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New London underground markings anger seasoned commuters

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Seasoned London commuters are complaining of being robbed of their “expertise” after new green platform markings appeared in a busy tube station showing the best position to quickly enter carriages. “Twenty years of personal tube platform expertise and competitive commuting advantage rendered useless by some …

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Security reviewed at Prince George’s school after arrest

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British police said they were reviewing security at four-year-old Prince George’s school in London on Wednesday after a woman was arrested for attempted burglary from the exclusive establishment. “We are working with the school, which is attended by His Royal Highness Prince George, to …

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PR firm Bell Pottinger puts UK arm into administration

London, United Kingdom | AFP | The UK arm of public relations firm Bell Pottinger entered administration Tuesday after being “heavily financially impacted” by the fallout from an alleged racially charged ad campaign in South Africa. “Bell Pottinger has been heavily financially impacted by the well-publicised issues resulting in losses of …

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UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data

London, United Kingdom | AFP | The price of electricity from offshore wind in Britain has dipped below the level guaranteed to Hinkley Point, raising questions about the construction of the vast nuclear power station. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy disclosed Monday the results of auctions for state …

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Tanzania seizes diamonds from British mining company

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Tanzanian government said Sunday it had confiscated diamonds worth nearly $30 million after accusing British company Petra Diamonds of having declared a lower value when trying to export the gems. Speaking on government television channel TBC 1, Finance Minister Philip Mpango said the diamonds extracted …

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Bell Pottinger accused of ‘racial’ S.Africa PR campaign

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British public relations firm Bell Pottinger was expelled from a trade body Tuesday over a controversial campaign in South Africa which was found “likely to inflame racial discord”. The decision by the Britain-based Public Relations and Communications Associations (PRCA) comes after Bell Pottinger ran a …

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England’s Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor dies aged 85

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former leader of England’s Roman Catholics, died on Friday after a battle with cancer, the church said. The former archbishop of Westminster, who was 85, was admitted to hospital last month. “Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by …

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Princes lead tributes to Diana, 20 years after her death

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Princes William and Harry paid tribute to their late mother Princess Diana on Wednesday for the 20th anniversary of her death as wellwishers left candles and flowers outside the gates of her former London residence. The princes inspected the dozens of bouquets left in front …

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Last bongs for Big Ben as four-year repairs begin

London, United Kingdom | AFP | London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty. The 12 bongs from the famous bell rang out for midday in front …

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Malala wins place at Oxford University

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls in her native Pakistan, announced Thursday she has won a place to study at Oxford University. “So excited to go to Oxford!!” the 20-year-old posted on Twitter, along …

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