WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable
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London kids to be offered polio shot after more virus found
British health authorities say they will offer a polio booster dose to children aged 1 to 9 in London, after finding evidence the virus has been spreading in multiple regions of the capital despite not confirming any cases of the paralytic diseasewashingtonpost.com
UK museum agrees to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria
A London museum has agreed to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era.
Family of comatose boy seek to have him moved to hospice
The family of a comatose boy who have fought to prevent doctors from ending his life-support treatment have filed a legal action requesting permission to move their son from a London hospital to a hospice. Archie Battersbee’s parents announced the move after the European Court of Human Rights late Wednesday rejected a request to intervene in the case following a series of rulings by U.K. courts that backed doctors who said further treatment was not in the 12-year-old’s best interests because he is brain dead. The family is now seeking permission to move Archie from the Royal London Hospital in east London to a hospice.news.yahoo.com
65,000 tickets sold in 24 hours for England-US women's game
England’s women’s soccer team is continuing to generate unprecedented fan interest following its European Championship victory, with 65,000 tickets sold in less than 24 hours for its planned game against the United States at Wembley Stadium in October.
Family loses Supreme Court bid to extend boy's life support
Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to prevent a hospital withdrawing life support from a 12-year-old boy with catastrophic brain damage, rejecting a bid by his parents to extend his treatment. The parents of Archie Battersbee had aske Supreme Court justices to block a lower court’s ruling that the Royal London Hospital can turn off the boy’s ventilator and stop other interventions that are keeping him alive. Archie’s treatment had been due to end at noon on Tuesday, but the hospital said it would await the decision of the Supreme Court.news.yahoo.com
Why The World’s Oldest Sovereign Fund Is in Turmoil: QuickTake
Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s oldest and one of the largest, has played a key role in preparing OPEC’s fourth-largest producer for a post-oil future and helping prop up the economy as it was battered by the pandemic. The $769 billion Kuwait Investment Authority is also a leading global investor, with holdings in BlackRock Inc. and Mercedes-Benz Group AG. In a rare move, it ousted the head of its London arm in July, sending shock waves through the normally sedate and secretive worldwashingtonpost.com
Truss surges ahead, wins key backers in UK leadership race
U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss cemented her place as front-runner in the race to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, winning endorsement Saturday from an influential former rival for the top job. Tom Tugendhat, who was eliminated from the contest in earlier rounds of voting by Conservative lawmakers, said Truss had the “resolution, determination, and passion” to be prime minister. The endorsement is a blow to ex-Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, the other finalist in the race for the next Conservative leader.news.yahoo.com
UK weather turmoil spurs calls to adapt to climate change
Britain’s record-breaking heatwave is spurring calls for the government to speed up efforts to adapt to a changing climate after wildfires created the busiest day for London firefighters since bombs rained down on the city during World War II.
UK rail workers to strike again July 27 over pay dispute
British rail workers will go on strike on July 27 over an ongoing pay dispute, a month after the country’s most disruptive railway strike in three decades paralyzed train networks across the U.K. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers said Wednesday its members will walk out for 24 hours, threatening travel chaos during the busy summer holidays.
Ukrainian soldiers train in UK as war with Russia rages on
The U.K. Ministry of Defense says the first cohort of Ukrainian soldiers, many of whom have no previous military experience, have arrived in the U.K. for combat training as the eastern European nation races to replace troops killed and wounded in the war against Russia.