Tag: Great Britain

Buckingham Palace Staff Member Resigns After Exchange With Black Guest

“This is in stark contrast to how long it took for the palace to respond to the allegations that Meghan made in the Oprah interview,” said Peter Hunt, a former royal correspondent for the BBC. “This is exactly what they needed to do, at speed,” he said, adding that the royal family was acting more […]

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John le Carré’s Letters Show the Author at His Witty, Erudite and Pugilistic Best

There is warm correspondence with the actors Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman, who played his uber-spy George Smiley in different films. There’s a thoughtful, encouraging letter to the actor Stephen Fry after a distressing incident in which Fry dramatically abandoned the West End production he was starring in and fled. (He later said he was […]

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Prince and Princess of Wales to Visit Boston as the Royal Family Recasts Itself

On its face, the visit by William and Catherine, the Prince and Princess of Wales, to Boston this week is typical of the British royal family’s philanthropic work. The couple will present awards given out by the Earthshot Prize, an organization founded by William to help entrepreneurs with solutions to climate change and environmental issues. […]

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News Outlets Urge U.S. to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange

WASHINGTON — The New York Times and four European news organizations called on the United States government on Monday to drop its charges against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, for obtaining and publishing classified diplomatic and military secrets. In a joint open letter, The Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País said […]

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Roman Coins Thought for Centuries to Be Fakes Get a Fresh Appraisal

In 1713, a medals inspector documented the acquisition of eight gold Roman coins that had been buried in Transylvania. For centuries, experts believed them to be forgeries — and poorly made ones, at that. The coins featured the image of an otherwise unknown leader and characteristics that differed from other mid-third century Roman coins. But […]

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Giant Wind Farms Arise Off Scotland, Easing the Pain of Oil’s Decline

The pilot of the nearly 80-foot work boat gunned its powerful engines, pinning the bow against the base of a towering wind turbine in the smooth North Sea. Three men in yellow and orange outfits stepped onto metal rungs and started slowly scaling the nearly 300-foot structure, past the huge blades that help send electricity […]

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​How Britain Turned ‘Modern Slavery’ Law Against Low-Level Drug Dealers

Over pepper steaks at a Caribbean restaurant, the man complimented Mr. Wabelua for keeping things “trill”— refusing to give the police any information. But, he said, Mr. Wabelua owed him about $4,000 for the drugs and cash seized during his arrest. The man had an offer. Mr. Wabelua could clear his debt in four to […]

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UK Starts to Look at Brexit With ‘Bregret’

LONDON — Six and a half years after voting to leave the European Union, three years after the formal departure, two years after signing a post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels and one month after installing its fourth prime minister since the 2016 referendum, Britain is caught in — what else? — another debate over Brexit. […]

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As Climate Protests Get Bolder, British Police Strike Back With New Powers

LONDON — When environmental protesters recently stopped traffic on the M25 freeway that circles London, one journalist, Charlotte Lynch, was standing on a bridge above reporting on the latest of the group’s disruptive demonstrations for her radio station, LBC. But not for long. Ms. Lynch was swiftly handcuffed, searched and arrested after being questioned by […]

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As Britain Braces for Painful Budget Cuts, the Mood Is Gloomy

SWINDON, England — Britain’s energy crisis hit Chris Watts quicker and harder than most business people: His company installs and fixes gas boilers. As soon as news of skyrocketing fuel bills surfaced last August, he said, customers began putting off repairs and replacements. Desperate to cut expenses, many have yet to switch on the heat […]

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U.K. Doubles Down on a Tactic Disproportionately Targeting Black People

That same day, Mr. Lawrence’s mother, Ann-Marie Lawrence, felt so sick that her older son had to drive her home. Once alone, she poured herself a rum and lit a cigarette. “It’s us mums who are feeling the pain at the end of the day, on both sides,” she said. “But this law, it’s not […]

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Debut Overshadowed By Williamson Resignation

As chief whip, Mr. Williamson cultivated the image of a ruthless political operator, keeping a pet tarantula he called Cronus in a glass box on his desk. His power, analysts said, stemmed from knowing where other politicians kept their skeletons, but he also threw his support to Mr. Sunak in a difficult leadership campaign. For […]

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Evelyn de Rothschild, Scion of Banking Dynasty, Dies at 91

As mergers swallowed up smaller financial institutions in a growing concentration of global banking power in the 1980s, Mr. Rothschild was credited by historians with protecting the Rothschild name from what he regarded as unsavory business and preserving its prized independence, which had been threatened by outside pressures and internal disunity. Rothschild’s reputation, Mr. Rothschild […]

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Churchill’s Aura, and Bright Colors, Draw New Fans to His Art

Cannadine wrote that Churchill was “at best indifferent, at worst hostile, to modern abstract art” by Chagall and Picasso. He was captivated instead by Manet, Monet, Cézanne and Matisse, whose work, he wrote in his book “Painting as a Pastime,” “is distinct with gaiety, and floats in sparkling air.” In the 1920s, Churchill sent five […]

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These Men Fled War in Syria to Ukraine. Now They’ve Fled Again.

