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The Great Game: Is Britain playing both sides in China-Vietnam standoff?
Just a day after the UK pledged to bolster its support for Vietnam, the British government has promised China almost identical defense cooperation – despite the fact that the two Asian nations are teetering on the edge of a potential armed standoff. Read Full Article at
157 points by Russia Today | South China Sea United Kingdom British Empire People's Republic of China Xinhua News Agency People's Liberation Army Spratly Islands Suez Crisis
Britain & Vietnam cozy up on defense amid deepening South China Sea dispute
Britain and Vietnam are building fresh ties after their respective defense ministers quietly met to discuss future cooperation. The move comes as Vietnam scopes out potential new allies to strengthen its hand against China. Read Full Article at
384 points by Russia Today | Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Vietnam United Kingdom Asia Suez Crisis British Empire
UK slated over planned anti-refugee wall in Calais
Officials say construction of UK-funded four-metre high, 1km-long wall in the French port will start this month.
2078 points by Al Jazeera English | France Europe Her Majesty's Government Refugee Channel Tunnel British Empire Road haulage Haulage
Convicted businessman uses David Cameron’s criticism of ‘fantastically corrupt’ Nigeria to appeal
A businessman convicted of corruption over a deal involving Nigeria’s national bank is using David Cameron’s claims that the African nation is “fantastically corrupt” as grounds for appeal. Read Full Article at
10 points by Russia Today | United Kingdom Rio de Janeiro Court British Empire Law Judge Prison Appeal
EU won't punish UK over Brexit, but divorce will cost Britain £50 billion - Juncker
The United Kingdom will be made to pay about £50 billion ($62 billion) after it triggers Article 50 to leave the European Union, according to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. This will be a warning to others who want to follow the UK. Read Full Article at
364 points by Russia Today | United Kingdom Europe London England European Union Great Britain British Empire Republic of Ireland
London Attacker, Born in U.K., Had Criminal Convictions, Was Probed for Extremism
Police identified the suspected Islamist terrorist who carried out the deadly rampage outside Parliament as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born man with a range of previous convictions unrelated to terror offenses.
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | United Kingdom Westminster system Prime minister Jihad Canada Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom British Empire Parliament
Former Hong Kong Chief Donald Tsang Found Guilty of Misconduct
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was found guilty of misconduct, becoming the most senior official ever in the former British colony to be convicted in court.
22 points by The Wall Street Journal | Jury British Empire Chief Executive of Hong Kong British overseas territories Donald Tsang Hong Kong University of Hong Kong Court
Bermuda lawsuit says Massachusetts hospital bribed premier
BOSTON — The government of Bermuda has sued a Massachusetts hospital, saying it bribed the island's former leader in order to secure business there.The Boston Globe reports that the federal suit filed Tuesday alleges that Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and Ewart Brown, a doctor who was Bermuda's premier from 2006 to 2010, were part of a racketeering conspiracy that spanned 20 years.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Massachusetts Bermuda Pleading Organized crime British Empire Health care Ewart Brown Medicine
We should understand, rather than erase, the lessons of history
Memory fades with age. We remember good times more than the bad.
16 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Slavery Atlantic slave trade Francis Drake Nevada History of slavery British Empire McCarran International Airport Arab slave trade
Rolls-Royce logs record $5.8bn loss
A fine to settle bribery charges and the collapse in the pound took their toll on British engine maker in 2016.
