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UK: Windrush scandal becomes Brexit issue
Poisoned spy's pets are dead, UK confirms
Spy poisoning could be in interests of UK govt: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov
US, EU announce biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since Cold War
State of the Union: UK-Russia war of words hits fever pitch
British farmer who hanged sheepdog for not rounding up sheep gets jail term: Reports
France, Germany and Britain praise US tariff exemption
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: a tale of love at first sight
2018-04-19 11:47:39 London, United Kingdom /AFP/. It was love at first sight for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who both quickly sensed their brief encounter on a blind date could blossom into something much, much bigger. They were set up by a mutual friend when US actress Markle was passing through London in July 2016, with the couple later revealing they knew little about each other   Read More ...
Prince Harry's exes: The ones that got away
2018-04-19 11:01:49 London, United Kingdom /AFP/. Before he fell for American actress Meghan Markle, Britain's Prince Harry, 33, had several other girlfriends. Here are some of the women who reportedly had a chance of becoming a princess. - First love, Chelsy Davy - Harry met Davy, the Zimbabwean-born daughter of a millionaire safari operator, in 2004 when he travelled to South Africa after school   Read More ...
Prince Harry in 10 key dates
2018-04-19 11:01:46 London, United Kingdom /AFP/. With one month to go until Prince Harry's wedding to US actress Meghan Markle, here are 10 key dates in his life so far: His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales was born, at 4:20am on September 15, at St. Mary's Hospital in London, like his brother Prince William two years before. He was born third in line to the throne   Read More ...
What we know: Britain's royal wedding
2018-04-19 08:00:18 Before he fell for American actress Meghan Markle, Britain's Prince Harry, 33, had several other girlfriends. Here are some of the women who reportedly had a chance of becoming a princess. First love, Chelsy Davy Harry met Davy, the Zimbabwean-born daughter of a millionaire safari operator, in 2004 when he travelled to South Africa after school. She studied in Cape Town, before continuing her post-graduate studies in law in the English city of Leeds   Read More ...
Malice in Wonderland as Russia dismisses UK poisoning claims as fairytales
2018-04-19 07:45:16 Russia accused London of “lies and conjecture” and concealing information in its investigation, while Britain accused Moscow of being disingenuous. "Russia continues to be asked to be involved in the UK's independent investigation..... As I said before, this is an arsonist-turned-firefighter trying to investigate his own fire," said the UK Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce. The Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vasiliy Nebenzia was unimpressed, and referenced Lewis Carroll, taking the line that the claims against his country were pure fairytales   Read More ...
Britain to ban sale of straws, other single use plastic products
2018-04-19 06:00:22 LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said. It said drink-stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans. Mrs May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a "national plan of action"   Read More ...
Britain spy case: Watchdog rejects Russia nerve agent claim
2018-04-19 05:48:09 THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. Britain blames Russia for the attack, which it says was carried out by smearing a Soviet-developed nerve agent known as Novichok on a door handle at Sergei Skripal's house in Salisbury   Read More ...
Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants
2018-04-19 05:48:01 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better. The livers keep functioning until they're transplanted thanks to a machine that pumps them full of blood and nutrients   Read More ...
The U.K. has 'DREAMers,' too. And Britain is trying to deport them.
2018-04-19 05:05:24 LONDON – These immigrants have lived and worked in Britain for decades. Now, some face deportation because they lack the official paperwork needed to stay. Much like the "DREAMers" brought to the United States as children, many immigrant kids who arrived in the United Kingdom from the Caribbean and other former British colonies a half-century ago face an uncertain future. They are the descendants of the "Windrush generation," named after a ship — the MV Empire Windrush — that docked in the U   Read More ...
Great Welsh science helps solve pollinator puzzle
2018-04-19 05:00:06 Welsh scientists piecing together the giant jigsaw puzzle of plant pollination are a step closer to knowing how it all fits thanks to a new paper by Swansea University PhD researcher Andrew Lucas. Andrew has spent the past seven years studying a much under-appreciated and regularly mis-identified player in the complex world of pollinators: the hoverfly. Vital behaviours are revealed in his study, which forms part of the 'Saving Pollinators' programme run by the National Botanic Garden of Wales   Read More ...
