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UK hunts for carrier of Brazil Covid strain

UK hunts for carrier of Brazil Covid strain

Britain on Monday appealed for a person infected with a powerful Covid-19 strain from Brazil to come forward as experts fretted about its impact on new vaccines.

UK to prioritise next stage of Covid-19 vaccines by age, not job

UK to prioritise next stage of Covid-19 vaccines by age, not job

Police and teachers will not jump to the head of the queue in the second phase of Britain's Covid-19 vaccination rollout, with people instead prioritised by age, officials advising the government said on Friday, describing this as the best way to keep up the pace of immunisations.

Philippines confirms local transmission of Britain coronavirus variant

Philippines confirms local transmission of Britain coronavirus variant

The Philippines has confirmed domestic transmission of the new, highly contagious British variant of the coronavirus, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to abandon a plan to allow some minors to go outside their homes.

UK court to hear bail plea for WikiLeaks' Assange

UK court to hear bail plea for WikiLeaks' Assange

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will on Wednesday argue he should be released from a British prison on bail, pending Washington's appeal against a decision not to extradite him to the United States.

India races to find UK arrivals to halt new virus strain

India races to find UK arrivals to halt new virus strain

Indian authorities were trying Wednesday to track down tens of thousands of people who entered the country from Britain in recent weeks as cases of a new and fast-spreading coronavirus strain ...

AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccine approved for use in UK

AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccine approved for use in UK

A coronavirus vaccine developed by drug firm AstraZeneca and Oxford University has been approved for use in Britain, the government said Wednesday, adding the mass rollout will start on January 4.

The world cuts air travel ties with Britain

The world cuts air travel ties with Britain

In an unprecedented development during this final chapter of 2020, over 60 countries from across 5 continents have cut all air travel ties with the UK or banned UK travellers amid immense global concern ...

Thousands of trucks mass at Dover in cross-Channel chaos

Thousands of trucks mass at Dover in cross-Channel chaos

France and Britain reopened cross-Channel travel on Wednesday after a 48-hour ban to curb the spread of a new coronavirus variant but London has warned it could take days for thousands of trucks blocked around the port of Dover to get moving.

Brexit trade talks difficult as EU and UK still split on key issues

Brexit trade talks difficult as EU and UK still split on key issues

Britain and the European Union remained divided over competition and fishing on Wednesday as they tried to clinch a Brexit trade deal in time to avoid a turbulent split at the end of the year.

British spy thriller author John le Carre dies aged 89

British spy thriller author John le Carre dies aged 89

John le Carre, the British writer best known for his Cold War espionage novels ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ and ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold’, has died aged 89, his agent and family said Sunday.

UK and EU extend Brexit talks after ditching deadline

UK and EU extend Brexit talks after ditching deadline

The European Union and Britain will return to the negotiating table on Monday after agreeing to abandon a supposed make-or-break deadline for a post-Brexit trade pact.

Britain's navy to protect fishing waters in case of no-deal Brexit

Britain's navy to protect fishing waters in case of no-deal Brexit

Four Royal Navy patrol ships will be ready on Jan. 1 to help protect Britain's fishing waters in the event the Brexit transition period ends without a deal on future ties with the European Union, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said.