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British suspect arrested in Deutsche Telekom hacking

A 29-year-old British citizen suspected of involvement in a cyberattack that left nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers without services last year has been arrested, German federal police said on Thursday.

Bomb explodes outside police officer's home in Northern Ireland

A bomb exploded outside a police officer's home in Northern Ireland on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Brexit bill: House of Lords says public can change mind on leaving EU

The British public should be able to change their minds on Brexit - just as Prime Minister Theresa May did, the upper chamber of parliament heard Tuesday during a marathon debate on legislation to kick off EU negotiations.

HSBC reports 62-per-cent fall in annual profit, blames one-off costs

Banking giant HSBC on Tuesday reported a 62-per-cent fall in its annual profit last year, blaming losses incurred from the sale of HSBC Bank Brazil and other one-off costs.

British lawmakers locked in heated debate over Trump's state visit

Allowing US President Donald Trump to visit Britain would be akin to "pimping out the Queen," one British lawmaker said Monday during a heated debate in British parliament over two petitions concerning the US leader's future state visit.

London's mayor calls for Trump's state visit to be cancelled

US President Donald Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

Blair urges Britons to rise up and reverse Brexit

Britain's departure from the European Union is not inevitable, former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday, calling for the creation of a cross-party movement to persuade the public they can change their minds on Brexit.

Blair to call on Britons to rethink Brexit

Former British prime minister Tony Blair is set to challenge the government on Friday on its commitment to leave the European Union.

Gay rights activists protest Church of England 'homophobia'

Gay rights campaigners gathered outside the Church of England synod in London on Wednesday to protest a report which "defends heterosexual superiority."

British government rejects call to ban Trump from meeting the Queen

The British government rejected a petition Tuesday which argued that receiving the new president as a guest would embarrass the Queen.

British defence ministry denies NATO spending target shortfall

Britain's defence ministry has denied reports from a think tank that the country failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016.

Report: Britain's NATO spending dipped below 2 per cent in 2016

Britain failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016, according to a think tank report released on Tuesday.

Amnesty: EU-Turkey refugee deal a disaster, must not be repeated

Amnesty International issued a plea to world leaders on Tuesday not to use the "disastrous" EU-Turkey refugee deal as a blueprint for similar schemes in Libya, Sudan and Niger.

'La La Land' takes five BAFTAs, including best film, director

US musical "La La Land" won big at the BAFTAs, taking home the award for best film, as well as four other prizes.

Britons fear rise in cost of fish and chips due to Iceland strike

Britain's national dish could be about to take a hit, all because of little Iceland.

Britain jails five men for encouraging support for Islamic State

A British court sentenced five men to up to six and a half years in prison on Friday for rallying support for Islamic State, including encouragement to travel to Syria to fight with the group.

Amnesty: Only 1 unaccompanied child refugee resettled in N Ireland

The British government "should be ashamed" that only one unaccompanied child refugee came to Northern Ireland as part of a scheme that has since been scrapped, Amnesty International said Friday.

Financial Times: Rupert Murdoch attended Times/Bild Trump interview

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch attended a joint media interview with US President Donald Trump last month, despite photographs and video of the event showing only Trump and the two interviewers, the Financial Times (FT) reported Thursday.

Backlash after British government caps child refugee scheme

The British government faced a backlash on Thursday after deciding to put a cap of 350 on a child refugee scheme.

British parliament's upper house urged not to block Brexit bill

The British government has urged parliament's upper house not to block its bill on starting Brexit negotiations, amid warnings that trying to delay the bill could cause a "constitutional crisis."

Boris Johnson gives up US citizenship after "outrageous" tax bill

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has given up his US citizenship, according to a US Treasury document published on Thursday, two years after he settled an "outrageous" tax demand that he had earlier refused to pay.

British Muslim women seeking to end marriage turn to sharia councils

Many in Britain condemn sharia councils as parallel courts, although few understand how they really work. In addition to providing advice on living Islamically, they play a crucial role in helping women obtain a religious divorce.

May gets lawmakers' backing to start Brexit negotiations

British lawmakers approved Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to trigger formal talks on Britain leaving the European Union by a large majority on Wednesday.

Are we there yet? The next steps on the road to Brexit

In June last year, Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. But, as they say, breaking up is hard to do.

Scottish Parliament stages protest vote against Brexit launch bill

Scotland's parliament voted by 90 to 34 against the Brexit trigger bill on Tuesday afternoon in reaction to their exclusion from the debate taking place in British parliament.

Irish court hears challenge to Facebook's EU data transfer to US

A case that could settle whether Facebook can continue to send EU citizens' data to the United States should be referred to the European Court of Justice, argued the Irish government Tuesday as deliberations began in the High Court in Dublin.

