UK crisis Highlights: Oppn leader Keir Starmer demands immediate general election, reports AFP

Updated on Oct 20, 2022 11:09 PM IST

UK political crisis Highlights: Liz Truss' tenure as premier lasted just 45 days - the shortest tenure of any British prime minister.

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a speech outside of 10 Downing Street in central London on October 20, 2022, to announce her resignation. (Photo by Daniel LEAL/AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a speech outside of 10 Downing Street in central London on October 20, 2022, to announce her resignation. (Photo by Daniel LEAL/AFP)

UK political crisis Highlights: Embattled British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday announced her resignation after an open revolt against her leadership in the Conservative Party. "I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected,” she said speaking outside Downing Street. Truss said she has told King Charles III she is resigning as leader of the Conservative Party. She has been in office for 45 days - the shortest tenure of any British prime minister.

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  • Oct 20, 2022 11:06 PM IST

    Bank of England publishes gilt sales for Q4 as Liz Truss resigns as PM

    The Bank of England on Thursday published its plans for gilt sales until the end of this year on Friday, which had been pushed back due to market volatility produced by the government's fiscal plans. The first gilt sales will start on November 1 and run until December 8, with details of sales early next year set to be published on December 16, the BoE said in a statement.

  • Oct 20, 2022 08:27 PM IST

    UK Oppn leader calls for immediate general election

    UK opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer on Thursday called for an immediate general election after Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned following only six weeks of serving in office, AFP reported.

  • Oct 20, 2022 07:00 PM IST

    Poll for Truss successor by Oct 28

    A Tory official said on Thursday that poll for Liz Truss successor will take place by October 28, reported AFP.

  • Oct 20, 2022 06:45 PM IST

    ‘Sad to see a colleague go’: Macron wishes UK found ‘stability’

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday wished Britain found “stability as soon as possible” amid the resignation of British Prime Minister Liz Truss. “We want, above all else, stability,” Macron told reporters as he arrived at a European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium.

    He added that on a “personal level”, he is always “sad to see a colleague go”.

  • Oct 20, 2022 06:37 PM IST

    Truss announces poll for successor by end of next week: AFP

    UK PM Liz Truss announced that election to choose her successor will be held next week, AFP reported.

  • Oct 20, 2022 06:28 PM IST

    Below is the full text of Truss' speech in Downing Street:

    "I was elected by the Conservative Party with a mandate to change this. We delivered on energy bills and on cutting National Insurance. And we set out a vision for a low tax, high growth economy that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit." Read full text

  • Oct 20, 2022 06:19 PM IST

    UK PM Liz Truss resigns after 45 days in office, shortest serving premier

    British prime minister Liz Truss' chaotic premiership came to an end despite having barely begun. Discounting 10 days of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II, Liz Truss had only a week before her political programme imploded, which led to the sacking of her finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng. Read more

  • Oct 20, 2022 04:56 PM IST

    Truss urges focus on priorities after ‘difficult day’

    UK prime minister Liz Truss recognises she just had a "difficult day", but wants the government to focus on its priorities, her official spokesman said Thursday.

  • Oct 20, 2022 04:30 PM IST

    Truss meets Sir Graham Brady- 1922 committee chairman

    UK prime minister Liz Truss is meeting Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of backbench MPs.

  • Oct 20, 2022 04:04 PM IST

    UK MPs that want Liz Truss to be replaced 

    At least 13 MPs have publicly called on Liz Truss to resign. They are: Crispin Blunt, Andrew Bridgen, Jamie Wallis, Angela Richardson, Sir Charles Walker, William Wragg, Sheryll Murray, Gary Streeter, Henry Smith, Steve Double, Miriam Cates, Siobhan Baillie and Matthew Offord.

  • Oct 20, 2022 03:52 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: UK mortgage rates continue to increase amid political chaos

    UK mortgage rates keep hitting new thresholds as Liz Truss’s premiership edges closer to imploding, Bloomberg reported. The average five-year fixed-rate home loan rose to 6.51% on Thursday, the highest since September 2008.

