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British woman found guilty of lying about being gang raped


MNA International Desk: A Cyprus court on Monday found a British woman guilty of lying about being gang raped by Israeli youths six months ago. In a case closely followed by rights groups, a district court in the town of Paralimni ruled the woman, aged 19 at the time, had lied about being sexually abused by 12 Israeli teenagers. Sentencing was set for Jan. 7. The woman was arrested after police said she withdrew an accusation that the Israeli teenagers raped her in a hotel room at the holiday resort of Ayia Napa in mid-July. She had faced charges of ...

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Brexit: MPs willing to go to court to enforce delay


MNA International Desk: British MPs, including Tories expelled from the party, are preparing legal action in case the PM refuses to seek a delay to Brexit. A bill requiring Boris Johnson to ask for an extension to the UK’s departure date to avoid a no-deal Brexit on 31 October is set to gain royal assent. But the PM has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask for a delay. Now MPs have lined up a legal team and are willing to go to court to enforce the legislation, if necessary. The cross-party bill – which requires ...

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Britain’s Johnson says trade deal with US won’t be easy

Boris Johnson

MNA International Desk: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Saturday that getting a trade deal with the United State won’t be “plain sailing” because of barriers to the United Kingdom’s goods in American markets. But opportunities abound. Speaking to reporters as he flew to France for the Group of Seven meeting, Johnson cited examples small and large of British goods that struggle in US markets for bureaucratic reasons. “It’s not just beef or lamb that is currently banned from entering the U.S. in spite of their commitment to overturn that prohibition in 2014. Not a morsel of British beef has ...

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Iranian boats ‘harass’ British tanker in the Gulf


MNA International Desk: Five boats believed to belong to Iranian Revolutionary Guards approached a British oil tanker in the Gulf on Wednesday and asked it to stop in Iranian waters close by, but withdrew after a British warship warned them, US officials said. Britain’s Ministry of Defense had no immediate comment. The incident occurred almost a week after British Royal Marines boarded an Iranian tanker, Grace 1, off Gibraltar and seized it on suspicion that it was breaking sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Britain would face “consequences” over the seizure of ...

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British ambassador to US resigns


MNA International Desk: Britain’s ambassador to Washington resigned on Wednesday after Donald Trump labelled him “stupid” and “wacky” following the release of confidential memos from the envoy in which he branded the US president’s administration inept. “Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador,” Kim Darroch said in his resignation letter, reports Reuters. “I want to put an end to that speculation. The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would ...

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Theresa May quits as party leader

Theresa May

MNA International Desk: British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain’s tortuous departure from the European Union, AFP reports. Brexit is still scheduled for October 31 but while her rivals thrash it out, the project remains stuck, with the only divorce plan agreed with Brussels stuck in parliament. May took office after the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU and has spent the ...

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Physicist Stephen Hawking passes away

Stephen Hawking

MNA Science Desk: Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.” Hawking defied predictions he would only live for a few years after developing a form of motor neurone disease that left him confined to a ...

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Tarique involved in Bangladesh mission attack : Obaidul


MNA National Desk: The road, transport and bridges minister today claimed that BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, who is now in England, was involved in Wednesday’s attack on Bangladesh High Commission office in London. The government has taken legal measures against those involved in the attack and has also taken steps to bring them back, Obaidul Quader said while inaugurating a gate on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway today. The attack took place in London a day before a lower court verdict in Dhaka against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case. A special court on that day (February 8) ...

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British theatre director Peter Hall dies

Peter Hall

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Leading British theatre director Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at the age of 86, the National Theatre said on Tuesday. Hall died on Monday at University College Hospital, London, surrounded by his family, the theatre said in a statement. Hall’s career spanned more than half a century. In his mid-20s he staged the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and in 1960, aged 29, he founded the Royal Shakespeare Company which he led until 1968. Appointed Director of the National Theatre in 1973, Hall was responsible for ...

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British TV star Bruce Forsyth passes away

Bruce Forsyth

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bruce Forsyth, the British television presenter who was the face of primetime family game shows for decades, died on Friday at the age of 89, his manager announced. Born in 1928, Forsyth wanted to sing and dance from an early age, and made his television debut in 1939 in a talent show. But he struggled to make a career out of his passion, until he was picked to host a Sunday night TV variety show in 1958, which propelled him into the limelight. He hosted the BBC’s flagship Saturday early evening show “The Generation Game” ...

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British High Commissioner to meet Khaleda this evening

British high commissioner

MNA National Desk: Alison Blake, the British high commissioner in Dhaka, is scheduled to meet former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia this (Tuesday) evening. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Gulshan office of the BNP leader, the BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told to media. During the meeting, Khaleda is likely to discuss the country’s latest political situation and current law and order situation, BNP insiders said. However, a Dhaka court today deferred the hearing on charge framing against Khaleda in 11 cases, including arson cases and a sedition ...

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HSBC shares rally on profits after cost-cutting drive


MNA Business Desk: HSBC shares rallied on Monday in a confident response to quarterly profits after the British banking giant experienced a radical cost-cutting exercise. Adjusted pre-tax profit—which strips out one-off items and unfavorable currency movements—rose seven percent in the three months to September to $5.59 billion from a year earlier, beating analysts’ prospects, reported news agency. Reported pre-tax profit, however, plunged 86 percent from a year earlier to $843 million. That figure included the impact of the sale of the bank’s Brazil business, which set the lender back $1.7 billion. “Reported profits were down, but adjusted profits were higher ...

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O and A level exams take place as per schedule


MNA Editorial Desk: A press release, published by British Council Bangladesh, floated to the media on Saturday said that the O-level and A-level exams (Cambridge International Examinations and Pearson Edexcel) will take place as per schedule. Through the release, the council stated that the authorities of the organization are working on to bring the exams services to the students. The registration limit for the Cambridge International Examinations in November-2016 session has been extended till Wednesday. School applicants are asked to contact their schools for a unique school candidate registration link. Private candidates from Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, and Khulna ...

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British pop star Cliff Richard will sue BBC


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: British pop star Cliff Richard confirmed that he will sue the BBC and the police after a raid on his home was broadcast live on TV.         The 75-year-old entertainer alleges there was conspiracy between the broadcaster and police that lead to the search being shown on live television. Officers investigating allegations of historic sex offences were filmed searching his Berkshire flat in 2014, leading the performer to be named publicly. But now the veteran singer wants to claw back the amount he says he lost personally and commercially as a result of the episode – ...

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British MP Cox killed for her political views


MNA International Desk: British MP Jo Cox was murdered for her “very strong political views”, her widower has said in his first interview on Tuesday since her death. Talking in an interview with the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Mr. Cox said the expression of public support and a £1m charitable fund had been sources of relaxation to the couple’s two children. The late MP’s husband said he would be pleased if she was replaced as the representative for Batley and Spen by a female politician, saying it would be ‘lovely symbolism’. Ms. Cox was shot and knifed in the ...

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