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  • South Korea’s last polar bear dies ahead of British retirement

    Seoul: The last polar bear kept in South Korea has died of old age only weeks before his planned departure to better living conditions in Britain, zoo officials said on Thursday. Tongki, a 23-year-old male named after a Japanese cartoon character of the 1980s, lived in a 330 sqm concrete enclosure at the Everland theme park outside Seoul.

  • Second Skripal poisoning suspect a ‘Russian doctor’

    London: Investigative group Bellingcat has identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow’s GRU military intelligence service. The Kremlin has rejected past charges about its involvement in the case as fabrications aimed at discrediting Russia. Yet analysts will read Bellingcat’s latest publication for more clues into the alleged workings of a Russian spy agency at the centre of several international disputes.

  • EU gives Britain two months to pay $3.3 billion over China customs fraud

    Brussels: The EU on Monday gave Britain two months to recover 2.7 billion euros (USD 3.3 billion) in lost customs duties or risk referral to the EU’s top court after London allegedly ignored a scam by Chinese importers. The demand, part of a so-called infringement action launched by Brussels, threatens to further inflame tensions amid fraught Brexit negotiations just days after an EU summit in Austria ended in acrimony.

  • UK facing political crisis

    Long before he became US president, Richard Nixon observed after touring India that the wonder was not that India was badly governed but that it was governed at all. That remark could more appropriately be made now about Britain in which both the ruling and opposition parties are torn apart by bitter internal wars. As for Brexit, the country doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going.

  • Putin ‘ultimately’ to blame for spy poisoning, says UK

    London : Britain said on Thursday Russian President Vladimir Putin had “ultimate” responsibility for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in England, as it prepared to brief the UN Security Council.

  • Indian students’ group in UK demands action on fake calls scam

    London : An Indian students’ group in Britain on Tuesday called for action to support members who had been subjected to a fake calls scam, which involves fraudsters claiming to be from the UK Home Office and threatening innocent students with deportation.

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    Ramifications of UK’s grooming scandal

    Imran Khan’s victory has brought relief to many among Britain’s 1.2 million ethnic Pakistanis. They hope that an Oxonian prime minister who was a glamorous cricket star married to a British socialite of Jewish parentage might help to turn the spotlight away from the dark shame of grooming that haunts the community. Even Britain’s Pakistani-origin Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has ordered an investigation into why grooming gangs are disproportionately Pakistani.

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    Putin slams ‘ungrounded charges’ after UK poisonings

    Washington : President Vladimir Putin has accused Britain of making baseless allegations against Russia after a former Soviet spy was among four people found poisoned by a nerve agent in southern England.

  • GST-like federal system needed for agriculture sector: Jaitley

    Mumbai : The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been a big move not just in form of taxation but having a federal system where centre and states work in tandem. Now, Union Minister Arun Jaitley feels that this federal system should be considered for the agriculture sector as well.

  • With US out, those backing Iran nuclear deal meet in Vienna

    Vienna: Top diplomats from Iran and five world powers sat down in Vienna today to hash out what steps are needed to preserve the nuclear deal with Tehran following the withdrawal of the United States.

  • ‘UK couple were poisoned with Novichok nerve agent’

    London : Britain’s counter-terror officers were on Thursday investigating how a couple fell critically ill from the same military-grade nerve agent that nearly killed a former Russian double agent and his daughter in March.

  • UK minister Sajid reveals he was mugged in London

    London : Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Sunday revealed that he was mugged on the streets of London for his mobile phone. In an interview with the ‘Sun on Sunday’ newspaper, the Pakistani-origin Cabinet member said he is looking into giving police more power to pursue so-called moped gangs of thieves, notorious for grabbing mobile phones in London and other cities of Britain.

  • UK’s jihadi jails empty over human rights fears: Report

    London : Britain’s high-security prison units created to house the country’s most dangerous convicted terrorists, dubbed as “jihadi jails”, are going empty as the Prison Service fears being legally challenged on human rights grounds.

  • No escape from caste even in Britain

    Had Babasaheb Ambedkar lived in London today, he might have reconsidered his saying “my five years of staying in Europe and America had completely wiped out of my mind any consciousness that I was an untouchable, and that an untouchable wherever he went in India was a problem to himself and to others.” According to Santosh Dass, president of the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK, “the key thing” was that

  • No Brexit deal without Ireland solution says EU President Donald Tusk

    Strasbourg: Britain must come up with a solution for the Irish border after Brexit or there will be no divorce deal or transition period, EU President Donald Tusk warned today. Finding a way to avoid border checks between EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc is proving one of the thorniest issues in the negotiations.

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    UK, US governments warns Russia of ‘malicious cyber activity’

    London: Britain and the United States today released a rare joint statement warning of “malicious cyber activity” carried out by the Russian state. The technical alert was issued by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security.

  • France warns of new disaster looming in Syria’s Idlib region

    Paris : French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Sunday that a new humanitarian disaster was looming in Syria, in the rebel-held region of Idlib, seen as the next possible target of the regime’s fightback.

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