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Britain warns at UN rights forum against security law for Hong Kong

Britain said on Tuesday that China’s plan to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong would undermine the autonomy and freedoms of the former British colony.

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Spain may quarantine British tourists, minister tells BBC

Spain is considering imposing a quarantine on British travellers when it reopens its borders next week, in response to a similar policy at London’s end, its foreign minister said.

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Dexamethasone trial result most important so far, says English health chief

England’s Chief Medical Officer has hailed a finding that steroid drug dexamethasone can save the lives of those severely ill with COVID-19 as the most important trial result so far, as scientists seek effective treatments for the new disease.

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Johnson bows to footballer’s pressure to provide summer food fund

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will provide a summer food fund for struggling families in England, bowing to pressure from England forward Marcus Rashford and his campaign to prevent children from going hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cineworld plans to reopen all theatres by July

British cinema operator Cineworld Group Plc said on Tuesday that some of its theatres would reopen in the last week of June and expected all of them to reopen by July with enhanced sanitation procedures across all sites.

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More than 600,000 lose work in UK as COVID hits jobs market

The number of people on British employers’ payrolls fell by more than 600,000 in April and May as the coronavirus lockdown hit the labour market, and vacancies plunged by the most on record, data showed on Tuesday.

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Britain’s The Independent to launch Russian-language edition – RBC

Russian media magnate Alexander Lebedev said he planned to launch an online Russian-language edition of British newspaper The Independent starting this month, Russia’s RBC media portal reported on Tuesday.

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UK funds human trials of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Imperial

Scientists at Imperial College London will start the first clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine this week with more than 45 million pounds in backing from the UK government and philanthropic donors.

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PM’s spokesman praises black protester who carried injured white man

The instincts of the Black Lives Matter protester who emerged from chaotic scenes in London carrying an injured white man during scuffles with counter protesters on Saturday represented the best of us, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said.

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IAG’s Walsh rejects lawmakers’ criticism over British Airways plan

British Airways is fighting for its survival and has acted lawfully, Willie Walsh, the chief executive of the airline’s owner IAG said on Monday, in a terse response to lawmakers who heavily criticised its treatment of employees.

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Primark the star attraction as England’s stores reopen after lockdown

Long queues of shoppers snaked around stores in England on Monday, with discount fashion retailer Primark proving a particular draw as shops reopened their doors after 83 days of lockdown.

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Johnson sees Brexit deal in July if talks momentum builds

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday the outstanding disagreements between Britain and the European Union were well understood and that a deal could be done in July if more energy went into the negotiations from now on.

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London Zoo reopens after lockdown, but with limits in place

London Zoo reopened to only a fraction of the normal number of visitors on Monday as the world’s oldest scientific zoo welcomed guests for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close nearly three months ago.

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With a bit of oomph, Brexit deal feasible in July, says UK’s Johnson

Leaders from Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday that talks on their future relationship should be stepped up to clinch a deal, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggesting an agreement could be reached in July with “a bit of oomph”.

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UK coastguards locate wreckage of U.S. fighter plane, pilot missing

British coastguards have located the wreckage of a U.S. fighter plane that crashed off the coast of northeast England on Monday but the pilot is still missing, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.

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UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises by 38 to 41,736

The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 38 to 41,736 as of 1600 GMT on June 14, according to government data released on Monday.

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Britain, EU agree new momentum needed in future relationship talks

Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday that new momentum was required in talks on their future ties, supporting plans to intensify the negotiations that have all but stalled and to work hard “to deliver a relationship”.

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Calls for action, not words, as Johnson launches UK racism commission

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure on Monday to deliver action on racism after he launched a commission on racial inequalities following Black Lives Matter protests.

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PM Johnson to urge EU to reach agreement by end of summer

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge the European Union on Monday to commit to renewed energy to reach an agreement on the future relationship by the end of the summer, his spokesman said on Monday.

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Review into two-metre rule to be completed in coming weeks, says PM’s spokesman

Britain’s government hopes to complete a review into whether the country should stick to a social distancing measure of keeping people 2 metres apart in the coming weeks, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

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UK racism commission should report by the end of this year, says PM’s spokesman

Britain’s government expects to receive a report on the findings and recommendations from a new cross-government commission on racism by the end of this year, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

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Man jailed after urinating near UK memorial to slain policeman during protests

A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of outraging public decency and was sentenced to 14 days in jail after he urinated next to a memorial to a murdered policeman during far-right protests in central London.

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From crowded tubes to pedal power, London’s COVID transport challenge

The crowded daily commute in London has long been a source of misery for millions. But getting to work will be even more of a challenge following Britain’s coronavirus lockdown.

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UK statistics office says April RPI inflation data wrong

Britain’s statistics office said on Monday that April’s Retail Prices Index measure of inflation used inaccurate mortgage interest rate data, overstating the real rate.

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A picture and its story: Black man carries suspected far-right protester to safety

Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez heard the words ring out during chaotic scenes in London on Saturday, when mostly peaceful anti-racist demonstrations turned into violent scuffles with counter-protesters in the area.

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PM Johnson defends Churchill, criticises ‘distortion of our history’ – Telegraph

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain cannot “photoshop” its cultural landscape and complex history as doing so would be a distortion of its past, amid an ongoing row over the removal of statues of historical figures.

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Irish parties hope to reach coalition deal on Monday, finance minister says

Talks among Irish political parties Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party on the formation of a new coalition government will likely conclude on Monday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said.

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Johnson to launch cross-government commission on racism

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a cross-government commission would examine racism and the disparities experienced by minority ethnic groups in education, health and the criminal justice system following Black Lives Matter protests.

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WHO’s Kluge warns against further lifting of lockdown in England – Guardian

The coronavirus induced lockdown in England should not be further lifted until the government’s contact-tracing system proves to be “robust and effective”, the World Health Organization’s regional European director Hans Kluge said.

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Man arrested for urinating on memorial during London protest

A 28-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of urinating on the memorial of a murdered policeman during far-right protests in central London on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said.