Saturday, 29 April 2017

Tag Archives: UK

UK and Argentina sign war-dead deal

LONDON: The UK and Argentina have signed a deal to identify 123 Argentine soldiers buried on the Falkland Islands. The International Committee of the Red Cross has been negotiating an agreement on taking DNA samples from the remains of men who died in the 1982 conflict. The graves in the ...

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UK house price growth will slow to 3% in 2017, say surveyors

LONDON: UK house price growth will slow in 2017 but the legacy of insufficient housebuilding will mean that demand will outstrip supply and lead to a 3% rise over the year, surveyors have predicted. Although the most bullish housing market forecast for the new year released so far, the Royal ...

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EU data retention ruling goes against UK government

LONDON: The UK government says it is “disappointed” after the European Court of Justice said the “indiscriminate” collection of data was against EU law. EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime. Its verdict came after a legal challenge to the ...

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RBS, Barclays and other banks fined in Swiss franc Libor case

LONDON: Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays are among banks hit with SFr99m (£78m) of fines by the Swiss competition regulator for operating four separate cartels, as the international fallout from the Libor rate-rigging scandal spreads. The two British lenders were hit with a combined £37m in fines, while HSBC, ...

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Police review UK security after Berlin lorry attack

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LONDON: Scotland Yard says it is reviewing its security plans for public events after a lorry attack in Berlin killed 12 people. The Metropolitan Police said it already had “detailed plans” in place for the festive period but was reviewing them “as a precaution”. The move follows the Berlin attack ...

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UK Government admits it has sold banned cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

Michael Fallon welcomed Riyadh’s confirmation it will not use further BL-755 cluster munitions LONDON: Michael Fallon has confirmed British-made cluster bombs have been used by Saudi Arabian forces in the current Yemen conflict. The admission by the Defence Secretary in the Commons came after a Government analysis indicated that cluster ...

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Labour calls for closer scrutiny of tech firms and their algorithms

LONDON: Labour’s industrial spokesperson has called for the algorithms used by technology firms to be made transparent and subject to regulation, as the party prepares the new year launch of its industrial strategy consultation. Shadow minister Chi Onwurah wants to see greater scrutiny of the mathematical formulas that now control ...

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Bank of England leaves UK interest rates on hold at 0.25%

The Bank of England has left interest rates at their record low of 0.25% but repeated a warning that higher inflation and slower wage growth risk squeezing household budgets and spending next year. The Bank’s nine-strong monetary policy committee voted unanimously to keep rates on hold and maintain the current ...

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Brave New World: UK Is First To Legalize Three-Parent Babies

LONDON: Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK’s fertility regulator. The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases. Doctors in Newcastle – who developed the advanced form of IVF – are expected to be the first ...

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First Amazon Prime Air drone delivery lands in UK

Amazon has revealed that it’s made its first delivery by autonomous aerial drone, to a chap named “Richard B” who lives somewhere in Cambridgeshire, England. Richard ordered a bag of popcorn and an Amazon Fire TV. Amazon’s released a saccharine video to mark the occasion. If you’d rather not endure ...

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