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November 8, 2017 5:25 PM UK regulator plans to ban former Libor trader Tom Hayes

LONDON - Britain's markets regulator said on Wednesday it plans to ban convicted former Libor trader Tom Hayes from the financial services industry because he is not a "fit and proper person". The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Hayes, who has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for interest rate benchmark manipulation, disputes the decision and is appealling 565

November 7, 2017 8:55 AM Britain says Iran's treatment of jailed aid worker is unacceptable

LONDON - Iran's continued detention of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is unacceptable, British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday, adding that she should be released as soon as possible. Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year jail sentence after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment 533

November 2, 2017 10:52 AM British PM May appoints party whip Gavin Williamson as new defence minister

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Gavin Williamson as new defence minister on Thursday (Nov 2), replacing Michael Fallon who resigned amid a growing sexual harassment scandal that prompted calls for a wholesale change in the "locker room" culture in parliament.. "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Gavin 217

November 1, 2017 2:50 PM UK prepares to impose Northern Ireland budget due to deadlock

Belfast (AFP) - Britain's parliament will begin legislating later this month for a new budget for Northern Ireland if the semi-autonomous province's squabbling parties fail to reach an agreement, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said Wednesday. "It has not yet been possible for the parties to reach agreement... I am therefore now taking forward 261

November 1, 2017 12:20 PM Ireland says ongoing failure of Northern Ireland talks 'deeply concerning'

DUBLIN - The continuing failure of Irish nationalists and pro-British Unionists to form a government in Northern Ireland is "deeply concerning," Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said after Britain moved to directly set a budget for the region. Britain's minister for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire on Wednesday said he had no choice but to begin 222

November 1, 2017 12:19 PM New York terror attack probe expands to Uzbekistan as investigators probe suspect's possible militant links

NEW YORK (WASHINGTON POST) - Investigators in Uzbekistan combed through records and intelligence reports on militant factions in the Central Asian nation on Wednesday (Nov 1), seeking to fill out the portrait of a 29-year-old immigrant who brought Halloween death and bloodshed to a Manhattan bike path. The Uzbek probe came as US officials also dug deeper 211

November 1, 2017 12:03 AM Trump aide George Papadopoulos boasted about Russian contacts in Britain

A key witness in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election boasted that London was an ideal location to forge links between Moscow and the Trump campaign. George Papadopoulos, 30, who has admitted lying to the FBI and is co-operating with the investigation, was based in London when he joined the Trump campaign in March last year and focused 187

October 31, 2017 10:20 PM UK opposition look to force government into publishing Brexit dossiers

LONDON - Britain's opposition Labour party will attempt on Wednesday to force the government to release its assessment of the impact Brexit will have on 58 different sectors of the economy. The government said on Monday it had carried out the economic assessments, ranging from aerospace to tourism sectors, but has so far refused requests from lawmakers 182

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM S'pore, UK share rich, enduring ties: President

She traces a common history back to Raffles, who she credits for Republic's global outlook Singapore and the United Kingdom enjoy a natural affinity owing to a common history, as well as share a "rich and enduring relationship", President Halimah Yacob said yesterday. The shared history dates back to 1819, when Sir Stamford Raffles founded a trading 216

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM Catalan crisis leaves Europe on a tightrope

The former separatist leader of Spain's Catalonia region has fled to Belgium in an effort to evade arrest on charges of sedition filed against him back home by the Spanish Attorney-General. The presence of the now-deposed Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont in the Belgian capital of Brussels, which also serves as the headquarters of the European 204