Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has dropped Boris Johnson’s bombastic approach to foreign policy, echoing the new British leader’s personal style and reflecting the country’s changed global status.
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Britain’s National Health Service Is Exhausted
But it’s not too late to save it.
U.K. Bans TikTok on Government Devices
The move reflects fears in Britain and elsewhere in the West that the popular app’s Chinese ownership could share user information with Beijing.
Britain Wants Its Early Retirees Back, but Their Days Are ‘Never Boring’
The country’s work force is smaller than it was before the pandemic, sapping economic potential. The government is going to try luring more people off the sidelines.
Get Your Tiara Ready. The Coronation Is Coming.
Gem-studded headpieces are traditional, so jewelers in Britain have been readying new styles as well as special creations to mark the event.
Gary Lineker to Return to BBC Soccer Show ‘Match of the Day’
The move brings an end to a crisis for the network that had begun when the sports presenter was suspended because of a Twitter post about British immigration policy.
HSBC to Buy Silicon Valley Bank’s UK Subsidiary
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the country’s financial system was in good health and would not suffer from the demise of Silicon Valley Bank.
Spiraling Spat With Star Sports Host Puts BBC’s Reputation on the Line
The British public broadcaster’s suspension of one of its highest-profile anchors has become a sprawling conflict that poses risks to its reputation for neutrality and independence.
Interpreting the Week’s Most Important Stories
The larger themes behind the protests in Israel, the U.K.’s tough new immigration plan and a fight over U.S. labor unions.
An Artist Returns After a ‘Long Wilderness’
Claudette Johnson emerged in Thatcher-era England as a prominent Black feminist, only to fall into obscurity. Now, she’s having her first solo show in New York.
Long-Lost Letters Bring Word, at Last
Researchers are sorting through a centuries old cache of undelivered mail that gives a vivid picture of private lives and international trade in an age of rising empires.
Australia to Buy U.S. Nuclear-Powered Submarines in Deal to Counter China
The arrangement also involves submarine construction by Britain and deepens a strategic partnership that the three countries have formed as China continues to build up its military.
Ex-Minister Matt Hancock’s Leaked Texts Lift the Veil on U.K. Covid Policy
A trove of more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages exchanged between Matt Hancock, then the British health secretary, and other government figures revealed the scramble to coordinate the virus response.
Unionists in Northern Ireland Face Dilemma Over New Trade Deal
The Democratic Unionist Party has no legal power to hold up the agreement, which would simplify post-Brexit trade rules. But a rejection could sabotage efforts to restart Northern Ireland’s government.
Sunak Hopes to Move Past Brexit, at Long Last, With E.U. Deal
In addition to removing an obstacle to London-Brussels relations, the Northern Ireland trade deal could remove Brexit from the center of British politics after seven divisive years.
To Heal Brexit Wound, U.K. and E.U. Strike a Northern Ireland Trade Deal
A dispute left over from the Britain-European Union split has chilled relations, paralyzed Northern Ireland’s government, risked a trade war and even caused friction between London and Washington.
What Is the Northern Ireland Protocol? The Brexit Deal Changes, Explained
Britain and the European Union have long clashed over post-Brexit rules known as the Northern Ireland protocol. Here’s what to know about the renegotiated agreement.
Northern Lights Seen Across the U.K. in Rare Show
The sight, which usually involves a trip to a snowy outpost, could be seen in the south of England.
Rishi Sunak Nears U.K.-E.U. Deal on Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to meet on Monday in Britain with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to work out the final details.
Trial Run of 4-Day Workweek Wins Converts
Of 61 British companies that participated in a pilot program, 56 said they would continue. Both employers and employees reported benefits.
‘Brainwashing a Generation’: British Schools Combat Andrew Tate’s Views
Alarmed by an online personality’s popularity among their students, educators are mobilizing to combat the sexism he promotes.
A Timeline of Nicola Bulley’s Disappearance
Nicola Bulley, a 45-year-old mother, was last seen on Jan. 27 outside a village in northwestern England. Her disappearance has led to national headlines and rampant speculation on social media.
If Scotland’s Admired Leader Could Not Deliver Independence, Can Anyone?
The separatist movement needs a new chief after the surprise resignation of Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s popular leader, but none of the contenders has anything like her stature.
Nicola Sturgeon Resigns: What to Know, and What’s Next for Scotland
The decision by Ms. Sturgeon to step down as the country’s leader came as a shock. What is her legacy, and why did she quit?
Divided Views of Nicola Sturgeon Among Scots Reflect Wider Political Schism
Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation was a moment for voters to take stock of her eight years as first minister and reflect on what may come next.
