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Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws

Photo: Protestor flags fly opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. London, Apr 14 : As a symbol of the woes of Britain’s Brexit-era democracy, it could hardly be bettered. Lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate last week when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. The image ...

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UK pressured not to overlook Swedish claims to Assange

Photo: A general view of HMP Belmarsh, in London. London, Apr 14 : British lawmakers are heaping pressure on the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape investigation against him. There is mounting concern that Assange should not be allowed to sidestep the Swedish investigation stemming from his 2010 ...

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Ukraine ambassador’s car rammed in London; Police fire shots

British police fired shots Saturday at a car outside the Ukrainian Embassy in London after it rammed other cars parked in front of the embassy. London’s Metropolitan Police said firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect who drove a vehicle at a police car when police arrived on the scene.The Ukraine Embassy said its ambassador’s ...

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UK standup comedian Ian Cognito dies onstage during show

Ian Cognito. Photo: Collected London,  Apr 13 : British standup comedian Ian Cognito has died on stage during a gig. South Central Ambulance Service said Friday that medics were called to a club in Bicester, southern England, Thursday night, and “sadly one patient passed away at the scene.” Police said the death was not suspicious. Show organizer Andrew Bird told ...

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The Brexit conundrum is defeating Britain’s political system

Photo: Protestor flags fly opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. London, Apr 13 : As a symbol of the woes of Britain’s Brexit-era democracy, it could hardly be bettered. Lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate last week when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. The image ...

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WikiLeaks’ Assange hauled from embassy, faces US charge

Photo: Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday, April 11, 2019 for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the ...

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Wealthy families are biggest winners from school appeals

Families in affluent areas of England are much more likely to succeed in getting a school place on appeal, according to research. The Education Policy Institute has examined what happened to 86,000 families who did not get their first-choice secondary school place. About one in seven of those initially missing out go on to get a place from an appeal ...

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Brexit: Theresa May defends 31 October delay to MPs

Theresa May has told MPs it remains her “priority” to deliver Brexit, defending the decision to delay the UK’s exit from the EU by more than six months. The new deadline of 31 October, set following late-night talks in Brussels, means the UK is likely to have to hold European Parliament elections in May. The prime minister promised to pursue ...

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WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London

Photo: In this file photo dated Friday May 19, 2017, watched by the media WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looks out from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy prior to speaking, in London. London, Apr 11 : Police in London say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012. In a ...

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Minister focuses on media freedom and economic progress in Bangladesh

Mark Field, Minister for Asia and the Pacific, was the first UK minister to meet with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina since elections in December. During his two-day visit, which included a roundtable with senior editors to discuss media freedom in Bangladesh, the Minister warmly praised Bangladesh on its continued economic growth, including its transition toward a Middle Income Country, ...

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