Bereaved British mother: daughter's death has no place on Trump list

A bereaved British mother on Tuesday accused US President Donald Trump of falsely claiming her daughter was killed by a terrorist, after Trump listed the murder as one of 78 "under-reported" terrorist attacks worldwide.

Amnesty: Syrian government jail secretly hanged up to 13,000 people

A military jail authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government has overseen a "monstrous campaign" of secret atrocities, including the hanging of up to 13,000 people in five years, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Speaker opposes Trump speech in British parliament

The speaker of the British parliament's lower house, who chairs debates and hosts guests, on Monday said he opposes any speech in parliament by US President Donald Trump.

May anxious to avoid Brexit bill delay as Commons debates amendments

British lawmakers kicked off another three days of wrangling over Prime Minister Theresa May’s bill to launch Brexit negotiations, amid government concerns that amendments to the bill could slow it down or even scupper it completely.

Netanyahu discusses Iranian 'provocation' with Britain's May

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke with his British counterpart Theresa May about Iranian "provocation," saying that he wanted to discuss "how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered."

Tens of thousands march in London against May-Trump 'collusion'

Tens of thousands of protestors marched in London on Saturday against what demonstrators criticized as the "collusion" between British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump.

Court blocks new Brexit legal challenge on European Economic Area

A British court blocked a new legal challenge to Brexit on Friday, ruling out a review of Prime Minister Theresa May's right to remove Britain from the European Economic Area (EEA).

May to stress Trump's NATO commitment, push spending at EU talks

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to brief EU leaders on her meeting last week with US President Donald Trump, who gave her a "guarantee that he was 100 per cent supportive of NATO," British officials said on Thursday.

May publishes plan to leave EU single market, customs union

The British government on Thursday published Prime Minister Theresa May's strategy for withdrawing from the European Union, committing her to leaving the EU single market and customs union.

Anti-Semitic incidents jump 36 per cent in Britain, group says

Recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose 36 per cent last year, fuelled by factors including the Brexit referendum, a Jewish support group said on Thursday.

British lawmakers give May green light for Brexit talks

Lawmakers backed Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to trigger formal talks on Britain leaving the European Union on Wednesday, voting for her Brexit bill by a large majority. 

Report: Post-Thatcher generation of Britons even more right-wing

Britons became more right-wing under Tony Blair, bucking the expected trend that younger generations are more liberal than their parents.

British parliament to debate petition opposing Trump state visit

Britain's parliament will hold a debate in three weeks' time on a public petition signed by more than 1.7 million people opposing a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump.

May, Kenny vow to protect Northern Ireland's open border after Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Monday vowed to protect economic links and avoid the return of a "hard" border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Britain defends Trump state visit as 1.5 million sign petition

The British government defended its decision to invite US President Donald Trump for a state visit, as support for a petition to stop the trip soared to more than 1.5 million signatures by late Monday.

British lawmakers launch "fake news" probe after US election, Brexit

British lawmakers launched an inquiry into "fake news" on Monday after suggestions that it played a role in the US presidential election and campaigning before Britain's Brexit referendum last year.

Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish leaders to demand greater Brexit role

Leaders of devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to demand a greater role in Brexit negotiations during a joint meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.

May stands ground on Trump visit as petition surpasses 1 million

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that US President Donald Trump would visit Britain as planned despite a petition with more than one million signatures calling for the cancellation of his future state visit.

Thousands sign petition to cancel Trump's state visit to Britain

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition on a British government website calling for US President Donald Trump to be barred from visiting Britain.

Fitch cuts Turkey's credit rating to junk

Ratings agency Fitch on Friday cut Turkey's credit rating to junk, citing political and security developments that had "undermined economic performance and institutional independence."

Inquiry asks how Brexit will work in Scotland, N.Ireland and Wales

An inquiry into how Britain’s European Union departure will affect Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was launched on Friday.

Britain, US could 'lead together' again, May says

The United States and Britain have the responsibility to renew their "special relationship" for a new era and could "lead together" again, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

Boris Johnson: Need to "think afresh" policy that al-Assad must go

Britain must be prepared to "think afresh" its demand that President Bashar al-Assad must go in order for the civil war in Syria to end, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

Northern Ireland Assembly dissolved before snap election

The Northern Irish Assembly was officially dissolved on Thursday to make way for a snap election aimed at preventing the collapse of power-sharing in the devolved government.

May under pressure to take on Trump over waterboarding comments

British Prime Minister Theresa May is coming under pressure to take Donald Trump to task in her first meeting with the US president over comments he made in support of torture.

Illegal dress codes force British women to wear heels, committee says

British companies forcing women to wear high heels and make-up are breaking the law, a parliamentary committee said Wednesday.