Sturgeon says she will remain in her role until a successor is in place.
Ms. Sturgeon has
U.K. Inflation Eases to 10.1 Percent, but Food Prices Push Higher
January was the third month of declines in the inflation rate, but the double-digit increase shows Britain’s cost-of-living crisis persisting.
The Fight Over Fox Hunting: A Cold War on England’s Muddy Fields
Some groups still ride out even though the hunting of foxes using dogs was banned in 2004. They are confronted by anti-hunt activists in a very British clash of class, tradition and town versus country.
Harry Styles Dedicated a Brit Award to Female Acts Who Weren’t Nominated
In 2022, the Brit Awards merged its top artist prizes to include male, female and nonbinary acts. This year, the event faced backlash for not nominating any women.
Annie Mac’s Before Midnight: A Dance Party With an Early Bedtime
The Before Midnight parties promise all the thrills of a hedonistic night out, but with a respectable finish time for older dance music fans.
As Sunak Tries to Move Ahead, He’s Haunted by Prime Ministers Past
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain made moves to recharge his government, but he is being harried by Liz Truss and Boris Johnson, who are not fading away.
Serial Rapist David Carrick, a Former U.K. Police Officer, Is Sentenced to Life
David Carrick had pleaded guilty to 49 crimes against 12 women in the latest case to cast a harsh spotlight on the Metropolitan Police.
Raye Made ‘My 21st Century Blues’ After a Long Journey
The British musician spent years writing for other artists, eventually sharing her frustrations online. After speaking her truths about the industry, she shares personal revelations on her debut.
Britain to Investigate if Deadliest Attack of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ Was Preventable
The decision is a big victory for the families of the 29 people who died in the attack in August 1998, four months after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
Bank of England Raises Rates to 4 Percent
The bank raised rates by half a point to the highest since 2008, but softened its tone on future rate increases.
Shell’s Profit Soared to $42 Billion in 2022
The record haul, pushed by high energy prices and a hunger for liquefied natural gas, came as a new chief signaled a more “balanced approach” to renewable energy.
I Will Fight the Forgetting of Homs, Syria
Homs was the capital of the Syrian revolution. Now it is a footnote, but not to me.
Gandhi’s Life in Photos, 75 Years After His Assassination
Known as the father of Indian independence, his concept of nonviolent resistance to fight injustice has inspired political movements around the world.
Britain’s Rishi Sunak Is Off to a Bad Start
The early signs for Rishi Sunak are not good.
Chinese Travel Is Set to Return. The Question Is, When?
The country has dropped restrictions on overseas journeys for its citizens, but once-popular destinations are still waiting for the flood of vacationers to arrive.
Eurostar, Symbol of a Connected Europe, Is Plagued by Brexit Hurdles
The high-speed train service under the English Channel is leaving many seats unfilled, rather than risk delays caused by more rigorous passport checks for Britons.
Hundreds of Children Seeking Asylum in U.K. Are Missing
The unaccompanied minors are mostly Albanian teenagers who had been living in hotels. Rights advocates and some lawmakers believe that they have been abducted by criminal gangs.
In U.K. Cost-of-Living Crisis, Some Workers Struggle to Feed Children
As inflation hits the pockets of families who already had little to spare, food banks say they are getting much busier and seeing more people with jobs.
Prince Harry Is Right, and It’s Not Just a Matter of Royal Gossip
Britain’s most revered institution plays ball with one of its most revolting institutions, even if family members are hurt.
For British Farmers, the Effects of Brexit Have Become Clearer
In the years since Britain voted to quit the E.U., many Eastern Europeans have left the country, adding to a shortfall of about 330,000 workers. The food and farming sectors have been hit particularly hard.
U.K. Inflation Slows but Remains Stubbornly High
Consumer prices rose 10.5 percent in December, the second consecutive monthly decline, thanks to easing gasoline and clothing prices.
U.K. Government Blocks Scottish Law Making Gender Change Easier
For the first time, the government in London is blocking legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament, saying the measure on gender identity would undermine U.K.-wide equality law.
London Police Officer Admits to 49 Charges of Sexual Abuse, Including Rape
David Carrick, who worked for the Metropolitan Police, carried out “a relentless campaign” of violence over 17 years, prosecutors said, using his position of authority to manipulate victims.
And Now a Few Words About How Power Makes You Weird
From the royal family to the House of Repesentatives, it’s been a strange week.
Biden’s Goals on Northern Ireland Present Difficult Timetable for Sunak
The American president wants Britain’s squabble with Europe over Northern Ireland trade issues settled before the 25th anniversary of the peace accord that ended sectarian violence in the North.