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  1. Hundreds gathered on Friday in southeast London to light candles and to mourn for slain primary school teacher Sabina Nessa while demanding an end to violence against women.Nessa’s death – as she walked through a park to meet a friend a few minutes from her home – is the second high-profile killing of a young woman this year in London, and fuelled concerns that women are not safe on the streets of Britain’s capital.Nessa, 28, was found dead in Kidbrooke, southeast London on September 17…
  2. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told France’s Emmanuel Macron on Friday that he wants to “re-establish cooperation”, the president’s office said, amid a diplomatic crisis over a submarine contract with Australia.Macron was left furious last week after Australia ditched a mega-deal to buy diesel submarines from France in favour of American nuclear-powered ones – secured during secret negotiations facilitated by Britain.In the conversation, which the Elysee said came at Johnson’s request,…
  3. Britain on Friday vowed to do whatever it takes to resolve a trucker shortage that has closed petrol stations and strained supermarket supply chains to breaking point but the haulage industry cautioned that there were no quick fixes.Just as the world’s fifth largest economy emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, a spike in European natural gas prices and a post-Brexit shortage of truck drivers has left Britain grappling with soaring energy prices and a potential food supply crunch.BP temporarily…
  4. Parliamentarians in London have launched a new inquiry into allegations that British banks, including HSBC, helped Beijing punish pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hong Kong, which includes both unelected peers and MPs, is asking for written witness statements from activists who have had their bank accounts frozen.The aim is to determine if British banks contributed to the suppression of human rights in Hong Kong, including freedom of expression,…
  5. James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in Britain’s Royal Navy, matching the rank of the fictional superspy he plays on screen, the service announced on Thursday.The honour comes as Craig, 53, makes his final outing as Bond in No Time To Die, set for its world premiere in London next Tuesday, after months of coronavirus delays.Britain’s highest-ranking naval officer, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, said he was “delighted” to give the honour to the actor, who has…
  6. This is the second in a two-part series on the China policies of the leading candidates to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel. Here, Finbarr Bermingham looks at looks at the China policies of the potential coalition kingmakers, the Greens and Free Democratic Party.In May, the German Green Party took a narrow polling lead for the federal election to be held this coming Sunday, on a ticket promising a radical reform of the country’s China policy.Five months on, the party has fallen back to third in…
  7. The EU aims to have a common charging port for mobile phones, tablets and headphones under a European Commission proposal presented on Thursday in a world first, with the move impacting iPhone maker Apple more than its rivals.The move has been more than 10 years in the making, with the European Union executive touting environmental benefits and 250 million euros (US$293 million) in annual savings for users.Under the Commission’s proposal, a USB-C connector will become the standard port for all…
  8. South Africa is seething over Britain’s decision to keep the country on its coronavirus “red list,” a move that means travellers must pay for pricey hotel quarantine on their return to the UK.Renowned for its wildlife and breathtaking scenery, South Africa is struggling to recover from the crippling blow coronavirus dealt to a tourism industry that directly accounts for three per cent of the nation’s economy and – before the pandemic – was one of the few employment bright spots, providing more…
  9. Consumers should not panic buy products as Britain is not heading back into a 1970s-style “winter of discontent” of strikes and power shortages, a junior minister said on Thursday.Soaring wholesale European natural gas prices have sent shock waves through energy, chemicals and steel producers, and strained supply chains which were already creaking due a shortage of labour and the tumult of Brexit.After gas prices triggered a carbon dioxide shortage, Britain was forced to extend emergency state…
  10. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday night that humanity has to “grow up” and tackle climate change, saying humans must stop trashing the planet like a teenager on a bender.Johnson is due to host a major United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland in six weeks’ time. He is using a trip to the UN General Assembly in New York to press governments for tougher emissions-cutting targets and more money to help poor countries clean up their…