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Brexit turmoil drives UK towards recession

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s economy unexpectedly shrank in the second quarter of the year on Brexit turmoil, official data showed Friday, placing the country on the verge of recession. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.2 percent in the April-June period, the first time the economy has contracted in …

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UK’s Johnson plans visa shake-up to attract science talent

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled plans Thursday for a new fast-track visa route for “the brightest and best”, in a bid to attract the world’s top scientists to Britain after Brexit. The “shake-up” of immigration rules is aimed at encouraging elite researchers and specialists in science, engineering and technology …

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Can an election stop a no-deal Brexit?

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Will he, won’t he — and can he be stopped? Westminster is abuzz with talk of whether Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use an election to force through his Brexit plan. Many MPs are deeply opposed to his threat to take Britain out …

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Boris Johnson and girlfriend Symonds move into Downing Street

  London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds moved into Downing Street on Monday, becoming the first unmarried couple to occupy the British prime minister’s official residence. The change of guard at the famous address was prompted by Theresa May’s forced resignation under the …

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China and Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  London summoned Beijing’s ambassador for a dressing down Wednesday in a rapidly escalating diplomatic feud over protests in Hong Kong as China told Britain to keep its “hands off” the city and “show respect”. The demonstrations sweeping the former British colony have also revived tensions …

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Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Boris Johnson overwhelmingly won the first round of voting Thursday in the race to replace outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, with the field of candidates narrowed to seven from 10. The Brexit-backing former foreign minister picked up 114 of the 313 votes cast …

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Contenders jockeying to replace British PM

  London, United Kingdom | AFP | After British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation on Friday, here are the top contenders for her job: – Boris Johnson – A former mayor of London, “Boris” or “BoJo”, has confirmed he would “of course” contest any upcoming leadership contest, surprising …

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Zambia arrests ex-minister for graft after British aid freeze

Lusaka, Zambia | AFP |  Zambian authorities on Wednesday arrested a former minister for alleged corruption that led Britain to suspend aid to the southern African country last year, an official said. Emerine Kabanshi was arrested “for abuse of authority of office,” said a statement from Zambian anti-corruption and anti-money …

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