42 points by Al Jazeera English | Inflation United Kingdom Consumer price index Money Price index GDP deflator Rolls-Royce plc British Empire
Trump Plans 'Tweaking' of Canada Trade Pact
President Donald Trump said he seeks only modest changes in the U.S. trade relationship with Canada after talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
1292 points by The Wall Street Journal | Canada North American Free Trade Agreement Pierre Trudeau English language North America United States British Empire Quebec
Berlinale: ‘Viceroy’s House’ Is Personal and Political Says Gurinder Chadha
Contemporary politics came to the fore once again at the Berlin Film Festival. This time it concerned “Viceroy’s House,” Gurinder Chadha’s period piece about turbulent events at the time that India separated from the British Empire. While the end of end of empire is clearly large canvas stuff, Chadha chose not only to set the... Read more »
7 points by Variety | Potsdamer Platz Pakistan British Empire Berlin Wall United Kingdom Gurinder Chadha Soviet Union Punjab region
‘No proof, just allegations’: Russia’s UK embassy brands Russian cyberattacks on UK ‘fake news’
The Russian embassy in the UK fired back at the claims made by Britain’s cybersecurity chief in an interview to Sunday Times, in which he accused Moscow of ramping up state-sponsored attacks on the UK. It said there is still no evidence of such attacks. Read Full Article at
350 points by Russia Today | Vladimir Putin Russia British Empire United Kingdom English Channel Propaganda Mass media United States presidential election
Oscar Isaac to Star in World War II Thriller ‘The Garbo Network’
Oscar Isaac will star in World War II thriller “The Garbo Network” with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival. Isaac played the character Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The script for “The Garbo Network”... Read more »
25 points by Variety | World War II British Empire Double Cross System Germany World War I England War Star Wars
A true-life royal interracial romance in ‘A United Kingdom’
A touching love story that gets sidelined by a tiresome intra-family African political dispute, “The United Kingdom” has a big heart that beats far too slowly. In 1947 London, white British girl Ruth (Rosamund Pike) falls for a black law student (David Oyelowo) who turns out to be the crown prince of a tiny British...
3 points by New York Post | United Kingdom British Empire Commonwealth of Nations British overseas territories White people England Commonwealth realm Wales
Michael C. Hall Joins Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ for Season 2
Michael C. Hall will be playing JFK when “The Crown” returns to Netflix for its second season. Hall will be joined by “Quarry” star Jodi Balfour as Jackie Kennedy. Season 2 of the English drama, which doesn’t yet have a premiere date, will segue into the 1960s, as Queen Elizabeth II loses her third prime... Read more »
20024 points by Variety | Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill George VI of the United Kingdom Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Academy Award for Best Actress Philip Snowden 1st Viscount Snowden Neville Chamberlain British Empire
Rock blocked: Gibraltar police car speeds onto runway to stop RAF plane from taking off
Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) used a car to block an RAF plane from leaving the runway in order to arrest a member of the military. Read Full Article at
260 points by Russia Today | Broadsheet Tabloid English-language films Daily Express Stanley Baldwin British Empire United Kingdom Royal Air Force
Yanis Varoufakis on Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit
Ex-Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis says Jeremy Corbyn's chances of becoming the next UK prime minister are 'slim'.
165 points by Al Jazeera English | United Kingdom Tony Blair Gordon Brown Labour Party British Empire Member of the European Parliament Home Secretary Arthur Henderson
Russian hackers tried to blackmail David Beckham before email leak: report
“It’s a disgrace to be honest, and if I was American, I would have got something like this 10 years ago.”
53 points by New York Post | News of the World Piers Morgan United Kingdom British Empire Daily Mirror Audrey Hepburn Tabloid The Sun
Gun salutes mark Queen Elizabeth's 65 years on the throne
Allen ConeFeb. 6 (UPI) -- Two gun salutes in London marked Queen Elizabeth's 65 years on the throne Monday.
6 points by UPI | Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth realm British Empire George VI of the United Kingdom Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Monarchy of the United Kingdom Balmoral Castle
Queen's 65-year reign a milestone in a record-breaking life
LONDON (AP) - On Monday, Queen Elizabeth II marks her Sapphire Jubilee, becoming the first British monarch to reign for 65 years. It's just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here's are some other significant numbers about her record-breaking life and reign: - Elizabeth ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill British Empire President of the United States Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Lyndon B. Johnson Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh George VI of the United Kingdom
Trump's early foreign travel schedule taking shape
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's early foreign travel schedule is taking shape — and Europe is the destination.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom White House President of the United States Head of state British Empire Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu United Kingdom
British hackers, spies & whistleblowers could soon face 14yrs in prison
British spies and civil servants could now face up to 14 years in prison if they are found leaking national secrets, after allegations about Russian hacking triggered calls for major reforms to the Official Secrets Act. Read Full Article at
365 points by Russia Today | Classified information United Kingdom British nationality law Terrorism 21st century National security British Empire Cabinet of the United Kingdom
Israeli minister says Brits will ‘pay the price’ for ‘anti-Semitic’ boycotts
Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is in London this week meeting British officials hoping to agree on a joint plan to tackle Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism in the UK. Read Full Article at
8077 points by Russia Today | Human rights Israel Democracy British Empire Ministry Her Majesty's Government Law Minister
Reports: Underwater scavengers dismantling Allied ships lost near Indonesia during WWII

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | World War II World War I Sunda Strait Battle of the Java Sea British Empire Royal Netherlands Navy Government Royal Navy
Is China nervous about Hong Kong's recent election?
