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UK’s Sunak to meet Biden, Australian PM next week: govt

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will on Monday meet US President Joe Biden and Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese to discuss the emerging AUKUS security pact, the UK leader’s spokesman said Wednesday. The meeting comes with Australia set to seal a nuclear-powered submarine deal with Britain or the United States, seen as part of the trio’s efforts to counter China’s growing ...

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UK Foreign Secretary in India, to launch scheme for young professionals

Ahead of attending the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, the UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will be meeting his counterpart External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Wednesday as they are expected to discuss progress on the UK-India 2030 Roadmap that aims to bolster the two countries’ ties in defence and security, trade and investment. He’s visiting India to attend the G20 ...

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Sunak: Northern Ireland in ‘unbelievably special position’ with access to EU and UK markets

Rishi Sunak has said his new Brexit deal puts Northern Ireland in a “unbelievably special position” because it gives the nation access to both the UK and European Union markets – making it the “world’s most exciting economic zone.” The prime minister, in Northern Ireland to promote his newly negotiated trade agreement with the EU, told firms there they should ...

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Betty Boothroyd, first and only woman speaker of the Commons, dies aged 93

Baroness Betty Boothroyd, the first and only woman speaker of the House of Commons, has died aged 93. The Dewsbury-born politician was the Labour MP for West Bromwich for 27 years and served as speaker of the House from 1992 till 2000. Current speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle led tributes to the straight-talking trailblazer, saying she was not only “an inspiring ...

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British PM to urge G7 to speed up military aid to Kyiv

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will on Friday tell G7 allies they must increase aid to Kyiv faster to give Ukraine a “decisive” battlefield advantage, a statement issued by his office said. “For Ukraine to win this war — and to accelerate that day — they must gain a decisive advantage on the battlefield Instead of an incremental approach, we ...

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Shamima Begum who joined ISIS as a teen loses UK citizenship appeal

A British woman whose UK citizenship was revoked after she traveled to Syria as a teenager to join the Islamic State group has lost an appeal in her fight to have her citizenship restored. Shamima Begum, now 23, was 15 when she and two other girls from London joined the extremist group in February 2015. Authorities withdrew her British citizenship ...

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Judgement due in Shamima Begum’s UK citizenship case

A woman who was stripped of her British citizenship after joining the Islamic State group in Syria will on Wednesday find out if she has won her legal battle to reverse the decision. Shamima Begum, now 23, was aged 15 in 2015 when she left her home in east London with two school friends to travel to Syria. While there ...

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British embassy spy sentenced to 13 years for leaking secrets to Russia

British embassy security guard who fed secrets to Russian agents and put the safety of his colleagues in peril has been jailed for more than 13 years for espionage. David Ballantyne Smith, 58, was driven by a hatred of the UK when he became a traitor, collecting secret and sensitive papers and images over the course of four years. The ...

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