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CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Australia's Wesfarmers sees signs of grocery recovery as H1 profit slumps

* Coles earnings drop 14 pct, British hardware impairment drags

Husband of woman who went missing at sea faces charge

A British man who is already in US federal custody will face a second-degree murder charge in connection with the disappearance of his wife, who went missing while the couple sailed through the Florida Straits last year, according to a criminal complaint.

Queen Elizabeth's surprise visit to Fashion Week

A Swarovski-studded Queen Elizabeth II graced the front row of London Fashion Week, brushing shoulders with longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour, during a surprise visit to the event on Tuesday. The 91-year-old monarch, wearing a powder blue tweed dress and jacket by her personal advisor Angela Kelly, could be seen chatting with Wintour and clapping her black-gloved hands as models walked in British designer Richard Quinn's runway show.


Britain set to take further budgetary control of Northern Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must take steps towards setting a budget for Northern Ireland while it explores whether agreement can be reached to restore the province's power-sharing government, the British minister for the region said on Tuesday.


UK promises post-Brexit agriculture plan as farmers demand more clarity

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - The British government will publish a consultation paper on future agriculture policy "very shortly", Environment Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday, as farmers demanded more clarity on their prospect after the country quits the European Union.


Motor racing: Renault launch F1 car and name Aitken as reserve driver

LONDON (Reuters) - British-Korean youngster Jack Aitken will be the Renault Formula One team's official reserve driver this season, replacing Russian Sergey Sirotkin, who has switched to a race seat with Williams.


Christie's nightmare Games ends in disqualification

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Elise Christie's disastrous Winter Olympics ended in a third ignominious failure when the British short track skater was disqualified in her women's 1,000 meters heat and had to be carried off the track on Tuesday.


Britain and U.S. in talks over captured British Islamic State fighters: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are in talks about the fate of two captured British Islamic State militants, suspected of being part of a notorious group known for torturing and killing Western hostages, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.


British Columbia challenges Alberta wine ban in oil row

VANCOUVER, Feb 19 (Reuters) - British Columbia said on Monday that it will formally challenge a ban of its wine by Alberta under Canada's national free-trade pact, as a battle between the two provinces over a crude oil pipeline expansion project rages on.


Depraved UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending abuse photos jailed for 32 years

LONDON (Reuters) - A British academic who blackmailed victims into sending him increasingly depraved images which he shared on dark web forums was jailed for 32 years on Monday after admitting 137 offences which included encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy.

Best photos from the British film awards

See photos from the 2018 BAFTA film awards. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won five statues.


New British party inspired by France's Macron seeks to overturn Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - A new British political party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron's rise to power launched a national electoral campaign on Monday aimed at stopping Brexit.

Duchess opts for green as black dresses sweep awards event

The Duchess of Cambridge's outfit at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards Sunday may have contained a subtle nod of solidarity to those speaking out on gender issues.

Oxfam releases internal 2011 report into Haiti prostitution claims

Oxfam has for the first time publicly released its internal report into the 2011 Haiti prostitution scandal which has badly damaged the British charity's reputation around the world.


Time’s Up Descends on Baftas as ‘Three Billboards’ Wins 5 Awards

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was celebrated at the ceremony, the British equivalent of the Oscars, as sexual harassment was roundly protested.

'Three Billboards' takes top BAFTA

Director Martin McDonagh's bleak drama about a mother's quest for answers about her daughter's murder struck a nerve with British Academy of Film and Television Arts voters.

See the full list of BAFTA winners

The 71st British Academy Film Awards were presented Sunday.


Stars join forces with activists on BAFTA awards red carpet

LONDON (Reuters) - Women's rights activists walked the red carpet with some of British cinema's biggest female stars at the BAFTA film awards on Sunday, the latest salvo in a campaign against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.


Wilde's struggle has echoes in some countries today, says "Happy Prince" director Everett

BERLIN (Reuters) - British actor Rupert Everett said his Berlinale entry about the exile of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde in the 1890s was an expression of homosexuals' tragedy which is still present in some parts of the world today.

Wales shaken by 4.4 magnitude earthquake

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook Wales on Saturday afternoon, according to the British Geological Survey.


