Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Tag Archives: Britain

Boris Johnson moves to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that parliament would be suspended until October 14, just two weeks before the UK is set to leave the European Union (EU), enraging anti-Brexit MPs. The pound slid on the surprise news, which opponents branded a “coup” and a “declaration of war”. ...

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British airports to introduce 3D screening for carry-on bags

LONDON: Putting small containers of liquids in plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past for airline passengers in Britain after the government announced plans Sunday to introduce 3D screening equipment for carry-on luggage at all major airports. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement that the ...

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Britain, South Korea sign Brexit trade deal

LONDON: Britain and South Korea on Thursday signed a deal that will allow the two countries to keep trading freely after Brexit. The deal rolls over existing provisions under an EU trade deal and protects annual bilateral trade flows worth £14.6 billion (16 billion euros, $17.7 billion) in 2018. The ...

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Release of Iranian tanker ‘very unfortunate’: Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed frustration Monday over the “very unfortunate” decision to release an Iranian tanker held off Gibraltar, in an implicit rebuke to ally Britain. The British overseas territory rejected a US demand to seize the vessel, which has since departed Gibraltar and entered international ...

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BAE finance chief to step down next year

LONDON: Britain’s biggest defence company, BAE Systems, said on Friday its group finance director Peter Lynas would retire on March 31 next year and be succeeded by Brad Greve. Greve has been appointed as group finance director designate. He will join in September and take over from Lynas on April ...

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Emma Watson launches sexual harassment helpline

LONDON: “Women need to know their rights if sexual harassment at work is to stop,” actress Emma Watson said on Monday as she launched a legal advice line for victims in Britain. The service will give advice on what constitutes sexual harassment; how to bring a grievance or claim at ...

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UK joins United States for maritime security mission in Gulf

LONDON: Britain joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel. British officials stressed that there was no change to London’s policy on Iran but joining the United States is the ...

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Portugal tourism growth slowed sharply as fewer Brits visit

LISBON : The number of foreign tourists who travelled to Portugal rose 7.5% to 22.8 million visitors in 2018, a sharp slowdown from a nearly 17 percent jump the previous year due to a decline in visitors from Britain, its biggest market. Portugal’s tourist numbers have risen uninterruptedly for eight ...

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Iranian President seeks closer UK ties with Boris Johnson

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has penned an open letter to Britain’s new prime minister, saying he hopes the countries’ diplomatic ties will be stronger under Boris Johnson’s leadership. In the letter published Sunday on Rouhani’s website, the Iranian president congratulated Johnson on becoming prime minister Wednesday. Rouhani said he ...

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World powers meet Iran in Vienna to salvage nuclear deal

VIENNA: Representatives from Europe, China and Russia, which are still committed to the Iran nuclear deal, were meeting Sunday with Iran’s representative in Vienna to discuss how to salvage the unravelling accord. The diplomats are examining issues linked to the implementation of the nuclear accord after Iran surpassed the uranium ...

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