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UK royals pay tribute to British Red Cross to mark 150th anniversary

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s royal family has paid tribute to the British Red Cross on its 150th anniversary, with the Duchess of Cambridge remembering how her great-grandmother and grandmother served as nurses in the two World Wars.

The charity was set up on Aug. 4, 1870, seven ...

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Virgin Galactic's Branson to fly into space in early 2021

(Reuters) - Billionaire Richard Branson will fly into space on a Virgin Galactic rocketship early next year, the space tourism company he founded said on Monday, adding that it would raise new funds with a share offering.

Branson’s trip to space hinges on the success of two upcoming ...

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UK reports second-highest COVID-19 cases since June

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health ministry reported 938 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the second-highest daily total since June, taking the cumulative number of positive test results to 305,623.

The most recent peak in cases came on July 29, when health ministry data show there ...

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UK urges medicine suppliers to stockpile before Brexit transition ends

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government has urged medicine suppliers to prepare for the country’s exit from the EU single market and customs union on Dec. 31 by building up six weeks’ worth of stocks in case of disruption to imports.

Under the terms of an ongoing transition ...

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Exclusive: Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Classified U.S.-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected Russian hackers, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The sources, who spoke on ...

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EU eyes softening key state aid demand in Brexit talks - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is willing to compromise to help break a deadlock in Brexit talks by softening its demand that Britain heed EU rules on state aid in the future, diplomatic sources told Reuters.

They said Brussels could go for a compromise entailing a ...

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Brits enjoy half-price meals thanks to coronavirus subsidy

LONDON (Reuters) - People across Britain enjoyed half-price meals on Monday as the government launched its “Eat Out to Help Out Scheme” aimed at driving up business in the shattered hospitality industry after months of coronavirus lockdown.

Diners are entitled to a 50% ...

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Obituary: John Hume, champion of peace in Northern Ireland's darkest days

(Reuters) - John Hume, a Catholic nationalist and Nobel peace laureate who died on Monday aged 83, will be remembered as a man who championed peace even during the darkest days of Northern Ireland’s guerrilla war.

His home in Londonderry looked out on the Bogside, a Catholic zone ...

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UK to roll out millions of rapid COVID tests after criticism

LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of COVID-19 tests able to detect the virus within 90 minutes will be rolled out in Britain, the country’s health minister said on Monday, after criticism there has not been enough testing especially in nursing homes.

Last week, one of Britain’s ...

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UK says rapid tests help accelerate 500,000 tests a day target

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is on track to deliver half a million COVID tests a day by the end of October and new 90-minute tests will allow the government to accelerate that target, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday.

Millions of COVID-19 tests able to detect the virus within ...

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John Hume, Northern Irish Catholic leader and Nobel Peace laureate, dies at 83

BELFAST (Reuters) - John Hume, a Roman Catholic architect of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace agreement who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending 30 years of sectarian violence, died on Monday at the age of 83, his SDLP party said.

Hume, who is credited with ...

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We will act if virus spreads in London, says UK

LONDON (Reuters) - The government will act if the coronavirus spreads through London as it has done in other parts of Britain, junior business minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.

“If we see the virus spreading in a particular way in London, as we’ve seen in Manchester and ...

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Britain to roll out millions of 90-minute coronavirus tests

LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of COVID-19 tests able to detect the virus within 90 minutes will be rolled out to British hospitals, care homes and laboratories to boost capacity in the coming months, the country’s health minister said on Monday.

They will comprise 5.8 million tests ...

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Major incident declared in British city of Manchester to tackle coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - A major incident has been declared in the Manchester area of Britain to help tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases, a local official was quoted as saying on Sunday.

“Although the council and partner organisations have been working closely to tackle the ...

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UK aims to speed up housebuilding with some 'automatic' approval

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants to speed up the planning system to approve construction projects such as new homes more quickly, with some developments to be allowed automatically, housing minister Robert Jenrick wrote in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

Britain has for decades failed to ...

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UK considering a coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi

(Reuters) - Britain is considering minting a coin to commemorate India’s independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of people from the Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the ...

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UK considering a coin to commemorate India's Mahatma Gandhi

(Reuters) - Britain is considering minting a coin to commemorate India’s independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, the Treasury said on Saturday, amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of minorities.

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the Royal Mint Advisory ...

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British lawmaker arrested after rape allegation, Sunday Times reports

LONDON (Reuters) - An unnamed British lawmaker and former minister was arrested on Saturday after police received allegations of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, the Sunday Times reported.

A woman in her twenties reported to police she had been assaulted and forced to have sex, ...

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British lawmaker arrested after rape accusation, Sunday Times reports

LONDON (Reuters) - An unnamed British lawmaker and former minister was arrested on Saturday after police received allegations of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, The Sunday Times reported.

A woman in her twenties reported to police she had been assaulted and forced to have sex, ...

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Case of Islamic State recruit's UK citizenship goes to Supreme Court

LONDON (Reuters) - The UK Supreme Court will examine the case of a British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State, after the government appealed against a court decision to allow her to return to Britain to fight for her citizenship.

Shamima Begum, who was born ...

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Brexit talks scheduled just in time for key EU October summit

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and the EU have planned more trade negotiations all the way until Oct. 2, less than a fortnight before a summit where the bloc hopes to endorse any agreement with London, according to a schedule published by British negotiators on Friday.

More than four ...

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