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Racism ‘systemic’ in Britain: UN experts

GENEVA: Racism is “structural, institutional and systemic” in Britain, a group of United Nations experts concluded on Friday, warning that people of African descent were witnessing the “erosion of their fundamental rights”.Public spending cuts have exacerbated racial discrimination and intolerance, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent said following an official […]

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UK under fire over retreat from Windrush scandal reforms

LONDON: Britain’s government came under withering criticism Friday after retreating from reforms it had promised to prevent a repeat of the “Windrush” scandal affecting black immigrants. Right-wing interior minister Suella Braverman said Thursday that three of the changes previously promised were unnecessary. Baroness Floella Benjamin, a former TV presenter who chairs the government’s Windrush Commemoration […]

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Man arrested in UK over uranium cargo package

LONDON: A man has been arrested as part of an investigation linked to the discovery of traces of deadly uranium within a cargo package at Heathrow airport which was flown to the UK on a passenger plane from Oman but originated in Pakistan.Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command were contacted by Border Force colleagues […]

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FTA negotiations with India ‘well advanced’, next round set to commence very soon: UK minister

LONDON: Negotiations between Britain and India for an ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) are “well advanced”, with the next round of talks set to commence very soon, a UK Foreign Office minister told peers in a debate in Parliament here, asserting that a strong deal could boost the country’s economy.Lord Tariq Ahmad, the UK Foreign […]

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UK police ‘looking into’ video of Sunak sans seatbelt

LONDON: British police will be “looking into” a video in which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak can be seen riding in a car without a seatbelt — an “error of judgment” for which he has apologised, according to Downing Street.In Thursday’s video, produced for distribution on Sunak’s social media channels, the seatbeltless Conservative leader speaks from […]