BRITAIN

  • Gordon Brown 'to stand down' as MP 3 days ago

    London: Former British prime minister Gordon Brown is poised to announce that he will quit as an MP at the next election after 32 years in the House of Commons, media reports said on Sunday. The 63-year-old Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP will announce his decision "within days", an ally told the...
  • Spanish lawmakers pass symbolic motion on eventual recognition of Palestine 1 week ago

    Madrid: Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognise Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict. The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, received the backing of all the political groups of the...
  • Tata Motors Jaguar Land Rover engine factory gets a royal kickstart in Britain October 30, 2014

    Tata Motors Jaguar Land Rover engine factory gets a royal kickstart in Britain. The Queen will be at the business park for the opening of the 500 million pound factory in wolverhampton. Full scale operations will start early next year. ...
  • Indian-origin taxi driver jailed in Britain for sex attack October 28, 2014

    London: An Indian-origin taxi driver has been jailed in Britain for a sex attack on a young woman passenger while she was drinking. Nottingham Crown Court heard that Dhanraj Singh, 24, and a father of two, is a Bhangra dancer and singer. He was due to fly to Mumbai to film...
  • David Cameron invites Modi to Britain, says won't intervene in the Kashmir issue October 28, 2014

    London: Britain is keen to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said its PM David Cameron in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN. Cameron who was amongst the first world leaders to congratulate Modi on his historic win in the Lok Sabha elections said that he had an open invitation to visit...
  • Jogger runs into British PM Cameron in security breach October 28, 2014

    London: In a major security breach, a 28-year-old jogger ran into British Prime Minister David Cameron after the premier had concluded a meeting in northern England on Monday. The man collided with Cameron as he left the city's Civic Hall in Leeds and was driven away from the scene, apparently uninjured,...
  • Female terror suspect held in Britain October 22, 2014

    London: A woman has been arrested in Britain on suspicion of "preparation of terrorist acts", police said on Wednesday. Scotland Yard says the woman, 25, was arrested in Bedfordshire and taken to a police station in London, BBC reported. The investigation "is related to Syria" and two addresses in Bedfordshire are now...
  • Hockey: India beat Great Britain 2-1 to retain the Sultan of Johor Cup title October 19, 2014

    Harmanpreet Singh converted two penalty corners to help India sucessfully defend their Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) Under-21 hockey title, beating Great Britain 2-1 in a keenly-contested final on Sunday. Harmanpreet (45th and 90 minutes) slammed home two set pieces at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium to take his goals tally...
  • India promises to look into UK-Gujarat direct flights October 19, 2014

    London: India has assured the diaspora that it will push for direct flights between the UK and Gujarat. "We had prepared a strong proposal for Air India to start direct flights between London and Ahmedabad but due to financial and logistics reasons it couldn't go forward," TK Manoj Kumar, Ministry...
  • Britain to expand Ebola screening beyond London October 18, 2014

    London: British health authorities have said that screening of passengers arriving from regions affected by the Ebola outbreak will be extended to the Manchester and Birmingham airports. The announcement was made by Public Health England Friday, Xinhua reported. Heathrow Airport on Tuesday launched the screening, which includes checking passengers' temperature, requiring them...
  • Iran expects progress, if no breakthrough, in nuclear talks with EU, US October 14, 2014

    Vienna: Iran does not expect a breakthrough in high-level nuclear talks with the United States and the European Union this week but hopes they will help pave the way for a final deal, its foreign minister said on Tuesday. Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted by Iran's Fars news agency, was speaking after...
  • Britain begins Ebola screening at London's Heathrow airport October 14, 2014

    London: Britain began screening passengers arriving at London's busiest airport from West Africa for signs of the deadly Ebola virus on Tuesday. Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that Britain could expect to see "a handful" of Ebola cases over the next three months, partly due to its status as...
  • Hockey: India lose to Britain 0-2 at Sultan of Johor Cup October 13, 2014

    Johor Bahru: Indian U-21 hockey team lost 0-2 to Britain in its second match of the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Johor Bahru Stadium here on Monday. Having blanked Pakistan 5-0 in the first match on Sunday, Britain played a good tactical game to take all three points and are...
  • First space weather forecast centre opens in Britain October 8, 2014

    London: The first space weather forecast centre opened on Wednesday in Exeter, southwestern England. With a funding of 4.6 million pounds ($7.4 million) from the British government, the Met Office Space Weather Centre in Devon also houses the Met Office's headquarters, Xinhua reported. It will provide space weather forecasts and develop an...
  • UK losing out on Indian post-graduate students: Study October 7, 2014

