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Britain airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on UK to ease travel rules

Travel companies in UK, whose finances have been stretched to breaking point during the coronavirus pandemic, are desperate to avoid another summer lost to Covid-19 but with Britain's strict quarantine requirements still in place, that now looks likely.
FILE PHOTO: An aircraft takes off at Heathrow Airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: An aircraft takes off at Heathrow Airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 20, 2021 06:48 PM IST
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UK to end legal loophole allowing child marriage, lift minimum age from 16 to 18

  • Britain set 16 as the minimum age in 1929 when living together out of wedlock was socially unacceptable but campaigners say most girls who marry under 18 nowadays are pressured into it by their families and that raising the minimum age would empower them to say no.
UK to end legal loophole allowing child marriage, lift minimum age from 16 to 18(Photo by King's Church International on Unsplash)
UK to end legal loophole allowing child marriage, lift minimum age from 16 to 18(Photo by King's Church International on Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 18, 2021 08:15 AM IST
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Toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by 350 African figures

To be unveiled on the June 19 holiday marking emancipation from slavery in America, the exhibit titled "Monumental Reckoning" is on the spot where Francis Scott Key's statue was dislodged on Juneteenth 2020 after the murder of George Floyd
Toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by 350 African figures(Twitter/karlmondon)
Toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by 350 African figures(Twitter/karlmondon)
Updated on Jun 17, 2021 05:34 PM IST
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UK to reopen for vaccinated tourists, resume tourism to more than 150 countries

In a major boost to UK airlines and tourism businesses who have been hammered since the start of Covid-19 pandemic, Britain is planning to open up international travel for fully vaccinated passengers and resume tourism with more than 150 countries
UK to reopen for vaccinated tourists, resume tourism to more than 150 countries(File Photo / Reuters)
UK to reopen for vaccinated tourists, resume tourism to more than 150 countries(File Photo / Reuters)
Updated on Jun 17, 2021 05:07 PM IST
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'Totally hopeless': Boris Johnson lambasted his health minister, ex-adviser says

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street office said it would not engage with every allegation made by Dominic Cummings, who left the office late last year.
Dominic Cummings intensified his criticism of Boris Johnson and health minister Matt Hancock over their handling of the pandemic.
Dominic Cummings intensified his criticism of Boris Johnson and health minister Matt Hancock over their handling of the pandemic.
Published on Jun 16, 2021 11:21 PM IST
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One Earth, one health, PM Modi says at G7; seeks support for TRIPS waiver

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison referred to his discussions with PM Modi earlier about TRIPS waiver and conveyed strong support of Australia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addresses a session at G7. (Representative Image) (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addresses a session at G7. (Representative Image) (PTI)
Updated on Jun 12, 2021 11:35 PM IST
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Internet shut off during G7 session as leaders debate over China: Report

  • While Canada, Britain and France largely endorsed Biden's position on specific measures to counter China, other G7 leaders showed more hesitancy, reported The Associated Press.
A general view of G7 leaders and their guests at a working session during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, UK.(AFP)
A general view of G7 leaders and their guests at a working session during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, UK.(AFP)
Published on Jun 12, 2021 10:21 PM IST
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UK PM hints delaying June 21 unlock, says Delta variant ‘serious concern'

  • Public Health England had recently announced that the Delta strain, first detected in India, has become the dominant variant of concern in the UK.
UK PM Boris Johnson said the Delta variant of Sars-CoV-2, first identified in India, is more transmissible.(AP)
UK PM Boris Johnson said the Delta variant of Sars-CoV-2, first identified in India, is more transmissible.(AP)
Published on Jun 12, 2021 07:33 PM IST
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Britain's U-turn on travel catches many UK vacationers off guard

While Britain's latest twist in travel is sure to deter many Brits from planning holidays abroad, bookings from Germany, Italy, Spain and France for beach vacations have been steadily rising and are now up about 52% in the past month
Britain's U-turn on travel catches many UK vacationers off guard(AP)
Britain's U-turn on travel catches many UK vacationers off guard(AP)
Updated on Jun 05, 2021 08:22 PM IST
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British spies believe Wuhan Covid lab leak theory is ‘feasible’: Report

  • The hypothesis of the introduction of Covid-19 through a laboratory incident had gained a lot of traction in the early days of the pandemic but was largely dismissed as a conspiracy theory.
The British spies are now reportedly investigating the theory of a possible leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.(Reuters)
The British spies are now reportedly investigating the theory of a possible leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.(Reuters)
Published on May 30, 2021 05:27 PM IST
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Boris Johnson marries fiancee in secret ceremony in London: Report

