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UK government softens ‘Online Safety Bill’ after free speech outcry

The UK on Tuesday defended its decision to water down the Online Safety Bill, an ambitious but controversial attempt to crack down on online racism, sexual abuse, bullying, fraud and other harmful material.

Social media companies will now be free to allow adults to post and see offensive or harmful material, as long as it is not illegal.
Social media companies will now be free to allow adults to post and see offensive or harmful material, as long as it is not illegal.
Published on Nov 29, 2022 07:01 PM IST

100 UK companies implement 4-day working week without salary cuts: Report

Supporters of 4-Day Week Campaign say this would encourage companies to improve their productivity. They can yield more with the same output using fewer hours.

The demand for reduced working days has got traction in recent times.(Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash)
The demand for reduced working days has got traction in recent times.(Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash)
Published on Nov 29, 2022 03:06 PM IST

Hong Kong top court allows British lawyer to defend pro-democracy media tycoon

Lai is perhaps Hong Kong's most prominent critic of China's Communist Party leaders including Xi Jinping, and Hong Kong's Department of Justice made repeated attempts to block British barrister, Timothy Owen, from representing him.

Lai faces a maximum possible life sentence for two counts of conspiracy to commit collusion with foreign countries or external elements.(AP)
Lai faces a maximum possible life sentence for two counts of conspiracy to commit collusion with foreign countries or external elements.(AP)
Published on Nov 28, 2022 05:51 PM IST

Nurses in Britain prepare for unprecedented strike over pay in December

The industrial action on Dec. 15 and Dec. 20 is unprecedented in the British nursing union's 106-year history, and comes as the state-run National Health Service (NHS) braces for one of its toughest winters ever.

Strike action is also impacting Britain's rail, postal and education sectors as workers struggle with soaring prices.(Reuters)
Strike action is also impacting Britain's rail, postal and education sectors as workers struggle with soaring prices.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 06:39 AM IST

Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata Murty figure on UK's 'Asian Rich List 2022'

The Hinduja family tops the list for the eighth time in a row, with an estimated worth of 30.5 billion pounds, up three billion pounds from the previous year.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) poses with his wife Akshata Murty.(AFP)
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) poses with his wife Akshata Murty.(AFP)
Published on Nov 24, 2022 11:10 PM IST

Apple, Google to be investigated over mobile browser dominance in UK

"Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel that they are being held back by restrictions set by Apple and Google," Sarah Cardell, interim chief executive of the CMA, said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: 3D printed logos of Apple and Google are pictured on a keyboard in front of binary code in this illustration taken September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: 3D printed logos of Apple and Google are pictured on a keyboard in front of binary code in this illustration taken September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 22, 2022 06:53 PM IST

Icy winds, heavy rain set to freeze Britain as temperatures may plunge to -4

UK Weather: This could affect travel from airports in the region although no warning was in place yet.

UK Weather: A woman with an umbrella and the Elizabeth Tower also known as Big Ben are reflected in a puddle in London.(AP)
UK Weather: A woman with an umbrella and the Elizabeth Tower also known as Big Ben are reflected in a puddle in London.(AP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 11:57 AM IST

Britain faces shortage of key food item. Hint: Think 'full English breakfast'

Britain is contending with a devastating outbreak of avian influenza.

Britain: A woman with an umbrella and the Elizabeth Tower also known as Big Ben are reflected in a puddle in London.(AP)
Britain: A woman with an umbrella and the Elizabeth Tower also known as Big Ben are reflected in a puddle in London.(AP)
Published on Nov 18, 2022 05:17 PM IST

Biography calls John Donne great as Shakespeare, wins UK nonfiction book prize

British writer Katherine Rundell’s biography on poet John Donne named winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize at a ceremony in London. It argues that Donne is “a writer perhaps as great as Shakespeare, and a writer we should all read for his writing on love, sex and death.”

