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Breaking silence, Boris Johnson says he would struggle to back new Brexit deal

Boris Johnson criticised Rishi Sunak's new post-Brexit deal with the European Union for Northern Ireland on Thursday, saying the prime minister had allowed the bloc to retain too much influence in the United Kingdom. → Read More

UK and EU on the cusp of Northern Ireland Brexit deal but concerns remain

Britain is on the cusp of a deal with the European Union to tackle trade and political disruption in Northern Ireland caused by Brexit, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, but it is unclear whether that will satisfy eurosceptic critics. → Read More

UK PM Sunak condemns 'gobblefunk' changes to Roald Dahl's books

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday criticised the "airbrushing" of literature after a newspaper report showed books by children's author Roald Dahl had been edited to remove or alter references to gender, race and physical appearance. → Read More

UK consumers bought more in Jan but overall gloom persists

British consumers unexpectedly increased their shopping in January, but the big picture remains one of weak demand from inflation-hit households relying more on discounts at retailers to make ends meet. → Read More

UK economy shows zero Q4 growth, narrowly avoids recession

Britain's economy showed zero growth in the final three months of 2022 - enough for it to avoid entering a recession for now - but faces tough prospects in 2023 as households continue to wrestle with double-digit inflation. → Read More

UK seeks stronger powers to stop disruptive protests

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government will on Monday announce new proposals to clamp down on protests, broadening the range of situations in which police are able to act to prevent serious disruption. → Read More

Strikes in Britain set to intensify as teacher ballot results due

Strikes disrupting swathes of the British economy look likely to intensify this week, with teachers ready to announce industrial action, according to the Sunday Times, and nurses warning their strikes could double in size next month. → Read More

Climate change: UK's 2022 was hottest year on record, says forecaster

Britain experienced its hottest year on record in 2022, the national weather service confirmed on Thursday, saying human-induced climate change had made what would normally be a once-in-500-year event likely to happen every three or four years. → Read More

One killed, several missing after explosion on island of Jersey

Police did not confirm the cause of the explosion, which occurred at an apartment block in St. Helier, capital of the British Crown Dependency off the coast of northern France. → Read More

Labour beats Conservatives to retain UK parliament seat

Britain's opposition Labour Party secured a resounding victory in a vote for a parliament seat in northwest England on Friday, showing the scale of the challenge facing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to win a general election in the next two years. → Read More

Britain summons China's ambassador over treatment of BBC journalist

Britain summoned China's ambassador on Tuesday to raise the treatment of a British journalist whose employer, the BBC, said had been assaulted by Chinese police while he was covering a protest in Shanghai. → Read More

Countries agree on 'loss and damage' fund in overnight session to approve COP27 deal

Countries agreed early Sunday at the COP27 climate summit to set up a fund to help poor countries being battered by climate disasters, but delayed approving a wider deal outlining global resolve to fight climate change. → Read More

COP27 draft climate deal retains 1.5C limit, but many issues unresolved

The first draft of a deal being hashed out at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt would keep a target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but leaves many of the most contentious issues in the talks unresolved ahead of a Friday deadline. → Read More

U.N. publishes draft COP27 climate deal

The U.N. climate agency published a first draft on Thursday of a hoped-for final agreement from the COP27 climate summit, repeating many of last year's goals while leaving contentious issues still to be resolved. → Read More

Developing countries, China seek 'loss and damage' fund

The G77 bloc of developing countries and China are proposing the establishment of a new 'loss and damage' fund to provide finance to countries hit by climate disasters, a draft text of their proposal to the COP27 summit showed. → Read More

First sketch of hoped-for COP27 deal kicks off crunch talks

Government ministers and negotiators from nearly 200 countries on Tuesday began the hard work of finding common ground for a deal at the annual U.N. climate talks, based on a sketched first outline in the hands of delegates at the summit in Egypt. → Read More

Biden-Xi climate cooperation to energise COP27 negotiations

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed on Monday to resume cooperation on climate change and other issues, offering a boost to bogged down and behind schedule negotiations at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt → Read More

At COP27 climate talks, slow progress stokes worry over final deal

One week into this year's U.N. climate summit in Egypt, frustrations were starting to flare as negotiators worried about resolving myriad details in time for a deal by the summit's scheduled close on Friday. → Read More

COP27: Biden says the climate crisis is about 'very life of the planet'

U.S. President Joe Biden told the COP27 climate conference in Egypt on Friday that global warming posed an existential threat to the planet and promised the United States would meet its targets for fighting it. → Read More

China willing to contribute to climate damage compensation

China would be willing to contribute to a mechanism for compensating poorer countries for losses and damage caused by climate change, its climate envoy Xie Zhenhua said on Wednesday at the United Nations COP27 climate summit in Egypt. → Read More