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Woman dies in fire at care home in northeast London

LONDON (Reuters) – A woman died in a fire at a care home for people with learning disabilities in northeast London on Friday. The fire broke out at 0114 GMT and 12 people fled the three-storey building. “Sadly, a woman was confirmed dead at the scene,” the London Fire Brigade said. Over 70 firefighters battled […]

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Woman dead in Chingford fire – London Fire Brigade

(Reuters) – The London Fire Brigade said on Friday a woman has been confirmed dead in a fire at a flat on Connington Crescent, Chingford. Ten fire engines, over 70 firefighters and officers are dealing with the situation in Chingford, the Fire Brigade said in a statement. bit.ly/2qL17rI Twelve people left the block before the […]

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MPs to debate EU customs union membership

LONDON (Reuters) – The House of Commons will debate staying in a customs union with the European Union next week, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to change her Brexit blueprint. FILE PHOTO: EU and Union flags are reflected in a puddle in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, March […]

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UK court orders Russian oligarch to hand over superyacht in divorce fight

LONDON (Reuters) – A Russian billionaire has been ordered by a court in London to hand over a 350 million-pound ($500 million) superyacht to his wife as part of Britain’s biggest-ever divorce battle. Justice Haddon-Cave at the High Court ruled that Farkad Akhmedov, 62, had used evasive and underhand tactics to keep the yacht beyond […]

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In a variety of cases, Brexit starts to reach EU court

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The fallout from Brexit is starting to come before the European Union’s top judges, in cases whose variety the head of the EU Court of Justice said defied the imagination. FILE PHOTO: The towers of the European Court of Justice are seen in Luxembourg, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo “There are […]

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Police start security operation a month ahead of UK royal wedding

LONDON (Reuters) – Police in Windsor, where Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle next month, said on Thursday they had begun one of the biggest security operations in their history to ensure the event passes off safely. Britain’s Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, and Meghan Markle watch athletes at the team […]

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Horses throw toads to win quirky British pub championship

LONDON (Reuters) – With the final brass “toad” nestled at the bottom of the hole, team members from the Black Horse club jumped in the air to chest bump after becoming world champions at one of Britain’s more obscure pub games. Toad, which is said to have originated in France hundreds of years ago, involves […]

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Labour tries new pitch to financiers: higher taxes for some influence

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell offered London’s mighty financial services industry a new pact on Thursday: higher taxes in return for a seat at the policymaking table if Labour wins the next election. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Shadow Finance Minister John McDonnell speaks at the Labour Party Post-Budget Rally in West Bromwich, Britain, […]

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Trouble in the family: UK’s migrant embarrassment undermines Commonwealth reunion

LONDON (Reuters) – As it prepares to leave the European Union, Britain’s attempts to revitalise links with former colonies at a lavish summit in London have been overshadowed by outrage over Prime Minister Theresa May’s treatment of Commonwealth migrants. Leaders and representatives of Caribbean countries attend a meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at […]

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EU door now shut to Britain for good, Hollande says – Telegraph

PARIS (Reuters) – The door to the European Union is now closed to Britain and Europeans should not accept any attempt to reverse Brexit, former French President Francois Hollande warned in an interview with Britain’s Daily Telegraph published on Thursday. Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain vs AS Saint-Etienne – Paris, France […]

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Britain’s MPs to debate EU customs union membership

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s lower house of parliament will debate staying in a customs union with the European Union next week, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to change her Brexit blueprint. FILE PHOTO: EU and Union flags are reflected in a puddle in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, […]

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Queen Elizabeth backs her son Charles to take on Commonwealth role

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth said on Thursday that she hoped her son and heir Prince Charles would take on leadership of the Commonwealth, answering some who argue the position should be rotated around member states. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sits next to Prince Charles during the State Opening of Parliament in central London, […]

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Labour Party tells financiers – pay higher taxes if you want influence

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition finance chief John McDonnell offered a new pact with the financial services industry on Thursday: higher taxes in return for a seat at the policymaking table if Labour wins the next election. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Shadow Finance Minister John McDonnell speaks at the Labour Party Post-Budget Rally in West Bromwich, […]

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A Labour government would offer finance sector a seat at table – McDonnell

LONDON (Reuters) – The Labour Party would ask the finance industry to help to form its policies if in government, but that would not stop a Labour government from intervening in the sector to shape the economy, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Shadow Finance Minister John McDonnell speaks at the […]

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UK pottery produces ‘well suited’ Harry and Meghan wedding mugs

LONDON (Reuters) – A British pottery is producing royal wedding mugs emblazoned with the description of Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle as “game changers, free spirits, big hearts and well-suited”. Souvenir mugs to commemorate the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stacked at the Emma Bridgewater Factory, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, […]

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May dealt embarrassing Brexit defeat in House of Lords

LONDON (Reuters) – The 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 EU after Brexit. May, who has struggled to unite her Conservative Party over Brexit, has said Britain will leave the European Union’s single market and customs union […]

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May pays tribute to Queen’s dedication to Commonwealth

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May is to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth for leading the Commonwealth with “service, dedication and constancy” as she thanks her for opening her homes to welcome leaders from across the world this week. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth leaves the annual Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel […]

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Britain to ban sale of plastic straws in bid to fight waste

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. May has […]

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May dealt embarrassing Brexit defeat in parliament’s upper house

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s upper house of parliament inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. May, who has struggled to unite her Conservative Party over Brexit, has said Britain will leave the European Union’s single market and customs […]

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Russia’s RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programmes which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month. Vehicles of Russian state-controlled broadcaster Russia Today (RT) are seen at Red Square in central […]