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Bank of England: The UK economy will rise again

The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus infections and the rapid rollout of the nation's COVID-19 vaccination program. The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus … Continue reading Bank of England: The UK economy will rise again

NO-WAY-IRAN: UK protests new charges against Zaghari-Ratcliffe

New charges of "propaganda against the system" made by Iran against British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a week after she finished serving a five-year sentence, are "unacceptable", Britain says. It is unacceptable that Iran was pursuing a second case against British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, British foreign minister Dominic Raab has said. "It is unacceptable that … Continue reading NO-WAY-IRAN: UK protests new charges against Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The Latest: Harry and Meghan are having a baby girl

Meghan and Harry say their second child is a girl. The two made the revelation in their interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Sunday night, a rare positive moment in a conversation that dwelt mostly on their struggles within the royal family. Their first child, son Archie, turns 2 in May. Harry said “to … Continue reading The Latest: Harry and Meghan are having a baby girl

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Harry admits he was ‘trapped’ in the royal family before meeting Meghan

The latest on Oprah Winfrey's interview with Meghan and Harry, their first since stepping away from royal life: 6:50 p.m. Prince Harry says he was “trapped” in the royal family before Meghan helped free him. Oprah Winfrey asked Harry in their interview airing Sunday night whether he would have stepped down from his royal duties … Continue reading Harry admits he was ‘trapped’ in the royal family before meeting Meghan

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UK enacts new visa law for Hong Kong residents seeking citizenship

Hong Kong residents can apply from Sunday for a new visa offering them an opportunity to become British citizens after Beijing’s imposition of a national security law in the Asian financial hub last year. The move comes as China and Hong Kong have said they will no longer recognise the British National Overseas (BNO) passport … Continue reading UK enacts new visa law for Hong Kong residents seeking citizenship

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Britons slam Boris Johnson’s plan to allow family gatherings during Christmas

Boris Johnson's plan to relax the UK coronavirus lockdown over the Christmas period is like "throwing fuel over the COVID fire" and will lead to a third wave of coronavirus deaths, according to a scientist advising the prime minister. The UK government on Tuesday announced that it had agreed with the devolved administrations to let … Continue reading Britons slam Boris Johnson’s plan to allow family gatherings during Christmas

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How long can your COVID-19 immunity last after infection?

Covid-19 immunity could only last a few months following infection, after a study revealed a decline in protective antibodies. Research by Imperial College London estimated just 4.4% of adults had some form of immunity against Covid-19 in September, when cases began to increase again. This is compared with 6% found to have antibodies between June 20 … Continue reading How long can your COVID-19 immunity last after infection?

UK telecom companies won’t sell locked phones anymore

Mobile phone companies are to be banned from selling devices which are “locked” into specific networks, the UK communications regulator has ruled. Ofcom said the likes of BT/EE, Tesco Mobile and Vodafone will be told to follow their other big name rivals in only supplying phones which allow customers to switch from one network to another … Continue reading UK telecom companies won’t sell locked phones anymore

Boris: Get ready for no-deal Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that the time has come for the UK to “get ready” for a no-deal Brexit on Jan. 1.  Reading a statement from Downing Street, Johnson said: “From the outset, we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship based on friendship and … Continue reading Boris: Get ready for no-deal Brexit

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COVID-19: Death toll in the UK passes 40,000

As the number of deaths fall for the third week running, 10,000 more people than average have died at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of people in the UK who have lost their lives to coronavirus has now passed 40,000, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics. But the true death toll could … Continue reading COVID-19: Death toll in the UK passes 40,000