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COPENHAGEN - Britain and Denmark will provide more financial and military aid to Ukraine, they said on Thursday as European defence ministers met in Copenhagen to discuss long-term support for the country's defence against Russia's invasion. Britain, which has already donated advanced weapons systems to Ukraine and given thousands of its troops military training, said it would send more multiple-launch rocket systems. It would also donate a "significant number" of precision guided M31A1 missiles that can strike targets up to 80 km (50 miles) away. "This latest tranche of military support will enable the armed forces of Ukraine to continue to defend against Russian aggression and the indiscriminate use of long-range artillery," UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement. "Our continued support sends a very clear message, Britain and the international community remain opposed to this illegal war and will stand should...
By Noah Browning LONDON -Sweltering summer temperatures and soaring gas prices have boosted the use of oil in power generation, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday, increasing demand but masking weakness in economies beset by recession fears. The Paris-based agency described the rise as a quirk of an energy market rattled by supply jitters wrought by sanctions on Russia's oil and decades-high inflation which is already starting to sap fuel use. "Natural gas and electricity prices have soared to new records, incentivising gas-to-oil switching in some countries," the agency said in its monthly oil report in which it raised its outlook for 2022 demand by 380,000 barrels per day to 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd). "These extraordinary gains, overwhelmingly concentrated in the Middle East and Europe, mask relative weakness in other sectors," the IEA warned. It cited reduced use of fuels for road tra...
LONDON - Weaking the independence of regulators would undermine Britain's proposed reforms to make capital markets more efficient, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said on Thursday. "Anything that would weaken the independence of regulators would undermine the aims of the reforms," Bailey said in a letter to parliament's Treasury Select Committee. (Reporting by Huw Jones, editing by Sinead Cruise)...
LONDON -British police charged a 38-year-old man with terrorism offences on Thursday after he was deported to England from Turkey. Prosecutors said they had originally authorised the charging of Aine Davis under terrorism laws in 2014. After being deported by Turkish authorities he was arrested on his arrival at Luton Airport and will appear in court on Thursday morning. The BBC and other media outlets had reported that Davis was accused of being part of an Islamic State cell called "The Beatles" by hostages in Syria because of their British accents. "Mr Davis, 38, has been charged with terrorism offences and possession of a firearm for a purpose connected with terrorism," the Crown Prosecution Service said. (Reporting by Shivam Patel in Bengaluru and Kate Holton in London; Editing by Grant McCool and Raissa Kasolowsky)...
LONDON - British prosecutors have authorised terrorism charges against a man, 38-year-old Aine Davis, who has returned to Britain from Turkey where he had been held in prison. The BBC have reported that Davis is accused of being part of an Islamic State (IS) cell that murdered hostages. The group of four men, who were with ISIS in Syria, was nicknamed "The Beatles" by hostages because of their British accents. "Mr Davis, 38, has been charged with terrorism offences and possession of a firearm for a purpose connected with terrorism," the Crown Prosecution Service said. (Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)...
LONDON - British leadership candidate Liz Truss said on Wednesday she would work with energy companies to bring down prices if she becomes prime minister, as she faces growing pressure to set out more support for households struggling with rising energy bills. Truss, the frontrunner to succeed Boris Johnson, has so far said she favours tax cuts over direct handouts to help households with a cost-of-living squeeze. Her rival, Rishi Sunak, has said this will not help those most in need. "It's also important that we work with the energy companies to bring the prices down ... I'm going to deal with supply. I'm going to help bring the prices down," Truss, currently foreign secretary, said during a question session on GB News. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; writing by Sachin Ravikumar)...
By Alan Baldwin LONDON - Oscar Piastri's rift with Alpine has also forced a change of plan at Williams and could have a knock-on effect around the Formula One paddock. While the main focus has been on Renault-owned Alpine and McLaren, who both want the 21-year-old Australian to drive for them next season, tail-enders Williams have had to reassess their next step. Alpine's original plan was to loan their reserve, and last year's Formula Two champion, to Williams for at least a year and possibly more until he returned as Fernando Alonso's replacement. The principle was the same as when Mercedes placed George Russell for three seasons at Williams to learn the ropes before bringing him back as team mate to seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton. Talks were so far advanced that the Australian had a seat fitting at Williams and a contract for 2023 was drawn up between the two teams, with Alpine having already agre...
