London council evacuates residents over fire safety concerns

Jun 24, 2017

London council evacuates residents over fire safety concerns

One London community is evacuating some 800 households from five publicly owned apartment towers because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise on June 14. The move comes as residents of thousands of tower blocks ...

London fire: Other high-rises have similar combustible panels

Jun 23, 2017

London fire: Other high-rises have similar combustible panels

Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Thursday. Downing Street said ...

U.N. nations vote against Britain, seek ICJ ruling on Chagos

Jun 23, 2017

U.N. nations vote against Britain, seek ICJ ruling on Chagos

In a diplomatic blow to Britain, the United Nations voted Thursday to ask the International Court of Justice to rule on the fate of the British-ruled Chagos islands, which host an important military base shared with the U.S. The Indian Ocean archipelago has been ...

Heat wave scorches Europe from London to Siberia

Jun 22, 2017

Heat wave scorches Europe from London to Siberia

Europe sizzled in a continent-wide heat wave on Wednesday, with London bracing for Britain’s hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal battled to stamp out deadly forest fires. More than 1,000 firefighters were still fighting to control the flames that broke out in central ...

After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

Jun 22, 2017

After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

The chief executive of a London borough where a tower block fire killed at least 79 people in Britain’s worst blaze since World War II has resigned. Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, said he was forced out by Prime Minister ...

Looking back: The Hong Kongers who left

| Jun 21, 2017

Looking back: The Hong Kongers who left

In the years leading up to the return of Hong Kong to China by Britain in 1997, thousands of residents fearful of the future under Beijing jumped ship to start a new life abroad. As the semi-autonomous city prepares to mark 20 years since ...