Tag: Great Britain

‘A Present From Norway and It’s Dead’: Christmas Tree Unites London in Dismay

LONDON — For some people, Christmas is all about carols, presents, Santa Claus and his reindeer. Not for Trevor Smith, for whom the highlight of the festive season is a tall, woody perennial fir that is dispatched every year from Norway to Britain: the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. This year, however, the tree is […]

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Threats and Abuse Change How Female Candidates Campaign in U.K. Election

LEEDS, England — The campaign office is deliberately inconspicuous — tucked above a salon through an unmarked doorway in a 1970s-era shopping center. There are no campaign posters in the windows. Two cameras are trained on the entrance. The door frame was recently reinforced. They are necessary precautions, said Rachel Reeves, the Labour candidate who […]

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‘I Don’t Know Prince Andrew,’ Trump Says. Photos Say Otherwise.

LONDON — President Trump moved on Tuesday to distance himself from Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II who has become entangled in sexual abuse accusations against the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. “I don’t know Prince Andrew, but it’s a tough story,” Mr. Trump told reporters while visiting London for a NATO meeting, adding: […]

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Trump Begins NATO Summit by Targeting Macron’s ‘Brain Death’ Comment

LONDON — President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — an alliance that has been strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by lashing out at one of them. In a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, Mr. […]

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Prince Andrew’s Accuser Takes Her Case to the BBC

LONDON — Virginia Roberts Giuffre recalled a whirlwind trip to London with her employer, the financier Jeffrey Epstein, when she was 17. It began at a townhouse where Prince Andrew was talking about his ex-wife, the Duchess of York. It moved on to a club, where she said she and the prince danced, and he […]

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London Bridge Attack Victims Were Advocates for Prisoner Rehabilitation

LONDON — They were two bright, idealistic young people who believed passionately in prison rehabilitation and threw themselves into a program that educates inmates, aiming to give them hope and reduce their odds of reoffending. On Friday, a celebration of that program became the tragic last act of their lives. Both recent Cambridge University graduates, […]

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Jack Merritt Died in the London Bridge Attack. Don’t Forget What He Stood For.

I remember a morning of unadulterated goodness. I’d come to celebrate graduation at a local men’s prison. The inmates had spent the semester studying criminal justice with students from the University of Cambridge as part of a program called Learning Together. The men from the prison dressed up for the occasion, hair slicked back and […]

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In Prince Andrew Scandal, Prince Charles Emerges as Monarch-in-Waiting

LONDON — When Queen Elizabeth II welcomes President Trump and other world leaders to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO, it will be another testament to her extraordinary longevity: She acceded to the throne only three years after the alliance was formed. Yet it will also showcase the House of […]

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How an Anti-Brexit London District Could Help Boris Johnson Triumph

LONDON — The Labour Party canvassers gathered after dark outside a tube station in Pimlico, a pocket of central London that, by all appearances, should be fertile terrain. Nearly three-quarters of the surrounding district voted to stay in the European Union, among the strongest “Remain” votes in Britain, putting the pro-Brexit Conservatives at risk in […]

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Police Shoot Man on London Bridge, Saying Case May Be Terrorism

LONDON — A police officer shot a man on London Bridge on Friday in what the police called a possibly terrorism-related incident, which also involved a stabbing, left several people injured and paralyzed one of the busiest arteries through the city. The chaotic clash, in a country where shootings are rare, involved several officers and […]

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Britain’s Dirty Election

LONDON — Pity British voters. Not because they face a choice between two historically unpopular candidates for prime minister — Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn — on Dec. 12. Nor that they are being forced to trudge to polling stations for the third general election in five years, this time in the depths of the […]

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Families of Hillsborough Victims Are Again Left Without Answers

MANCHESTER, England — It has been more than 30 years, now, since 96 Liverpool fans went to a soccer game and did not come home. For 30 years, their families have struggled not only to deal with the pain and anguish of loss, but to find out why their parents, their siblings, their children died […]

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Ice Sculpture Steals Show at U.K. Climate Debate That Boris Johnson Skips

Five leaders of British political parties called for dramatic action to confront climate change in a televised debate on Thursday, just two weeks before the country’s general election. A melting ice sculpture stole the show. The sculpture stood in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the Conservatives and the figure who seems to […]

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Less Plastic With ‘Bags for Life’? Try Again, Campaign Groups Say

LONDON — When the British government introduced a 5-pence levy on plastic bags four years ago, it encouraged shoppers to help reduce environmental damage by bringing their own reusable “bags for life.” But the bags — which are sturdier than traditional single-use plastic bags — have instead become a significant factor in the country’s largest supermarkets’ “plastic […]

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Police Commander Not Guilty in Hillsborough Soccer Disaster

LONDON — A retired British police commander was not guilty of manslaughter, a jury decided on Thursday, 30 years after a crowd crush at a soccer match that killed 96 people, the worst disaster in modern British sports history. David Duckenfield, 75, a former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent, faced charges of “gross negligence manslaughter” […]

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Special Episode: The Jungle Prince

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The story passed for years from tea sellers to rickshaw drivers to shopkeepers in Old Delhi. In a forest, they said, in a palace cut off from the city, lived a prince, a princess and a […]

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Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?

On a brisk Saturday morning, one uncommonly cloudless and bright for late autumn on England’s moody North Sea coast, the filmmaker Michael Apted paced a sloping headland of mud and stubble with an air of fretful preoccupation. Though the day’s shoot would amount, in the end, to an additional five-minute increment of the documentary project […]

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Where the Nurse Prescribes Heroin

LONDON — Homeless drug users in Scotland will be allowed to inject pharmaceutical-grade heroin twice a day under the supervision of medical officials as part of a new program intended to reduce drug deaths and H.I.V. infection. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, a $1.5 million facility in Glasgow that opened […]

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Jonathan Miller, Acclaimed Theater Director and Writer, Dies at 85

Jonathan Miller, the British theater and opera director known for his radical restagings of classic works, died on Wednesday at his home in London. He was 85. His death was confirmed by his son William Miller, who said his father had Alzheimer’s disease. Although he was best known as a director, Mr. Miller was a […]

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U.K. Chief Rabbi Denounces Labour Party on Anti-Semitism

LONDON — Britain’s chief rabbi chastised the Labour Party on Monday for its handling of anti-Semitism in its ranks, breaking rabbinical convention to join other Jewish institutions in cautioning people against supporting the party in next month’s election. His rebuke instantly generated fierce debate among British Jews, with some seeing it as reflecting their fears […]

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