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Tens of thousands join Black Lives Matter protest in London

Tens of thousands join Black Lives Matter protest in London

By , LONDON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands took to the streets of London on Sunday, rallying for a second day running to condemn police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, with some wearing face masks bearing the slogan “Racism is a virus”.On Saturday, thousands gathered in central London in a demonstration that was peaceful but ended with small numbers of people clashing with mounted police near Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence.London police chief Cressida Dick said 27 officers had been injured in “shocking and completely unacceptable” assaults...

June 7, 2020
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China's 'nervous' Xi risks new Cold War, last Hong Kong governor says

China's 'nervous' Xi risks new Cold War, last Hong Kong governor says

By LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is so nervous about the position of the Communist Party that he is risking a new Cold War and imperilling Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s pre-eminent financial hub, the last British governor of the territory told Reuters.Chris Patten said Xi’s ‘thuggish’ crackdown in Hong Kong risked triggering an outflow of capital and people from the city which funnels the bulk of foreign investment into mainland China.The West, he said, should stop being naive about Xi, who has served as General Secretary of the Communist Party since 2012.“We have long...

May 30, 2020
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China has betrayed Hong Kong, former HK governor says

China has betrayed Hong Kong, former HK governor says

By LONDON (Reuters) - China has betrayed the people of Hong Kong so the West should stop kowtowing to Beijing for an illusory great pot of gold, said Chris Patten, the last governor of the former British colony.Slideshow Beijing is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong after a sustained campaign of pro-democracy protests last year in the city, which enjoys many freedoms not allowed on mainland China.“The Hong Kong people have been betrayed by China,” Patten was quoted as saying by The Times newspaper. Britain, he said, had a “moral, economic and legal” duty to stand...

May 23, 2020
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Johnson condemns 'thuggery' after far-right protests in London

Johnson condemns 'thuggery' after far-right protests in London

By , LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned “racist thuggery” after far-right protesters clashed in London on Saturday with anti-racist demonstrators and police trying to keep the two sides apart.Fights broke out between groups outside Waterloo station, with fireworks thrown before police cordoned off areas. On a nearby bridge, stones were lobbed at police. Sporadic skirmishes continued in parts of the city centre.“Racist thuggery has no place on our streets,” Johnson said on Twitter. “Anyone attacking our police will be met with the full force of the law.”Earlier...

June 13, 2020
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Exclusive: Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister - sources

Exclusive: Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister - sources

By , LONDON (Reuters) - Classified U.S.-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected Russian hackers, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a law enforcement investigation is underway, said the hackers accessed the account multiple times between July 12 and Oct. 21 last year.They declined to name which Russian group or organisation they believed was responsible, but said the attack bore the hallmarks of a state-backed...

August 3, 2020
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UK to purge Huawei from 5G by end of 2027, siding with Trump over China

UK to purge Huawei from 5G by end of 2027, siding with Trump over China

By , LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by the end of 2027, risking the ire of China by signalling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is not welcome in the West.As Britain prepares to cast off from the European Union, fears over the security of Huawei have forced Johnson to choose between global rivals the United States and China.He had been under intense pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, while Beijing had warned London, which has sought to court China in recent years, that...

July 14, 2020
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Britain set to ban Huawei from 5G, though timescale unclear

Britain set to ban Huawei from 5G, though timescale unclear

By , LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network in a landmark decision that will anger Beijing but win plaudits from President Donald Trump as the United States grapples with China’s rising economic and technological clout.The United States has pushed Johnson to reverse his January decision to grant Huawei a limited role in 5G, while London has been dismayed by a crackdown in Hong Kong and by the perception that China did not tell the whole truth over coronavirus.Britain’s National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Johnson, will meet on...

July 13, 2020
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UK, EU demand each other give ground in trade talks or risk no deal

UK, EU demand each other give ground in trade talks or risk no deal

By , , BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union both demanded that the other side give ground in talks on a new post-Brexit trade deal or risk severe damage in tetchy exchanges after the latest bout of bargaining ended with scant progress on Friday.The United Kingdom left the EU on Jan.31 but the main terms of its membership remain in place for a transition period until the end of this year, giving it time to negotiate a new free trade deal with the bloc.Failure to reach a deal would convulse global trade just as the world aims to exit the coronavirus lockdown. But so far...

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May 15, 2020
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UK urged to stop China taking control of Imagination Tech: lawmaker

UK urged to stop China taking control of Imagination Tech: lawmaker

By LONDON (Reuters) - The British government should seek every mechanism to prevent the removal of the technology base of Imagination Technologies to China, including seeking a Western buyer for the company, British lawmaker David Davis said on Tuesday.Imagination Technologies licenses its semiconductor chip designs that are the basic units powering everything from smartphones to computer game consoles. They are also used in artificial intelligence and data transfer.The company, which like larger rival ARM Holdings was a jewel in Britain’s technological crown, was bought by private equity...

April 14, 2020
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Putin says world faces most dangerous decade since World War Two

Putin says world faces most dangerous decade since World War Two

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the world faced the most dangerous decade since World War Two, accusing what he cast as a declining West of engaging in nuclear blackmail against Russia. Putin said he had no regrets about sending troops into Ukraine, and accused the West of inciting the war and playing a "dangerous, bloody and dirty" geopolitical game that was sowing chaos across the world. "The historical period of the West's undivided dominance over world affairs is coming to an end," Putin, Russia's paramount leader, told the Valdai Discussion Club, a gathering of Russian...

Oct 27
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