UK & Australia Say AUKUS Pact Over hyped, Allay Fears

UK & Australia Say AUKUS Pact Over hyped, Allay Fears

Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the US amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. UK Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey said there “has been a lot of overhyping” of the pact known as AUKUS. He said the UK and the US have been sharing such technologies for decades and that Australia’s decision to join was merely to develop its own submarine capability. The pact will provide Australia with nuclear reactors to power its submarines but the…

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70 Million Pound Investment, Economic Deals: UK On Minister’s India Visit

70 Million Pound Investment, Economic Deals: UK On Minister’s India Visit

The UK will invest GBP 70 million green tech infrastructure projects across India, and also fund GBP 11.5 million in two venture capital funds aimed at supporting India’s transition to cleaner energy, it said. India and the UK are expected to sign a series of tech and infrastructure deals during a two-day visit by the UK Foreign Secretary starting today. The visit will also be used to strengthen the economic and security ties between the two countries, the British government said. During her visit, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will…

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UK’s Covid-19 cases rises above 50,000: Doctors call for restrictions again, But Boris govt says “NO” to fresh curbs

UK’s Covid-19 cases rises above 50,000: Doctors call for restrictions again, But Boris govt says “NO” to fresh curbs

The United Kingdom (UK) is witnessing a fresh surge in daily cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). For more than a week, the country has recorded over 40,000 cases. On Thursday, the daily tally crossed the 50,000-mark with 52,009 people testing positive for the virus, the highest single-day increase since July 17. As many as 115 patients died from related complications, while another 29,000 recovered during the day. At present, the UK has 14,44,489 active cases, while the cumulative tallies stand at 86,41,221 infections, 1,39,146 deaths and 70,57,586 recoveries. On…

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UK’s Queen Elizabeth Spent Night In Hospital, Says Buckingham Palace

UK’s Queen Elizabeth Spent Night In Hospital, Says Buckingham Palace

The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations and returned to Windsor Castle on Thursday, said the Buckingham Palace. London:  Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital for tests after being forced to cancel a visit to Northern Ireland this week, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today (Thursday), and remains in good spirits,” a statement said. Britain’s domestic Press Association…

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Terrorism threat to UK lawmakers substantial after colleague murder: British interior minister

Terrorism threat to UK lawmakers substantial after colleague murder: British interior minister

British interior minister Priti Patel said on Wednesday that the terrorism threat level to members of parliament was now deemed substantial, days after lawmaker David Amess was stabbed to death at a public meeting in his constituency. It means the direct threat to politicians is the same as the overall national threat level, which means an attack is considered likely. “The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has conducted an independent review on the risk facing members of parliament,” Patel told parliament. “While we do not see any information or intelligence…

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PM Boris Johnson pays tribute to David Amess,MP

PM Boris Johnson pays tribute to David Amess,MP

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead MPs as they pay their respects and share memories, ahead of a service at St Margaret’s Church, next to Parliament. The family of Sir David have called for people to “set aside hatred and work towards togetherness”. They added that the “wonderful” tributes paid to him had given them strength, adding: “We ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. Please let some good come from this tragedy.” On Friday, PM Boris Johnson said: “I think all our…

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Conservative MP David Amess stabbed to death while meeting with constituents

Conservative MP David Amess stabbed to death while meeting with constituents

British Conservative lawmaker David Amess has died after being stabbed Friday during a meeting with constituents at a church in eastern England. A 25-year-old man has been arrested. The Essex Police force said officers were called to reports of a stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea just after noon Friday. It said “a man was arrested and a knife recovered”. “We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the wider public,” police said. The force said later that a…

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Boris Johnson faces criticism for taking trip to Spain

Boris Johnson faces criticism for taking trip to Spain

It is the Tory leader’s second getaway this summer. In August, he was forced to cut short a break in Somerset when the Taliban captured Kabul following the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. However, he returned to his break when the last UK troops were evacuated. In August 2020, the Conservative leader, his then fiancée Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred visited the Applecross peninsula on Scotland’s west coast. Johnson was reportedly swept out to sea and “nearly drowned” during the holiday. Shortly after winning a landslide victory in…

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UK TO BECOME 1ST COUNTRY TO APPROVE PFIZER’S COVID-19 VACCINE: HEALTH WORKERS LIKELY TO RECEIVE VACCINE IN A WEEK

UK TO BECOME 1ST COUNTRY TO APPROVE PFIZER’S COVID-19 VACCINE: HEALTH WORKERS LIKELY TO RECEIVE VACCINE IN A WEEK

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, the UK plans to move fast in the approval process and clearance to Pfizer and BioNTech SE could come by next week.The first deliveries of their coronavirus vaccine could be made available to NHS workers in the UK later this month. The United Kingdom (UK) may become the first country to approve Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate as the companies surge ahead with their production plans before the official rollout across the world. As the coronavirus cases continue to rise, the UK plans…

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Boris Johnson braces for second national lockdown as UK Covid cases surge

Boris Johnson braces for second national lockdown as UK Covid cases surge

London: Boris Johnson faces being forced into imposing a national lockdown against his will as internal government projections put the U.K. on course for a prolonged winter peak in the pandemic — with a higher death toll than last spring.Johnson is struggling to balance demands of scientists and opposition politicians for tougher measures against calls to prioritize easing of rules to help the economy. The British prime minister has resisted a second country-wide lockdown, despite calls from the opposition Labour Party — and his own scientific advisers last month —…

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