British government to table Brexit bill after losing court appeal

The British government said it will table a "straightforward bill" allowing parliament to vote on triggering formal Brexit negotiations, after the country's top court ruled on Tuesday that the government must consult lawmakers on the issue.

May must consult Parliament before Brexit talks, top court rules

Prime Minister Theresa May must consult Parliament before triggering formal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union, the nation's top court said in a landmark ruling on Tuesday.

Militants in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen fuel rise in global attacks

The number of attacks worldwide by terrorists and militants soared by 26 per cent to more than 24,000 last year, fuelled by a huge escalation of violence in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen, a closely-watched report has said.

Sinn Fein names new party leader for Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein on Monday announced a new leader for the Northern Irish branch of the party, following the decision by Martin McGuiness to resign, first from his post as deputy first minister and then from politics.

Freezing fog disrupts flights, prompts air pollution alert in London

Heavy fog and freezing temperatures caused the cancellation of dozens of flights Monday and prompted London Mayor Sadiq Khan to issue his first alert for "very high" air pollution.

May vows to press Trump on "unacceptable" remarks in Friday meeting

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday vowed to confront US President Donald Trump about any "unacceptable" remarks when she meets him this week.

Report: British government hid failed test of nuclear-capable missile

The British government covered up a failed test of a nuclear-capable missile last year, weeks before a vote in Parliament on the extension of the country's Trident submarine-based system, The Times reported on Sunday.

Britain's May will be first foreign leader to meet President Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first foreign leader to visit new US President Donald Trump, the White House said Saturday.

Brexit is "hostile action" for Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein says

Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union is a "hostile action" for the people of Northern Ireland, Irish republican party Sinn Fein said on Saturday.

"We shall overcomb": Tens of thousands join London Women's March

An estimated 100,000 people gathered in central London on Saturday for a rally and march to show support for the global Women's March.

Fox News hires Trump fan Nigel Farage as political commentator

US broadcaster Fox News has hired former UK Independence Party leader and outspoken Brexit camapiagner Nigel Farage, a strong supporter of US President Donald Trump, as a political commentator.

Financial Times: May to stress importance of NATO, EU with Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will stress the importance of NATO and the European Union when she meets new US President Donald Trump, the Financial Times said on Saturday, as other reports said Trump and May could meet as early as next week.

Protests and parties around the world mark Trump inauguration

Groups of demonstrators took to the streets in cities around the world on Friday to both lament and celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.

Freight train from China crosses 12,000 kilometres to London

The first Britain-bound freight train from China arrived in London on Wednesday, completing an 18-day trip across two continents to deliver containers of clothing and household goods from the eastern Chinese trading hub of Yiwu.

Boris Johnson compares French president to WWII prison guard

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday compared Francois Hollande to a World War II prison guard after warnings by the French president that Britain could be punished in Brexit negotiations.

Amnesty: Iran must abolish 'prolific' torture punishments

Young people in Iran are being flogged for eating in public during Ramadan and attending mixed-gender parties in a regime of "legalised brutality," Amnesty International said in a statement on Wednesday.

Could May's Brexit vision make Britain the Singapore of Europe?

The British prime minister's vision of creating a low-tax bastion of the free market, which the Financial Times said could transform the island nation into the "Singapore of Europe," has left many opposition politicians and pro-EU centrists in her own Conservative Party angry and worried.

May vows to leave EU single market, remodel a "global Britain"

Britain's agreement to leave the European Union "cannot mean membership of the single market," Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday in a much-anticipated speech on her Brexit plans.

Tobacco giant BAT agrees to 49-billion-dollar takeover of US rival

British American Tobacco Plc on Tuesday said it has finalized a deal to acquire 57.8 per cent of shares of US rival Reynolds American Inc for 49.4 billion dollars.

Theresa May to set course for "clean break" from EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May will set a course for Britain to make a "clean break" with the European Union as she outlines plans for a "hard" Brexit outside the EU single market in a major speech on Tuesday.

Pound swoons ahead of May Brexit speech as Trump reaches out on trade

The pound seemed to be calming down Monday after several hours of convulsions that saw it hit its lowest point since October as Britain braced itself for Prime Minister Theresa May to unveil her "hard Brexit" plans.

Northern Ireland set for elections despite May's intervention

Britain is scheduled to announce a date for elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday after a last-minute intervention by Prime Minister Theresa May failed to prevent the collapse of power-sharing in the devolved government.

British media: May prepared to accept 'hard' Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to indicate her willingness to accept a "hard" Brexit outside the EU single market when she makes a key speech on her negotiating plans on Tuesday, according to British media.

Parliament committee puts pressure on May for Brexit details

The parliamentary committee overseeing Britain's exit from the European Union increased the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May in a report published Saturday, demanding she make known details of her plans for Brexit by mid-February.

