Britain says Russian units forced to return to Belarus, Russia to resupply

British military intelligence said on Wednesday that Russian units suffering heavy losses in Ukraine had been forced to return home and to neighbouring Belarus in an effort to re-organise and resupply. “Such activity is placing further pressure on Russia’s already strained logistics and demonstrates the difficulties Russia is having re-organising its units in forward areas … Read more

Assange set to make submissions to UK minister after losing Supreme Court appeal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wanted in the US over the alleged leak of classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is expected to make submissions to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel after he lost an appeal against his extradition in the UK Supreme Court. The 50-year-old’s lawyers had argued that he should … Read more

UK imposes asset freezes on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Rosneft boss Sechin

Britain said on Thursday it had imposed asset freezes on Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich and Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Russian oil group Rosneft, plus five other Russian oligarchs. In total Britain said the seven figures added to the sanctions list because of their connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin had a … Read more

Omicron: Germany announces 4th booster dose, Britain may follow

Hot on the heels of Israel, Germany has announced the roll out of a fourth Covid booster to tackle the new vaccine evading Omicron variant of coronavirus. Britain is also mulling for the fourth dose, as cases mount. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach on Wednesday warned that a fourth dose will be necessary to tackle … Read more

US, partners take punitive action against Belarus

The United States on Thursday imposed restrictions on dealings in new issuances of Belarusian sovereign debt and expanded sanctions on the country, targeting dozens of individuals and entities in an action coordinated with partners including the EU. Washington increased pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, targeting the country’s defense, security and potash sectors as well … Read more

UK economic rebound slows sharply as supplies hit

Britain’s economy grew 1.3 percent in the third quarter, a far slower pace than the previous three months, as global supply constraints hit businesses hard, official data showed Thursday. Gross domestic product growth for the July-September period compared with output of 5.5 percent in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in … Read more

British PM Boris Johnson says UK will work with Taliban if necessary

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday Britain would work with the Taliban if necessary after the militants capture of Afghanistan, and defended his foreign minister who has come under fire for his handling of the situation. “What I want to assure people is that our political and diplomatic efforts to find a solution for … Read more

Afghanistan spiralling into failed state where al Qaeda will thrive: UK

Afghanistan is spiralling into a failed state and a civil war in which militant groups such as al Qaeda will thrive and likely pose a threat again to the West, Britain‘s defence minister said on Friday. After a 20-year war in Afghanistan, the United States has withdrawn most of its troops, allowing Taliban forces to … Read more

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigns after Covid breach

Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock quit on Saturday after he was caught breaking COVID-19 rules by kissing and embracing an aide in his office, enraging colleagues and the public who have been living under lockdown. Hancock, 42, wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after The Sun newspaper published photos on Friday of the … Read more

UK halts trials of new tanks that vibrate and can’t go fast

The British military said Thursday that it paused trials of its new fleet of light tanks, after a newspaper reported the vehicles can’t travel safely at more than 20 miles (32 kilometres) an hour or reverse over obstacles more than 8 inches (20 centimetres) high. The Ministry of Defense confirmed it had paused some training … Read more