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LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Wednesday summoned China's ambassador to Britain, Zheng Zeguang, to explain China's actions towards Taiwan. "I instructed officials to summon the Chinese Ambassador to explain his country's actions. We have seen increasingly aggressive behaviour and rhetoric from Beijing in recent months, which threaten peace and stability in the region," Truss said in a statement. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Kate Holton)...
By Jennifer Rigby LONDON - Britain is launching a polio vaccine booster campaign for children in London aged below 10, after confirming that the virus is spreading in the capital for the first time since the 1980s. The UK Health Security Agency has identified 116 polioviruses from 19 sewage samples this year in London, after first sending an alert about finding the virus in June. The levels of poliovirus found and genetic diversity indicated that transmission was taking place in a number of London boroughs, the agency said on Wednesday. No cases have yet been identified but, in a bid to get ahead of a potential outbreak, GPs will now invite children aged 1-9 for booster vaccines, alongside a wider catch-up campaign already announced. Immunization rates across London vary, but are on average below the 95% coverage rate the World Health Organization suggests is needed to keep polio under control. (Reportin...
LONDON - Britain is still working out what it should do about large profits made by electricity generators, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday. "We are engaging with the electricity sector to drive forward reforms and to ensure the market delivers better results for people across the UK," the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "We continue to evaluate the extraordinary profits seen in certain parts of the electricity generation sector and the appropriate and proportionate steps to take." (Reporting by William James, Editing by Paul Sandle)...
By William James LONDON -Raymond Briggs, creator of the bittersweet children's book "The Snowman", has died aged 88, his family announced on Wednesday. First published in 1978, the pencil crayon-illustrated wordless picture book sold more than 5.5 million copies around the world while a television adaption became a Christmas favourite in Britain and was nominated for an Oscar. It tells the story of a boy whose smiling snowman comes to life to play during the night and then takes him on a flight through British winter landscapes. The book ends on a melancholy note when the boy wakes to find the snowman has melted. "We know that Raymond’s books were loved by and touched millions of people around the world, who will be sad to hear this news," the family statement, issued by his publisher, said. "Drawings from fans - especially children’s drawings - inspired by his books were treasured by Raymond, and...
- British boxers Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn will square off in a highly-anticipated bout at London's O2 Arena on Oct. 8, three decades after their famous fathers fought each other. Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn were bitter rivals in the 1990s and the two former super-middleweight world champions fought twice - Eubank winning the first bout in 1990 before a split decision draw three years later. Eubank Jr. (32-2, 23 knockouts) has fought at middleweight and super-middleweight while Benn (21-0, 14 knockouts) boxes at welterweight so their meeting will be at a catchweight of 156 pounds. "He has walked the same path as I have," Eubank Jr. said in a statement released by boxing promotion Matchroom. "I know his struggle. Living in the shadow of a legend and trying to break out of that shadow and make his own name. "In terms of anticipation, legacy and hype, it's the biggest fight of my career." Conor Benn said th...
BEIJING - China and Britain have agreed to resume direct passenger flights between them, the British embassy in China said on Wednesday. Direct flights would initially be provided by Chinese airlines, and the resumption of flights by British Airways is still under progress, the embassy said in a statement on its official social media account. China suspended flights to and from Britain indefinitely in late 2020 over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus. (Reporting by Stella Qiu and Brenda Goh; Editing by Andrew Heavens)...
- Britain is making plans for organised blackouts for industry and households over winter when cold weather may coincide with gas shortages, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday. Electricity capacity shortfall could total about a sixth of peak demand, according to the government's latest "reasonable worst-case scenario," even after emergency coal plants have been put to use, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the government's planning. Under that outlook, coupled with below-average temperatures and reduced electricity imports from Norway and France, Britain could be exposed to four days in January when it may need to trigger emergency measures to conserve gas, the report said. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Bloomberg report comes after the Bank of England warned last week that Britain was on course for a long recession as un...
- The UK will run out of monkeypox vaccines in about two to three weeks, as the country has little more than 8,300 doses of vaccine left, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing an internal National Health Service letter. Shipments of a new order of 100,000 doses will not resume until September, the report added. (Reporting by Jaiveer Singh Shekhawat in Bengaluru; editing by Jonathan Oatis)...
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