Tag: Great Britain

Snowstorm Leaves 61 Stranded in Remote U.K. Pub

Up on a hill in Yorkshire, England, a crowd filled a pub on Friday to listen to an Oasis tribute band. Inside the pub, the Tan Hill Inn, the beers were cold, the fires were warming and the musicians were electric. But outside, the winds were howling and the snow was swirling. The pub-goers knew […]

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A Wine Rack on Rails? U.K. Businesses Seek Solutions to Shortages.

TILBURY, England — It is called the “wine train,” and every weekend it rumbles out of the port of Tilbury, east of London, on a 100-mile journey to a depot in central England. It looks pretty much like any other freight train, but it carries an unusual cargo: Almost 650,000 bottles of wine. This 32-car, […]

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U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers

In the weeks since the British government announced that it would offer 5,000 temporary visas to truck drivers from continental Europe, part of a campaign to reduce supply chain pressure in the run-up to Christmas, Lukasz Skopinski, a Polish trucker now working in the United Kingdom, has offered this advice to friends back home: Don’t […]

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France-U.K. Acrimony Over Channel Crossings Deepens

PARIS — French officials lashed out at Britain on Friday over a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson advising France to take back migrants who reach British shores, escalating a diplomatic spat just days after 27 people died trying to cross the English Channel. The French denounced Mr. Johnson’s statement in blunt terms, calling it […]

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Undeterred by Channel’s Perils, Desperate Migrants Still Plan to Cross

CALAIS, France — The lights on the opposite side of the English Channel were visible on Thursday, emboldening Emanuel Malbah, an asylum seeker who has been living in a makeshift camp on France’s northern coastline for the past week, dreaming of making a crossing. “I don’t believe that I’ll die,” he said. “I believe I’ll […]

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A Claim of Herd Immunity Reignites Debate Over U.K. Covid Policy

LONDON — In the four months since Prime Minister Boris Johnson took a gamble by lifting virtually all of England’s coronavirus restrictions, his country has settled into a disquieting new normal: more than 40,000 new cases a day and a thousand or so fatalities every week. Yet those grim numbers have put Britain “almost at […]

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British Lawmaker Is Reprimanded for Bringing Her Baby to a Debate

About a third of British lawmakers are women. But female lawmakers in Britain and in legislative bodies around the world have long faced barriers, including lack of paid maternity leave. They have also been exposed to high rates of vitriol and abuse, both online and in person. In 2019, 19 female members of Britain’s Parliament […]

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Popeyes Opens Its First Location in London

LONDON — There were biscuits, just not the kind British people know. “It looks like a scone,” Victoria Ubochi said after trying a biscuit, “but it doesn’t taste like one.” One of the challenges for any company expanding internationally is translating the cultural elements of its brand to a new market. For Popeyes, the American […]

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The U.K. and France, Once More Unto the Breach

WASHINGTON — When I got the invitation from the French ambassador for a black-tie gala called “Améthyste,” I wondered what that name meant. Was it a promotional party for a French jewelry company or maybe a new perfume? I didn’t go to the Thursday fête, because I’m studying for a master’s at Columbia University and […]

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The Decision That Cost Hitler the War

HITLER’S AMERICAN GAMBLEPearl Harbor and Germany’s March to Global WarBy Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman The world probably changed more between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, 1941, than in any other week in history. In early December German forces stood close to Moscow, and it seemed the Soviet capital would soon fall. Japan was at […]

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Message to Prince Charles: This Is Not Your Father’s Egypt

GIZA, Egypt — The royal visit was tightly choreographed. The Egyptian authorities closed the roads, cleared the trash and banished the camel drivers, hawkers and tourists, keen to showcase the pyramids to Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. But nobody accounted for the stray dog. Conspicuously dingy, it ambled across the road, tail wagging, […]

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Clarissa Eden, British Countess and Political Influencer, Dies at 101

By the time her husband became prime minister, in 1955, a year before the Suez crisis that came to define his premiership, Britain was entering a different era, though the ruling class still moved in glittery circles. “You were perpetually in evening gowns, tremendous evening clothes — tiaras and God knows what, and long gloves […]

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Europe Toughens Rules for Unvaccinated as Fourth Covid Wave Swells

Nevertheless, some European leaders considered Austria’s new measure a step too far. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, which has suffered a rash of new cases in recent weeks, kept his resistance to mask mandates and health passes. “Our friends on the continent have been forced to respond with various degrees of new restrictions, from […]

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Driver’s Actions Praised After Taxi Blast Outside Hospital in England

LONDON — A Liverpool taxi driver was being hailed as a hero on Monday by local leaders who say that he prevented greater harm after a car explosion outside a hospital in the northern English city the day before left one person dead and the driver wounded. Three men were arrested under the British Terrorism […]

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Shell Plans Shift to Britain, and Dropping ‘Royal Dutch’

Shell, Europe’s largest energy company, said Monday that it was proposing to move its headquarters to Britain from the Netherlands and make major changes in its share ownership and tax status. The moves are designed to make the company, whose share price has lagged rivals, more appealing to investors, and they come less than a […]

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Queen Elizabeth to Miss Remembrance Service Because of Sprained Back

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has sprained her back, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday, forcing her to miss a remembrance service that she had planned to attend after canceling multiple trips and other engagements because of poor health. The palace said that the queen’s injury, which it announced less than two hours before she was […]

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Meghan’s Image, Battered in Britain’s Tabloids, Thrives in U.S.

