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U.K. prime minister Rishi Sunak speaks at a Conservative Party election campaign event in London on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Sunak blindsided his own chancellor with early U.K. election call
Some ministers backed the election decision, but disappointment was a common sentiment among Tory members of Parliament as the vote could cost scores of them seats.
The Russian Embassy in London. Britain's deportation of Russia's defense attache is a response to a suspected arson attack against Ukrainian-linked properties in East London and other espionage activities, the U.K. Home Secretary said.
WORLD / Politics
May 9, 2024
U.K. expels Russian envoy in pushback against spying surge
The action is a response to a suspected arson attack against Ukrainian-linked properties in East London and espionage activities across the U.K and Europe.
Grant Shapps, U.K. defense secretary, departs following a meeting of cabinet ministers at 10 Downing Street on Nov. 22, 2023.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 8, 2024
China seen hacking systems to build profiles of U.K. defense personnel
The U.K. is accusing China of using hacked data to build up their profiles of British military personnel and those in sensitive roles.
U.K. Prime Minister Sunak is hearing calls to consider policies including an immigration cap and a withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights.
WORLD / Politics
May 6, 2024
Tories press Sunak to move to right after local election rout
Sunak's team said they will respond with upcoming media appearances and policy announcements on the economy, migration and healthcare.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a joint ministerial meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Partnership in Riyadh to discuss the humanitarian crises in the Gaza, on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 30, 2024
U.S. warns ICC action on Israel would hurt cease-fire chances
The U.S. and its allies are concerned that the International Criminal Court may issue arrest warrants for Israeli officials just as the country is getting closer to a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, potentially jeopardizing a deal, people familiar with the matter said.
U.K. Prime Minster Rishi Sunak speaks during a news conference on his flagship Rwanda migration policy in London on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 23, 2024
Sunak’s Rwanda deportation bill to become law after long fight
The U.K. is set to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda in around July after Parliament approved the prime minister's plan.
U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron
WORLD / Politics
Apr 10, 2024
Cameron lobbies old adversary Trump to unlock Ukraine aid
Despite sparring in the past, the U.K.'s foreign secretary sees the former U.S. president as key to giving Ukraine more funding.
Both the U.S. and U.K. have announced sanctions against Chinese nationals for cybercrimes.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 26, 2024
U.S. and U.K. accuse China of broad cyberattacks and voter data theft
The revelations add to a growing list of cybersecurity breaches that the U.S. and its allies say are backed by the Chinese government.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meets with local residents during a walkabout with Conservative MPs in Winchester, England, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 20, 2024
Why Sunak’s Conservatives are talking about the 1993 Canadian election
A week of Tory rebellions and cataclysmic polls has left members of Sunak’s governing party plumbing new depths of despair over their prospects of staying in power.
A supporter of Donald Trump prior to a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last month. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signaled that voters in the United Kingdom will go to the polls in the fall, around the time that the United States will be in the midst of its own pivotal vote.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 7, 2024
Trumpian bravado poses risk for Sunak amid dueling U.K. and U.S. votes
Polls show U.K. voters are becoming more wary of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as an election looms.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak greets Rwandan President Paul Kagame at Downing Street in London on May 4.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 7, 2023
Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda bill seeks to waive some human rights law
Deportation plan to deter asylum-seekers from France is one of his key pledges to U.K. voters ahead of polls that he must call in 14 months.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks as he holds a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 15, 2023
U.K. Tories face showdown over sending asylum-seekers to Rwanda
Sacked former Home Secretary Suella Braverman has accused Rishi Sunak of betraying the public and breaking a promise he made to clamp down on immigration.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 22, 2023
Zelenskyy under pressure as Ukraine's allies shift priorities
Allies are pushing the Ukrainian leader to turn his attention to what kind of country will emerge from the war, even as Kyiv struggles for a breakthrough.
Ukrainian servicemen fire small multiple launch rocket systems toward Russian troops near a front line in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, on Aug. 19.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 28, 2023
Ukraine’s slow offensive buoys Putin and worries allies
More than two months into its counteroffensive, Kyiv has so far managed to make only tactical advances against heavily dug-in Russian forces.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks to the media during a visit to Cofton Park, near Rednal, England, on July 24.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 30, 2023
Sunak gambles with lurch to right as U.K. moderates flee to Labour
The prime minister plans to lean into controversial cultural issues and create dividing lines with Labour and the surging party’s leader, Keir Starmer.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 22, 2023
Tories urge Sunak to alter strategy and Cabinet after election losses
While Sunak vowed to stick to his plan after losing two seats and narrowly retaining a third on Thursday, ruling party ministers, lawmakers and advisers said that much more is needed.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 31, 2023
Sunak risks fresh COVID row in battle to withhold 'sensitive' messages
The British prime minister must decide by Thursday whether to release ministers’ WhatsApp messages to a public inquiry, having received legal advice not to.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 27, 2023
Sunak faces trouble everywhere in bid to keep Tory voters happy
Conservative ministers and advisers say they fear a post-Brexit 'realignment” of voters in England coming back to bite them.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 26, 2023
Ukraine faces long wait for F-16 fighter jets despite allies' commitments
Countries pledging such support are prioritizing pilot training, and will have to weigh the costs and any possible security gaps before deciding whether to actually send the aircraft.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 22, 2023
G7 struggles to win over nations courted by China and Russia
Tangible progress was hard to see for the Group of Seven wealthy nations, even though some Western officials said the bloc was heading in the right direction compared with years past.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan