Category: United Kingdom

ENGLAND – Britain is to expel 23 russian diplomats over nerve attack on ex-spy

LONDON – Britain is to kick out 23 Russian diplomats, the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War, over a chemical attack on a former Russian double agent in England that Prime Minister Theresa May blamed on Moscow. May pointed the finger firmly at Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as she outlined retaliatory measures […]

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UK – Students recreate film posters with black leads

A teenager has spoken of his surprise at seeing his own face on a movie poster at a bus stop in south London. Shiden Tekle was on his way to school when he saw his image in a mocked-up recreation of the poster for The Inbetweeners film. He had created the image as part of […]

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United Kingdom – Girl, five, died after doctor turned her away for being late

NEWPORT – A five-year-old girl with a history of asthma was turned away from seeing her doctor because she was “late” – and died that night in hospital. An inquest heard Ellie-May Clark was not seen by Grange Clinic in Newport despite having an emergency appointment because it operated a “ten minute rule”. A chance […]

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UK – People injured in crash near London museum

A car has been involved in a collision near the Natural History Museum in London, police say. The Metropolitan Police said a “number” of people had been injured – but a BBC reporter at the scene said she was told by police the injuries were minor. One person has been arrested following the incident in […]

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UK – Second arrest over tube bombing

A second man has been arrested in connection with Friday’s attack on a London Tube train, police said. The 21-year-old man was arrested in Hounslow, west London, on Saturday night on suspicion of a terror offence and is in custody in south London. An 18-year-old man is also being held on suspicion of a terror […]

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UK – Man arrested over London tube bombing

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a terror offence in connection with Friday’s attack on a London Tube train. The man was held in Dover on Saturday and taken to a Kent police station – he will be moved to south London later. The arrest is “significant” but the terror threat level […]

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UNITED KINGDOM – Prince Philip retires

LONDON – The Duke of Edinburgh met Royal Marines in his final solo public engagement before he retires from royal duties. The 96-year-old announced his retirement in May, after decades of supporting the Queen as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations. Prince Philip has completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952. Prime […]

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UNITED KINGDOM – Parents of terminally ill baby agree to end his life

LONDON –– The parents of Charlie Gard tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep their terminally ill baby alive on Monday, saying his condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery, in a case they said had touched the world. The parents said their 11-month-old son might have been able to live normally […]

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UK: Man arrested after trying to open plane door

A plane passenger was tackled by fellow travellers as he tried to open an emergency door on board a flight. Police were called to London’s Luton Airport shortly before 23:00 BST on Saturday to deal with a “disruptive passenger” on a flight from Poland. He was prevented from opening the door by passengers who “wrestled […]

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UNITED KINGDOM – Man convicted for beating stepson to death for lost shoe

LONDON –– A man has been found guilty of murder after battering his partner’s five-year-old son to death in a park for losing a trainer. Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, subjected Alex Malcolm to a brutal attack in Mountsfield Park, Catford, south-east London, on November 20 last year. Witnesses heard a “child’s fearful voice saying sorry”, loud banging […]

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Five injured in London acid attack

LONDON –– Five men were attacked with acid in London, with one man suffering life-changing facial injuries in what police on Friday were treating as linked assaults. The five attacks on Thursday night, which were reported to police over a 70-minute period, are the latest in a spike of incidents using corrosive liquids as weapons in […]

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BRITAIN –– Police considering manslaughter charges in high-rise fire

LONDON –– Investigators said on Friday they would consider bringing manslaughter charges over the London tower block fire that killed at least 79 people. The outside cladding engulfed by the blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, police said. They have already seized material from a number of undisclosed organizations. Detective Superintendent Fiona […]

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GERMANY – EU leaders mull over May’s Brexit offer

BRUSSELS –– Theresa May offered fellow EU leaders a “fair” deal on Thursday for compatriots living in Britain after Brexit, though her peers sounded skeptical and demanded more detail from a prime minister weakened by an electoral misfire two weeks ago. Given the floor for ten minutes at the end of a Brussels summit dinner, her […]

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Grenfell lesson

With the Barbadian community in the United Kingdom having been spared the worst of last week’s Grenfell Tower Fire, this country’s High Commissioner to London Guy Hewitt today suggested that there was an important lesson for all of Barbados arising out the recent UK tragedy. “It is important for us to realize, even in Barbados, […]

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UNITED KINGDOM – Fiery protests

LONDON –– Protests are being held in London as residents demand support for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Between 50 and 60 people stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall as members of the public said the homeless needed help “right now”. Crowds gathered outside a hall where PM Theresa May met survivors and […]

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UNITED KINGDOM – High rise blaze

LONDON –– A blaze engulfed a 24-story housing block in central London on Wednesday, trapping residents as they slept and killing at least 12 people in an inferno that the fire brigade said was unprecedented in its scale and speed. More than 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought for hours to try to […]

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‘Fatalities’ after central London vehicle and stabbing incidents

More than one person has died after an incident involving a vehicle and stabbings in the London Bridge area of the capital, police have said. Armed police responded to reports of a van hitting pedestrians on the bridge in central London. The Met Police said officers were also at Borough Market nearby where they were […]

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