Britain has been accused of acting like an illegal colonial occupier for refusing to hand back control of a remote set of islands in the Indian Ocean. The Chagos Islands were due to be given back to Mauritius by Friday following an overwhelming vote at the UN General Assembly in May. It insists it has every right to hold onto the islands – one of which, Diego Garcia, is home to a US military airbase.
The Queen has given permission for Prince Andrew to “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future” after days of mounting pressure following his interview with the BBC about his friendship with the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York also said he was “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required” over the US probe into Epstein.
Police have appealed directly to the Vietnamese community in an attempt to help identify the 39 victims who died in a lorry trailer in Essex. In a video directed to the Vietnamese community in the UK, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore pleaded for people to “trust” him and “to take a leap of faith” by passing on any information they have to help them establish who the deceased are following last Wednesday’s discovery in Grays.
New details about the gruesome discovery of 39 bodies inside the back of a semi-truck in England have begun to emerge as police try to piece together what led up to the tragedy. The 25-year-old driver from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police have not formally tied the deaths to human trafficking, but a link was assumed because of the way the victims were crammed into the truck’s container.
Five people were stabbed at a shopping center in the northern English city of Manchester on Friday and police said counter-terrorism detectives were leading the investigation. The stabbings took place at the Arndale shopping center in the heart of the city. The mall was evacuated as armed police rushed to the scene.
Boris Johnson will on Wednesday send his final Brexit offer to the European Union, warning that he’ll walk away from the table and take Britain out of the bloc without a deal if Brussels doesn’t engage with him. Addressing his Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester, England, the prime minister will issue an ultimatum to Brussels.
Coffee could become a luxury in the UK if businesses do not help farmers, experts say. Climate change and historically low prices are forcing coffee producers in Peru to abandon their crops and turn to other sources of income. The delicate Arabica bean, which is used in Briton’s flat whites and cappuccinos, is being farmed on ever-higher and cooler land as temperature increases make more and more land unsuitable for growing the plant.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied on Monday that he had inappropriately touched a female journalist 20 years ago, and said the public were more interested in hearing about his plans for services. Charlotte Edwardes, a columnist, wrote in The Sunday Times that Johnson had groped her at a lunch in 1999 when he was editor of The Spectator magazine.
The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down parliament in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful, a humiliating rebuke that thrusts Britain’s exit from the European Union deeper into turmoil. The unanimous decision by the court’s 11 judges undermines Johnson and gives legislators more scope to oppose his promise to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31.
Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, meaning they can bring forward a bill seeking to delay the UK’s exit date. In response, Boris Johnson said he would bring forward a motion for an early general election.