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Johnson says Britain must engage with Taliban

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said London must engage with the Taliban to tackle humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. No country has yet recognized the Taliban as the rulers of Afghanistan.

Labour and Tories urge UK to pay Iranian debt

Former foreign secretaries from both Labour and the Tories urged the government in London to repay a £400m debt to Iran that could end the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Tehran has repeatedly stressed the case of the British-Iranian woman is not linked to Britain’s debt to Iran.

Iran FM: Success of Vienna talks contingent on lifting sanctions, return...

The Iranian foreign minister, in a phone conversation with his British counterpart, has reiterated the success of the Vienna talks over the Iran nuclear deal is contingent on the removal of all anti-Tehran sanctions and the return of all sides to their obligations under the deal.

UK to beef up security for MPs following fatal stabbing

UK MPs are set to be offered “trained and accredited” guards at constituency surgeries in the wake of the murder of Sir David Amess.

UK threat level against MPs at ‘substantial’

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the threat level that lawmakers face has been raised to “substantial”, which means an attack against them is “likely”. It follows the death of Sir David Amess, Conservative MP who was stabbed to death last week.

UK MPs facing ‘out of control’ online hate

The UK Justice Secretary says online hate poses ‘out of control’ threat against the country’s parliamentarians. Dominic Raab’s comments follow the recent stabbing to death of a British lawmaker.

Britons think Johnson’s promises to ‘level up’ not sincere

Nearly a quarter (28 per cent) of UK voters believe Prime Minister Boris Johnson is sincere in his professed aim of spreading prosperity to disadvantaged corners of the UK, a new poll shows. Britons agree that “levelling up” should be a top priority for the UK government.

Two more UK energy suppliers collapse, 250k affected

The UK’s energy supply market took another hit on Wednesday after two more companies collapsed. The fresh wave of crisis has affected hundreds of thousands of British customers.

‘UK response to COVID public health failure’

A new parliamentary report has described the UK’s response to the Covid-19 during early months of the outbreak, as one of ‘the worst ever public health failures.’ The report singles out ‘major deficiencies in the machinery of government’ in handling the pandemic.

Empty shelves across UK, people ‘stockpiling for Christmas’

Concerns over supply-chain woes, soaring energy bills and staff shortages have prompted Britons to stockpile essentials for Christmas. The supply crisis in the UK has left supermarket shelves empty.