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Hundreds join 'kill the bill' rallies across Britain against proposed protest law

Hundreds join 'kill the bill' rallies across Britain against proposed protest law

By LONDON (Reuters) -Hundreds of demonstrators joined marches and rallies across Britain on Saturday as part of a “national weekend of action” against a proposed new law that would give police extra powers to curb protests.Slideshow The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill would toughen measures officers can take to disperse demonstrations, such as imposing time and noise limits, which campaigners and activists fear would be used to curb dissent.Since the bill was brought before parliament last month, there have been sporadic protests, notably in Bristol, southwest England, where...

April 3, 2021
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Hundreds join 'kill the bill' rallies across Britain against proposed protest law

Hundreds join 'kill the bill' rallies across Britain against proposed protest law

By LONDON (Reuters) -Hundreds of demonstrators joined marches and rallies across Britain on Saturday as part of a “national weekend of action” against a proposed new law that would give police extra powers to curb protests.Slideshow The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill would toughen measures officers can take to disperse demonstrations, such as imposing time and noise limits, which campaigners and activists fear would be used to curb dissent.Since the bill was brought before parliament last month, there have been sporadic protests, notably in Bristol, southwest England, where...

April 3, 2021
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'Pandora's box' of Northern Ireland could be opened unless EU changes Brexit deal: loyalists warn

'Pandora's box' of Northern Ireland could be opened unless EU changes Brexit deal: loyalists warn

By LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace agreement is under threat and a “Pandora’s box” of protest and political crisis will be opened unless the European Union agrees to significant changes to the Brexit deal, a senior loyalist warned on Friday.The 1998 accord, known as the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement, ended three decades of violence between mostly Catholic nationalists fighting for a united Ireland and mostly Protestant unionists, or loyalists, who want Northern Ireland to stay part of the United Kingdom.David Campbell, chairman of the Loyalist Communities Council, which...

March 19, 2021
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Britain says delay in Serum Institute vaccines contributing to supply squeeze

Britain says delay in Serum Institute vaccines contributing to supply squeeze

By , , LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is facing a squeeze on supply of COVID-19 vaccines next month in part due to a delay in a shipment from India’s Serum Institute that is making AstraZeneca’s shot, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.Britain has been conducting the fastest roll-out of inoculations by a major economy but health officials said on Wednesday the programme would face a significant reduction in supplies from March 29, without initially specifying where the problems were.“We have a delay in a scheduled arrival from the Serum Institute of India,” Hancock told...

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March 18, 2021
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Exclusive: Regular booster vaccines are the future in battle with COVID-19 virus, top genome expert says

Exclusive: Regular booster vaccines are the future in battle with COVID-19 virus, top genome expert says

By CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) - Regular booster vaccines against the novel coronavirus will be needed because of mutations that make it more transmissible and better able to evade human immunity, the head of Britain’s effort to sequence the virus’s genomes told Reuters.The novel coronavirus, which has killed 2.65 million people globally since it emerged in China in late 2019, mutates around once every two weeks, slower than influenza or HIV, but enough to require tweaks to vaccines.Sharon Peacock, who heads COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) which has sequenced nearly half of all the novel...

March 15, 2021
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Northern Irish loyalist paramilitaries withdraw support for 1998 peace deal - Belfast Telegraph

Northern Irish loyalist paramilitaries withdraw support for 1998 peace deal - Belfast Telegraph

By LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Irish loyalist paramilitary organisations told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson they are temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal, the Belfast Telegraph reported.An umbrella body representing the outlawed groups said in a letter that the unionist opposition to the Northern Irish Protocol - part of the Brexit divorce deal - should remain “peaceful and democratic”.Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace deal, known as the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement, largely ended three decades of violence between...

March 4, 2021
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'Please get in touch': Britain hunts mystery spreader of Brazil variant

'Please get in touch': Britain hunts mystery spreader of Brazil variant

By LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Monday appealed for a mystery individual infected with a highly transmissible Brazilian variant of the novel coronavirus to come forward, more than two weeks after they tested positive but failed to give proper contact details.Slideshow Britain said six cases had been detected of the “P.1” variant identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus, against which current vaccines appear to be less effective. Two were in South Gloucestershire in England and three in Scotland.But a sixth individual in England, one of more than a million people tested on Feb. 12-13, had...

March 1, 2021
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Johnson wants 'cautious but irreversible' path out of COVID-19 lockdown

Johnson wants 'cautious but irreversible' path out of COVID-19 lockdown

By , LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he would plot a cautious but irreversible path out of the COVID-19 lockdown this week after the vaccination of 15 million vulnerable people.With nearly a quarter of the United Kingdom’s population now inoculated with a first dose of a COVID vaccine in a little over two months, Johnson is under pressure from some lawmakers and businesses to reopen the shuttered economy.“We’ve got to be very prudent and what we want to see is progress that is cautious, but irreversible,” Johnson told reporters. “If we possibly can,...

February 15, 2021
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Johnson wants 'cautious but irreversible' path out of COVID-19 lockdown

Johnson wants 'cautious but irreversible' path out of COVID-19 lockdown

By , LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he would plot a cautious but irreversible path out of the COVID-19 lockdown this week after the vaccination of 15 million vulnerable people.With nearly a quarter of the United Kingdom’s population now inoculated with a first dose of a COVID vaccine in a little over two months, Johnson is under pressure from some lawmakers and businesses to reopen the shuttered economy.“We’ve got to be very prudent and what we want to see is progress that is cautious, but irreversible,” Johnson told reporters. “If we possibly can,...

February 15, 2021
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Climate activists shatter 19 windows at HSBC HQ in London’s Canary Wharf

Climate activists shatter 19 windows at HSBC HQ in London’s Canary Wharf

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.An activist from the Extinction Rebellion, a global environmental movement, holds a hammer in front of a broken window during a direct action protest outside HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf, London, Britain April 22, 2021. REUTERS/John SibleyClimate activists shattered 19 windows at HSBC's headquarters in London's Canary Wharf on Thursday as part of a protest against the financing of what the group says is devastating climate change that threatens the planet.The female activists...

April 22, 2021
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