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A UK election has been called for July 4. Here’s what to know

A UK election has been called for July 4. Here’s what to know

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s first election in five years is shaping up as a battle for the country’s soul, with some saying it poses an existential threat to the governing Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010. The center-right Conservatives took power during the depths of the global financial crisis and...

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China’s next shock is coming – and Britain and Europe are sitting ducks

China’s next shock is coming – and Britain and Europe are sitting ducks

Professor Michael Pettis of Beijing University says investment has spiked back up to 42-44pc of GDP, far surpassing any level ever seen in any major country since the industrial revolution. Other Asian tigers peaked in the low-30s before dropping back as they became richer. Xi Jinping has reverted to the worst pathologies of the old...

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World holds breath as Russia ‘begins’ use of nuclear weapons

World holds breath as Russia ‘begins’ use of nuclear weapons

Russia has begun training for the “use of nuclear weapons” in response to “threats” from The West, the country’s defence ministry has announced. In a Telegram post published on Tuesday, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation announced: “In accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian...

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3 men charged in the UK with assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service

3 men charged in the UK with assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service

LONDON (AP) — The office manager of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London and two other men appeared in court Monday on charges that they helped Hong Kong’s intelligence service gather information in Britain, amid growing concern hostile states are trying to interfere with democracy and economic activity in the U.K. Chi...

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Germany and Britain detain suspected Chinese spies

Germany and Britain detain suspected Chinese spies

Germany and the United Kingdom have announced the arrest of people suspected of working as Chinese spies. Prosecutors in Berlin said on Monday that three German nationals had handed technologies with potential military purposes to Chinese intelligence, with whom they have been working since at least June 2022. The UK said two men had been...