Burberry shows its colors for designer Bailey's swansong

LONDON (Reuters) - Burberry's star designer Christopher Bailey bid goodbye to the British brand on Saturday with a colour-infused show, showcasing designs with a rainbow twist on the label's famed...

May, Theresa M

Theresa May, in Munich, Calls for Swift Security Pact and Offers Concession

The British prime minister said the pact should be signed before a Brexit deal and said Britain would respect the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.


Small earthquake hits Britain, strongest for 10 years

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was hit by its biggest earthquake in a decade on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England but no notable damage reported.


Small earthquake felt in Wales, southern England

LONDON (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck Britain on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England.


Exclusive: Haiti president says many aid organizations hid misconduct

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti's president said on Friday that sexual misconduct by staff of British charity Oxfam was only the tip of an "iceberg" and called for investigations into Doctors Without Borders and other aid organizations which came to the country after its 2010 earthquake.


British actor Robert Pattinson says he does not believe in true love

BERLIN (Reuters) - British actor Robert Pattinson does not believe in true love, he said at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday, in contrast to the lovestruck pioneer he portrays in the western comedy period film "Damsel".


U.N. chief appoints Britain's Martin Griffiths as Yemen envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed former British diplomat Martin Griffiths as his new envoy charged with trying to broker peace in Yemen, the U.N. announced on Friday.


Uber introduces new safety features as it fights to retain London license

LONDON (Reuters) - Taxi service Uber [UBER.L], battling to retain its license to operate in the British capital, said on Friday it would introduce new safety features, including 24-hour telephone support for riders and drivers.

Books and Literature

Fiction: Two Novels Trace Parallels Between Past and Present, or Create Them

“The Maze at Windermere,” by Gregory Blake Smith, imagines Newport, R.I., from the 17th century to today. “Peculiar Ground,” by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, does the same for a British estate.


Oxfam to set up independent commission to review practices

(Reuters) - British aid organization Oxfam said on Friday that it would create an independent commission to review the charity's practices and culture after accusations of sexual misconduct in Haiti.


UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 16

Feb 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 30 points higher at 7,264.8 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. * VIRGIN MONEY: Virgin Money formed a rare female chair and chief executive team among Britain's top 350 listed companies by hiring former HSBC HSBA.L executive Irene Dorner as chairwoman. * TULLOW OIL: British oil firm Tullow oil has picked electrical engineer and businessman Kweku Awotwi as the new head of its Ghana operations after the retirem


Pengilly's quick expulsion due to admission of guilt: IOC

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee on Friday denied double standards in the expulsion of the most vocal critic in the Russian doping affair from the Pyeongchang Olympics, saying British IOC member Adam Pengilly had admitted his guilt.


UPDATE 1-Canada regulator allows more Kinder Morgan pipeline construction

VANCOUVER, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Canadian regulator National Energy Board (NEB) on Thursday issued rulings that allow Kinder Morgan Canada to do additional construction work on an oil pipeline expansion that is fiercely opposed by the province of British Columbia.


White House blames Russia for 'reckless' NotPetya cyber attack

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.


White House blames Russia for 'NotPetya cyber attack

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.


Ireland, Britain to seek to re-establish Northern Ireland talks

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish and British governments will seek a way to get talks on restoring Northern Ireland's power-sharing government back on track and neither is contemplating a return of direct rule from London, Ireland's foreign minister said on Thursday.

North America's most Chinese city

A trip to eat the world's best dumplings might be shorter than expected for those in North America: Forget Shanghai and head to Richmond, British Columbia, a bustling suburb of Vancouver and the most Chinese city in on the continent.


Sky investor Polygon says Fox offer undervalues broadcaster

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge fund Polygon Global Partners, which is an investor in Sky , said the outcome of the English Premier League soccer rights auction supported its view that the takeover by Twenty-First Century Fox undervalues the British company.

Woman wakes up with rare medical condition

An Arizona woman went to bed with a bad headache and woke up with a British accent. Medical professionals say she has a rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome.

Woman wakes up with British accent

An Arizona woman went to bed with a bad headache and woke up with a British accent. Medical professionals say she has a rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome.