Sky TV pulls Michael Jackson spoof after daughter calls it "shameful"

British broadcaster Sky has axed an episode of a new comedy series before its debut over criticism of its portrayal of Michael Jackson.

British ex-ambassadors deny handing over Trump dossier to McCain

A former British ambassador to Russia told the media on Friday he spoke to US Senator John McCain months ago about the "dirty dossier" on Donald Trump and his alleged links to Russia.

Towns evacuated as storm surge threatens to batter English coast

Residents of a seaside village in eastern England are flouting police advice to evacuate their homes despite being told their properties could be flooded by up to 3 metres of sea water.

Elections loom as talks fail to break Northern Ireland impasse

Snap elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly appear inevitable after talks on Thursday failed to break an impasse over the territory's power sharing agreement, the Irish and British governments said.

Britain should call election in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein says

The British government should call an election to Northern Ireland's devolved assembly as soon as possible, republican party Sinn Fein said following talks on Wednesday aimed at resolving a power-sharing crisis prompted by the resignation of a senior Sinn Fein politician.

Britain's Heathrow sets new record with 76 million passengers in 2016

Britain's Heathrow Airport, Europe's busiest air travel hub, on Wednesday reported a new record of 76 million passengers last year, up 1 per cent from 2015.

Britain "first in line" for trade deal with Trump, Boris Johnson says

Britain is "first in line" for a trade deal with the United States under Donald Trump, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said after meeting the president-elect's advisers and other US politicians in New York and Washington.

Boris Johnson meets US lawmakers after talks with Trump advisors

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was headed to Washington on Monday, one day after his meeting with Donald Trump's advisors in New York suggested the president-elect might not hold formal grudges against those who criticized him during his campaign.

Pound falls after Theresa May hints at "hard" Brexit

The pound fell to its lowest level since October on Monday amid renewed fears that Britain could leave the EU single market in a "hard" Brexit.

British premier rejects criticism of "muddled thinking" about Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday rejected criticism that her government's approach to Britain's exit from the European Union is "muddled."

Massive iceberg poised to break away from Antarctica

One of the world's largest icebergs looks set to form in the coming months as it breaks off an Antarctic ice shelf, according to a British research group.

Rooney equals record as Manchester United cruise into round four

Wayne Rooney equalled Manchester United's all-time goalscoring record as his side cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Reading on Saturday.

Brexit vote prompts surge in Irish passport applications from Britain

The number of applications for Irish passports from Britain rose by 41 per cent last year, prompted mainly by the country's vote to leave the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said on Thursday.

British ambassador to EU resigns before start of Brexit talks

Britain's ambassador to the European Union has resigned three months before the expected start of Brexit talks, the government said on Tuesday, drawing a mixed reaction from pro-EU and eurosceptic politicians.

Cause of George Michael's death still unclear after autopsy

The cause of death of British singer George Michael remained unclear after an autopsy, British police said in a statement Friday.

Man charged for threats against Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations

A 40-year-old man was arrested at an airport in Sydney after arriving on a flight from London over alleged online threats against Sydney’s New Year's Eve celebrations, police said Friday.

Popstar George Michael dies of heart failure

Musicians from Britain and around the world paid tribute Monday to British popstar George Michael, who died of heart failure at age 53.

Singer George Michael dies aged 53, publicist confirms

British pop singer George Michael has died, the British news agency PA reported Sunday, citing his publicist.

Report: 10-year-old girl dies in Ireland after transatlantic flight

A ten-year-old girl who fell ill during a transatlantic flight from Canada to Britain has died in hospital in Limerick in Ireland, Irish broadcaster RTE reported Sunday.

Status Quo guitarist/singer Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Rick Parfitt, guitarist and singer for rock band Status Quo, died aged 68, his manager and family said on Facebook on Saturday.

May calls on Brits to "unite" in Christmas address after Brexit vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May has used her inaugural Christmas message to call on the people of her country to "come together" after a year of divisions over the Brexitreferendum, the Press Association new agency reported on Saturday.

Prince Charles calls for tolerance of refugees, religious differences

Britain's Prince Charles appealed for greater tolerance of refugees and religious differences on Thursday, in a pre-Christmas message broadcast on BBC radio.

Scotland issues plan to stay in EU single market after Brexit

Scotland's devolved government on Tuesday published a plan to remain in the EU single market, even if the British government decides to leave it during negotiations on the country's exit from the European Union.

Temple of the Jedi Order is not a religion, British authorities say

The Temple of the Jedi Order is not a religion, British charity authorities said on Monday, after years of tongue-in-cheek efforts by fans of the Star Wars faith to have it recognized alongside other religions.