UK supermarkets test plastic-free zones

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(London) - Bowing to pressure from environmentally conscious consumers, big brand shops have begun taking steps to strip their shelves of plastic wrapping over concerns about saving the oceans from waste. "Nude zones" and "Food in the Nude"…

UK to end EU free movement immediately after Brexit

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Britain said it will immediately end freedom of movement for people from the European Union after Brexit on October 31, in a policy shift under Prime Minister Boris Johnson. "Freedom of movement as it currently stands will end on October…

Johnson offers new health funds to meet Brexit promise

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(London) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised new funds for Britain´s state-run national health service (NHS), seeking to fulfill one of the promises of his 2016 Brexit campaign. Johnson pledged an extra £1.8 billion (2.0 billion…

Boris Johnson takes charge as Britain´s new PM

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(London) - Boris Johnson takes charge as Britain´s prime minister on Wednesday, on a mission to deliver Brexit by October 31 with or without a deal. A politician with celebrity status best known for his gaffes and rhetorical flourishes,…

UK unveils draft law to tax tech giants

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(London) - Britain unveiled draft legislation for a "digital services tax" on global tech giants, which it plans to impose until leading economies reach an agreement on the contentious issue. The proposed levy, which will be consulted on…

Brexit minister urges EU to reopen withdrawal deal talks

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(London) - Britain´s Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay warned the EU must reopen the withdrawal agreement reached with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May but rejected by MPs, so as to avoid a "disruptive" no-deal divorce in October. "We…

Prince Harry, Meghan and baby to visit South Africa

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(London) - Britain's Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their infant son Archie will visit South Africa later this year in their first official tour as a family, Buckingham Palace said. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official…

Next British PM to be announced on July 23

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(London) - The winner of the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of Britain´s ruling Conservatives and prime minister will be announced on July 23, the ruling party said. Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite in the…

Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid, Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot opening

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(London) - Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid along with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William witnessed Blue Point’s victory at the Ascot Racecourse. The UAE Prime Minister watched the opening day of the five-day…

Johnson faces Hunt in battle to be British PM

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(London) - Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Hunt in a run-off to become Britain´s next prime minister after a final ballot of MPs, with the winner tasked with guiding the country through Brexit. In the fifth ballot of MPs in the governing…

Britain sets deadline for carbon neutrality by 2050

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(London) - The British government outlined legislation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 in what it said would be a first for a major economy. The target will be introduced in existing climate change laws through an accelerated…

British PM Theresa May quits as party leader

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(London) - British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader…

British Queen greets Trump at Buckingham Palace

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(London) - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles greeted US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania at Buckingham palace at the start of a three-day state visit filled with pomp and ceremony. With a 41-gun royal salute ringing out…

British PM Theresa May resigns

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(London) - British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation with the Brexit process in total disarray. A vote by MPs on her Brexit deal -- already rejected three times by MPs -- has been postponed, many believe indefinitely. Meanwhile…