UK tells charities: no more cash if you don't come clean on abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will stop funding overseas aid agencies if they fail to learn the lessons from Oxfam's sex abuse scandal, and the government will discuss possible prosecutions with law enforcement, the British development minister said on Wednesday.


Skeleton: We're innovators, not cheaters, says British racer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - British skeleton racer Jerry Rice has dismissed speculation that the team's high-tech skin suits could be illegal and said people were welcome to point the finger all they liked.


U.N. chief set to appoint Britain's Martin Griffiths as Yemen envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres notified the Security Council on Tuesday of his intention to appoint former British diplomat Martin Griffiths as his new envoy charged with trying to broker peace in Yemen, diplomats said.


Chinese paper says UK trying to grab attention with South China Sea mission

BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain's Defence Ministry is trying to justify its existence and grab attention with a planned mission by a British warship to the disputed South China Sea next month, a Chinese newspaper said on Wednesday.


UK to aid groups: no more cash if you don't come clean on abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government will tell aid agencies on Wednesday it will withdraw funding if they cannot show they are preventing abuse by staff following allegations of sexual misconduct involving British aid organization Oxfam.


UK PM May to meet Germany's Merkel on Friday

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday as Britain and its European Union partners head into crunch negotiations about Brexit.


WikiLeaks founder Assange loses bid to halt UK legal action against him

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost a legal bid on Tuesday to persuade British authorities to drop further action against him for breaching his bail conditions when he walked into the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.


Airlines turn to technology to solve overbooking puzzle

LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - Being offered cash at the gate to take a later flight because of overbooking may become a rarity if technology being examined by major airlines such as British Airways , JetBlue and Qantas catches on.


UK initiative seeks Israeli digital health tech to assist NHS

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - The British embassy in Israel said on Tuesday it has launched a program designed to help incorporate Israeli digital health technology into the UK and its National Health Service (NHS).


UK's Oxfam faces more pressure after new report of sex abuse by aid workers

LONDON (Reuters) - British aid organization Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about "a culture of sexual abuse" involving aid workers in some the organization's offices had been ignored.


British defense secretary says warship bound for South China Sea: media

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A British warship will sail through the South China Sea next month to assert freedom-of-navigation rights, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said in remarks published on Tuesday.

Libel and Slander

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trump Wants British Libel Laws. America Does Not.

Donald Trump sees the Constitution’s First Amendment as too permissive and seeks to import Britain’s weak libel laws.


Deputy head of Oxfam quits as Haiti sex scandal escalates

LONDON (Reuters) - The deputy head of Oxfam resigned on Monday over what she said was the British charity's failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti and Chad.


British watchdog tells algorithmic traders to tighten controls

LONDON (Reuters) - Some firms using computers to trade at ultra-fast speeds are not applying safeguards required to avert market meltdowns, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Monday.


Horse racing: Teams and jockeys to compete in new F1-style series

(Reuters) - British horse racing is hoping to be on to a winner after unveiling a new Formula One-style championship for teams and jockeys with prize money of more than 100,000 pounds ($138,200) per race.

Oxfam warned it could lose millions in funding over sex crimes scandal

The British charity Oxfam will fight to keep millions of pounds in public funding in a meeting with UK officials Monday over allegations that its aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti.


British watchdog tells computer traders to tighten controls

LONDON (Reuters) - Some firms using computers to trade at ultra-fast speeds are not applying safeguards required to avert market meltdowns, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday.

New details on British royal wedding

If you're planning on attending the British royal wedding this spring, you can finally stake out a spot on the processional route.


British PM May to set out 'Road to Brexit' in speech

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to unite her feuding cabinet and convince a skeptical European Union that Britain knows what it wants from Brexit in a series of speeches over the next few weeks.


May to set out 'Road to Brexit' in speech: BBC

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will make a speech on Brexit in the next three weeks, one of several planned addresses by senior ministers designed to set out the country's path to leaving the European Union, British media reported on Sunday.

Kidnapping and Hostages

Who Are ‘the Beatles’ of ISIS?

The four men from West London went to fight in Syria. They were known among Western hostages for their British accents — and their brutality. Two of the men are dead, and the remaining two were recently captured. Here's what is known about them.


