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British interior minister Rudd resigns after immigration scandal

LONDON: Britain’s interior minister resigned on Sunday after Prime Minister Theresa May’s government faced an outpouring of indignation over its treatment of some long-term Caribbean residents who were wrongly labeled illegal immigrants. The resignation of one of May’s closest allies is a blow as she navigates the final year of negotiations ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union in March 2019. It also deprives the cabinet of one of its most outspoken pro-European members. In a resignation letter to May, Amber…

Ethiopia says British museum must permanently return its artifacts

ADDIS ABABA: Britain must permanently return all artifacts from Ethiopia held by the Victoria and Albert Museum and Addis Ababa will not accept them on loan, an Ethiopian government official said. The call comes after the museum, one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, put Ethiopian treasures plundered by British forces in 1868 on display. “Well, it would be exciting if the items held at the V&A could be part of a long-term loan with a cultural institution in Ethiopia,” museum director Tristram Hunt said.…

British Queen’s secret passion for trees revealed

A new documentary about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has revealed her previously unknown passion for trees. The 91-year-old monarch has planted hundreds of trees on royal visits all over the planet and has a deep and "touching" relationship with them, according to filmmaker Jane Treays. "She has spent her life planting trees, and so have her ancestors," the director told AFP, as the film previewed at the MIPTV market in Cannes, France. "It was very beautiful and touching to see how she relates to them, and how much…

Russia expels 23 British diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

MOSCOW: Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a carefully calibrated retaliatory move against London, which has accused the Kremlin of orchestrating a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England. Escalating a crisis in relations, Russia said it was also shutting down the activities of the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries, and Britain’s consulate-general in St. Petersburg. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was giving the…

Study challenges ‘healthy but obese’ theory

PARIS: Being overweight or obese does pose a risk of heart disease, despite claims to the contrary, a study of nearly 300,000 British adults suggested Friday. While it is generally accepted that being overweight increases a person's disease risk, some researchers have recently suggested that carrying extra weight does not actually boost death rates for some, particularly the elderly. A number have even suggested that being overweight may protect against disease, a claim dubbed the "obesity paradox." But the latest…