britain’s Parliament voted to remove Prime Minister Boris Johnson from office and he refused to leave, igniting a constitutional crisis? This is not some far-fetched theory. The possibility of Mr. Johnson refusing to step down was reported to have been raised recently by his top deputy and strategist, Dominic Cummings. As […]

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How to Travel With a Drone

You’ve got it all planned. You’ll launch your drone from the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. When it reaches the top, you’ll circle around the tower once, then end the video with a perfect landing. It’s the kind of thing you bought a drone for. It’s the kind of thing that makes for epic Instagram […]

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New in England’s Medieval Cathedrals: Mini Golf and a Giant Slide

LONDON — The hallowed nave of a medieval church, with its stained glass windows and soaring arches, is usually thought of as a place for prayer and quiet reflection. Now, apparently, it is also a place for a slide four stories tall. This summer, visitors to some of England’s most imposing and ancient cathedrals will […]

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U.K. Seeks Answers After Biggest Power Failure in a Decade

LONDON — Britain’s energy regulator on Saturday demanded answers about the country’s biggest electrical blackout in more than a decade, which affected about a million homes and left commuters stranded on packed rush-hour trains in unlit tunnels. In a statement, the regulator, Ofgem, said it had “asked for an urgent detailed report from National Grid,” […]

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