Oxfam, British Charity, Admits Sexual Misconduct by Workers in Haiti

A newspaper reported that Oxfam officials hired prostitutes and held sex parties in 2011. The group fired four people and three quit under scrutiny.


SDF to study any request to hand over British IS militants captured in Syria

AMUDA, Syria/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has not received a request from any foreign government to hand over two British Islamic State militants in its custody but will study any such request if made, a senior SDF official told Reuters on Friday.


Canada province sets task force in oil versus wine trade battle

VANCOUVER, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Canada's oil-rich province of Alberta ramped up its fight with western neighbor British Columbia over a crude oil pipeline expansion on Friday, announcing a task force to prepare new retaliatory measures in the trade battle. * British Columbia last week provoked the ire from Alberta when it said it would restrict increased oil shipments through the province, a move seen as an attack on Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion pro


Ford of Europe applies for German banking license amid Brexit uncertainty

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ford of Europe said it has applied for a German banking license in case the carmaker's British bank is no longer allowed to offer services on a pan-European basis after Britain leaves the European Union.


UPDATE 1-UK's Hogg Robinson gets AmEx GBT takeover offer, to sell unit to Visa

Feb 9 (Reuters) - British business travel company Hogg Robinson Group said American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) made a recommended offer for the company and that it agreed to sell its payments technology business, Fraedom, to Visa Inc.


CORRECTED-UK's Hogg Robinson gets AmEx GBT takeover offer, agrees to sell unit to Visa

Feb 9 (Reuters) - British business travel company Hogg Robinson said it received a takeover offer from American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) and also agreed to sell its payments technology business to Visa Inc.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Bermuda Outlaws Gay Marriage, Less Than a Year After It Became Legal

The British overseas territory adopted a domestic partnership law, instead, but gay rights advocates dismissed it as a “separate-but-equal” measure.

Opinion: How 'Cheddar Man' flips British identity

This week, researchers from the Natural History Museum in London revealed a facial model of a fossilized Stone Age hunter-gatherer who died around what is now the English town of Cheddar, in Somerset -- for which he is named "Cheddar Man."


Syrian Kurds capture two British Islamic State militants: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two British Islamic State militants known for their role in the torture and killings of Western hostages were captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters, two U.S. officials said on Thursday.

United States Politics and Government

2 of ISIS’s Infamous British Fighters Are Captured by Syrian Kurds

The men were part of a notorious group of Islamic State militants known as the “Beatles” because of their British accents.


UK and Japanese firms agree on need for quickly agreeing post-Brexit free trade

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese companies agreed on the need for Britain to secure the most open possible trade with the European Union after Brexit, a spokesman said.


YouTube found no evidence of Russian interference in Brexit referendum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - YouTube found no evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, a senior executive told a British parliamentary committee inquiry into fake news.


Snowboarding: Ormerod out of the Games with broken heel

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - British snowboarding hope Katie Ormerod was ruled out of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday after fracturing her wrist and heel in training falls.


Rising Hummus Prices? Blame a Drought Half a World Away

Poor crops of chickpeas in India have made the dish more expensive in British supermarkets, the latest example of extreme weather affecting global food prices.


‘Cheddar Man,’ Britain’s Oldest Skeleton, Had Dark Skin, DNA Shows

New research adds to a growing body of evidence showing how the British Isles received waves of immigrants over tens of thousands of years.


UPDATE 1-Britain looking closely at Melrose bid for GKN - PM May

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The hostile takeover pursuit of engineering company GKN by Melrose Industries is receiving close attention from the British government, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.


A Suffrage Milestone in U.K., but More to Do in Era of #MeToo

British women cited persistent problems with harassment and discrimination.


Trump, Britain's May discuss North Korea by phone: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a telephone conversation on Tuesday, agreed that "all responsible nations must increase pressure on North Korea until it turns to the path of denuclearization," the White House said.


Court to rule next week on new bid by Assange to have UK case dropped

LONDON (Reuters) - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lost one legal bid to have a UK arrest warrant against him quashed on Tuesday but immediately launched another, to have the British authorities halt any action against him on public interest grounds.


EU regulators to examine Apple buy of UK music discovery app Shazam

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators will examine iPhone maker Apple's acquisition of British music discovery app Shazam following a request from seven European countries.


