Workers in Britain's 'gig economy' deserve more rights: government review

LONDON Britons working in the "gig economy" for firms such as taxi app Uber and takeaway food courier Deliveroo deserve more rights, a government-commissioned report said on Tuesday.

It added, however, that government should avoid adding to regulations

Last year, Prime Minister ...

2017-07-11 03:18 open_in_new
U.S. State Department OKs possible sale of $1 billion in military vehicles to Britain

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Britain of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and accessories with an estimated worth of $1.035 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Britain has requested a possible sale of up to 2,747 of the vehicles, the Defense ...

2017-07-11 00:33 open_in_new
Conservative MP sparks outrage with use of racist language

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By Anjuli Davies

LONDON A British lawmaker of the ruling Conservative party stirred outrage on Monday by using racist language at a think tank event on the implications of Brexit on the financial services sector.

Anne ...

2017-07-10 19:25 open_in_new
Jane Austen letter critiquing "prosy" contemporary at auction

LONDON Jane Austen once wrote that a large income was the best recipe for happiness. Now a private letter written by the author to her niece could well make someone very happy indeed.

A letter critiquing a contemporary author for being "prosy" goes under the hammer at a London auction ...

2017-07-10 19:25 open_in_new
British drugs body to challenge new cost rules in court

LONDON Britain's pharmaceuticals trade body plans to go to court to challenge new cost rules for medicines for very rare diseases, describing the measures on Monday as "inappropriate and unworkable".

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said it wanted to reverse ...

2017-07-10 18:09 open_in_new
UK's BMW workers accept new pensions deal, ending dispute

LONDON British workers at BMW's Mini and Rolls-Royce operations have overwhelmingly accepted a new offer from the German carmaker on Monday over the closure of its final salary pension scheme, ending a disagreement which had led to strikes.

Over 80 percent of members at four sites, ...

2017-07-10 18:09 open_in_new
Case of critically-ill baby back in court after Pope, Trump support

LONDON The mother of a critically ill baby expressed hope on Monday that a court would allow her son to travel from Britain to the United States for treatment after his case was given prominence by President Donald Trump and the Pope.

Connie Yates, whose 11-month-old son Charlie Gard ...

2017-07-10 15:32 open_in_new
Britain should give more rights to 'gig economy' workers, review to say - BBC

LONDON A British government-commissioned report is to recommend that those working in the so-called "gig economy" for firms like taxi app Uber, receive rights such as sick pay and holiday entitlement, the BBC reported on Monday.

Last year, Prime Minister Theresa May set up a review into ...

2017-07-10 14:12 open_in_new
London High Court rejects bid to halt British arms sales to Saudi

LONDON London's High Court rejected on Monday a claim by campaigners that Britain's multi-billion-pound arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be halted because they were being used in Yemen in violation of international humanitarian law.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) had sought an ...

2017-07-10 14:12 open_in_new
Britain's parliament being evacuated after fire alarm - Reuters reporter

LONDON Britain's parliament was being evacuated on Monday after a fire alarm was sounded, a Reuters witness said.

The Reuters reporter, who works in parliament, had no further information on whether was a fire of not. The London fire service could not immediately comment.


2017-07-10 12:48 open_in_new
May's deputy says confident can get EU repeal bill through parliament

LONDON The British government is confident it can get legislation to begin the process of transferring European Union law into British law through parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy said on Monday.

The Repeal Bill, which the government says will help achieve a smooth ...

2017-07-10 11:31 open_in_new
More change at top of TalkTalk as finance chief exits

LONDON TalkTalk Telecom (TALK.L ) Chief Financial Officer Iain Torrens will step down this year, continuing the reshaping of the British company's top team under founder and Executive Chairman Charles Dunstone.

Dunstone took over the running of TalkTalk in May when Dido Harding quit as ...

2017-07-10 11:31 open_in_new
London firefighters responding to fire in city's Camden Market

London firefighters were battling a blaze at a building in the city's Camden Market, the London Fire Brigade said early on Monday.

The first, second and third floors and the roof of the building were on fire, the brigade tweeted, saying more than 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines were ...

2017-07-10 04:41 open_in_new
As Brexit challenge looms, embattled PM May vows to fight on

LONDON Britain's Theresa May will promise to fight on as prime minister and pursue bold domestic reform despite her diminished authority in a speech this week relaunching her leadership after 12 tumultuous months in power.

As her minority government prepares to start the difficult task of ...

2017-07-10 01:58 open_in_new
Silence over whether Grenfell Tower materials passed safety test

LONDON The cladding system used on London's Grenfell Tower would only have met British regulatory standards if the two main materials had passed a key safety test together, according to a Reuters analysis of the building code and data on the materials. Three weeks after the June 14 fire, ...

2017-07-09 13:59 open_in_new
Brexit may never happen, says top Liberal Democrat Cable

LONDON Britain's scheduled exit from the European Union may never happen because its main political parties are too divided on the issue, said Vince Cable, a veteran lawmaker bidding to lead the fourth largest political party, the Liberal Democrats.

Prime Minister Theresa May's failure to ...

2017-07-09 13:59 open_in_new
Equipment failings hampered London tower block fire rescue - BBC

LONDON The firefighters who battled an inferno at a London apartment block that killed at least 80 people last month were hindered by equipment failings including the lack of a high ladder, the BBC reported on Saturday.

More than 200 firefighters and 40 engines were sent to the 24-storey ...

2017-07-08 13:51 open_in_new
London's Great Ormond Street Hospital seeks new hearing for critically ill Charlie Gard

LONDON London's Great Ormond Street Hospital applied to the High Court on Friday for a new hearing regarding a critically ill baby in light of fresh evidence concerning potential treatment for the 10 month-old, who has attracted international attention.

Charlie Gard, who has a form of ...

2017-07-07 20:07 open_in_new
Snack on some culture with a vending machine that sells art

BRIGHTON, England An group of artists in the southern English coastal town of Brighton are taking their works off of the gallery wall and offering them to the public via an unusual channel, through a vending machine.

The machine, located in a club in the centre of the city, offers ...

2017-07-07 20:07 open_in_new
Police arrest man in connection with Manchester attack

LONDON British police arrested a 19-year old man on Friday at an airport in northern England in connection with a suicide bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people after a pop concert in May.

"He was arrested on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act and remains in ...

2017-07-07 18:45 open_in_new
Only politics stands in way of smooth Brexit trade deals: Fox

PARIS British Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Friday there were no obstacles to replicating the current smooth trading agreements between Britain and the EU after Brexit, unless "politics got in the way of good economics".

Fox's comments came a day after the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, ...

2017-07-07 17:15 open_in_new