Biography calls John Donne great as Shakespeare, wins UK nonfiction book prize (Twitter/BookBrunch)
Biography calls John Donne great as Shakespeare, wins UK nonfiction book prize (Twitter/BookBrunch)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 04:49 PM IST

China playing ‘long game’ as it co-opts UK assets, warns MI5 chief

The spy chief also said Chinese authorities were monitoring and intimidating the Chinese diaspora, with action ranging from forcible repatriation to assault.

MI5 Director General, Ken McCallum, gives a speech at Thames House in central London, Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022.(AP)
MI5 Director General, Ken McCallum, gives a speech at Thames House in central London, Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022.(AP)
Published on Nov 17, 2022 11:38 AM IST

UK announces five new navy ships to bolster security citing Russian threat

The announcement came with Rishi Sunak in Bali, Indonesia for a meeting of the Group of 20 that is expected to heap pressure on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 15, 2022 10:54 AM IST

Rishi Sunak regrets appointing minister accused of bullying

Sunak named Williamson as an all-purpose fixer and policy enforcer when he became prime minister last month, despite his ally being twice forced to resign from the cabinet in the past.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, Wednesday.(REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak walks outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, Wednesday.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 06:35 PM IST

Indians make up largest number of non-UK born residents in England, Wales

India remained the most common country of birth outside the UK in 2021.

A woman with an umbrella and the Elizabeth Tower also known as Big Ben are reflected in a puddle in London.(AP)
A woman with an umbrella and the Elizabeth Tower also known as Big Ben are reflected in a puddle in London.(AP)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 07:36 PM IST

UK home secretary Suella Braverman under fire for calling migrants an 'invasion'

Home Secretary Suella Braverman used the term while defending conditions at a processing center for new arrivals where some 4,000 people have been held in a facility intended for 1,600.

Britain's Home Secretary Suella Braverman.(AFP)
Britain's Home Secretary Suella Braverman.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 01, 2022 07:18 PM IST

Storm Claudio: UK weather agency warns of floods amid heavy rainfall

Storm Claudio In UK: Storm Claudio is expected to bring heavy rainfall across southern and central England.

Storm Claudio In UK: City workers cross the Millennium Bridge as they commute to work in London, UK.(Bloomberg)
Storm Claudio In UK: City workers cross the Millennium Bridge as they commute to work in London, UK.(Bloomberg)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 12:53 PM IST

Calls for urgent probe after reports Liz Truss' phone was hacked

Liz Truss: The Mail on Sunday said that the hack was discovered when Truss was running to become Conservative Party leader and prime minister in the summer.

Former Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss is seen.(AP)
Former Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss is seen.(AP)
Updated on Oct 30, 2022 03:48 PM IST

Britain 'exposed' to Russian missile attacks, warns former air marshal: Report

Russia-Ukraine War: Edward Stringer, former commander of the UK's defence academy, told UK's Telegraph that Britain's military was limited.

Russia-Ukraine War: Firefighters work after a drone attack on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine.(AP)
Russia-Ukraine War: Firefighters work after a drone attack on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine.(AP)
Published on Oct 29, 2022 05:46 PM IST

Britain’s royal navy investigating claims women harassed on submarines

The Daily Mail newspaper carried claims Saturday by former Navy Lt. Sophie Brook that she faced “a constant campaign of sexual bullying” as well as physical assaults.

Sub Lt Richard Huthchings stands on the bow of HMS Plover.(AFP Representational)
Sub Lt Richard Huthchings stands on the bow of HMS Plover.(AFP Representational)
Published on Oct 29, 2022 05:06 PM IST

Over 700 cases of ‘evasive’ XBB, BQ.1 Covid subvariants detected in UK: Report

Covid In Britain: Descendants of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, XBB and BQ.1 subvariants could lead to a fresh Covid wave across Europe by the end of November.

