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British lawmakers finally approve historic Brexit deal

Britain’s parliament finally approved Brexit on Thursday, allowing it to become the first country to leave the European Union later this month, ending years of arguments that toppled two governments and splintered society. The House of Commons erupted in cheers after MPs ratified Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s divorce deal with Brussels by 330 votes to 231, turning the page on ...

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Iran crisis: PM tells President Hassan Rouhani to end hostilities

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani there should be “an end to hostilities”. In a phone call, Mr Johnson urged calm following Iran’s retaliation for the US killing of army chief Qasem Soleimani. The PM also underlined the UK’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, despite pressure to abandon it from US President Donald Trump. It ...

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Prince Harry and Meghan: Royal Family ‘hurt’ as couple begin ‘next chapter’

Prince Harry and Meghan did not consult any senior royal about making the statement, it is understood. Buckingham Palace was “blindsided”, said BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, as talks about their future had begun but were in very early stages. The Palace said there were “complicated issues” to work through. In their statement on Wednesday, Harry and Meghan said they ...

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Prince Harry and Meghan to step back as senior royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they will step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent. In a statement, Prince Harry and Meghan also said they plan to split their time between the UK and North America. The BBC understands no other royal – including the Queen or Prince William – was consulted before the ...

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Opposition MPs fail to dent Johnson’s Brexit strategy in first votes of new year

  British lawmakers started a three-day Brexit debate Tuesday on their first House of Commons sitting of the new year. MPs debated details of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit Withdrawal Bill which was passed last month with an overwhelming majority. Opposition MPs tabled a long list of amendments to the bill, with a series of votes scheduled at Westminster over ...

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Let British troops stay in Iraq, UK urges

No 10 has urged Iraq to allow UK troops to stay in the country following the US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, saying their work is vital. Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday on the orders of President Donald Trump. Iraqi MPs responded to the strike by passing a non-binding resolution calling for ...

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Labour leadership: Rules for contest to be decided

Labour’s ruling body will meet on Monday to agree the timetable for the party’s leadership race and the rules for the forthcoming contest. Five MPs – Clive Lewis, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry – have so far entered the running to succeed Jeremy Corbyn. Party officials will decide the length of the contest and who ...

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Portrait of Queen and three heirs marks the start of a new decade

A portrait of the Queen Elizabeth with the next three heirs to the throne has been released to mark the start of the new decade. It shows the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George standing with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.The new photograph was taken in the week before Christmas, but has not been published until ...

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New Year’s Eve: Revellers across the UK usher in 2020

  Revellers across the UK have rung in the start of a new decade, with fireworks displays in London, Edinburgh and other major cities. In London, some 12,000 fireworks lit up the capital’s skyline. Edinburgh hosted what it promised would be the UK’s “biggest street party” as part of the city’s Hogmanay celebrations. Firework shows were also held in other ...

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