The Secret Talks Behind the U.S. Deal That France Called a ‘Betrayal’

In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #great-britain, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #morrison-scott-1968, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Britain Signals Intent to Revert to the Imperial System

The government announced plans to allow shops to sell produce in pounds and ounces, rather than using the metric system, as part of an effort to “capitalize on new Brexit freedoms.”

#european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #metric-system, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #weights-and-measures

A Celebrated Virtuoso on an Instrument She Wasn’t Meant to Play

The hallowed tradition of kora playing in Sona Jobarteh’s family passed down the male line. One of her teachers dismissed it as “an ethnic thing.” But it has brought her international acclaim.

#content-type-personal-profile, #gambia, #great-britain, #jobarteh-sona, #music, #musical-instruments, #women-and-girls

Two Men Charged With Murder of Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland

Lyra McKee was shot and killed while covering rioting in Derry two years ago.

#derry-northern-ireland, #great-britain, #mckee-lyra-1990-2019, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #northern-ireland, #terrorism

France Is Outraged by U.S. Nuclear Submarine Deal With Australia

French officials accused President Biden of acting like his predecessor, saying they were stabbed in the back and not consulted.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #france, #great-britain, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #le-drian-jean-yves, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #great-britain, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states

Submarine Deal Shows Australia’s Big Bet on U.S.

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #great-britain, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states

Boris Johnson Set to Reshuffle U.K. Cabinet

A reshuffle would give Mr. Johnson the chance to reshape the top echelons of his government at a time when his popularity appears to be waning.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #javid-sajid-1969, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #raab-dominic-1974, #williamson-gavin

‘Great Circle,’ ‘Bewilderment’ Among Booker Prize Finalists

This year’s shortlist includes novels by Nadifa Mohamed, Patricia Lockwood, Damon Galgut and Anuk Arudpragasam. A winner will be named in November.

#a-passage-north-book, #arudpragasam-anuk, #books-and-literature, #galgut-damon, #great-britain, #great-circle-book, #lockwood-patricia, #london-england, #man-booker-prize, #mohamed-nadifa, #no-one-is-talking-about-this-book, #powers-richard, #shipstead-maggie, #the-fortune-men-book, #the-promise-2021-book, #writing-and-writers

The U.K. Prepared for a Jobs Crisis, but Got the Unexpected

Instead of a surge in unemployment, businesses are struggling to fill positions, presenting a new risk to the pandemic recovery.

#bank-of-england, #coaches-and-managers, #employment-agencies, #great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shortages, #unemployment

Selfridges Is Now in the Wedding Business

Department stores are broadening their offerings to survive online sales. A London landmark will host your wedding.

#debenhams, #fashion-and-apparel, #great-britain, #london-england, #selfridges, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #weddings-and-engagements

What Has One Eye and 1,200 Heads? An Old English Riddle, That’s What!

Riddles are as old as the English language and, as Adrienne Raphel explains, can tell us a lot about Anglo-Saxon culture — as long as we are able to solve them.

#books-and-literature, #crossword-puzzles, #english-language, #great-britain, #orchard-andy, #the-old-english-and-anglo-latin-riddle-tradition-book

Johnson, Inviting Battle, Prepares to Break Vow on Raising Taxes

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to propose increasing the National Insurance tax to bolster social care services.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #federal-taxes-us, #great-britain, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #may-theresa-m, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #rees-mogg-jacob, #sunak-rishi-1980

Member of ISIS ‘Beatles’ Cell Pleads Guilty in Hostage Cases

Alexanda Kotey admitted that he played a key part in American prisoners’ kidnapping, detention and hostage negotiations. Some of the hostages were beheaded.

#alexandria-va, #elsheikh-el-shafee, #foley-james-1973-2014, #great-britain, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kassig-peter-edward-1988-2014, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kotey-alexanda, #mueller-kayla-1988-2015, #sotloff-steven-j, #syria, #terrorism, #torture

Piers Morgan Cleared for Criticizing Meghan After Oprah Interview

Mr. Morgan had been under investigation after he said on air that he did not believe Meghan’s claims that palace officials had refused her requests for mental health treatment.

#freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #itv-tv-network, #markle-meghan, #morgan-piers, #news-and-news-media, #winfrey-oprah

To Enable Travel, the World Needs a Vaccine Certification System

We need a global vaccine certification system to ease international trade and trips.

#astrazeneca-plc, #european-union, #food-and-drug-administration, #great-britain, #group-of-twenty, #privacy, #quarantines, #travel-warnings, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Bank of England Removes Art of Leaders Linked to Slave Trade

Oil paintings and portraits depicting seven leading figures at the bank have been removed because of their connections to slavery.