Johnson, 56, and Symonds, 33, have been living together in Downing Street since Johnson became prime minister in 2019.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at a polling station with his partner Carrie Symonds to cast his vote in local council elections in London. (AP file photo)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at a polling station with his partner Carrie Symonds to cast his vote in local council elections in London. (AP file photo)
Updated on May 30, 2021 06:31 AM IST
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UK health minister should have been fired over Covid, says Johnson's ex-adviser

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's former top adviser Dominic Cummings criticised the health minister's role in the establishment of an expanded coronavirus testing system.
Dominic Cummings said he had told Prime Minister Boris Johnson to fire Hancock.(Reuters)
Dominic Cummings said he had told Prime Minister Boris Johnson to fire Hancock.(Reuters)
Published on May 26, 2021 08:52 PM IST
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Explained: How vaccine passports for global travel will work

  • Vaccination passports would add another digital layer to the multitude of existing coronavirus health and contact tracing apps many countries and US states have rolled out.
The first part of a vaccination passport is the user's official or approved electronic immunization record.(AP)
The first part of a vaccination passport is the user's official or approved electronic immunization record.(AP)
Published on May 26, 2021 05:58 PM IST
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UK accused of reintroducing Covid restrictions on the sly

  • Lawmakers and local public health officials expressed shock that they hadn't been made aware of the changes to the guidelines to travel and social interaction.
Labour leader Keir Starmer accused the government of behaving in an “utterly shameful” fashion by not informing people in areas affected.(via Reuters)
Labour leader Keir Starmer accused the government of behaving in an “utterly shameful” fashion by not informing people in areas affected.(via Reuters)
Published on May 25, 2021 10:44 PM IST
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Indian-origin British MP takes time off work for mental health reasons

Nadia Whittome, Britain’s youngest MP in the House of Commons, said she had decided to be open about her “mental health struggle” to help others talk about similar issues.
Nadia Whittome said that she feels it is important for her to be honest that it is mental ill-health she is suffering from – specifically PTSD.(Twitter / @NadiaWhittomeMP)
Nadia Whittome said that she feels it is important for her to be honest that it is mental ill-health she is suffering from – specifically PTSD.(Twitter / @NadiaWhittomeMP)
Published on May 25, 2021 09:28 PM IST
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UK Conservatives seen as insensitive to Muslims: Report

  • The inquiry, set up by the party in 2019 to investigate all forms of discrimination, said “anti-Muslim sentiment remains a problem” within the Conservative Party at local and individual levels.
UK PM Boris Johnson has a long history of making provocative and offensive comments in a career that has combined politics and journalism.(AP)
UK PM Boris Johnson has a long history of making provocative and offensive comments in a career that has combined politics and journalism.(AP)
Published on May 25, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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Prince William, Kate cook meals for vulnerable; Sikh women’s group guide couple

  • Sikh Sanjog had set up a service to provide hot curry meals to disadvantaged people in the community during the lockdown.
Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, and Kate are seen taking instructions from members of Sikh Sanjog.(Twitter / @KensingtonRoyal)
Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, and Kate are seen taking instructions from members of Sikh Sanjog.(Twitter / @KensingtonRoyal)
Published on May 25, 2021 04:20 PM IST
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Moving Covid shots to India could benefit UK children, suggests vaccine advisor

  • The United Kingdom has administered at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to more than 55 per cent of the country’s population.
A medic administers the Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Patna Women's College campus in Patna on Sunday.(ANI)
A medic administers the Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Patna Women's College campus in Patna on Sunday.(ANI)
Published on May 23, 2021 04:01 PM IST
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Surf through these policies, Covid-19 test, fees for summer travel in Europe, US

The EU has a plan for a unified reopening, but member states, especially from tourist-dependent countries, have moved ahead more quickly. And for each international trip, there are rules for entry into the destination country and separate rules for leaving and getting back home amid Covid-19
Travellers to surf through policies, tests, fees for summer travel in Europe, US(AP)
Travellers to surf through policies, tests, fees for summer travel in Europe, US(AP)
Updated on May 23, 2021 02:51 PM IST
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How the Covid variant from India exposed Britain’s weaknesses

Boris Johnson’s team may have delayed closing the border to travellers from India because of political and logistical concerns.
People queue to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at the ESSA Academy in Bolton, England.(AP)
People queue to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at the ESSA Academy in Bolton, England.(AP)
Published on May 22, 2021 09:17 PM IST
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Animal rights group blockades McDonald's UK distribution centres

