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New development strategy to better target aid, says UK

The UK will try to better direct its aid budget to nations to help foster economic growth, offering an alternative route away from what London calls “malign actors” by instead dealing directly with countries. British Foreign Minister Liz Truss on Monday (May 16) published International Development Strategy to respond to a world increasingly affected by geopolitics. “The Britain will use ...

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Calling a man bald counts as sexual harassment, UK court rules

Calling a man bald can now be classed as sexual harassment, a U.K. employment tribunal judge has ruled, reports CNBC. Three members of the tribunal who decided on the ruling, and alluded to their own experience of hair loss, said that baldness was more prevalent in men than women. Therefore, they argued that the use of the word “bald” as ...

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Britain set to axe one in five civil servants

Tens of thousands of British civil servants are set to lose their jobs under new cost-cutting measures planned by the government, senior minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Friday (May 13), reports AFP. Mr Rees-Mogg did not deny media reports that 91,000 Whitehall jobs were to go when asked by Sky News, saying: “I know it sounds eye-catching, but it’s just ...

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Prince Charles delivers queen’s speech for the first time

Britain’s heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and Prince William took centre stage at the opening of parliament on Tuesday, replacing the 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth who missed the grand set-piece event for the first time in almost six decades. With the queen forced to withdraw on Monday due to a recurrence of mobility issues, 73-year-old Charles arrived at the Palace of Westminster to ...

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UK to provide 1.3bn military support to Ukraine

Britain said it would provide a further 1.3 billion pounds ($1.60 billion) in military support and aid to Ukraine, making the pledge ahead of a planned video call on Sunday by Group of Seven leaders with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Prime Minister Johnson has been one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine’s efforts to resist Russian forces since Russian President ...

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No Harry, Meghan or Andrew on queen’s jubilee balcony: palace

Only working royals will join Queen Elizabeth II on the Buckingham Palace balcony for her Trooping the Colour appearance, officials said Friday, leaving no place for her son Andrew, grandson Harry and his wife, Meghan. “Only those members of the royal family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the queen” will join her at Buckingham Palace ...

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UK MP resigns after admitting watching porn in parliament

A lawmaker from Britain’s ruling Conservative party announced on Saturday he will resign, after admitting he had deliberately watched pornography on his mobile phone in the House of Commons chamber, reports AFP. Neil Parish, who represents a seat in southwest England, said he was standing down and triggering a by-election in the Tory stronghold after what he called an indefensible ...

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British MP suspended over ‘porn in parliament’ allegation

Britain’s ruling Conservative party on Friday suspended one of its MPs pending an investigation into claims he watched pornography on his mobile phone in the House of Commons chamber. The identification of MP Neil Parish, 65, ends days of speculation since the allegation emerged on Tuesday, amid accusations of a misogynistic environment in parliament. “Having spoken to the Chief Whip ...

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday there may be no swift end to the conflict in Ukraine because of the stiff resistance to Russia’s invasion. Asked if he agreed with defence intelligence assessments that fighting could drag on until the end of next year, he told reporters: “The sad thing is that is a realistic possibility,” AFP reports. Johnson, ...

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