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More than two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

In total some 2.5 million faithful, the majority from abroad, will undertake the pilgrimage this year During the pilgrimage separate streams of men and women, grouped by nationality, will travel to Mina on foot or in buses More than two million Muslims begin the annual Hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicization of the pilgrimage against ...

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UK economy shrinks for first time since 2012 as Brexit bites

The British economy shrank in the second quarter for the first time in six and a half years as Brexit uncertainties weighed on business investment and firms reduced their stockpiling of goods after Britain was granted an extension to its departure from the European Union, official figures showed Friday. The decline, the first since the fourth quarter of 2012, was ...

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PM to “supercharge” UK science with fast visa system

Boris Johnson has instructed government departments to devise a new fast-track visa system to attract leading scientists to work in the UK. The Prime Minister plans to remove the cap on so-called tier one visas for highly skilled migrants. This cap currently restricts numbers to 2,000 a year. Mr Johnson also wants to make the system easier and quicker to ...

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British High Commission in Bangladesh places Digital Messaging Boards at Dhaka and Sylhet Airport

  The British High Commission in Bangladesh, in collaboration with Civil Aviation Authority in Bangladesh, has placed digital messaging boards in the arrival areas of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and International and Domestic arrivals at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. HE Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British High Commissioner in Bangladesh, along with Group Captain Abu Sayeed Mehboob Khan, ...

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Brexit: EU ‘refusing to negotiate’, says Gove

Cabinet minister Michael Gove says the EU “seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK” over a new Brexit deal. Mr Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, said he was “deeply saddened” that Brussels was, in his words, saying “no, we don’t want to talk”. It comes after the EU said UK demands to remove the Irish backstop ...

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Brexit: Parliament can’t stop no deal, says minister

Hancock says he has changed his mind because “the facts have changed” Parliament can no longer block a no-deal Brexit, the health secretary has said. During his bid for the Tory leadership, Matt Hancock said no deal was “not an available choice” to the next PM, as MPs “will never allow it to happen”. He told the BBC he had ...

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Boris Johnson’s party suffers defeat in UK special election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s governing Conservative Party lost a special election early Friday, leaving it with a one-vote working majority in Parliament as Brexit looms. In the Conservatives’ first electoral test since Johnson became prime minister nine days ago, the party was defeated for the seat of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales by Jane Dodds of the opposition Liberal ...

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Bangladesh seeks more British investment to boost growth

Dhaka, Aug 1 : Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said more British companies should come up to invest in Bangladesh and take advantage of its young and growing population. He said Bangladesh needs more foreign direct investment (FDI) to move forward. The Finance Minister made the remarks at a breakfast meeting hosted by Chair of British Business Group (BBG) ...

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Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy

London, Aug 1 : New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday finished his rocky debut tour of the U.K. in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge of restoring the collapsed Belfast government and finding a solution for the Irish border after Brexit. Since he took office a week ago, Johnson has been touring England, Scotland, Wales ...

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Boris Johnson urges NI parties to ‘seal power-sharing deal’

Boris Johnson has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to step up their efforts to restore devolved government, during talks in Belfast. The PM held a series of meetings with the five main Stormont parties, in which Brexit was also discussed. NI has been without a government since January 2017, when the power-sharing DUP/Sinn Féin coalition collapsed. On Tuesday, Mr ...

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