#art, #bank-of-england, #europe, #great-britain, #museums, #slavery-historical

Private Equity Firms All Want the Same Thing: British Companies

Flush with capital, the funds have gone bargain hunting in Britain, snapping up everything from supermarkets to defense companies.

#clayton-dubilierrice, #foreign-investments, #fortress-investment-group, #great-britain, #london-stock-exchange, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #morrisons-ltd, #private-equity, #stocks-and-bonds

Britain, France End Their Evacuations in Afghanistan

Evacuations are slowing as U.S. officials estimate that about 350 Americans are still trying to leave Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #france, #great-britain, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Coronavirus in UK: Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #khan-sadiq, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #subways, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization

Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #khan-sadiq, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #subways, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Britain, Young Children Don’t Wear Masks in School

During the Delta surge, British schools emphasized other safety measures: quarantining and regular testing for the virus.

#coronavirus-delta-variant, #education-k-12, #england, #great-britain, #masks, #quarantines

Chicken, Milkshakes, Candy: Scarce in Britain’s Truck Driver Shortage

Because of Brexit and other reasons, Britain doesn’t have enough truck drivers, and that’s causing all sorts of items to go vanish from stores and restaurants.

#fast-food-industry, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #haribo, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdonalds-corporation, #milkshakes, #nandos-restaurant-group-inc, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #trucks-and-trucking

A New Coal Mine for England Is Stirring Hopes and Fears

A mining company’s proposal has largely been embraced locally as an economic stimulus, but climate concerns may shelve the idea.

#coal, #conservative-party-great-britain, #cumbria-england, #energy-and-power, #friends-of-the-earth, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #whitehaven-england, #wind-power

A Century After the Titanic Sank, a Film Tries to Rescue 6 Survivors’ Stories

“The Six,” a new documentary, attempts to track down the fate of Chinese sailors who survived the Titanic but were scattered by Western immigration laws.

#china, #documentary-films-and-programs, #great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #movies, #titanic-ship, #united-states

Nando’s, a Restaurant Chain, Struggles with Chicken Shortage

The restaurant has beguiled British palates for almost three decades. But a recent chicken shortage saw almost 50 stores temporarily close this last week.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #franchises, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #nandos-restaurant-group-inc, #poultry, #restaurants, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional

Blindsided Abroad: Vaccinated But Testing Positive on a Trip to Europe

The prevalence of the Delta variant means many travelers, including those who are vaccinated, are facing sickness, quarantines and delayed returns.

#coronavirus-delta-variant, #europe, #great-britain, #greece, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations

Biden Rattles U.K. With His Afghanistan Policy

Britain was the second-largest supplier of troops to Afghanistan, and the United States’ rapid withdrawal from the country has left some embittered.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #stewart-rory, #united-states-international-relations

The Victorian Poet Who Sought to Capture Everyday Life in Her Verse

“Two-Way Mirror,” by Fiona Sampson, is the first biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in many years. It aims to restore the now overlooked poet’s reputation as a major innovator.

#books-and-literature, #browning-elizabeth-barrett, #content-type-personal-profile, #great-britain, #poetry-and-poets, #sampson-fiona, #two-way-mirror-the-life-of-elizabeth-barrett-browning-book

A New Must-Have for TV and Movie Shoots: Therapists

Working on set can be challenging. In Britain, many productions are hiring trained counselors to help casts and crew cope.

#coel-michaela, #great-britain, #i-may-destroy-you-tv-program, #mental-health-and-disorders, #movies, #netflix-inc, #television, #the-underground-railroad-tv-program

U.K. Salon Industry Long Underserved Black Clients. It’s Vowing to Change That.

Even as many stylists see the new industry standards as significant, others worry that the change could take customers from existing Black-owned salons.

#beauty-salons, #black-people, #discrimination, #great-britain, #hair, #race-and-ethnicity

Lawsuit Against Prince Andrew Renews Questions About His Royal Role

Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s most prominent accusers, sued the prince in New York, saying that he raped and sexually abused her when she was 17.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #buckingham-palace, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #great-britain, #new-york-city, #royal-families, #sex-crimes

England Has Its ‘Freedom Day,’ but Does It Have a Covid Plan?

We have no plan.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #masks, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

U.K. Food Review Calls for a Tax on Sugar and Salt

The tax on salt and sugar in processed and restaurant-made foods was among several measures proposed in a sweeping review into England’s food industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #diet-and-nutrition, #england, #great-britain, #obesity, #salt, #sugar, #taxation

Covid-19 Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated

Data from overseas, particularly Britain, suggest the spread of the virus will set vaccinated and unvaccinated communities on very different paths.