British man who deliberately infected five partners with HIV is sentenced to life in prison
2018-04-19 04:58:20 A British man found guilty for intentionally infecting five men with HIV was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, the conclusion of a unique case that was a first for the country and has drawn coverage from around the world. Daryll Rowe, who was convicted of five counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, is the first person to be convicted of the charge in Britain, according to the Telegraph   Read More ...
UK govt suffers Parliament defeat on key Brexit bill
2018-04-19 04:53:48 LONDON (AP) -- Britain's key Brexit bill has hit a hurdle, with the House of Lords voting to seek continued membership in the European Union's customs union. Parliament's upper house voted 348- 225 Wednesday for a change to the EU Withdrawal Bill seeking to stay in the customs union. John Kerr, who proposed the amendment, says it's an attempt to "limit the damage" of leaving Britain's biggest market   Read More ...
PM suffers embarrassing Brexit bill defeat in House of Lords
2018-04-19 04:49:15 Britain's House of Lords inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday, challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit. The Lords voted 348 to 225 in favour of an amendment to the prime minister's Brexit blueprint, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which would require ministers to report on what efforts they had made to secure a customs union by the end of October   Read More ...
UK: Windrush scandal becomes Brexit issue
2018-04-19 04:46:48 Some of their descendants have been caught up in a tightening of immigration rules. Facing a grilling from the UK parliament Theresa May said: "I want to be absolutely clear, that we have no intention of asking anyone to leave who has the right to remain. And for those who have mistakenly received letters challenging them, I want to apologize to them   Read More ...
Syrian war will go on despite Western strikes: British FM
2018-04-16 04:00:49 LONDON, United Kingdom: British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said the Syrian war will inevitably continue after unprecedented Western strikes, which were limited to targeting the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities. "Finally the world has said enough is enough," he said.   Read More ...
Syrian war must proceed as it will despite strikes, says British Foreign Minister Johnson
2018-04-16 02:00:19 LONDON (AFP) - British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday (April 15) said the Syrian war will inevitably continue after unprecedented Western strikes, which were limited to targeting the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities. Britain and France on Saturday joined the US-led missile strikes, which came a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma, where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin, according to the Western powers   Read More ...
Why do North Korean defectors learn English? (2)
2018-04-16 00:13:43 Q: Many North Korean refugees struggle to learn English. Many refugees who drop out of college cite English as a major reason. What was the moment you realized you needed to learn English to adjust to life in South Korea? Suhyeong, female, arrived in South Korea in 2015. I studied basic English when I was in North Korea, but I feel like a baby at English here   Read More ...
EU and Britain to start trade talks after Brexit
2018-04-16 00:00:41 Britain and the European Union will start talks this week on their future trade relationship after Brexit. As Ciara Lee reports, with no substantial progress on the Irish border conundrum, negotiations could be challenging. Video provided by Reuters.   Read More ...
Manchester City are Premier League Champions
2018-04-15 23:00:09 Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions on Sunday (April 15) as second-placed Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom club West Bromwich Albion.   Read More ...
Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before UN report
2018-04-15 22:01:14 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that the Assad government had used chlorine and sarin nerve gas against a rebel-held Damascus suburb, American officials said Saturday. The allies also acted because of concerns that Russian and Syrian forces may already have tried to clean up important evidence in Douma, where more than 40 people died in last weekend's attack, the officials said   Read More ...
Russia: Trace of Western-made nerve agent seen in UK samples
2018-04-15 22:00:54 MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister says Moscow has received a document from a Swiss lab that analyzed the samples in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy, which points at a Western-designed nerve agent as a likely cause. Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that Moscow received the confidential information from the laboratory in Spiez, Switzerland, that analyzed samples from the site of the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury   Read More ...
