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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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Boris Johnson: Brexit will mark ‘new chapter’ for UK, says PM

The UK is on the verge of a “new chapter” in its history, Boris Johnson has said, as he promised to “finish the job” by delivering Brexit within weeks. In his new year message, the prime minister said he hoped the country would “move forward united” after it leaves the EU on 31 January. He vowed to govern “for everyone”, ...

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New UK government raises minimum wage

Britain’s minimum wage is to increase by more than four times the rate of UK inflation from next year, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced Tuesday, reports AFP. A 6.2-percent increase from April takes the so-called national living wage for workers aged 25 and over from 8.21 pounds to a minimum 8.72 pounds ( 10.79 to 11.52, 9.63 euros ...

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British ex-PM skipped ‘street cred’ of Olympics for cricket

For one British prime minister, choosing between the Olympics Games and cricket was a no-brainer. Archival records released by the U.K. government on Tuesday reveal that aides tried to persuade Prime Minister John Major that attending the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta would be good for his “street cred.” Major, who was prime minister between 1990 and 1997, would have ...

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UK to use satellite technology to help tackle climate change

London, Dec. 31 : A new satellite data center will analyze the impact climate change is having on Britain, help shape policies on reducing carbon emissions, and contribute to reaching net zero targets, the UK government announced on Monday. The Center for Satellite Data in Environmental Science (SENSE), is a virtual academic collaboration and is being established with funding from ...

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Queen Elizabeth’s daughter is hardest-working royal, again!

Being a member of the British royal family isn’t the easiest job on earth, if TV shows and movies provide accurate pictures. But how much do the royals work? According to official records, prominent members of the royal family worked an average of 84.5 days this year, or about a third of the 253 working days in the U.K. Queen ...

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New Year Honours: 1,000 addresses published in error

list of more than 1,000 addresses of New Years Honours recipients, including those of senior police officers and politicians, has been accidentally published by the government. The file was uploaded to the official website, but has since been removed. The Cabinet Office told the BBC: “We apologise to all those affected and are looking into how this happened.” Among the ...

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Love pulls British youth to Bangladesh

Graham Stuart and Ferdousi Kabir Mukta knew it was love when they came across each other in the UK. Mukta had gone there for studies at Nottingham University in 2017 where the couple met and fell in love. They eventually decided to tie the knot but the issue of religions popped up. Stuart finally came to Chattogram on December 14 ...

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Cost of UK royals back in spotlight after Queen’s year to forget

After a torrid 2019 in which the queen’s son Prince Andrew was implicated in an underage sex abuse scandal, many in Britain are again asking if the monarchy has gotten too big — and rich — for its own good. The family’s year to forget may encourage Prince Charles, set to eventually take over from his mother Queen Elizabeth II, ...

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Prince Philip leaves hospital for Christmas with Queen

The Duke of Edinburgh has returned to Sandringham in time for Christmas after four nights in hospital. Prince Philip, 98, was taken to the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Friday on the advice of his doctor. Buckingham Palace said the duke had returned to the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Tuesday and thanked people for “their good wishes”.It comes ...

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