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Oxford college says it wants to remove statue of colonialist Rhodes

An Oxford University college said on Wednesday it wanted to remove from its facade a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes that has been a target of anti-racism protests, though the decision would be made independently.

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Britain removes protection from Churchill statue for Macron visit

Workmen began removing protective hoarding around a statue of Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill on Wednesday ahead of a visit from French President Emmanuel Macron, after the monument was covered up during racial equality protests.

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London producer Mackintosh shuts down ‘Hamilton’ and other top shows until 2021

Shows including “Hamilton” and “Les Miserables” will not return to the London stage until 2021, producer Cameron Mackintosh said on Wednesday, blaming uncertainty over when the British government would lift social distancing measures.

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Exclusive: Amid Brexit impasse, Germany urges no-deal preparations – document

The German government is urging other EU states to prepare for a no deal Brexit, according an internal document that casts doubt on Britain’s optimism over chances of an early agreement on its future ties with the bloc.

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No injuries as PM Johnson’s car shunted by security vehicle – Reuters witnesses

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s car was shunted by a security vehicle outside parliament on Wednesday when Kurdish protesters ran into the road, two Reuters witnesses said.

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UK death toll from confirmed COVID-19 rises by 184 to 42,153

The UK death toll from confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 42,153, an increase of 184, the latest daily figures from the government showed on Wednesday.

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Red, white and blue; UK PM Johnson’s plane gets a patriotic makeover

A plane used by the Royal Family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be painted red, white and blue to “better represent the UK around the world,” a patriotic makeover after Britain’s departure from the European Union.

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Virus-stricken UK pilot in Vietnam may be discharged from hospital soon

A British pilot in Vietnam stricken with COVID-19 who at one point seemed close to death has almost fully recovered and is in a position to be discharged from hospital, a Vietnamese medical official said on Wednesday.

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Explainer: What Britain and the EU have to sort out to get a trade deal

Britain and the European Union have said they will intensify negotiations on reaching a comprehensive agreement on the terms of their future relationship.

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Takeaway coffee and fitness classes return to UK inflation data as lockdown eases

Haircuts, holidays and a pint at the pub remain off limits but prices for takeaway coffees, muffins and fitness classes have returned to Britain’s inflation data, giving a picture of how the coronavirus lockdown is easing.

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UK’s Labour says will hold government to promise of EU deal by year-end

Britain’s opposition Labour Party will hold Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to its promise of securing a free trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year, the spokesman for its leader Keir Starmer said on Wednesday.

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UK minister apologises for misnaming soccer star Rashford, citing Harry Potter confusion

Health minister Matt Hancock apologised on Wednesday to England soccer player Marcus Rashford for getting his name wrong, suggesting that confusion with the star of the Harry Potter films was behind the slip-up.

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UK now has 240,000 doses of dexamethasone in stock or on order – health minister

Britain has increased the amount of dexamethasone it has in stock and on order to 240,000 doses, health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday, after a preliminary trial result showed it reduced mortality in the most severe COVID-19 cases.

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Britain to tackle economy in ‘creative’ way after EU transition, says PM Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday Britain could deal with its economy in “a creative and constructive way” after a status quo transition with the European Union finishes at the end of this year.

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Lets swap places; UK opposition leader taunts PM Johnson

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader taunted Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday for batting back questions, quipping that if he wanted to change places then he would be happy to so right now.

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More work to be done to tackle discrimination, says PM Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday there was more work to be done to tackle discrimination in Britain but that his government would look at new ways of legislating against vandalism of war memorials.

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‘Best news so far’: UK hails steroid treatment for coronavirus

Britain’s health minister on Wednesday hailed the use of a steroid called dexamethasone for treating coronavirus patients as the best news so far of the outbreak.

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Show me the data: U.S. doctors skeptical of reported COVID breakthrough

The report on Tuesday of a powerful treatment for the new coronavirus brought skepticism along with optimism among U.S. doctors, who said the recent withdrawal of an influential COVID-19 study left them wanting to see more data.

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Steroid drug hailed as ‘breakthrough’ for seriously ill COVID-19 patients

A cheap and widely used steroid called dexamethasone has become the first drug shown to be able to save the lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists said is a “major breakthrough” in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sunak prepares to break ‘triple lock’ state pension pledge – FT

British finance minister Rishi Sunak is planning to break the Conservative Party’s “triple lock” state pension pledge, the Financial Times reported, saying the Treasury fears the policy may become unaffordable due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.

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World’s poor ‘will pay price’, charities say as UK scraps aid department

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Charities and former British prime ministers condemned the government’s decision on Tuesday to merge its diplomatic and aid departments, warning it could not come at a worse time and that “the world’s poorest will pay the price”.

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Johnson wants unrestricted travel to France, Spain as soon as possible

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he wanted to see unrestricted travel to Spain and France “as soon as we can”, but defended his government’s quarantine policy on arriving visitors.

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UK continuing drug trials to improve on COVID-19 steroid treatment

Britain is continuing medical trials to see if it can combine other drugs with a steroid treatment shown to reduce deaths among some COVID-19 patients, Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said on Tuesday.

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British royals reappear in public for first time since lockdown

Britain’s Prince Charles and his son Prince William made their first public appearances on Tuesday since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March, visiting frontline healthcare workers to thank them for their response to the epidemic.

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UK COVID-19 death toll hits 53,077 -Reuters tally

The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll has hit 53,077, according to a Reuters tally of official data sources that underline the country’s status as one of the worst hit in the world.

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Britain’s drug regulator suspends hydroxychloroquine trial recruitment

Britain’s drug regulator on Tuesday instructed scientists trialling the use of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 to suspend the recruitment of participants.

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UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises by 233 to 41,969

The United Kingdom death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 233 to 41,969 as of 1600 GMT on June 15, according to government data released on Tuesday.

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Green plates for green cars: Britain boosts zero-emission transport

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain will introduce a distinctive number plate for electric cars later this year to promote cleaner vehicles, the transport secretary said on Tuesday, as the country targets net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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UK will be flexible after the end of Brexit transition – minister Gove

Britain will be flexible in agreeing a deal with the European Union after the Brexit transition phase in order to minimise any difficulties for business, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday.

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UK to merge international development ministry and Foreign Office

Britain will merge its diplomatic and aid departments, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, promising that a combined department would better promote British interests without cutting spending on overseas projects.