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Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK

2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England, the Met Office has announced. It said highs for summer 2018 were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910.   England’s average temperatures narrowly beat those seen in 1976, they ...

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Home Office loses 75% of its appeals against immigration rulings

Successful applicants being unnecessarily put through traumatic process, say lawyers Nearly three-quarters of final immigration court appeals brought by the Home Office against rulings allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK are dismissed, according to figures seen by the Guardian. The low success rate raises concerns the Home Office is putting people through lengthy and expensive ...

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No 10 slaps down Boris Johnson over Chequers plan criticism

Downing Street intervention marks escalation of feud between PM and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson faced a concerted backlash over his attack on Theresa May’s Brexit plans on Monday, with a string of senior Conservatives lining up to denounce him, as the prime minister sought to save her Chequers deal from fierce internal criticism. Downing Street delivered a rare public ...

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British envoy says Myanmar case hurt rule of law

Journalists and activists attempt to block police car carrying two Reuters journalists leaving from the court Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. Yangon, Sep 3 : Britain’s ambassador says the verdict against two Reuters journalists has undermined media freedom in Myanmar. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted Monday of violating a colonial-era secrecy law and sentenced to ...

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UK prime minister says no, again, to second Brexit vote

London, Sep 2 : Britain’s prime minister has again spoken out against calls for a second referendum on Britain’s decision to split with the European Union. Theresa May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that it would be a “gross betrayal of our democracy” to have another vote. She said “millions came out to have their say” in the June 2016 ...

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British-Bangladeshi gets 30-yr for plot to kill PM May

Bangladesh origin UK man Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman. Photo: Collected London, Aug 31 :  A Bangladesh origin UK man who plotted to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May received a prison sentence of at least 30 years Friday from a judge who called him “a very dangerous individual.” Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, who gave his nationality as Bangladeshi-British, was convicted in London ...

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Nobel prize-winning economist James Mirrlees dies at 82

London, Aug 31 : Cambridge University says economist James Mirrlees, the co-winner of the 1996 Nobel prize in economics, has died. He was 82. Mirrlees, who died Wednesday, studied public economics, or the role of the public sector in the market economy. He examined devising an optimal income tax regime balancing efficiency and equity. He shared the Nobel with William ...

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Crossrail delay: New London line will open in autumn 2019

Crossrail’s original budget was set at £15.9bn in 2007 but cut to £14.8bn in 2010 London’s new Crossrail underground line is to open in autumn 2019 – nine months after its scheduled launch. Transport for London (TfL) said more time is needed “to ensure a safe and reliable railway for customers from day one of passenger service”. The project is ...

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Solihull murders: Man held over mum and daughter deaths

Raneem Oudeh (left) and her mother Khaola Saleem were pronounced dead at the scene A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a mother and daughter. Raneem Oudeh, 22, and Khaola Saleem, 49, were found stabbed to death outside their home in Solihull on Monday. West Midlands Police said it arrested the man in the Sparkhill ...

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Britain’s May in Kenya to boost economic ties amid Brexit

Nairobi, Aug 30 : British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday became the first UK leader to visit Kenya in 30 years, bringing security and development funding to East Africa’s commercial hub and neighboring Somalia as Britain seeks to boost economic ties ahead of a bumpy exit from the European Union in March. May met with President Uhuru Kenyatta on ...

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