Campaign group Animal Rebellion said activists would remain at the sites for at least 24 hours to disrupt the company's supply chain.
A police car is seen outside a McDonald's distribution site in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Britain.(Reuters)
A police car is seen outside a McDonald's distribution site in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Britain.(Reuters)
Published on May 22, 2021 05:25 PM IST
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Two Covid vaccine doses needed for protection against variant from India: Report

  • Earlier on Thursday, Public Health England announced that two doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine provide around 85-90 per cent protection against symptomatic Covid-19.
A young beneficiary receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Bhopal.(PTI)
A young beneficiary receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Bhopal.(PTI)
Published on May 22, 2021 04:48 PM IST
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UK begins 'booster' shot trial of 7 different Covid-19 vaccines

The trial, which aims to recruit nearly 3,000 participants, will look at seven different Covid-19 shots, some of which are already approved by regulators and in wide use and others that are still in development.
Major vaccine makers, as well as some policymakers in the United States, have also suggested that booster or even annual Covid-19 shots might be needed.(REUTERS)
Major vaccine makers, as well as some policymakers in the United States, have also suggested that booster or even annual Covid-19 shots might be needed.(REUTERS)
Published on May 19, 2021 10:54 PM IST
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Here's where you can fly right now as US-UK vaccine drives give airlines a boost

Countries that have quickly rolled out Covid-19 vaccine shots are making rapid progress toward the return of flying— including in Europe and the US where several nations have started to relax coronavirus restrictions and air traffic has begun to close the gap
Here's where you can fly right now as US-UK vaccine drives give airlines a boost(Unsplash)
Here's where you can fly right now as US-UK vaccine drives give airlines a boost(Unsplash)
Updated on May 19, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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UK defends banning travel from India two weeks after Pakistan. Hancock explains

  • The UK government has been facing criticism, especially from the Opposition parties, for not putting India on the travel 'red list' along with its neighbours, Pakistan and Bangladesh, in early April.
Pakistan and Bangladesh were added to the travel ban list on April 2 and the implementation came into effect on April 9.(Reuters)
Pakistan and Bangladesh were added to the travel ban list on April 2 and the implementation came into effect on April 9.(Reuters)
Published on May 16, 2021 04:33 PM IST
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Portugal will allow British tourists to enter borders from May 17

Portugal has finally made a decision and will be welcoming back tourist from UK from May 17. The international travellers will have to show a negative RTPCR test taken 72 hours before departure.
Portuguese hotels 'excited' to welcome back UK tourists from Monday(Pexels)
Portuguese hotels 'excited' to welcome back UK tourists from Monday(Pexels)
Published on May 15, 2021 07:33 AM IST
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Portugal still hesitating over lifting travel restrictions for British tourists

Britain has opened doors for travellers from Portugal, however, they are still hesitant to lift travel restrictions for British tourists. There is still work to be done before a decision is made, Mariana Vieira da Silva, Portugal’s presidency minister, said on Thursday.
British tourists in limbo as Portugal hesitates over reopening(Unsplash)
British tourists in limbo as Portugal hesitates over reopening(Unsplash)
Published on May 14, 2021 07:35 AM IST
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UK spending rises as consumers respond to return of travel, eating out

  • The proportion of the workforce on the government's job-protecting furlough scheme was 11% in the period between April 19 and May 2, down from a previous reading of 13%, the ONS said.
People wearing protective masks walk past a Burberry store at Covent Garden, in London, Britain. (Reuters)
People wearing protective masks walk past a Burberry store at Covent Garden, in London, Britain. (Reuters)
Published on May 13, 2021 04:22 PM IST
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Greece may join Britain's 'green list' of quarantine-free holiday destinations

Greece was kept off an initial list of just 12 countries and territories that Britain said travellers could visit from May 17 without having to quarantine on their return home. Greek tourism minister hopeful of at least their islands joining Britain's 'green list' in the next review
Greece may join Britain's 'green list' of quarantine-free holiday destinations(Unsplash)
Greece may join Britain's 'green list' of quarantine-free holiday destinations(Unsplash)
Updated on May 13, 2021 12:43 PM IST
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British climate activist arrested after her group attacks HSBC, Barclays banks

Activists from the Extinction Rebellion group smashed the window frontage of HSBC and Barclays in Canary Wharf last month and have targeted Lloyd's of London as part of what the activists cast as a "Money Rebellion". Activist Gail Bradbrook was arrested from her home on Tuesday.
File Photo: Co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, Gail Bradbrook, poses as she and others block the road during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration at Bank, in the city of London, Britain on October 14, 2019. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)
File Photo: Co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, Gail Bradbrook, poses as she and others block the road during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration at Bank, in the city of London, Britain on October 14, 2019. (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)
Published on May 11, 2021 03:38 PM IST
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