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UK queen, 94, makes first outing in seven months to visit secret defence laboratory

15 Oct 2020

LONDON Queen Elizabeth carried out her first major engagement since a coronavirus lockdown in March, visiting the Porton Down military research facility on Thursday which was involved in dealing with a 2018 Novichok nerve agent attack.

UK queen visits Novichok lab in first outing since lockdown

15 Oct 2020

LONDON, Oct 15 Queen Elizabeth on Thursday was carrying out her first major engagement since a coronavirus lockdown in March, visiting the Porton Down military research facility which was involved in dealing with a 2018 Novichok nerve agent attack.

Four men on trial over death of 39 Vietnamese migrants in UK truck container

07 Oct 2020

LONDON Two members of an alleged people-smuggling gang stood trial on Wednesday accused of being responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese men, women and boys found suffocated in a stifling, airtight shipping container near London last year.

UK COVID loan scheme could lose 26 billion pounds from fraud, defaults- watchdog

07 Oct 2020

LONDON Criminals may have made billions of pounds by exploiting a government loan scheme to help British businesses hit by the coronavirus, while large losses are expected from firms unable to repay, the country's spending watchdog said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 1-UK COVID loan scheme could lose 26 bln pounds from fraud, defaults - watchdog

07 Oct 2020

LONDON, Oct 7 Criminals may have made billions of pounds by exploiting a government loan scheme to help British businesses hit by the coronavirus, while large losses are expected from firms unable to repay, the country's spending watchdog said on Wednesday.

UK COVID loan scheme could lose 26 billion pounds from fraud, defaults - watchdog

07 Oct 2020

LONDON Criminals may have made billions of pounds by exploiting a government loan scheme to help British businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, while large losses are expected from firms unable to repay, the country's spending watchdog has said.

Church of England failed to protect children from sexual predators, inquiry says

06 Oct 2020

LONDON The Church of England failed to protect children from sexual predators within its ranks for decades, allowing abusers to hide in an attempt to defend its own reputation rather than following its duty to protect young people, an inquiry said on Tuesday.

UK PM Johnson's battle with COVID-19 may be a warning for Trump

02 Oct 2020

LONDON When Boris Johnson caught COVID-19 in March, the overweight British prime minister tried to work through the illness "in denial" - but ended up wearing an oxygen mask in an intensive care unit and was ultimately out of action for almost a month.

UK judge to give Assange's U.S. extradition verdict early next year

01 Oct 2020

LONDON A British judge said on Thursday she would give her decision early next year on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face 18 charges including espionage.

Prince Harry and Meghan tell Britain: end 'structural racism'

01 Oct 2020

LONDON Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have called for an end to "structural racism", saying it holds back young people of colour, in their latest foray into politically sensitive issues usually avoided by the British royal family.

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