  • Oct 20, 2022 03:42 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: Keir Starmer accuses Liz Truss of being 'completely out of touch'

    Keir Starmer accused Liz Truss of being 'completely out of touch' with the country's economic situation. 

    “The Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the reality of the British economy,” the Labour leader said. 

  • Oct 20, 2022 03:30 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: 13 of Liz Truss' own MPs don't want her to be UK PM. But can she be ousted?

    UK prime minister Liz Truss' premiership is hanging by a thread as thirteen of her own MPs are now calling for her to go after tumultuous first six weeks in office. Liz Truss sacked finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng earlier this week to assuage her party unrest and apologised for the mistakes she made over the government's handling of the economy. Read here

  • Oct 20, 2022 02:57 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: Who is Indian-origin Suella Braverman

    Britain’s interior minister Indian-origin Suella Braverman quit on Wednesday, becoming the second senior cabinet minister to leave her position within a week following finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng's departure. Suella Braverman said that she resigned from the Liz Truss government over “technical” breach of government rules criticising the premier saying she had “concerns about the direction of this government”. Suella Braverman has been replaced by UK’s new interior minister Grant Shapps. Read more

  • Oct 20, 2022 02:41 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: 'It seems we must change leader', says party MP

  • Oct 20, 2022 02:33 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: Not resigning, Kemi Badenoch amid reports

    International trade secretary Kemi Badenoch says she has no intention of resigning following reports she could be the next Tory MP to exit Liz Truss's cabinet.

  • Oct 20, 2022 02:29 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: UK conservative lawmaker Sheryll Murray submits no confidence letter in PM Liz Truss

    British Conservative lawmaker Sheryll Murray said she had submitted a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Liz Truss. 

  • Oct 20, 2022 02:25 PM IST

    UK political crisis LIVE: PM's position 'untenable', has submitted letter, Tory MP says

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US special forces kill senior Islamic State official Al-Sudani in Somalia

Published on Jan 27, 2023 05:51 AM IST

Al-Sudani, who has been on the radar for U.S. intelligence officials for years, played a key role in helping to fund IS operations in Africa as well as the ISIS-K terrorist branch operating in Afghanistan.

The operation carried out on Wednesday targeted Bilal al-Sudani. (File)(AFP)
The operation carried out on Wednesday targeted Bilal al-Sudani. (File)(AFP)
AP | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Russian attacks on Ukraine reported; at least 11 dead

Published on Jan 26, 2023 10:47 PM IST

Crowds of people took cover in Kyiv's metro stations as an air raid alert sounded at rush hour before Russia unleashed its latest in a campaign of attacks on the power grid since October that have caused sweeping outages during winter.

Local residents remove debris from a house of their neighbour damaged by a Russian military strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine.(REUTERS)
Local residents remove debris from a house of their neighbour damaged by a Russian military strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine.(REUTERS)
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Pakistan yet to decide on invitation for SCO foreign ministers' meeting by India

Updated on Jan 26, 2023 10:39 PM IST

India has invited Pakistan's foreign minister to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting scheduled to take place on May 4-5, 2023 in Goa.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan's foreign minister.(Bloomberg)
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan's foreign minister.(Bloomberg)
ANI |

IMF mission to visit Pakistan this month to discuss stalled bailout programme

Published on Jan 26, 2023 10:25 PM IST

Pakistan secured a $6 billion IMF bailout in 2019, which was topped up with another $1 billion last year, but the lender then stalled disbursements in November due to Pakistan's failure to make more progress on fiscal consolidation and economic reforms.

Representational image. .(Reuters)
Representational image. .(Reuters)
Reuters |

Pak power grid crash plunged millions into darkness: Report

Updated on Jan 26, 2023 10:35 PM IST

The grid's failure plunged 220 million people into darkness for a whole day and disrupted commercial activity as outages also hit internet and mobile services.

