France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

France has cancelled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart planned for this week after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favour of a deal with Washington and London, two sources familiar with the matter said. Parly personally took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with British… Read More France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

France recalls envoys from U.S., Australia over submarine deal row

France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal which sank a French-designed submarine contract with Canberra. The rare decision taken by French President Emmanuel Macron was made due to the “exceptional gravity” of the matter,… Read More France recalls envoys from U.S., Australia over submarine deal row

Australia to acquire nuclear submarines in security deal with U.S., Britain

The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Canberra acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows. Under the partnership, announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the United States… Read More Australia to acquire nuclear submarines in security deal with U.S., Britain

England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU citizens, U.S. visitors

England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. Britain’s travel industry has criticised the government for being too slow to open up, saying it has squandered its lead in the… Read More England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU citizens, U.S. visitors

UK judge denies bail request of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday because a judge said there is a risk he may abscond while the United States tries to secure his extradition from Britain. Assange has spent more than eight years either holed up in the London’s Ecuadorean embassy or in jail. But Assange on Monday won an… Read More UK judge denies bail request of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

UK judge rejects U.S. extradition request of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A British judge ruled on Monday that WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges of breaking a spying law and conspiring to hack government computers. At a hearing at London’s Old Bailey, Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected nearly all his legal team’s arguments but said she could not… Read More UK judge rejects U.S. extradition request of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

U.S. President Trump cancels Britain trip, blames predecessor for poor London embassy deal

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse what he understood was an Obama-era decision to move out of the old one. The cancellation is a further blow to relations between the allies. More than a year into… Read More U.S. President Trump cancels Britain trip, blames predecessor for poor London embassy deal