Covid In Britain: Covid cases are rising in Britain. (Reuters)
Covid In Britain: Covid cases are rising in Britain. (Reuters)
Published on Oct 29, 2022 12:18 PM IST

Rishi Sunak's query for patient met with candid 'try harder' over nurses' pay

Reuters report said 3,00,000 members of Britain's largest nursing union began voting this month on taking strike action in a dispute over pay which is lagging soaring levels of inflation.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks with members of staff as he visits Croydon University Hospital on October 28, 2022 in London, Britain. (REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks with members of staff as he visits Croydon University Hospital on October 28, 2022 in London, Britain. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 10:25 AM IST

Sunak's new team has old faces as he aims to fight crisis, many exit | In points

Rishi Sunak, who became the youngest Prime Minister in modern history, is now in the process of appointing ministers for his cabinet – a critical step that will decide the fate of his government's future.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (AP Photo)
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 12:15 AM IST

‘Mistakes made, will fix them’: Top quotes from Sunak's first address as UK PM

“I will unite our country not with words, but with action. I will work day in and day out to deliver for you”, Sunak said.

Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a speech outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, October 25, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay(REUTERS)
Britain's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a speech outside Number 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, October 25, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 25, 2022 05:34 PM IST

In farewell speech, Truss calls for continued support to Ukraine against Russia

“We must aid Ukraine in its courageous resistance to Putin's assault. Ukraine must triumph, and we must keep bolstering the defences of our country”, Truss said.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers final speech at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday (AP Photo)
Outgoing British Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers final speech at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday (AP Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2022 05:21 PM IST

‘Look forward to working closely together': PM Modi congratulates Rishi Sunak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated UK's next prime minister Rishi Sunak and said he would look forward to working closely together on global issues, and implementing Roadmap 2030.

Prime Minister Modi (ANI)
Prime Minister Modi (ANI)
Updated on Oct 24, 2022 11:21 PM IST

Liz Truss's 'full support' message for Rishi Sunak — UK's next prime minister

Rishi Sunak will be Britain's next prime minister after his rivals quit the race, following one of the most turbulent periods in British political history.

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in London.(AP File)
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in London.(AP File)
Updated on Oct 24, 2022 08:36 PM IST

How Indian politicians reacted as Rishi Sunak wins race to become next UK PM

Rishi Sunak, the UK-born son of Indian-origin general practitioner father Yashvir and pharmacist mother Usha, had spoken extensively of his migrant roots during the last campaign.

Rishi Sunak speaks during a press conference. (AP file)
Rishi Sunak speaks during a press conference. (AP file)
Updated on Oct 24, 2022 07:53 PM IST

Over 2 million people in the UK Covid positive in October: Report

Covid In UK: About one in 30 people in England- 3.1% of the population- had Covid in the week ending 10 October

Covid In Britain: Covid cases are rising in Britain. (Reuters)
Covid In Britain: Covid cases are rising in Britain. (Reuters)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 03:01 PM IST

Pound, London stocks climb after Truss resignation

The pound traded around 0.4 percent higher against the dollar to $1.1273 after Truss ended six tumultuous weeks in power -- but analysts said gains were pared by the ongoing uncertainty.

Liz Truss, UK prime minister, delivers her resignation statement outside 10 Downing Street in London, UK, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Truss�quit as UK prime minister after a brief and chaotic tenure that saw her announce a massive package of tax cuts before unwinding most of it in the face of a market rout. Source: Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Liz Truss, UK prime minister, delivers her resignation statement outside 10 Downing Street in London, UK, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Truss�quit as UK prime minister after a brief and chaotic tenure that saw her announce a massive package of tax cuts before unwinding most of it in the face of a market rout. Source: Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 08:25 PM IST

'Disgrace of a PM': Russia's sharp comments as Liz Truss quits top UK post

"Britain has never known such a disgrace of a prime minister," news agency Reuters quoted Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying.

Liz Truss.(Reuters)
Liz Truss.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 08:11 PM IST

Why ‘twindemic’ is making Britain set up ‘war rooms’ for winters

Covid In Britain: Rapid response teams to help people at their homes will also be set up across the country.

Covid In Britain: Covid cases are rising in Britain. (Reuters)
Covid In Britain: Covid cases are rising in Britain. (Reuters)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 09:28 AM IST
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