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Knife crime soars to record in England and Wales but homicides fall

Jul 18 2019

LONDON Knife crime rose 8% to a record in England and Wales last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Thursday, as major cities like London try to tackle a surge in stabbings.

Britain's easyJet reassures on outlook, hires Ryanair operations chief

Jul 18 2019

LONDON Britain's easyJet on Thursday reported third quarter trading in line with expectations, boosted by more customers taking optional extra services and enabling it to reiterate its full-year profit forecasts.

UK's Johnson declines to comment on plan to facilitate a no-deal Brexit

Jul 18 2019

LONDON Boris Johnson, favorite to be the next British prime minister, on Wednesday refused to say whether he would seek to shut Parliament to facilitate a no-deal Brexit but agreed such a plan could be convenient for him. | Video

China to Britain: Keep your 'colonial' hands off Hong Kong

Jul 04 2019

BEIJING/LONDON China told Britain to keep its hands off Hong Kong on Wednesday while London called for Beijing to honor the agreements made when the city was handed over in 1997, escalating a diplomatic spat over the former British colony. | Video

Britain tells China to honour Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 02 2019

BELFAST/LONDON Britain told China to honour its commitments to protect freedoms in Hong Kong on Tuesday, after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the former British colony.

Britain tells China to honor Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 02 2019

BELFAST/LONDON Britain told China to honor its commitments to protect freedoms in Hong Kong on Tuesday, after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the former British colony.

Hong Kong residents with UK passports seek right to live in Britain

Jun 28 2019

LONDON Samson Ling may have a British passport, but it offers him no route out of Hong Kong to a life in London as protests grow against an extradition bill that many see as an example of growing Chinese influence in the financial hub. | Video

Hong Kong residents with UK passports seek right to live in Britain

Jun 28 2019

LONDON Samson Ling may have a British passport, but it offers him no route out of Hong Kong to a life in London as protests grow against an extradition bill that many see as an example of growing Chinese influence in the financial hub. | Video

Lego family, Blackstone take Merlin private in $7.5 billion deal

Jun 28 2019

LONDON/COPENHAGEN Lego's founding family and private equity firm Blackstone are taking Britain's Merlin private again in an agreed deal valuing the Madame Tussauds and Legoland owner at $7.5 billion. | Video

Hong Kong residents with UK passports seek right to live in Britain

Jun 28 2019

LONDON Samson Ling may have a British passport, but it offers him no route out of Hong Kong to a life in London as protests grow against an extradition bill that many see as an example of growing Chinese influence in the financial hub. | Video

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