LONDON — In a small church hall this spring in East London, some two dozen people who had fled the war in Ukraine drank tea and shared lunch as they tried to meet members of their new community. Among them were two young men, Abdul Safwa and Muhsen Hamed, who smiled and chatted away with […]

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Young Migrants Describe Hunger, Illness and Trauma at UK Asylum Center

Mohammad, 17, emerged groggily from his hotel near Heathrow Airport into the spitting rain on Thursday, his flimsy sandals slapping at the wet concrete. It has been weeks since he slept or ate properly, he said. He crossed his arms and shivered, then gazed up at the sky as a plane roared overhead. Before he […]

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‘The Crown’ Has a New Diana and Charles to Tear Apart

Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki had no illusions about the expectations and challenges they’d face as the latest incarnations of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in “The Crown.” After all, their predecessors in the roles, Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin, had each won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for their portrayals in Season 4. […]

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Rishi Sunak Has a Boris Johnson Problem

LONDON — When Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain travels to the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el Sheikh next Monday, he will share the spotlight with his former boss and sometime nemesis, Boris Johnson, who plans to attend the United Nations’ climate-change conference there as a private citizen. That was not supposed to happen. […]

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As Dollar Strengthens, U.S. Students in Europe Feel the Benefits

The strengthened dollar sweetened the deal for Callie Colvin, 23, from North Richland Hills, Texas, who in September began a yearlong master’s program in modern history at the London School of Economics. Ms. Colvin said that she applied primarily to U.S. colleges, but that she chose the London university in part because the tuition was […]

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Bank of England Is Set to Raise Rates After U.K. Political Turmoil

In their first meeting since the short and turbulent premiership of Liz Truss came to an abrupt end two weeks ago, the Bank of England’s rate-setting policymakers are expected to raise interest rates on Thursday by the largest amount since 1989. Traders are betting that the central bank will lift interest rates three-quarters of a […]

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Rishi Sunak’s First Crisis: Turmoil Engulfing His Home Secretary

LONDON — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain has been in office less than a week, but he is already embroiled in a crisis over his home secretary, Suella Braverman, who repeatedly violated security rules and is also accused of disregarding legal advice about how to deal with an overcrowded center for asylum seekers. Ms. […]

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For Rishi Sunak, Family Wealth From Outsourcing Adds to a Secretive Fortune

LONDON — As Rishi Sunak made his rapid ascent in British politics, campaigning for Brexit and greater immigration controls to preserve jobs for Britons, the company that made his family exceedingly wealthy was becoming a political lightning rod as one of the world’s biggest outsourcing firms. Infosys, the Indian outsourcing giant founded by Mr. Sunak’s […]

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Rishi Sunak, New UK Prime Minister, Delays Economic Plan

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has taken on the unenviable task of restoring Britain’s credibility in international markets, said on Wednesday that he would delay the announcement of a major economic plan by two and a half weeks as he seeks more time to make the “right decisions.” Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor of the Exchequer, […]

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New UK Leader Rishi Sunak Faces a Bruising First Prime Minister’s Questions

LONDON — A day after taking the reins in Downing Street, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came under attack in Parliament for naming an immigration hard-liner to his cabinet, only a week after she was fired from her post for security breaches. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, suggested that Mr. Sunak reappointed […]

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Rishi Sunak’s Challenge: Unifying the Party and Fixing the Economy

LONDON — Rishi Sunak took over as Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday, the third in seven weeks, hoping to slow the revolving door at 10 Downing Street and restore stability to a government in turmoil. But as he assembled a cabinet and began to confront a grave economic crisis, Mr. Sunak faced formidable political challenges, […]

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Who Are Rishi Sunak’s Top Cabinet Ministers?

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak mapped out his new cabinet on Tuesday with a flurry of announcements showcasing mostly familiar faces who have served in previous Conservative Party governments, reinforcing his desire for stability during one of Britain’s most fraught political moments. Mr. Sunak drew on lawmakers who had held prominent positions before to fill the […]

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Rishi Sunak’s First Speech as UK Prime Minister: Full Transcript

In his first address as Britain’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak vowed on Tuesday to lead a government of “integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level.” Here is his speech in full: Good morning, I have just been to Buckingham Palace and accepted His Majesty the King’s invitation to form a government in his name. It […]

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How Europe’s Energy Crisis Exposed Old Fault Lines and New Anxieties

Matina Stevis-Gridneff contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Robert Jimison, Mike Benoist, […]

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Rishi Sunak Won’t Save Britain

LONDON — In March, Rishi Sunak was photographed filling up a car at a supermarket gas station. The purpose, of course, was self-promotion: Mr. Sunak was keen to advertise his role, as finance minister, in cutting the price of fuel. But the puff misfired. The car, a modest red Kia Rio, wasn’t his (it belonged […]

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