Category Archives: UK

BBC’s Rainsford can return if Russian journalists gets UK visas – ambassador

Russia’s ambassador to the UK, Andrei Kelin, has said the treatment of Russian journalists in the UK is reason the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford has been expelled from the country. In this interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, he insists the BBC correspondent will be allowed back into the country, where she has reported for years, once UK visas have been

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Gammon, remoaner, Karen and snowflake are among the words added to Ofcom’s list of offensive terms

The communications regulator added several words to a list of offensive terms It is the first time that politically-charged labels have been included on the list  Among the entries are ‘karen’, ‘libtard’, ‘snowflake’ and ‘gammon’  Ofcom says it is important to follow linguistic trends and the development of language online, particularly on social media, to monitor what may be offensive 

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J’AUKUS (J’accuse)

Edward Lucas If Europe is not taken seriously in global security, the fault lies at home. France is furious. The ostensible reason is that the new British-American deal to supply nuclear-powered submarines to Australia has cost it a lucrative defense contract. The real reason is that the emerging alliance to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s imperialist ambitions underlines France’s impotence

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Britain Names Third Russian Behind Skripal Poisoning

British police on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to charge a third Russian man with the Novichok poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury in 2018.  Counter-terrorism detectives said prosecutors had reviewed the evidence against a man identified as Sergey Fedotov for him to be charged with conspiracy to

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ECHR deems Russia responsible for murder of former FSB officer Litvinenko

The court also ordered Russia to pay more than 100,000 euros of compensation to Litvinenko’s widow The European Court of Human Rights has found Russia responsible for the poisoning of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko. This was stated in the court decision. The document states that Russia was responsible for Litvinenko’s poisoning with radioactive polonium in the UK in 2006.

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Aukus: China denounces US-UK-Australia pact as irresponsible

China has criticised a historic security pact between the US, UK and Australia, describing it as “extremely irresponsible” and “narrow minded”. The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. It is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China’s influence in the contested South China Sea. The

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Afghan stress test

Michael Binion How the events around Afghanistan have affected US-British relations and the domestic political situation in the United Kingdom The catastrophe in Kabul, despair, chaos, the massacre at the airport and the mass evacuation of all Western forces from Afghanistan shocked the world. All of this has shaken confidence in United States President Joe Biden, called into question American leadership

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Russia expels BBC journalist. Earlier, she asked Lukashenko a tough question about repression and legitimacy

Sarah Rainsford took part in Lukashenko’s eight-hour press conference and was one of the few media outlets to ask him tough questions about mass detentions, repression and torture. Russia has refused to extend a visa for Moscow-based BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford. This was reported by Bloomberg. Russian state media reported that the decision was made by the Russian Foreign Ministry as revenge for

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Russia to Expel BBC Journalist Sarah Rainsford – Bloomberg

Russia has given veteran BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford until the end of the month to leave the country in retaliation for what it called discrimination against Russian media in Britain, Bloomberg reported Friday. Rainsford’s visa expires on Aug. 31 and will not be renewed, Bloomberg cited the Russian state-run Rossiya 24 broadcaster as saying late Thursday. Neither the BBC nor

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Why we are entering a new Great Game

As neoliberalism collapses, national elites around the world are reviving mythical visions of empire. BY PAUL MASON When megalomaniacs write history, there’s always a ‘tell’ – something that indicates their own sense of omniscient power, and history’s ultimate malleability to it. With Vladimir Putin’s essay on Ukraine, published on the Kremlin’s website on 12 July, the telling passage was: “When working on this

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U.K. Court Hears Abramovich Libel Claim Over Putin Book

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich rejects “lazy inaccuracies” in a book that claims he took over Chelsea Football Club at the Kremlin’s behest, his lawyer said Wednesday at the start of a U.K. libel trial. The billionaire is suing Reuters journalist Catherine Belton and publisher HarperCollins over their 2020 book “Putin’s People: How The KGB Took Back Russia And Then Took

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Ukraine infuriates Moscow ‘by awarding Royal Navy commander who sailed close to Crimea with “Defender of Ukraine” medal’

Ukraine has reportedly awarded a top honour to Commander Vincent Owen, 42 It comes after he took the HMS Defender into disputed area of the Crimean seas Russia said they fired warning shots at the British Type 45 destroyer last month  Reports of the captain’s award have sparked a new round of hostility in Moscow Ukraine has awarded a top honour to

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Roscosmos Chief Pokes Russian Billionaires After Branson Space Flight

Russia’s space chief Dmitry Rogozin has pressed his country’s oligarchs to take a page from their Western counterparts and invest into space after British billionaire Richard Branson’s journey to the frontier of space. Branson and five Virgin Galactic employees breached the U.S.-recognized boundary of space Sunday and experienced a few minutes of weightlessness at an altitude of 86 kilometers aboard the VSS

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Boris brushes aside Angela Merkel’s ‘grave concern’ about the number of fans attending Euro 2020 games at Wembley

Angela Merkel has expressed ‘grave concern’ over number of fans at Wembley German Chancellor said far fewer fans were allowed to attend games in Munich Boris Johnson insisted games taking place in ‘careful and controlled manner’  Angela Merkel today expressed her ‘grave concern’ at the number of football fans allowed to attend Euro 2020 games at Wembley Stadium. The German

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lllia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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England 2-0 Krauts

England ended a 55-year wait for a knockout tie victory over Germany to reach the quarter-finals of the European Championship in front of more than 40,000 fans at Wembley. Raheem Sterling put England in front in the 75th minute when he placed Luke Shaw’s cross into the bottom right corner, sparking delirious celebrations in London. Captain Harry Kane made sure

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At What Cost Does Boris Johnson Defy Putin’s Claim to Crimea?

By Patrick Buchanan About that clash between a British destroyer and Russian warplanes and warships in the Black Sea last week there are conflicting versions. The Kremlin version is the more dramatic. HMS Defender, says Moscow, entered the Black Sea, made port in Odessa, Ukraine, and then sailed for Batumi on the coast of Georgia. However, the British warship traversed

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No more summits with Russia

The Kremlin’s diplomatic theater with the democratic world looks increasingly deplorable these days. The long-awaited Russian-American summit in Geneva on June 16 resulted in nothing but Russian President Vladimir Putin getting a new platform for cocky ranting against the West. Die Zeit, the German broadsheet, has recently published Putin’s op-ed, a typical specimen of Kremlin propaganda, in which the Russian

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‘We Can Also Bomb Targets,’ Russia Warns After British Warship Encounter

Russia warned Thursday it could “hit targets” as well as fire warning shots following a disputed military encounter with a British warship near the coast of annexed Crimea. The Russian military said its aircraft dropped bombs in the vessel’s path and border guard ships fired warning shots after the Royal Navy’s HMS Defender crossed into Russian territorial waters in the

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HMS Defender: What’s behind the Navy’s Russian incident?

Tim Ogden Assuming that reports are accurate, the world has just witnessed the most serious escalation between the UK and Russia since the poisoning of Sergei Skripal three years ago. Russian bombs and gunfire were reportedly discharged near HMS Defender, currently patrolling the Black Sea. The Kremlin has justified the supposed aggression by stating that the ship had strayed into Russian waters. The

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Russia Fires ‘Warning’ Shots at British Warship Near Crimea

A Russian fighter jet and border guard ships have fired “warning” shots at a British warship that the military said violated Russia’s borders in the Black Sea near annexed Crimea, state media reported Wednesday. The Russian Navy’s Su-24 attack aircraft performed the airstrike along the path of the British Royal Navy’s HMS Defender destroyer to “stop” it from further maneuvers,

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