UK Government Wins Crunch Vote on Genocide Amendment

The UK government on Monday won a tight race between two versions of a genocide amendment, clearing the last hurdle for its post-Brexit Trade bill to become law. The amendment, passed with 319 votes to 297, may potentially prevent the UK from entering trade deals with countries engaging in genocide. If a responsible select committee of… Continue reading UK Government Wins Crunch Vote on Genocide Amendment

Estonian Scientist Sentenced After Caught Spying for China

A leading Estonian marine expert with top security clearance was sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to spying for Beijing. Tarmo Kõuts, 57, was arrested in September last year and has admitted to conducting espionage for a foreign state—charges that stop short of treason. He is the Estonian linked to Chinese espionage… Continue reading Estonian Scientist Sentenced After Caught Spying for China

As Vaccine Battle With UK Deepens, EU Blames AstraZeneca

LONDON—Britain on Monday demanded the European Union allow the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines it has ordered as tensions over a possible export ban on EU-manufactured shots mounted and Brussels pointed an accusing finger at drugmaker AstraZeneca. “The UK is not to blame. The EU is not to blame,” said an EU official. “It’s about everyone… Continue reading As Vaccine Battle With UK Deepens, EU Blames AstraZeneca

Canada Sanctions Chinese Officials for ‘Gross and Systematic’ Rights Violations Against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Canada has announced sanctions against four officials and one entity in China “based on their participation in gross and systematic human rights violations” against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Global Affairs Canada said Monday that the measures, effective March 22, are being taken in co-ordination with the United States and the… Continue reading Canada Sanctions Chinese Officials for ‘Gross and Systematic’ Rights Violations Against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Turkish Driver Arrested in UK After 16 Migrants Found in Lorry

A Turkish lorry driver was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of people smuggling, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. The driver, 36, was detained after his vehicle was stopped at the M25’s junction with the A3 at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, the NCA said in a press release. A Turkish lorry driver has been… Continue reading Turkish Driver Arrested in UK After 16 Migrants Found in Lorry

UK Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Xinjiang Abuse

Britain on Monday announced sanctions in coordination with its Western allies against Chinese officials over the human rights abuses of Uyghur Muslims. This is the first time the UK has targeted Chinese officials with its Magnitsky-style sanctions regime, which was adopted in July 2000. In a statement, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) said, “The… Continue reading UK Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Xinjiang Abuse

UK Shopper Numbers Edge Higher as End of Restrictions Nears

LONDON—The number of people heading out to shops across Britain rose by 0.5 percent in the week to March 20 from a week earlier, the eighth rise in nine weeks despite a national lockdown, market researcher Springboard said on Monday. It said shopper numbers, or footfall, climbed 4 percent on UK high streets, but fell… Continue reading UK Shopper Numbers Edge Higher as End of Restrictions Nears

Choosing Lockdowns, the UK Racks up ‘Unimaginable’ COVID Debts and Extra Deaths

News Analysis A damning report by the UK parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on the Johnson government’s “Test and Trace” flagship scheme, which was introduced after the first lockdown for combating the further spread of the COVID virus, has just been published. Committee chair, Meg Hillier MP, said: “Despite the unimaginable resources thrown at this project… Continue reading Choosing Lockdowns, the UK Racks up ‘Unimaginable’ COVID Debts and Extra Deaths

Former British Cycling Doctor Found Guilty of Ordering Banned Testosterone

A transgender individual shows a testosterone ampoule at a hospital in Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 8, 2020. (Claudio Reyes/AFP via Getty Images) Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman was found guilty of ordering testosterone “knowing or believing it was to be administered to an athlete to improve their athletic performance,” the Medical… Continue reading Former British Cycling Doctor Found Guilty of Ordering Banned Testosterone

Hong Kong Activists Urge EU Not to Sign China Investment Deal

Twenty-four Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have written to European Union leaders and lawmakers urging them not to sign the EU–China investment pact unless the Chinese regime repeals its National Security Law for the former British colony. Thirteen of the co-signatories of the letter are living in exile as a result of Beijing’s increasingly brutal crackdown… Continue reading Hong Kong Activists Urge EU Not to Sign China Investment Deal