Indian university warns students not to screen BBC documentary on Modi

NEW DELHI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – A top Indian university has threatened strict disciplinary action if its students’ union carries out plans on Tuesday to screen a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the move might disturb peace and harmony on campus. Modi’s government has dismissed the documentary, which questioned his leadership during … Read more

Church of England bishops refuse to allow same-sex marriages

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Church of England will refuse to allow same-sex couples to get married in its churches under proposals set out on Wednesday in which the centuries-old institution said it would stick to its teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. The proposals were developed by bishops, who … Read more

Girl, 7, seriously hurt and others injured in shooting near London church

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – A seven-year-old girl was left with life-threatening injuries after she and five others, including another child, were hurt in a drive-by shooting on Saturday near a church in London where a funeral was taking place, British police said. Detectives said the girl had been taken to hospital and remained in … Read more

Man wounds six people at Paris Gare du Nord station

PARIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A man attacked and wounded six people at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Wednesday morning, leaving one with serious injuries, before being shot by off-duty police officers, authorities said. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told reporters the man attacked travelers with what looked like a home-made weapon … Read more

Iran reroutes plane carrying soccer star’s wife, blames UK for unrest

DUBAI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Iranian authorities rerouted a flight bound for Dubai on Monday and prevented the wife and daughter of former national soccer team captain Ali Daei, who has supported anti-government protests, from leaving the country, state media reported. Amid a concerted clampdown, Tehran also said the arrests in Iran of citizens linked … Read more

UK names ex-Fed official Kroszner to BoE’s Financial Policy Committee

LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Former US Federal Reserve official Randall Kroszner will join the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee for a three-year term starting in February 2023, Britain’s finance ministry said on Wednesday. Kroszner will succeed Anil Kashyap, whose term expired in September. “(Kroszner’s) leading academic voice in macroprudential policy, built over a … Read more

China removes six officials after Manchester consulate incident, UK says

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – China has removed six officials from Britain who police wanted to question over the treatment of a man who said he was kicked and punched while protesting outside the Chinese consulate in Manchester, British foreign minister James Cleverly said. Cleverly said the removal of the officials, including the consul general … Read more

UK economy rebounds from royal funeral hit, outlook remains bleak

UK GDP grows 0.5% in October after September’s 0.6% drop Public holidays around Queen’s funeral affect GDP pattern Finance Minister Hunt sees a “tough road” ahead Biggest fall in 3-month GDP since early 2021 Warm weather, consumer behavior may have affected energy use LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s economy rebounded in October a little … Read more

UK airports face Christmas disruption as border staff to strike

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Border Force workers at several major British airports including the country’s busiest, Heathrow, will go on strike for eight days this month in a dispute over pay, threatening disruption to Christmas travel. The PCS trade union said staff employed by Britain’s interior ministry in passport booths would take action at … Read more

UK could use military to ease strikes, Conservative chairman says

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s government is looking at bringing in the military to help keep public services running if key workers, including in the state-run National Health Service, take strike action, the chairman of the governing Conservative Party said on Sunday. Britain is already grappling with industrial action in a range of sectors, … Read more