Scotland sets October 2023 for new independence vote

Scotland’s government on Tuesday drew the battle lines for a legal and political tussle with London as it announced plans to hold a second independence referendum on October 19, 2023. Addressing the Edinburgh parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon conceded that her devolved administration may lack the power to call the vote without London’s approval. The … Read more

UK’s Boris Johnson faces test in two special elections

LONDON: Polls opened on Thursday in Britain for two special elections that could deliver a new blow to scandal-tainted Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson† Wakefield in northern England and the southwestern constitution of Tiverton and Honiton are both electing replacements for Conservative lawmakers who resigned in disgrace. One was convicted of sexual assault; the other … Read more

Strikes cripple Britain’s railways, unions warn of more to come

Passengers board a tube at Stratford station, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, along with London Underground workers, in London, Wednesday. (File photo: AP) LONDON: Strikes Crippled Britain‘s rail network on Thursday as union bosses, train operating firms and the government … Read more

Sri Lanka seeks $55 million loan from India for buying fertiliser

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has sought a $55 million loan from India for the procurement of urea amidst its worst economic crisis threatening a severe food shortage, an official said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had recently warned of a food crisis in the island nation due to the ongoing economic crisis. The Cabinet has … Read more

UK PM defies calls to quit over ‘Partygate’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised but defied calls to quit after a critical report into lockdown-breaking parties at his Downing Street office UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson defiantly rejected calls to resign after an internal inquiry Wednesday found he presided over a culture of lockdown-breaking parties that ran late into the night and even … Read more

Sri Lanka defaults on debt for the first time in its history

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka fell into default for the first time in its history as the government struggles to halt an economic meltdown that prompted mass protests and a political crisis. Policy makers had flagged to creditors the nation wouldn’t be able to make payments until the debt is restructured, and is therefore in pre-emptive default, … Read more

UK unveils radical rewrite of EU pact for N. Ireland

The UK government on Tuesday unveiled a plan to drastically overhaul post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland, arguing the changes are needed to end political paralysis in the divided territory. But the European Union, defending the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol and the integrity of its vast single market, vowed reprisals if Britain pushes ahead with … Read more

monkeypox: England detects four more cases of monkeypox infection

LONDON: Britain’s health authorities are investigating four more cases of rare viral monkeypox infection which have been diagnosed in England taking the total confirmed cases since May 6 to seven. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said investigations were underway to establish links between the latest four cases who appear to have been infected in … Read more

ukraine: Ukraine refugees at risk of human trafficking: NGO

THE HAGUE: Refugees fleeing Ukraine are becoming increasingly vulnerable to human traffickers as the war rages, a new report said on Tuesday, urging the registration of victims, especially unaccompanied children. More than two million children have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, according to the 42-page report compiled by the Dutch-based La Strada … Read more

Sri Lankan court orders arrest of police officers over death of protester in shootout

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan cour on Wednesday ordered the arrest of police officers involved in the death of a protester after the police opened fire at unarmed anti-government protestors demonstrating against the fuel price hike in southwestern region of Rambukkana. A 41-year-old father of two was killed and 13 others were injured on April 19 … Read more