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British MPs Debate whether to Ban Trump

A fool, an idiot, a buffoon -- MPs lined up to attack Donald Trump for his comments on Muslims, during a parliamentary debate Monday on whether he should be banned from Britain.

The debate was triggered by a public petition which has attracted more than 575,000 signatures from people who want the Republican presidential hopeful kept out of the country over his comments.

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Britain Summons N. Korean Ambassador over Nuclear Test

Britain summoned the North Korean ambassador in London on Thursday, the Foreign Office said, after Pyongyang's latest nuclear test drew international condemnation.

"I summoned North Korea's Ambassador today to stress in the strongest terms the UK's condemnation of their nuclear test," Asia minister Hugo Swire said in a Foreign Office statement.

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Briton Suspected of Being Masked Man in IS Video

Investigations into the identity of an English-speaking man who featured in an Islamic State (IS) group video are focusing on a Briton, Siddhartha Dhar, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Dhar was born a Hindu and ran a business renting out bouncy castles in northeast London before converting to Islam and becoming radicalized, the broadcaster said.

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Body Recovered from River as UK Reels from Storms

The body of a kayaker who went missing during Storm Frank was recovered from a river on Thursday as Britain's battle with localized flooding stretched into the New Year.

The body of the man in his 50s was recovered from the River Findhorn in Moray, northeastern Scotland. He got into difficulties on the water around midday Wednesday.

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PM Cameron Visits Flood-Hit British City of York

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the flood-hit historic city of York on Monday as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms.

Cameron met soldiers and volunteers helping with the aftermath of the flooding as he faced increasing pressure to take more action to prevent further chaos in future.

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British Police Arrest Man in Islamist Terror Probe

Police in Britain said Wednesday they had arrested a 31-year-old man in London in connection with suspected "extremist Islamist terrorism".

"The man was detained by officers at a business address in south London" on Tuesday, London's Metropolitan Police said.

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U.N. Syria Plan Backing a 'Great Step forward', Says Britain

The U.N. Security Council's backing for a plan to end the civil war in Syria is a "great step forward" for resolving the crisis, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Saturday.

The plan could potentially bring about a ceasefire as early as January.

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British FM Says Saudi-led Ops in Yemen 'Coming to Close'

Saudi-led military operations in Yemen are nearing their end as the focus turns to political talks, Britain's foreign minister said in Riyadh on Wednesday.

"We detect the military phase of this campaign is coming to a close as the coalition forces have established a dominant military position in the country," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters after talks with King Salman and other leading members of the royal family.

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Bishops Call on British PM to Take More Syria Refugees

A group of 84 bishops have written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to allow more Syrian refugees to settle in Britain, a letter published Saturday showed.

The call comes days after 300 senior lawyers, former law lords and retired judges described Cameron's offer to take 20,000 Syrian refugees over five years as "too low, too slow and too narrow".

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Report: Blair Committed UK to Iraq War Year before Invasion

Former British prime minister Tony Blair was committed to joining the United States in the Iraq war a year before the 2003 invasion, documents obtained by a Sunday newspaper suggested.

The revelations focus on a memo allegedly written by former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell on March 28, 2002 to then president George Bush a week before the U.S. leader's meeting with Blair at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

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