#astrazeneca-plc, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #england, #europe, #great-britain, #immune-system, #india, #infections, #israel, #nature-journal, #oregon, #pfizer-inc, #scotland, #seasons-and-months, #south-africa, #south-america, #southern-states-us, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #western-states-us, #your-feed-science, #youth

Privacy Is Still a Victim When Rape Cases Hit the Justice System

Britain is struggling to end its dependence on the traumatizing seizure of data from victims’ phones. Pervasive rape culture is making it difficult.

#metoo-movement, #assaults, #cosby-bill, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #great-britain, #jury-system, #search-and-seizure, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-glasgow, #women-and-girls

U.K. Deer Cull Is Discussed as Solution to Exploding Herds

A pandemic-fueled expansion of the herds threatens the plant life that many species depend on for survival. But will the public accept killing many more deer?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #country-food-trust, #deer, #great-britain, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals

Pandemic Surges Again in Many Parts of the World, Fueled by Variants

The highly contagious Delta variant is on the rise, and countries that hoped they had seen the worst of Covid-19 are being battered again.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #great-britain, #portugal, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

Marco Gobbetti, Burberry’s chief executive, quits to join Ferragamo.

Shares fell 8 percent on news that Mr. Gobbetti, who joined in 2017 with a goal to take Burberry further upmarket, was leaving.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #burberry, #china, #fashion-and-apparel, #ferragamo-salvatore-italia-spa, #gobbetti-marco, #great-britain, #italy, #luxury-goods-and-services, #tisci-riccardo

Royal Yacht or Fishing Trawler? Either Way, Even the Royal Family Isn’t Interested.

For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the proposed $280 million vessel would serve as a symbol of Global Britain. To critics, it’s an ill-conceived boondoggle.

#charles-prince-of-wales, #conservative-party-great-britain, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #johnson-boris

British Health Minister, Matt Hancock, Quits After Social Distancing Furor

Mr. Hancock, who spearheaded the country’s pandemic response, was the latest member of the government to be accused of violating coronavirus restrictions.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris

Next Year, Brits Will Fly Abroad. For Now, It’s Bognor Bingo.

With flying discouraged, vacation spots that had been fading and unfashionable are having a moment.

#beaches, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #europe, #european-union, #george-v-king-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #joyce-james, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

Gibraltar Votes to Ease Abortion Restrictions

Voters decided by a wide margin to lift a near-ban on the procedure, which had been one of the strictest such laws in Europe.

#abortion, #europe, #gibraltar, #great-britain, #referendums

British Warship Deliberately Sailed Close to Crimea, U.K. Officials Say

The action, meant to demonstrate support for Ukraine, incited an international incident after Russia scrambled warplanes and Coast Guard vessels.

#black-sea, #crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #great-britain, #russia

Russia Says It Fired Warning Shots at a U.K. Warship Near Crimea

Moscow said the Royal Navy destroyer was in its territorial waters. Britain said that no shots were aimed at the ship and that Russia had warned it was conducting a gunnery exercise.

#black-sea, #crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #great-britain, #h-m-s-defender, #russia, #ships-and-shipping

Covid’s Delta Variant: What We Know

The variant is gaining traction worldwide. But vaccines are driving down coronavirus case numbers in the U.S., and it’s unclear whether Delta will reverse that trend.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #great-britain, #india, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

They Voted for Brexit, but Not the Giant Truck Park That Came With It

Yet even that floodlit eyesore near a formerly idyllic village in southeast England has not altered local views on the split with the E.U.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #farage-nigel-1964, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #kent-england

As Money Launderers Buy Dalís, U.S. Looks at Lifting the Veil on Art Sales

Secrecy has long been part of the art market’s mystique, but now lawmakers say they fear it fosters abuses and should be addressed.

#art, #art-dealers-assn-of-america, #auctions, #bouvier-yves, #dali-salvador, #finances, #financial-crimes-enforcement-network-treasury-department, #great-britain, #money-laundering, #philadelphia-pa, #rybolovlev-dmitry-evgenevich, #senate-permanent-subcommittee-on-investigations, #tax-shelters, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.K. Justice System Has Failed Rape Victims, Government Says

Ministers apologize for “systemic failings” after a report confirms that, even as sexual assaults have risen in England and Wales in recent years, prosecutions have declined.

#criminal-justice, #great-britain, #sex-crimes

GB News Is Off to a Splashy, but Shaky, Start in Britain

Advertiser boycotts, dropped microphones and prank calls bedeviled GB News, but its evening talk show drew higher ratings than competitors on the BBC and Sky.

#gb-news, #great-britain, #neil-andrew-1949, #news-and-news-media, #television