UK’s King Charles in Belfast as free speech concerns mount
18 September 2022 | 3:22 pm
King Charles III has been visiting Northern Ireland on the latest leg of his tour after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Meanwhile, police are facing criticism over their treatment of anti-monarchy protesters.
Much of Western Europe continues to bake in extreme heat, with the UK expected to record its hottest day on record and wildfires burning through forests in southern France. Relief is expected later in the week.
One of three Conservative candidates will have to leave the race to become Boris Johnson's successor. The vote will come after Johnson makes his final appearance in Parliament as prime minister.
The European Union has said the UK failed to comply with significant parts of the protocol governing post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland.
Ireland's foreign minister has told France 24 that Dublin sees the United Kingdom's search for a new prime minister as "an opportunity for a fresh start" in the two countries' relations. This Friday, the European Commission launched new legal action against the government of Boris Johnson — this, as it pushes on with moves to unilaterally breach part of the Brexit treaty relating to Northern Ireland.
British military intelligence says Russian-occupied Kherson was "virtually cut off" as Ukrainian forces stage a counteroffensive helped by newly acquired long-range artillery capability.
From the 1970s into the 1990s, thousands of UK residents were infected with HIV and hepatitis C after receiving contaminated blood transfusions. Politicians are being called on to finally pay damages to victims.
The UK's Conservative Party has sent ballot papers to members in a vote to determine who becomes Britain's new prime minister. Some 160,000 people will have a say on who succeeds Boris Johnson as Tory leader.
Members of Scotland's ruling party have condemned a remark by the favorite to become next UK prime minister. Liz Truss said the best thing to do with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was to "ignore her."
The Bank of England has warned that Britain is facing a recession as it hiked its benchmark interest rate by 0.5%.
Archie Battersbee, 12, was taken off life support after courts concurred with doctors who deemed him to be "brain-stem dead." He had been in a coma since early April.
Regulators in the UK are again the first in the world to provisionally approve a new COVID vaccine for use. The latest shot, from Moderna in the US, is supposed to offer protection against the Omicron variant as well.
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