Boris Johnson has told Vladimir Putin there will be no normalization of the relationship between the UK and Russia, almost two years on from the Salisbury attack. The pair met in Berlin on the sidelines of an international summit about the future of Libya. According to an account of the conversation released by Downing Street, Johnson stuck closely to the robust stance taken by Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to step back from senior roles in the royal family and work towards financial self-sufficiency after a period marked by open warfare with the media over claimed intrusion and bullying. It is understood that no other royal was consulted before the decision was announced on Wednesday evening, and Buckingham Palace was disappointed by the news.
Reynhard Sinaga, 36, a mature student from Indonesia, is thought by police to have abused at least 195 men over two and a half years after luring them to his flat under the guise of being a “good samaritan”, drugging his victims and then attacking them after they passed out. All but four of the 48 victims whose cases came to court were raped. He was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for 136 rapes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31. “We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes,” a triumphant Johnson told supporters at a rally in London.
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.