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Dominic Raab quits as UK Deputy PM over bullying inquiry

Dominic Raab quits as UK Deputy PM over bullying inquiry

ANDREW MACASKILL, ALISTAIR SMOUT and SACHIN RAVIKUMAR BRITISH Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab resigned from the government on Friday after an independent report found he had bullied officials, the latest scandal to force out one of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's top ministers. The loss of a third senior minister over their personal conduct in six months will damage Sunak's bid to revive his Conservative Party's fortunes before local elections in May and is an embarrassment as Sunak promised a government of integrity when he entered Downing Street in October. Raab released an angry resignation letter arguing that the findings of the report,…
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Toughening stance on China’s Xinjiang, Britain introduces new company rules

Toughening stance on China’s Xinjiang, Britain introduces new company rules

SARAH YOUNG and ELIZABETH PIPER BRITAIN will introduce new rules for companies to try to prevent goods linked to China's Xinjiang region entering the supply chain, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday, toughening London's response to allegations of forced labour. Addressing parliament, Raab said there was harrowing evidence of forced labour among Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang after the United Nations estimated at least 1 million of the minority among others were held in an internment camp. Beijing denies the charges. Raab said Britain wanted to make sure it was free from any products that had links with Xinjiang, where…
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Britain sanctions 11 individuals over human rights violations

Britain sanctions 11 individuals over human rights violations

BRITAIN has imposed sanctions on 11 individuals, including the former President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, in a coordinated move with the United States on human rights violations. "The UK and our allies are shining a light on the severe and systematic human rights violations perpetrated by those sanctioned today," foreign minister Dominic Raab said in a statement. Others named in the sanctions were security figures and officials from Russia, Venezuela, Pakistan and Gambia, including Jammeh's wife. - Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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UK to extend £330 million bridge loan to clear Sudan’s debt to ADB

UK to extend £330 million bridge loan to clear Sudan’s debt to ADB

BRITAIN will provide a £330 million bridge loan to help Sudan clear its more than $400 million in arrears to the African Development Bank, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday. London, United Kingdom. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reviews new Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime Designations, in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Picture by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street. Sudan’s removal from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terror late last year has paved the way for Sudan to start the process of clearing its approximately $60 billion in foreign debt, a necessary step toward seeking…
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Detained Biafra separatist’s family complain to UK over lack of assistance

Detained Biafra separatist’s family complain to UK over lack of assistance

THE family of Nnamdi Kanu, a secessionist leader and British citizen who is detained in Nigeria, has accused Britain of failing to provide him with consular assistance, the family's London lawyers said on Thursday. Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group that campaigns for part of southeastern Nigeria to secede, was brought back to Nigeria in June after years on the run abroad and is being held pending a treason trial. Bindmans, a London law firm, said it had sent a pre-action letter to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on behalf of Kanu's family, challenging Britain's failure…
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Missing Princess Latifa: Britain wants proof of life

Missing Princess Latifa: Britain wants proof of life

BRITAIN says it would like to see proof that Sheikha Latifa, one of the ruler of Dubai's daughters, is still alive after the BBC published a "deeply troubling" video saying she was being held against her will in a barricaded villa. Asked if he would support seeing some kind of proof from the United Arab Emirates that Sheikha Latifa was alive, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News television: "Given what we've just seen, I think people would just at a human level want to see that she's alive and well, of course, I think that's a natural instinct…
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UK sanctions African leader over “lavish lifestyle” spending

UK sanctions African leader over “lavish lifestyle” spending

BRITAIN has sanctioned the son of Equatorial Guinea's president for misappropriating millions of dollars which London said was spent on luxury mansions, private jets and a $275,000 glove worn by Michael Jackson. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Teodoro Obiang Mangue, who is also vice president of Equatorial Guinea, had participated in "corrupt contracting arrangements and soliciting bribes, to fund a lavish lifestyle inconsistent with his official salary as a government minister". The Equatorial Guinea government did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. Britain said Obiang had bought a $100 million mansion in Paris, a $38 million…
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G7 to consider mechanism to counter Russian ‘propaganda’

G7 to consider mechanism to counter Russian ‘propaganda’

WILLIAM JAMES THE Group of Seven richest countries will look at a proposal to build a rapid response mechanism to counter Russian "propaganda" and disinformation, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Reuters. Speaking ahead of a G7 foreign ministers' meeting in London, the first such in-person meeting for two years, Raab said the United Kingdom was "getting the G7 to come together with a rapid rebuttal mechanism" to counter Russian misinformation. "So that when we see these lies and propaganda or fake news being put out there, we can - not just individually, but come together to provide a rebuttal…
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EXCLUSIVE-UK’s Raab: No doubt some countries are using vaccines as a geopolitical tool

EXCLUSIVE-UK’s Raab: No doubt some countries are using vaccines as a geopolitical tool

WILLIAM JAMES BRITISH foreign minister Dominic Raab said yesterday there was no doubt some countries were using vaccines as a diplomatic tool to secure influence, and that Britain did not support so-called 'vaccine diplomacy. Asked in a Reuters interview whether he was concerned that China and Russia could use vaccines in exchange for influence in parts of the world, he said: "There's no doubt there's some of this is going about, and we don't support vaccine diplomacy, let alone blackmail. "We think that we've got a moral duty, but also a strong vested interest in getting the world vaccinated," he…
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