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A pilot flying off Britain’s flagship aircraft carrier was forced to bail out of an F-35 stealth fighter in the Mediterranean


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“Our hearts are full of shock and sadness,” says Britain’s Boris Johnson after MP murdered


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Qualifier to champion: Britain’s Raducanu, 18, wins US Open


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Britain’s fourth Afghan war is a replay of the first infamous retreat 170 years ago


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Kohima: Britain’s ‘forgotten’ battle that changed the course of WWII


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North Korea authorised cyber gang to steal Britain’s Covid vaccine secrets, sources say


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Inmate charged with murder of ‘Britain’s worst pedophile’

Inmate charged with murder of 'Britain's worst pedophile'A prison inmate has been charged with the murder of “Britain’s worst pedophile,” police have confirmed.



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Britain’s Political Map Changes Color in Ways Few Could Imagine

Britain’s Political Map Changes Color in Ways Few Could Imagine(Bloomberg) — Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Towns in northern England share a history of mining, faded industry and neglect. For generations they also had another thing in common: staunch support for the Labour Party.From Workington on the west coast to Bishop Auckland and Blyth on the east, the dominoes fell as the results from the U.K. election rolled in through the small hours of Friday morning. The U.K.’s tortured efforts to leave the European Union redefined political tribes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives took seats his party has never held before.Johnson declared the victory as “historic.” That will be even more apparent in places where most voters have never known a Conservative lawmaker.Workington, where mines and steelworks shut years ago, last voted Conservative in 1976. Back then Britain was in the grip of an economic crisis. It turned back to the red of Labour three years later. On Thursday it voted Conservative by a margin of 10 percentage points.Bishop Auckland, in the mining area south of Newcastle, had never turned Tory blue in more than a century. Elsewhere, Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire elected a Conservative for the first time since the 1930s, as did swathes of the Midlands and Yorkshire. Labour’s so-called “Red Wall” had fallen.Many of these former mining and steel towns endured mass unemployment under the Conservative governments of the 1980s. They then voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum amid a wave of anger at austerity, frustration over immigration and dismay at joblessness and lack of opportunity. Today, they are embracing the Tories in their determination to finally quit the EU. Backing for Brexit also comes with a rejection of the socialist promises of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who now says he will step down.In Scotland, Labour’s vote had already collapsed in the wake of the independence referendum in 2014. This time around the pro-independence Scottish National Party took the vast majority of districts again, even in some of the post-industrial regions that Labour had won back in 2017.In that election, the Conservatives planted a giant poster on a dilapidated building near the seafront in Redcar, a town in England’s northeast haunted by steelworks that finally collapsed a few years ago. The Tories had never won in Redcar, and failed in 2017 as well. But as people demanded their voice be heard over Brexit, the voters of Redcar did in 2019 as so many did across the north of England: They abandoned Labour — and embraced Boris Johnson.To contact the reporter on this story: Rodney Jefferson in Edinburgh at r.jefferson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Heather Harris at hharris5@bloomberg.net, Adam Blenford, Alan CrawfordFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Trump attacks Britain’s ambassador in Washington after leaked memo branded president ‘dysfunctional’

Trump attacks Britain’s ambassador in Washington after leaked memo branded president ‘dysfunctional’Donald Trump has responded to the UK ambassador in Washington’s leaked memos, saying Sir Kim Darroch “has not served the UK well”.In the highly sensitive documents, Sir Kim described the White House as “incompetent” and “inept”, writing: “We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal.”Speaking to reporters in New Jersey on Sunday, Mr Trump said: “The ambassador has not served the UK well, I can tell you that.” He added: “We are not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well … I can say things about him but I won’t bother.”The UK government said earlier today that it had launched an investigation to discover who leaked the memos, while the Foreign Office stated: “Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt … these will withstand such mischievous behaviour.”The British embassy informed the White House on Friday that the memos would be published over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the matter, and the two sides were in touch throughout the weekend.UK justice secretary David Gauke called the leak “disgraceful” but said Britain “should expect our ambassadors to tell the truth, as they see it.”Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt moved to prevent damage caused by the disclosure of candid cables, describing the comments as “personal opinions” and “not the opinions of the British government”.Mr Hunt said on Sunday: “It’s really important to say that the ambassador was doing his job as an ambassador which is to give frank reports and personal opinions about what’s happening in the country where he works, and that’s his job to send back those reports but they are personal opinions, not the opinions of the British government, not my opinion.“And we continue to think that under President Trump the United States administration is both highly effective and the best possible friend of Britain on the international stage.”The memos characterised Mr Trump’s policy on Iran as “incoherent, chaotic.” The president has frustrated European allies by withdrawing the US from a complex deal designed to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons and has seemed in recent weeks to be on the verge of armed conflict with Iran.The British ambassador said he did not believe Mr Trump’s public explanation for calling off a planned military strike against Iran last month because of concern about possible civilian casualties. Sir Kim said it was more likely the strike was cancelled because he felt it would be a liability in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.Speaking to reporters on Sunday as he departed Morristown for Washington, Mr Trump said Iran “better be careful,” hours after Tehran announced it would shortly boost its uranium enrichment above a cap set by a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.In one of the memos, Sir Kim warned British officials not to write the president off, saying there was a “credible path” to him winning a second term. He said Mr Trump may “emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.”



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Gilets Jaunes Come to Brexit Britain’s Rescue

Gilets Jaunes Come to Brexit Britain’s RescueThe gilets jaunes’ protests in France have caused a pretty stunning volte face from President Emmanuel Macron, with more than 10 billion euros ($ 11.4 billion) of minimum wage and pension tax changes proposed this week. Alongside France’s already-announced reversal of a fuel tax rise, this could increase France’s deficit by as much as 0.6 percentage points to about 3.4 percent of gross domestic product. “Le spread” of 10-year French government bonds to German bunds has widened by 10 basis points in December, creating the biggest gap since Macron was elected in May 2017.



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