Beijing reiterates that calls for Hong Kong independence will not be tolerated.
708 points by Al Jazeera English | Hong Kong China Chinese language New Zealand British Empire People's Republic of China Research fellow Politics of Hong Kong
UK has kind of Brexit negotiating structure but won't be easy: Scots minister
BERLIN (Reuters) - The United Kingdom has got some kind of structure in place for negotiating its exit from the European Union but divorce talks will not be easy, pro-EU Scotland's Brexit representative said on Thursday.
-2 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters News agency United Kingdom Mutual fund Investment British Empire Finance
Evicted Chagos islanders denied right to return to British owned US-leased military colony
The Chagos islanders evicted from their own Indian Ocean homeland to make way for a military colony have been disappointed again, as the Foreign Office has confirmed that they will not be allowed to return home. Read Full Article at
144 points by Russia Today | United Kingdom Extraordinary rendition by the United States Island British Empire Depopulation of Diego Garcia Her Majesty's Government British nationality law Exhaust gas
World War I fighter ace from Baltimore to be honored
A military history group plans to honor on Thursday a pilot fighter ace from Baltimore who joined the British armed forces in 1917 and became one of the greatest American aces of World War I.Francis Warrington Gillet joined the Royal Air Force's Squadron No. 79, and within a few months was credited...
141 points by Baltimore Sun | World War I World War II United Kingdom British Empire Royal Navy Royal Air Force Fighter aircraft British Army
Abbas seeks British apology for 1917 Jewish homeland declaration
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain should apologize for its 1917 declaration endorsing the founding of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and should recognize Palestine as a state, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday.
3033 points by Reuters | Israel British Empire Palestinian National Authority Fatah Oslo Accords Yasser Arafat Benjamin Netanyahu Palestinian people
Bollywood should make more socially conscious films, says actor Om Puri
The Indian film industry needs to break out of its mould and produce more hard-hitting films that challenge its audience, veteran actor Om Puri said.
10 points by | Film Cinema of India Actor Cinema of Pakistan Bollywood Pakistan India British Empire
Hungary claims parts of London a ‘no-go zone’ because of terrorists posing as migrants
The Hungarian government has defended issuing leaflets that label a dozen areas in Britain, including London, Southampton and Peterborough, “no-go zones” because they are overrun by migrants. Read Full Article at
642 points by Russia Today | European Union Europe France Immigration Spain Hungary British Empire United Kingdom
Commonwealth launches new climate fund for small island states, developing countries
Vulnerable small island states and developing countries are in with the opportunity to access billions of dollars of climate finance with the aid of a new Commonwealth initiative launched Tuesday in New York.
138 points by | Commonwealth of Nations Climate change Commonwealth Secretariat Head of the Commonwealth Commonwealth Secretary-General British Empire Australia Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Letter: Let’s discuss reparations
Let’s discuss reparationsThe Monitor’s editorial “A divide in black and white” (Monitor Opinion, Sept. 16) underscores the need for an honest national discussion about the need for reparations for descendants of slaves. Let’s start with a simple truth. America would not be the world leader and econo...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Africa Slavery Atlantic slave trade History of slavery Slavery in the United States African slave trade Caribbean British Empire
Military tempts recruits with shopping vouchers as army numbers bomb to 200yr low
Citing the lack of an appealing war to fill the ranks, military recruiters have been forced to offer serving soldiers a shopping voucher bounty to convince their friends to sign up. Read Full Article at
862 points by Russia Today | Royal Air Force British Army Royal Navy United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Royal Marines British Empire British Armed Forces
David Cameron resigns as member of British parliament 3 months after 'Brexit'
Andrew V. PestanoLONDON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned his position as a member of Parliament on Monday.
-1 points by UPI | United Kingdom European Union United Press International International News Service Spain British Empire News World Communications Member of Parliament
UK will say little about Brexit before Article 50 - Davis
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will not say much about how Brexit will unfold before it triggers Article 50, the formal step that will kick off negotiations on the terms of Britain's exit from the EU, Brexit minister David Davis said on Monday.
