Andrew MacAskill

Chinese ambassador barred from UK parliament over sanctions row

Sep 15 2021

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Taliban takeover of Afghanistan a 'boost' to extremists elsewhere, UK spy chief says

Sep 10 2021

LONDON The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will provide a "morale boost" to extremists plotting attacks elsewhere, and could again give them a base to operate as they did in the run-up to 9/11, the head of Britain's MI5 domestic spy service said on Friday.

UK threatens to send migrant boats back to France

Sep 09 2021

LONDON/PARIS Britain has approved plans to turn away boats illegally carrying migrants to its shores, deepening a rift with France over how to deal with a surge of people risking their lives by trying to cross the Channel in small dinghies. | Video

UK announces extra 5.4 billion pounds to help COVID-hit health services

Sep 06 2021

LONDON Britain will set aside a further 5.4 billion pounds ($7.5 billion) over the next six months to help its National Health Service cover additional costs from the COVID-19 pandemic and to tackle the huge treatment backlog.

UK to continue Kabul evacuations despite deadly airport attack, says PM

Aug 26 2021

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government will continue its evacuation operation in Afghanistan after suspected suicide bombers struck the crowded gates of Kabul airport, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens on Thursday.

Extension to evacuation window in Afghanistan unlikely, UK warns

Aug 24 2021

LONDON (Reuters) -The U.S. government is unlikely to extend the evacuation window to allow its citizens and Afghans more time to fly out of Kabul, British defence minister Ben Wallace said ahead of emergency talks by G7 leaders. | Video

Britain to push for sanctions on Taliban at G7 meeting -sources

Aug 22 2021

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain plans to push world leaders to consider new sanctions on the Taliban when the G7 group of advanced economies meet on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, sources told Reuters.

London police warn of two weeks of disruption from climate protests

Aug 20 2021

LONDON London's police warned on Friday that protests by environmental activists planned for the next two weeks will cause disruption across the capital and will distract officers from dealing with crime.

Raab calls for global vaccine drive as UK starts donating shots

Jul 28 2021

OXFORD, England British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned that the world would not be adequately vaccinated until 2024 unless other countries joined Britain in donating shots to poorer nations, an effort that could bring that date forward to the middle of next year. | Video

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