LONDON — When Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, stepped out last week at a gala for veterans in New York City, the beaming, beribboned prince declared he was “living the American dream.” That might be even truer of Meghan, who has restyled herself since leaving Britain last year as a philanthropist, multimedia entrepreneur and […]

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Rolls-Royce Plans to Build Small Nuclear Power Plants in Britain

Rolls-Royce, the British jet engine maker, said on Tuesday that it was forming a new business to build a series of smaller, cheaper nuclear reactors as Britain looks for ways to cut carbon emissions and to reduce the costs of nuclear energy. The kind of reactor proposed by Rolls-Royce would cover about two soccer fields, […]

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Rolls-Royce unveils plan to build small nuclear power plants in Britain.

Rolls-Royce, the British jet engine maker, said on Tuesday that it was forming a new business to build a series of smaller, cheaper nuclear reactors as Britain looks for ways to cut carbon emissions and to reduce the costs of nuclear energy. The kind of reactor proposed by Rolls-Royce would cover about two soccer fields, […]

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Cambo, a Proposed Oil Field, Is Drawing Controversy in U.K.

LONDON — A once-unremarkable patch of ocean floor in deep waters northwest of Scotland’s Shetland Islands has become a crucial test case for the British government, environmental groups and the oil industry. An energy company says there is valuable oil and gas to be extracted from the site, but it needs the government’s approval. Environmental […]

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Bitterness Over Brexit Lies Behind Fraying France-U.K. Relations

LONDON — On its face, the nasty squabble that broke out last week between Britain and France was over the fishing rights of a few dozen French trawlers plying British waters off the island of Jersey. As with many rivalrous neighbors, however, the root causes of the feud run far deeper. Britain and France have […]

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Conflict-of-Interest Case Has Boris Johnson Reversing Course, Again

Since taking power in 2019, Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has often reversed course, changing his mind on everything from lockdown rules and school examinations to free meals for children and coronavirus restrictions at Christmas. This week, Mr. Johnson finds himself retreating again. On Wednesday he intervened to stop the suspension from Parliament of Owen […]

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For Britain’s Seaside Resorts, Rejuvenation in Small Doses

Michael Trainor, a once-local artist (he now lives in Scotland), explained that it’s mostly thanks to a combination of location and size. Sun can be elusive on the Irish Sea coast, even in summer, he noted. “It was the original Victorian chutzpah to put it on a chilly bit of northwest coastline. Mad from start […]

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The Secret 53-Year-Old British Case That Could Have Legalized Trans Identity

“Male-line primogeniture,” the British law guaranteeing that particular titles and land pass via inheritance through male heirs, has long been a foundational power grab for British men, and is, remarkably, still being debated in the case of some titled lines within the aristocracy. With his male gender certified on his birth certificate, Forbes was in […]

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U.K. Police Struggle to Curb Abuse of Women by Their Own Officers

LONDON — James Mason was on duty in a North London police station when a young woman came in to report that she had just been mugged on a city street. Already shaken, the woman became even more unnerved by Mr. Mason’s questions: What clothes did she wear to work? Did she have a boyfriend? […]

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Queen Elizabeth Urged by Doctors to Rest at Least 2 Weeks

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has been advised by her doctors to rest for at least the next two weeks, Buckingham Palace said on Friday, deepening anxiety about her health that began last week when she abruptly canceled a visit to Northern Ireland because of what aides at the palace described as fatigue. While the […]

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A World Running on Empty

It’s been a troubled few months on the economic front. Inflation has soared to a 28-year high. Supermarket shelves are bare, and gas stations closed. Good luck if you’re having problems with your home heating system: Replacing your boiler, which normally takes 48 hours, now takes two or three months. President Biden really is messing […]

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Nuclear-Powered Submarines for Australia? Maybe Not So Fast.

But Britain’s submarines have come relatively slowly off its production line, and often behind schedule. Britain’s submarine maker, BAE Systems, is also busy building Dreadnought submarines to carry the country’s nuclear deterrent. “Spare capacity is very limited,” Trevor Taylor, a professorial research fellow in defense management at the Royal United Services Institute, a research institute, […]

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France Detains British Boat as a Fight Over Fishing Rights Escalates

PARIS — French authorities said Thursday that they had detained a British fishing trawler, prompting the government in London to summon France’s ambassador for talks, escalating months of rising tension between the two nations. The confrontation was the latest in a series of cross-Channel flare-ups over post-Brexit fishing rights that have led to accusations of […]

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Queen Elizabeth Will Skip Climate Summit in Glasgow

Advised by doctors to rest, Queen Elizabeth II, at age 95 the oldest and longest-serving monarch in British history, will not attend the global climate summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, starting next week, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday. The queen had been scheduled to attend a reception on Monday with world leaders, including […]

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Divestment Is Pushing Money Away From Fossil Fuels

And by this point, divestment has spread way beyond colleges and universities. Enormous pension funds serving New York City and state employees have announced that they will sell stocks; earlier this year, the Maine legislature ordered the state’s retirement fund to divest; and just last month, Quebec’s big pension fund joined the tide. We’ve seen […]

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