Representational image(REUTERS)
Representational image(REUTERS)
Reuters |

This post is the hottest property in the job market right now

Updated on Jan 26, 2023 02:11 PM IST

It’s not just truck drivers and nurses. The most acute labor shortage for many companies right now is the chief financial officer.

The hottest property in the job market right now is the CFO. (Gettyimages)
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Shobhit Gupta

Pakistan staring at loan default, economic collapse

Updated on Jan 26, 2023 05:45 PM IST

Pakistan is facing a grave economic crisis with loan default staring in its face and the IMF ready with tough economic conditions for providing financial assistance.

Pakistan is battling to fix its economic and political fissures amidst the political rivalry between former premier Imran Khan and the current government.
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6 Chinese nationals among 8 dead after ship sinks near Japan

Published on Jan 26, 2023 01:37 PM IST

Multiple vessels and aircraft from Japan's coast guard and military, as well as the South Korean coast guard and private ships, have been involved in the search operation and retrieved 13 crew.

The Jin Tian sent a distress signal on Tuesday evening from a position around 110 kilometres (68 miles) west of the remote and uninhabited Danjo Islands in far southwestern Japan. (AFP)
The Jin Tian sent a distress signal on Tuesday evening from a position around 110 kilometres (68 miles) west of the remote and uninhabited Danjo Islands in far southwestern Japan. (AFP)
AFP | | Posted by Ritu Maria Johny

Air raid alert declared across Ukraine, air force shoots down Russian missiles

Updated on Jan 26, 2023 01:42 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine war: Two missiles were spotted over the territory of the Mykolaiv region, its governor, Vitaly Kim, said on the Telegram messaging app.

Russia-Ukraine War: Ukraine declares air raid alert, air defences shoot down missiles. (Twitter)
Russia-Ukraine War: Ukraine declares air raid alert, air defences shoot down missiles. (Twitter)
Reuters |

China says Covid deaths down by nearly 80% since 2023

Published on Jan 26, 2023 11:17 AM IST

China covid: A wave of virus cases has washed over the world's most populous nation since Beijing abruptly ended its zero-Covid policy last month.

China Covid deaths: China says Covid deaths down by nearly 80 percent. (Bloomberg)
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AFP |

Meta's social media apps back up after brief outage in US: Report

Published on Jan 26, 2023 08:14 AM IST

Meta apps outage: Over 13,000 incidents were reported for the Facebook app and outage reports also briefly spiked for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

The Meta logo on smartphone in front of logo of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus in this illustration picture taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
The Meta logo on smartphone in front of logo of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus in this illustration picture taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
Reuters | | Posted by Shobhit Gupta

Amsterdam opens largest bicycle garage. You’ll never guess where…

Published on Jan 26, 2023 07:30 AM IST

Amsterdam bike garage: The shelter has a combined capacity for 11,000 bikes in the cycling-mad Dutch capital.

Amsterdam unveils its largest bike garage underwater. (Twitter)
Amsterdam unveils its largest bike garage underwater. (Twitter)
AFP | | Posted by Shobhit Gupta

Spain church stabbing incident: At least one dead, several injured

Published on Jan 26, 2023 04:03 AM IST

The man attacked clergymen at two different churches - San Isidro and Nuestra Senora de La Palma, around 300 metres (1,000 feet) apart - just after 8pm on Wednesday evening in downtown Algeciras, a spokesperson for the city said.

Spain church stabbing incident: At least one dead, several injured
Spain church stabbing incident: At least one dead, several injured
Reuters |

Donald Trump allowed back on Facebook after two-year suspension

Updated on Jan 26, 2023 04:05 AM IST

Facebook parent Meta reinstates former President Donald Trump after two-year suspension following Jan. 6 insurrection.

Donald Trump allowed back on Facebook, Instagram after two-year suspension (AP)
Donald Trump allowed back on Facebook, Instagram after two-year suspension (AP)
AP |
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