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Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week. Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of...

Briton held hostage in Libya freed

Briton held hostage in Libya freed

British teacher David Bolam has been released after being held hostage by militants in Libya since May. The Foreign Office said Bolam, who taught at the now-closed International School Benghazi, was "safe and well" and had been reunited with his family. His kidnapping had not been reported at the request of the Foreign Office and...

UK condemns US journalist 'beheading'

UK condemns US journalist 'beheading'

British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond has described the apparent beheading of a US journalist by an Islamic State militant with a British accent as "an appalling example of the brutality of this organisation". The foreign secretary said a video of the killing appeared to be genuine. He added that...

The Indian animal farm where Orwell was born

The Indian animal farm where Orwell was born

George Orwell is one of the UK's best-known 20th Century authors but he's also claimed by a town in north-eastern India. Orwell was born here - and his home is being turned into a museum. There are farmyard animals everywhere. An iron door lies wide open, as if the rebellious animals have forgotten to...

PM off to London to attend Girl Summit

PM off to London to attend Girl Summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for London this morning on a three-day official tour to attend the first-ever Girl Summit to be held on July 22 and hold talks with her British counterpart David William Donald Cameroon. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 9:45am. Cabinet members and civil and military high officials saw her off at the airport. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading a 57-member Bangladesh delegation to the summit being hosted jointly by British government and Unicef. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki are, among others,...

British family turned away from flight MH17 say 'someone was watching over us'

British family turned away from flight MH17 say 'someone was watching over us'

A British family have said they believed someone was “watching over them” when a twist of fate stopped them boarding the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Barry and Izzy Sim tried to board the plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday with their baby son but they were turned away because only one...

Ring of Tipu Sultan auctioned in London

Ring of Tipu Sultan auctioned in London

A ring belonging to an 18th Century Indian ruler has been sold at an auction in London amid criticism from heritage groups. The jewelled golden ring was sold for £145,000 by Christie's auction house. It belonged to Tipu Sultan, a Muslim king, and is notable because it was inscribed with the name of a Hindu God. Tipu Sultan is best known for fighting against British rule in India. The ring is thought to have been taken from him by a British general as he lay dead. The 41.2g ring was sold to an undisclosed bidder for almost 10 times its estimated price at the auction in central London, according to Christie's website. It is...

UK minister for int'l dev arrives

UK minister for int'l dev arrives

British State Minister for International Development Alan Duncan arrived in Dhaka this afternoon to check progress on health and safety standards in the garment industry and how the industry is supporting its workers, including the many women it employs. He will also press for political dialogue to strengthen democratic accountability, according to British High...

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