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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's supporters demonstrate against U.S. extradition in front of the British Consulate in Barcelona on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
Assange absent at final hearing against extradition to U.S.
The two-day session is likely the WikiLeaks founder's last chance to fight the extradition in Britain's courts after a half-decade battle.
"The Boy and the Heron" won the Animated Film prize at the 2024 British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 19, 2024
Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Boy and the Heron' wins BAFTA
The film also won the Animated Prize at the Golden Globes and is a nominee for Best Animated Feature at the U.S. Academy Awards.
The U.K. economy has been hamstrung by the worst cost-of-living crisis in generations, as well as interest rate increases.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 16, 2024
U.K. recession deals fresh blow to Rishi Sunak’s economic promises
Statistics showing the GDP contraction emerged at a particularly bad time for the U.K. prime minister, with two by-elections taking place in England.
Fujitsu has held more than £3.4 billion ($4.3 billion) of active contracts with parts of the British state while £1.4 billion of those were awarded after a 2019 court ruling which associated the firm with the wrongful prosecution of hundreds of local branch post office managers for theft and fraud.
BUSINESS
Feb 11, 2024
Fujitsu got £3.4 billion in U.K. contracts despite Post Office row
A committee said £1.4 billion of those contracts were awarded after a 2019 court ruling connected Fujitsu with hundreds of wrongful prosecutions.
Michelin guides are published yearly, but there are only a handful of Black chefs whose restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 9, 2024
Black chefs are scoring with new Michelin stars; but they deserve more
Michelin stars were recently announced for restaurants in the U.K. and Ireland: The number of Black chefs increased, but the pace is still too slow.
England's Jess Carter in action with Spain's Salma Paralluelo during the Women's World Cup final in Sydney in August 2023
SPORTS
Feb 8, 2024
Women's sports draw record viewership in U.K. in 2023, research shows
The FIFA Women's World Cup final, which England lost 1-0 to Spain, was 2023's most-watched women's sports event on TV with 38.4 million viewing hours.
Britain's King Charles leaves the London Clinic with Britain's Queen Camilla after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate, in London on Jan. 29.
WORLD
Feb 6, 2024
King Charles diagnosed with cancer just 18 months into his reign
Buckingham Palace said that the king would postpone public-facing duties while he undergoes treatment.
Ground Self-Defense Force troops participate in a joint military drill and demonstration with the U.S., British, Canadian, German and other countries' militaries in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, on Jan. 7.
COMMENTARY / Japan / EXPLAINER
Feb 5, 2024
The Rosetta Stone to decipher Japan's new security deals
Japan has already signed several agreements this year that, together with previous ones, form a dense web of security pacts — one worth untangling.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (third from left) visits a navy base in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. U.S. President Joe Biden is being urged to attack Iran directly, but that may not be the right solution.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 4, 2024
Biden’s air strikes won’t work, nor would hitting Iran
Deterrence, especially as it pertains to air strikes, isn’t only about what U.S. does, but also what Iran thinks.
Michelle O'Neill at the Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday
WORLD / Politics
Feb 4, 2024
Michelle O'Neill makes history as Northern Ireland's first nationalist leader
The landmark move follows the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) ending its walkout after striking a deal with the U.K. over post-Brexit trade.
A Royal Air Force Typhoon FRG4 undergoes preparations to conduct further strikes against Houthi targets on Saturday.
WORLD
Feb 4, 2024
U.S. and U.K. hit dozens of Houthi sites in bid to end ship attacks
Targeting Houthi sites at 13 locations in Yemen, the allies escalated their effort to destroy the militant group’s ability to attack Red Sea shipping.
Migrants on a beach at sunrise after a failed attempt to cross the Channel to the U.K. on a small boat, in Sangatte, near Calais, France, in August 2023.
WORLD / Society
Feb 2, 2024
U.K. says migration likely to drive stronger population growth
While the trend will help boost the economy, it will also exacerbate a rift within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s ruling Conservative Party.
Fujitsu apologized for its role in the wrongful conviction of more than 900 subpostmasters in the U.K. who used its accounting software.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 1, 2024
Fujitsu promises better quality control after U.K. scandal
The Tokyo-based technology company is the subject of an inquiry into a glitch in its Horizon accounting software used by the U.K. Post Office.
People supporting Houthi rebels carry a mock missile as they protest during a rally against the U.S.-led strikes on Houthi targets and continued Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip, in Sana'a, Yemen, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 27, 2024
Yemen's Houthis escalate Red Sea attacks, hitting Trafigura fuel tanker
The firm said a missile struck the fuel tanker Marlin Luanda, which was carrying Russian naphtha, sparking a fire on board.
English translations of Japanese novels, like the ones seen here in a London bookstore, are getting a bump from TikTok.
CULTURE / Books
Jan 25, 2024
TikTok and YouTube fuel a Japanese literature boom in Britain
Translated novels sold a total of some 2 million copies in Britain in 2023, and Japanese works accounted for one-quarter of those sold.
Fighters loyal to the Houthis ride on the back of a pick-up truck during a military parade for new tribal recruits amid escalating tensions with the U.S.-led coalition in the Red Sea, in Bani Hushaish, Yemen on Monday.
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 24, 2024
Red Sea attacks could disrupt shipping for months, driving up costs
With sailors demanding double pay and insurance rates skyrocketing, shipping lines are steering clear of a waterway that normally carries 12% of seaborne trade.
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft have conducted precision strike operations against Houthi military targets in response to further attacks on shipping in the Red Sea.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 23, 2024
U.S., U.K. airstrikes hit more Houthi targets in fresh escalation
The airstrikes were the most significant in a series of attacks since the first wave of missile and Tomahawk launches by the U.S. and the U.K. in the early hours of Jan. 12.
Salmon farming can be a nasty business. Breeding involves removing eggs and sperm from anesthetized fish, and typically euthanizing males after extraction.
ENVIRONMENT / Energy
Jan 21, 2024
Scotland’s salmon farms navigate troubled waters for global industry
Despite pitching the red-fleshed fish as a more environmentally friendly alternative to beef, producers haven’t yet figured out how to scale sustainably.
AC Milan's Mike Maignan and Olivier Giroud after the team's match against Udinese. Fans in Udine, Italy, aimed racist chants at Maignan during the match, which was temporarily halted due to the abuse.
SOCCER
Jan 21, 2024
FIFA boss condemns 'abhorrent' racism during games in Italy and England
The head of the world governing body said there was no place for discrimination of any kind in soccer or broader society.
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.

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