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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will switch to Apple (AAPL.O) and Google (GOOGL.O) technology for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching its homegrown system which was not working well enough on Apple’s iPhone, the government said on Thursday. The test-and-trace programme is key to reopening the country but has been dogged by problems. A smartphone app developed
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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Breguet is seen at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in Basel, Switzerland March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – A gold Breguet watch of George III, the British king who was forced to accept American independence after the revolutionary war of 1775-1783, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s
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FILE PHOTO: Police officers are seen in Waterloo station during the morning rush hour following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – One in twenty private-sector employees in Britain returned to work from furlough in the past two weeks, according to official figures on
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FILE PHOTO: Second World War British Forces Sweetheart Vera Lynn attends the Battle of Britain commemoration outside the Churchill War Rooms in London August 20, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor LONDON (Reuters) – Singer Vera Lynn, who became a symbol of hope in Britain during World War Two and more recently during the coronavirus pandemic with her
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LONDON (Reuters) – Shows including “Hamilton” and “Les Miserables” will not return to the London stage until 2021, producer Cameron Mackintosh said on Wednesday, blaming uncertainty over when the British government would lift social distancing measures. FILE PHOTO: Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the film “Les Miserables”, which is a best picture Oscar nominee, arrives at
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Workers remove the protective boards around the Winston Churchill statue in Westminster, in London, Britain, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) – Workmen began removing protective hoarding around a statue of Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill on Wednesday ahead of a visit from French President Emmanuel Macron, after the monument was covered up during
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A social distancing information is pictured sprayed on a street in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain June 13, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine LONDON (Reuters) – The UK death toll from confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 42,153, an increase of 184, the latest daily figures from the government showed on Wednesday. Reporting by Estelle Shirbon
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FILE PHOTO: Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks during a daily briefing to update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain June 11, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s health minister on Wednesday hailed the use of a steroid called dexamethasone for treating coronavirus patients
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FILE PHOTO: Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will provide a summer food fund for struggling families in England, bowing to pressure from England forward Marcus Rashford and his campaign to prevent children from going hungry during the coronavirus pandemic. British ministers originally said school food vouchers
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Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, speaks during a daily briefing to update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain June 10, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS/Files LONDON (Reuters) – England’s Chief Medical Officer has hailed a finding that steroid drug dexamethasone can save the lives of
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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak attends a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain March 20, 2020. Julian Simmonds/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak is planning to break the Conservative Party’s “triple lock” state pension pledge, the Financial Times
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Britain’s Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive as they meet with workers who have responded to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, in Gloucester, Britain June 16, 2020. Ben Birchall/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles and his son Prince William made their first public appearances
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FILE PHOTO: Ambulances are parked at the Hollymoor Ambulance Hub of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, operated by the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, in Birmingham, Britain June 5, 2020. Simon Dawson/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll has hit 53,077, according to a Reuters tally of official
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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will merge the Foreign Office and its international development ministry while retaining a commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on development aid,
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LONDON (Reuters) – The number of people on British company payrolls fell by more than 600,000 in April and May as the coronavirus lockdown hit the labour market, and vacancies plunged by the most on record, official data showed on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: People walk through the Canary Wharf financial district of London, Britain, December
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LONDON (Reuters) – Greggs (GRG.L) plans to reopen 800 shops this week, ending a near three month wait for Britons hankering to snack on one of the baker’s sausage rolls and lifting its share price. FILE PHOTO: Customers queue outside a Greggs store that reopened in Newcastle, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),
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FILE PHOTO: Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya reacts during an interview with Reuters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Madrid, Spain May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera/ MADRID (Reuters) – Spain is considering imposing a quarantine on visitors from the United Kingdom when it opens its borders next week in reciprocity to a similar
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FILE PHOTO: General view of an empty cinema foyer at Cineworld in Hemel Hempstead as the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world, in Hemel Hempstead, Britain, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs (Reuters) – British cinema operator Cineworld Group Plc (CINE.L) said on Tuesday that some of its theatres would reopen in the last
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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a daily briefing to update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain June 10, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday the outstanding disagreements between Britain and the European
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A visitor looks at penguins swimming, at the London Zoo on the first day of its reopening since lockdown restrictions ease, during the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in London, Britain, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – London Zoo reopened to only a fraction of the normal number of visitors on Monday
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