-1 points by Reuters | European Union Reuters United Kingdom Thomson Reuters News agency British Empire London Europe
Anti-migrant Theresa May calls Polish PM to express ‘regret’ over post-Brexit hate crimes
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is known for her anti-migrant stance, called her Polish counterpart, Beata Szydlo, on Friday to express “deep regret” over hate crimes in the UK. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Spain United Kingdom British Empire Hate speech Republic of Ireland Illegal immigration Hate crime
The ghosts of slaves past coming to a university near you: Phillip Morris
Which begs the question: If the father of the nation wasn't spared, what are the chances that Father John Carroll will go unscathed? The past is never dead, it's not even past. - William Faulkner The study of American slavery has recently made a powerful resurgence at a few American colleges and universities. The trend seems likely to continue. In recent months, leading American universities, including Georgetown, Brown and the University of Virginia, have initiated probes into their institutional involvement with the slave trade. Georgetown's president announced earlier this month that the school plans to offer a formal apology for its role in the slave trade. The university will also give admissions preference to descendants of the 272 slaves it once owned. In 1838, the school sold the slaves to pay off debt that threatened its existence. John Carroll University, a Jesuit school in University Heights, added its voice to the slavery discourse Wednesday when the school's president announced that the university would also examine the role that Jesuits played in the American slave trade. "The challenge of understanding our involvement in slavery is not just theoretical or historical. In recent weeks, I have come to learn and must share with you all now, the fact that Archbishop John Carroll (1735-1815) not only took part in the management of the Jesuit plantation and in slaveholding at some level, but that he also owned at least one slave who was given his freedom in Archbishop Carroll's will," JCU President Robert Niehoff wrote in an email to the school's alumni. "It is now up to our campus community to engage this history and learn more about Jesuit slaveholding and Archbishop Carroll's role in it. I believe that we must create and charge our own campus community working group to engage the U.S. Jesuit slaveholding history and our own Archbishop John Carroll's role in this sin, which is such a perversion of God's creation." This academic endeavor is encouraging. America has a passing, almost casual familiarity with the legally sanctioned practice of slavery, which existed from the colonial era up until 1865. We still don't really understand the residual effect that slavery continues to exert on the United States, 151 years after the practice was abolished. Many of the nation's leading institutions, intellectual forefathers, and religious organizations were once intimately involved in the practice of slavery. Eight United States Presidents owned slaves while occupying the White House. We just generally don't talk about it or really understand it. That's American history. We can't change it. However, we can study it, decode it and ultimately learn from it, if we choose. Some fear that a vigorous inquest into the history of slavery is akin to opening a Pandora's box, an effort that can rekindle hostilities and undermine traditional views of America's founders and the aspirational ideals they promoted. Some chafe at the thought of potentially being held accountable for the actions and behaviors of generations long gone. Still others see such discussions as a precursor to a shakedown for reparations. These concerns are not easily discounted. In New Orleans, an elementary school named after George Washington was renamed in the 1990s after a group began targeting buildings, streets and structures that bore the names of slaveholders or members of the Confederacy. George Washington Elementary School thus became Dr. Charles Richard Drew Elementary School. Which begs the question: If the father of the nation wasn't spared, what are the chances that Father John Carroll will go unscathed? America has tried with varying degrees of success to have these conversations. In 1826, less than two weeks before he died, Thomas Jefferson was invited to Washington, D.C., for the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The most eloquent hypocrite in American history -- the man who penned the seminal thought that all men "are created equal," yet he owned slaves -- declined the invitation. But he sent the following statement: "All eyes are opened, or opening to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them." Jefferson knew that an imperfect nation was becoming better as it sought to live up to its originating ideas and ideals. It's not only healthy to talk about the past and to understand it -- no matter how painful. It's necessary.
64 points by The Plain Dealer | Slavery Slavery in the United States Atlantic slave trade American Civil War History of slavery African slave trade Thomas Jefferson British Empire
Sorry, Georgetown — slave apology misses the big picture
Underestimating the impact of slavery and glossing over the horrors undermine whatever good intention the university has in mind.
5 points by The Denver Post | Slavery Slavery in the United States History of slavery Atlantic slave trade Arab slave trade African slave trade British Empire Slavery in modern Africa