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Britain to treat internet hate crime as seriously as offline offences


LONDON Online abuse will be treated as seriously as offline offences, Britain's prosecution service said on Monday in new guidance on handling hate crimes.


Britain calls on EU to move Brexit talks forward 20 Aug 2017

LONDON Brexit minister David Davis called on the European Union on Sunday to relax its position that the two sides must first make progress on a divorce settlement before moving on to discussing future relations.


UK to release tranche of Brexit position papers 20 Aug 2017

LONDON Britain will issue a cluster of new papers this week to outline its strategy positions in divorce talks with the European Union, ranging from regulation of goods to data protection, the UK's Brexit department said on Sunday.


Scientist Hawking blames UK government for health service "crisis" 19 Aug 2017

LONDON Physicist Stephen Hawking found himself in a war of words with Britain's Conservative government after he said it had caused a crisis in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) and was leading it towards a profit-making U.S.-style system.


PM May says looking into reports of missing child in Barcelona attack 18 Aug 2017

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Britain was looking into reports of a missing child with dual British nationality after a suspected Islamist militant killed 14 people and wounded scores of others in Barcelona. | Video


Scotland's Sturgeon says nationalism a difficult word 18 Aug 2017

EDINBURGH Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday she wished her Scottish National Party (SNP) had chosen another name when it was founded because of the negative connotations of nationalism.


Northern Ireland court rules gay marriage ban doesn't violate rights 17 Aug 2017

BELFAST Northern Ireland's refusal to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, the Belfast High Court ruled on Thursday, in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.

Brother of suspect in UK model kidnap plot denies involvement - lawyer 17 Aug 2017

LONDON A man accused of being part of a plot to kidnap a British model in Milan denied any involvement in the alleged scheme and will fight extradition from Britain to Italy, his lawyer told a London court on Thursday.


Britain 'confident' of new phase in Brexit talks by October 17 Aug 2017

LONDON Britain said on Thursday it was "confident" talks with the European Union would move towards discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding.


May says still a lot to do in Brexit talks, yet confident 17 Aug 2017

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday there was still a lot to be done in Brexit talks with the European Union but was confident the two would be able to negotiate a deep and special relationship.