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Boris Johnson should apologize over ‘burqa’ comments says PM May

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May backed calls Tuesday for her former foreign minister Boris Johnson to apologize for disparaging comments he made about Muslim women wearing burqas — but he branded his critics "ridiculous". May said his remarks "have clearly caused offense" and agreed with the chairman of her Conservative party, Brandon Lewis, who had asked Johnson to apologize. "I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use. And some of the terms Boris used describing…

UK election result sparks more economic uncertainty

LONDON: Financial markets dislike uncertainty but were handed a hugely clouded outlook Friday after the Conservative party of Prime Minister Theresa May lost its parliamentary majority in Britain's snap general election. Traders and analysts in the City of London financial district spoke about feeling jaded, not just because they were up all night awaiting the results but because the UK's second shock election result in a year throws the nature of Brexit talks into yet more doubt. For the wider British economy, Friday's…

British PM urges post-Brexit vote unity in 2017

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the country to come together in 2017 after a year of bitter divisions exposed by the Brexit referendum, in her first Christmas message released on Saturday. She said Britain needed to unite and seize the opportunity to forge a new role in the world as it leaves the European Union. In the June referendum, 52 per cent voted for Britain to leave the EU and wrangling over the issue dominated the rest of the year. May says she wants to begin the formal process of…