China's Huawei builds British ties in face of U.S. cold shoulder

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's Huawei said on Tuesday it will spend a further 3 billion pounds ($4.2 billion) on procurement in Britain as the world's largest telecom equipment maker seeks alternatives to the United States, where it faces an effective ban.


Boxing: Britain's Muhammad Ali handed two year ban for positive test

LONDON (Reuters) - British Olympic boxer Muhammad Ali has been banned for two years after testing positive for a banned steroid, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) said on Tuesday.


UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigs for big health gains

LONDON (Reuters) - Vaping, or using e-cigarettes, poses only a fraction of the health risk of tobacco smoking and should be encouraged among smokers to reap substantial health benefits, British public health experts said on Tuesday.

National Health Service

Fact Check: Fact Check: Trump’s Criticism of U.K.’s National Health Service

President Trump said the British health service was “going broke,” and warned that Democrats want to pursue a similar model. Here’s a closer look at his claims.


Bitcoin extends slide, falls below $7,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Digital currency bitcoin <BTC=BTSP> fell more than 15 percent on Monday to a nearly three-month low amid a slew of concerns ranging from a global regulatory clampdown to a ban on using credit cards to buy bitcoin by British and U.S. banks.

Hugh Grant settles phone-hacking case

Hugh Grant has settled a phone-hacking case against British media company Mirror Group Newspapers.


London to host inaugural eight-nation World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) - A new World Cup event featuring eight leading athletics nations and intended to attract a wider audience to the sport will take place in London this year, British Athletics said on Monday.


Athletics: London to host inaugural eight-nation World Cup

(Reuters) - A new World Cup event featuring eight of the top athletics nations will take place in London this year, British Athletics said on Monday.


Hugh Grant settles phone-hacking claim against Mirror newspapers

LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Hugh Grant has settled a legal case against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) after the company admitted that reporters at its three tabloid titles had hacked into his voicemails over a 10-year period to get scoops, he said on Monday.


UK car sales fell 6 percent in January as diesel demand slumps

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - British new car registrations fell 6.3 percent in January, in part due to customers being put off from buying diesel models which politicians have targeted over air quality concerns, an industry body said.

Law and Legislation

Hong Kong’s Courts Have Defended Its Freedoms. Is Beijing Changing That?

Since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, its British-created courts have protected the rule of law that made Hong Kong special. Now there are concerns of interference by Beijing.


UK car sales slump around 6 percent in January- preliminary industry data

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - British new car registrations fell by around 6 percent in January, continuing a trend of decline from last year, according to preliminary data released by an industry body on Monday.

Social Media

How a P.R. Firm That Aided Despots and Rogues Met Its End in South Africa

The British firm Bell Pottinger, hired by three brothers now caught up in a nationwide corruption scandal, helped drive racial tensions to levels not felt since apartheid.


British fans primed for Super Bowl as NFL fever takes hold

LONDON (Reuters) - The Super Bowl was seen as a novelty event when it was first broadcast live in Britain 35 years ago but since the inaugural NFL International Series game in 2007, fans have flocked to Wembley and Twickenham to watch regular season games.


Canada's PM talks tough on NAFTA, repeats he could walk away

NANAIMO, British Columbia, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough line on NAFTA on Friday, repeating that he could walk away if he was not happy with talks to modernize a pact the United States contends needs major changes.

Sex Crimes

Reported Cases of Sexual Abuse Against Men Triple in England and Wales

The #MeToo movement appears to be helping more men gain the confidence to report abuse to British authorities and seek help, experts say.


Man who drove van into London mosque worshippers jailed for 43 years

LONDON (Reuters) - A British man found guilty of murder after he drove a van into Muslim worshippers outside a London mosque last June, leaving one dead and injuring many more, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would serve at least 43 years behind bars.


AstraZeneca links with Alibaba and Tencent in China push

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has clinched two new deals with Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent as the British drugmaker steps up its drive to expand business in China.


UK PM May says Brexit transition deal will be agreed in seven weeks

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that a Brexit transition period will be agreed with the European Union in the next seven weeks as she tries to ease concerns that a deal may take longer to reach.