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UK on high alert after terror arrests
London: British police warned on Friday they were facing an “increased level of terrorist activity,” the day after a knifeman was arrested near parliament and a woman was shot in a separate police raid. Just weeks after the attack on the Houses of Parliament that left five people dead and scores injured, London is once again on high alert as Britain prepares for a snap election on June 8. “Yesterday was an extraordinary day in
 
 
UK must settle ‘people, money and Ireland’ first
London: Donald Tusk has warned that the British government must settle the issues of “people, money and Ireland” before negotiating its future relationship with the EU. The European Council president said the UK must honour its financial obligations to the union, including a “divorce bill” of up to £50b, before talks over trade agreements. Negotiations about future relations can only start once “we have achieved sufficient
   
UKIP’s election launch gets off to a troubled start
LONDON: The election campaign launch of Britain’s eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) got off to a troubled start on Friday, when protesters accused its leader Paul Nuttall of promoting racist propaganda after he promised to ban full face veils. UKIP, whose former leader Nigel Farage helped drive support for Brexit before last year’s referendum, was once seen as a threat to the ruling Conservative Party. But since Britain
 
 
Johnson’s sister joins rival party ahead of election
London: Family allegiances have been swept aside as the sister of Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has joined a rival party ahead of Britain’s national election, according to media reports on Thursday. Rachel Johnson, a prominent columnist, has signed up to the pro-European Liberal Democrats ahead of the June 8 vote. The centre-left party holds just nine seats in British parliament but is hoping to make gains against the ruling
   
British soldier who killed Afghan fighter freed from jail
London: A British soldier jailed for killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan was freed on Friday after his sentence was reduced from murder to manslaughter, his lawyer said. Former Royal Marine Alexander Blackman was jailed for life in 2013 for shooting the fighter at close range in Helmand Province on Sept.15, 2011, after the man was injured by helicopter fire. The sentence was later reduced to eight years but a judge in
 
 
William and Kate sprayed with water at marathon
LONDON: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might be experts in remaining regal at all hours of the day but on rare occasions sometimes they can’t help but let the mask slip. This could be glimpsed at the London Marathon on Sunday. While handing out water to thirsty runners near the finish line, Prince William and Kate Middleton were boldly splashed with water. One of the brazen competitors managed to get the Prince directly in
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