Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Sep 22, 2016

Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world’s most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday. Tourism has been one of the rare bright spots for Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest ...

Ex-commander says U.K.'s 'withered' forces could not defend country

Sep 17, 2016

Ex-commander says U.K.'s 'withered' forces could not defend country

Britain’s armed forces would be unable to defend the country against a serious military attack because they have been “withered” by cuts, a former senior commander warned before his retirement, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. In a 10-page memo sent to Defence Secretary ...

U.K. business 'fat and lazy', says country's trade minister

Sep 10, 2016

U.K. business 'fat and lazy', says country's trade minister

The British minister charged with boosting international trade post-Brexit has slammed the country’s businesses as being too “fat and lazy” to capitalize on the opportunity, the Times newspaper reported Saturday. “This country is not the free-trading nation that it once was,” Secretary of State ...

U.K. police charge 19-year-old with London stabbings

Aug 6, 2016

U.K. police charge 19-year-old with London stabbings

British police on Friday charged a 19-year-old Somali-Norwegian man with carrying out a stabbing rampage in London’s Russell Square that killed an American woman and injured five others. London’s Metropolitan Police said Zakaria Bulhan, of London, was charged with the murder of 64-year-old Darlene ...

Black Lives Matter protest blocks Heathrow access

Aug 5, 2016

Black Lives Matter protest blocks Heathrow access

Activists from Britain’s Black Lives Matter movement blocked the main road into London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, on Friday as part of a nationwide day of protests against racism. Ten people were arrested during the demonstration, which brought traffic to a standstill at the ...

Aug 1, 2016

In first, MSDF ship visits London

The first Maritime Self-Defense Force ship to visit London passed under Tower Bridge over the weekend. The training ship Kashima, which arrived Sunday and tied up alongside the permanently moored HMS Belfast museum ship on the banks of the River Thames, is scheduled to ...

Jul 12, 2016

MLB scraps London plans for 2017

London is not calling for Major League Baseball next year. The players’ association said MLB has given up plans to play regular-season games in the British capital in 2017. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in January that his staff was working hard at playing ...