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Why rush to audit stimulus? Premier suggests collusion
Premier Andrew Fahie has questioned the apparent ‘rush’ to execute an audit of his government’s COVID-19 stimulus grants, arguing that ulterior motives may have been afoot.
UK announces new sanctions against Myanmar
The UK announced new Myanmar sanctions, saying it was targeting a key business associate of the military government for providing arms and financial support following a coup.
Tony Blair says withdrawal was driven by imbecilic slogan
The US withdrawal from Afghanistan was wrong and based on an "imbecilic" slogan, former PM Tony Blair has said.
UK Reportedly Wants to Oust China From British Nuclear Energy Market
The Financial Times has suggested that Downing Street wants to remove China's state-owned nuclear energy company from all future power projects in the UK. The report comes as there has been a cooling of relations between London and Beijing.
The ‘Global Britain’ Conundrum
Both London and Washington hope to build democratic alliances. Yet can-and should-they lead them?
EU imposes new economic sanctions on Belarus over ‘hijacked’ flight
EU leaders triggered new economic sanctions against Belarus and punitive measures against its national airline as a dissident taken from a “hijacked” Ryanair flight was paraded on the country’s television news apparently confessing to cr...
UK announces new sanctions regime to stop money launderers
The UK has announced new beefed-up sanctioning powers against corruption as Dominic Raab warned the country has become a “honey pot” for foreign actors seeking to launder their “dirty money”.
UK government plans 80% cuts to ‘world-leading’ anti-corruption work
British aid spending on global efforts to tackle corruption and promote human rights is set to fall by as much as 80%, openDemocracy understands – sparking criticism from former Tory ministers and transparency experts.
UK To Bring New Rules To Stop Imports From China's Xinjiang
Britain said last year there was credible, growing and troubling evidence of forced labour among Uighur Muslims.
European Parliament members say Hong Kong arrests threaten EU-China deal
‘No one should make the mistake of assuming there are built-in majorities for any deal’, says Bernd Lange, head of the parliament’s trade committee, though European Commission is still keen to get it done.
Spain and UK strike deal to avoid hard border in Gibraltar after Brexit
Spain and the U.K. have struck an eleventh-hour deal to avoid a hard border in Gibraltar as the Brexit transition draws to an end.
India farmers' protests: Anger grows over controversial laws as Narendra Modi refuses to back down
Large numbers headed to Birmingham in the UK this weekend to add their voice to the outrage over the new laws.
British fret over empty London offices
Schroders, a big asset management firm, wants more of its workers to return to its office in the city of London. Over the summer, it encouraged people to come in for a day to test their commute and so the firm could demonstrate the new s...
Germany Uses Novichok as Leverage With Kremlin Over Gas Pipeline
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s top diplomat warned Russia that Germany’s support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is at risk if the Kremlin doesn’t assist in clarifying the poisoning of dissident Alexey Navalny.
Coronavirus: no ‘business as usual’ with China after pandemic, Britain says
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says ‘hard questions’ need to be asked following Covid-19 outbreak, in latest sign of hardening attitudes towards Beijing. France’s Macron says there were grey areas in China’s handling of disease, adding t...
UK 5G concerns 'a witch-hunt' says Chinese ambassador
China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, says Tory politicians opposed to Huawei playing a role in the UK's 5G network are conducting "a witch-hunt".
UK rebuffs US presentation on Huawei security risks
A source said the threat outlined by US officials had already been ‘factored into our planning’
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