Xi calls for world-class military research, educational institutions

BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on the country's major military research and educational institutions to cultivate more talent for the armed forces, and to build world-class military research...

No touching – Canadian Governor-General breaks protocol with hand on Queen Elizabeth

LONDON (Reuters) - The Governor General of Canada admitted breaking royal protocol by touching the arm of Queen Elizabeth during an engagement in London, though he said the gesture was motivated by gallantry. David Johnston,...

Parliament to debate EU repeal bill on Sept. 7

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will hold its first full parliamentary debate on Sept. 7 on legislation which will sever the country's ties with the European Union, the leader of the lower House of Commons,...

UK to give update on Fox-Sky merger on Thursday – Labour

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will update parliament on Thursday on the next steps in Twenty-First Century Fox's bid for European pay-TV group Sky, the opposition Labour Party said on Twitter. Media minister Karen...

Sunshine lifts UK retail sales, points to brighter growth

LONDON (Reuters) - Sunny weather brought British shoppers out and led to stronger retail sales than expected in June, shaking off a gloomy start to the year and suggesting the broader economy may be...

Britain’s Fox says UK-EU trade deal ‘easiest in human history’, sterling falls

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - British trade minister Liam Fox said on Thursday a bespoke trade deal between Britain and the European Union should be "one of the easiest in human history" to reach - although...

‘Shame on you’ – survivors of tower block fire berate London council

LONDON (Reuters) - Furious survivors of the London tower block fire that killed at least 80 people booed the new leader of the local authority during chaotic scenes on Wednesday at the council's first...

Britain’s cyber security center says has never certified Kaspersky products

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's National Cyber Security Centre said on Tuesday it had never certified products from Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab. "The NCSC certifies products through a range of initiatives, and vendors apply...

UK inflation surprises with slowdown, easing pressure on Bank of England

LONDON (Reuters) - British inflation unexpectedly slowed last month for the first time since October, dousing expectations among investors that the Bank of England might soon raise interest rates for the first time in...

Polish parliament debates bill critics say undermines judiciary

WARSAW (Reuters) - Surrounded by security guards and amid opposition deputies' shouts of "shame" and "disgrace", Poland's parliament debated a bill on Tuesday that critics say would erode the independence of the judiciary. The ruling...