France urges Russia to join peace push after Syria strike
2018-04-15 22:00:50 BEIRUT (AP) -- France is urging Russia to join a push for a political solution in Syria after joint U.S., French and British attacks on Syrian chemical weapons sites. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that "we should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis   Read More ...
United aiming to keep Man City title celebrations on hold again
2018-04-15 21:12:31 United Kingdom. Manchester City could be confirmed as Premier League champions without playing on Sunday, but only if rivals Manchester United suffer a shock defeat at home to bottom club West Bromwich Albion. Pep Guardiola's side are once again on the brink of securing the title after an impressive performance in beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling scored for City either side of an Ilkay Gundogan penalty as they bounced back in style from the disappointment of their Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Liverpool in midweek   Read More ...
How City's record-breakers stunned English rivals into submission
2018-04-15 21:11:14 (Reuters) - While there has long been an inevitability about Manchester City's fifth top-tier league title in English football, even manager Pep Guardiola probably never envisaged the ease with which it would ultimately be achieved. Despite their recent slip up chief pursuers Manchester United, City look on course to register more points (current record is 95) and more wins (currrent record is 30) than any previous champion   Read More ...
List of English league champions
2018-04-15 21:11:11 (Reuters) - English champions and runners-up since the league restarted in the 1946-47 season after World War Two. Manchester City sealed their fifth title on Sunday. Champions Runners-up. 1946-47 - Liverpool Manchester United. 1947-48 - Arsenal Manchester United. 1948-49 - Portsmouth Manchester United. 1949-50 - Portsmouth Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1950-51 - Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United. 1951-52 - Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur. 1952-53 - Arsenal Preston North End   Read More ...
British and UAE transport chiefs in joint plan to keep the country's railways on track
2018-04-12 19:45:24 Britain has signed an agreement with the UAE to provide help in regulating railways, in another sign that country’s plans for a wider network are back on the fast track. The agreement between the Federal Transport Authority and UK Ministry of Transport covers safety standards and accident investigations, as well as research and innovation. It was signed by Dr Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority, and Chris Grayling the UK’s secretary of state for transport   Read More ...
Moscow says fears UK has 'forcibly detained' Yulia Skripal
2018-04-12 19:01:12 MOSCOW, Russia: Moscow on Thursday said it feared the UK had forcibly detained Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her father in England last month and on Wednesday refused Russian consular assistance. "We have every reason to believe this could be a question of the deliberate, forcible detention of a Russian citizen or possibly their coercion into a staged announcement," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said   Read More ...
Britain calls for UN meeting on OPCW nerve attack findings
2018-04-12 18:01:01 UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council is expected to meet next week to discuss a report by the OPCW chemical watchdog confirming Britain's findings that a nerve agent was used in an attack on an ex-spy, the British ambassador said Thursday. Britain requested the meeting, which is likely to take place on Wednesday, just a few hours after the executive council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) meets in The Hague   Read More ...
U.N. experts, Britain demand release of Reuters reporters in Myanmar
2018-04-12 17:47:51 LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister and United Nations human rights rapporteurs separately called on Thursday for the release of two Reuters reporters detained in Myanmar, after a judge rejected a request for their case to be dismissed. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Twitter that Myanmar must show its "commitment to media freedom" while the U.N. special rapporteurs said in a joint statement that the pursuit of the case against Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, gave rise to "grave concern for investigative journalism"   Read More ...
Britain reveals its first major cyber-attack was against ISIS
2018-04-12 16:00:26 LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - Britain carried out its first major cyber-attack in 2017, disrupting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) communications and propaganda infrastructure for much of the year, one of Britain's intelligence chiefs has revealed. Jeremy Fleming, the director of GCHQ, which is better known for its communications interception work, said his agency had worked with the Ministry of Defence to make "a significant contribution to coalition efforts" against the Al-Qaeda splinter group   Read More ...
UK's May summons Cabinet to discuss Syria military strike - The Mainichi
2018-04-12 15:46:19 LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet back from vacation Thursday to discuss military action against Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack. May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any U.S.-led strikes in response to the attack in Douma. She has said all the indications" are that President Bashar Assad's forces were responsible, and the use of chemical weapons "cannot go unchallenged   Read More ...