    London: The UK is losing out on Indian students as they are choosing the US institutions over those in Britain, according to a new study which also said Nigeria will soon replace India as the second-largest source of foreign post-graduates in the country. The UK will host 241,000 post-graduate international students...
  • We are stars because of all the people in Britain who have appreciated and backed our films: Shah Rukh Khan October 7, 2014

    London: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan credited the Indian community based in Britain for Bollywood's popularity and his own success. The 48-year-old actor was in London with his 'Happy New Year' team, including co-stars Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchan as well as director Farah Khan. "London has always been the pioneer in...
  • Britain's Cameron overheard saying Queen 'purred' at Scottish 'No' vote September 24, 2014

    Manchester, England: Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard on Tuesday saying Queen Elizabeth had "purred" with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence. In New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, TV crews accidentally picked...
  • British Airways pilot on trial over child sex with underage boys September 24, 2014

    London: A British Airways pilot is facing trial in the UK for allegedly committing child sex offence against underage boys in India and Britain. Bartle Frere is alleged to have used his job to meet underage boys and lavish them with money and gifts during stopovers in India between long-haul...
  • British Raj did more harm than good in Indian subcontinent: Debate in UK Supreme Court September 21, 2014

    London: The British Raj did more harm than good in the Indian subcontinent, this was the conclusion of a historic debate that put the mighty empire on a mock trial at the Supreme Court here. The IndoBritish Heritage Trust organised the debate as the inaugural event to mark the 400th...
  • Britain hires dyslexic spies in antiterror campaign September 21, 2014

    London: Britain's main surveillance agency is employing over 100 afflicted with dyslexia and dyspraxia as spies in the country's fight against terror. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), referred to as the UK's listening post, uses the ability of these "neurodiverse" spies to analyse complex information in a "dispassionate, logical and analytical"...
  • UK Muslim clerics issue video appeal to free British hostage September 20, 2014

    London: Senior Muslim clerics in Britain have made a direct video appeal to the Islamic State terror group to free a British hostage under their captivity. In a You Tube video, Shakeel Begg and Haitham alHaddad said there was no justification for holding 47yearold Alan Henning, who was captured in Syria,...
  • Watch: Scotland's currency dilemma September 18, 2014

    The people of Scotland will vote on Thursday whether to seek independence from the United Kingdom. In the final few days of campaigning for Scottish independence, currency is one of the big campaign battlegrounds. CNN's Nina Dos Santos takes a look at why it is causing so many disagreements. ...
  • Independence won't be a trial separation, but a painful divorce: PM Cameron to Scotland September 16, 2014

    London/Aberdeen: Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the...
  • US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading September 15, 2014

    Washington: Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring...
  • Britain vows to hunt down evil killers of aid worker September 14, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Sunday that Britain would hunt down the killers of an aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State, which he described as the "embodiment of evil". Cameron said Britain was prepared to "take whatever steps are necessary" after David Haines became the third Western hostage...
  • Britain's Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed September 14, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify...
  • Obama condemns 'barbaric murder' of British aid worker by ISIS September 14, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has condemned the "barbaric murder" of a British citizen by terrorist group Islamic State, which in the recent weeks has killed two American journalists. "The United States strongly condemns the barbaric murder of UK citizen David Haines by the terrorist group ISIL. Our hearts go out...
  • Prison suicide rate rises in Britain September 12, 2014

    London: The number of prisoners who took their own lives in England and Wales from 201314 increased by 64 per cent, according to an independent investigation released on Thursday. The prisons complaint watchdog Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) on Thursday issued the annual report (201314), saying there were 90 apparently selfinflicted...
  • Won't take part in airstrikes on Syria: Britain September 11, 2014

    Berlin: Britain's foreign secretary says his country won't participate in airstrikes on Syria, following an announcement from Washington that it would begin hitting targets inside the country. Speaking on Thursday after talks with his German counterpart FrankWalter Steinmeier, Philip Hammond said that Britain won't be "revisiting" the issue after Parliament...
  • As scots eye independence, rest of UK gets nervous September 10, 2014

    BerwickUponTweed, England: All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England's border with Scotland to know he'll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week. There are teddy bears in Campbell clan tartans and shelves of shortbread from Scotland ...