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Going back to austerity “will be a mistake”: UK PM

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Monday of bumpy times ahead amid a looming recession in Britain, but insisted there would be no return to austerity in the country. In a broadcast interview on the Times Radio newly launched in London, Johnson said he was …

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UK set to scale back Huawei role in 5G network: report

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain will reduce Chinese tech giant Huawei’s controversial involvement in its 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light to Huawei’s participation in January, despite widespread domestic opposition and pressure from the United States. But …

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UK extends virus lockdown until at least June 1: PM

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s coronavirus lockdown will stay in place until at least June 1, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, as he unveiled cautious plans to lift restrictions imposed seven weeks ago. “This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week,” he said in a televised address …

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UK could start easing virus lockdown next week: PM

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday he could begin to ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week, but warned he would do nothing that would risk a new surge of cases. He was speaking the day after Britain overtook Italy to become the worst-hit …

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Anti-torture body signals ‘deep crisis’ in British jails

Strasbourg, France | AFP | Prisons in Britain are “violent, unsafe and overcrowded”, according to a damning report published on Thursday by the Council of Europe. The pan-European rights body’s anti-torture committee also reported “alarmingly high” levels of substance abuse and said large numbers of prisoners suffered from mental health disorders. …

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Britain mobilises workers from Europe to save crops

Britain turns to Europe to save its crops London, United Kingdom | AFP | To save fields of asparagus and strawberries threatened with rotting, Britain is mobilising a workforce of students, the unemployed — and workers from Europe. Little more than two months after leaving the European Union, accompanied by …

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In Britain, virus hits ethnic minorities hardest

London, United Kingdom | AFP | When Amer Awan’s father died of coronavirus, mourners congregated with little thought of social distancing. But cultural practices alone do not explain why Britain’s ethnic minorities have been hardest hit by the outbreak. “Visitors to the house… were not wearing any masks or not wearing …

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