Ringle offers real-time English tutoring
2018-04-12 15:12:44 Graduating from an exclusive university and working for an influential global consulting company did not mean he had good command of English, the co-founder of the English tutoring startup said. "I was never confident with my English and avoided tasks requiring English skills," said Ringle co-founder Lee Seung-hoon, 37, who worked for the Boston Consulting Group for six years after graduating from Seoul National University   Read More ...
Britain urges Myanmar authorities to release jailed Reuters journalists
2018-04-12 15:02:35 LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urged Myanmar to release two Reuters journalists who are in jail after being accused of possessing secret government papers. A judge in Yangon on Wednesday rejected a request for dismissal of a case against the Reuters reporters, Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28. "Very disappointed to hear Burmese @Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone are now to face trial," Johnson said on Twitter   Read More ...
International chemical watchdog backs Britain’s findings on agent used to poison ex-Russian spy
2018-04-12 15:01:09 LONDON — The international watchdog agency that monitors the use of chemical weapons said on Thursday that its independent investigators had confirmed Britain’s assertions that the toxic chemical used to poison former Russian double agent Sergie Skripal and his daughter was a military-grade nerve agent known as Novichok. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent a team to Britain from March 21 to March 23 where they took blood samples from Yulia and Sergie Skripal and the Salisbury police officer and first responder Nicholas Bailey   Read More ...
UK's Boris Johnson says only Russia had 'means and motive' to carry out nerve agent attack
2018-04-12 15:00:34 LONDON — Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that only Russia had the “means motive and record” to attack a former spy and his daughter with nerve agent. His comments came soon after the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — the international chemical watchdog — confirmed that Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were poisoned with a toxic chemical of “high purity   Read More ...
British PM summons cabinet over Syria
2018-04-12 12:46:48 It's expected she will ask government ministers to approve Britain's involvement in military action against Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure. It follows reports that May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for possible strikes. The prime minister is not said to have reached a final decision on whether Britain will join any any action with the US and France in response to a suspected chemical attack but wants to be able to act swiftly   Read More ...
Britain says full range of options on the table after Syria attack
2018-04-09 12:47:48 LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and France have agreed that a full range of options should be on the table in response to reports of a poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma which killed dozens of people on Saturday, London's Foreign Office said. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke to his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian earlier on Monday, ahead of an emergency session of the United Nations   Read More ...
Marathon: Lonyangata retains title at Paris, Kenyans dominate
2018-04-09 08:46:03 PARIS (AP) -- Paul Lonyangata retained his title at the Paris Marathon on Sunday and Betsy Saina completed a Kenya sweep by winning the women's race. Lonyangata became the first man to win back-to-back titles since Steve Brace of Britain in 1989 and 1990. He won in two hours, 6 minutes and 25 seconds and did not improve the personal best he set last year when he finished in 2:06:10   Read More ...
My thoughts on English language teaching
2018-04-09 05:14:05 I am a proponent of "chunk-teaching." It makes sense to teach as a phrase, rather than breaking it down into individual words. Song lyrics often contain all sorts of chunks English learners can memorize. Newspapers. Newspaper articles are an ideal teaching tool, because they are filled with chunks, thriving in their natural milieu. From black-top readers, who are generally interested in serious news stories and want to read an opinion that agrees with their own; to red-top readers, who enjoy gossip and intrigue, there is an abundance of collocations, phrasal verbs, fixed phrases and idiomatic expressions people use every day   Read More ...
Facebook suspends Canadian firm amid data mining scandal
2018-04-09 04:57:00 MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook says it has suspended a Canadian political consulting firm amid media reports it had ties to Cambridge Analytica, a British data mining company accused of obtaining data from up to 87 million Facebook users to sway elections. Menlo Park, California-based Facebook says in a statement issued Saturday that AggregateIQ may have improperly received data from Facebook users   Read More ...