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Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over ‘interference’

  China has warned the UK not to interfere with Hong Kong following the imposition of a new national security law, as one pro-democracy campaigner begged for international support. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said the UK’s offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers amounted to “gross interference”. The offer came after Beijing brought in the ...

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Debt is the ‘sleeping giant’ of problems caused by COVID-19, charity warns

A food bank and financial advice service in north Derbyshire has seen a “harrowing” increase in demand during lockdown. A charity has warned that debt is the “sleeping giant” of problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The fallout from the health crisis has already seen a surge in the numbers of people asking for help – whether ...

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Another 22 die from coronavirus bringing UK death toll to 44,220

The latest figures include deaths in all settings across Britain and today’s rise is one of the lowest on a Sunday since the lockdown began in March. June 28 saw the lowest figure on a Sunday with 21 fatalities, compared to 27 the week before. Earlier today, another 19 coronavirus deaths were announced across UK hospitals. England reported 18 new ...

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Coronavirus: ‘Crystal clear’ drunk people will not socially distance

Some streets in Soho, London, were closed to traffic   It is “crystal clear” that drunk people are unable to socially distance, the chair of the Police Federation said as pubs reopened on Saturday. Ministers had urged caution ahead of hospitality venues reopening in England after three months of lockdown. John Apter dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, ...

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British-Bangladeshi physician doctor of the year in UK

London Office : Dr Farzana Hussain, a general physician (GP) partner at the Project Surgery in Newham, is one of 12 National Health Service (NHS) workers photographed by Rankin, who has previously taken portraits of the Rolling Stones and the Queen. It is a proud moment for Bangladesh as a Bangladesh-origin doctor has received this great honour by virtue of ...

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Coronavirus: England lockdown easing ‘biggest step yet’, says PM

The easing of lockdown rules in England is the “biggest step yet on the road to recovery”, the prime minister has said. Many businesses – including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas – can reopen from Saturday, BBC reported. Boris Johnson said the public “must not let them down” by being complacent about social distancing, and he would “not hesitate” to ...

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England’s quarantine-free list of countries published

A full list of countries for which quarantine will not apply to people arriving back in England has been published. Countries including Greece, Spain, France and Belgium are on the list, which comes into effect from 10 July. But countries such as China, US, Sweden and Portugal are not, meaning arrivals from those have to isolate for 14 days. Scotland ...

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Accountability essential for Myanmar for atrocities: UK

UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights Rita French has said accountability for atrocities is essential for Myanmar to move towards peace and stability. “The UK is deeply concerned by the restrictions Rohingya face on their freedom of movement,” Rita said while delivering  statement during the Interactive Dialogue on the situation of human rights of Rohingya people recently. In recent months, ...

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US under siege as pandemic accelerates, Britain eases quarantine

The United States posted a record 53,000 new coronavirus cases as the deadly pandemic accelerated across the Americas, but its slowdown in Europe led Britain to announce Friday the first exemptions to its quarantine rules. With Europe looking to turn the page on the biggest public health crisis in modern history, travelers arriving into Britain from Germany, France, Spain and ...

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UK offers Hong Kongers citizenship in response to China

Britain on Wednesday extended Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to China’s sweeping new security law for the former UK territory. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement represents the most direct international response to legislation that has been roundly condemned by Western allies. It comes during a London review of its entire range of relations with Beijing ...

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