UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement: newspaper report

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to reduce Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s involvement in Britain’s 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported bit.ly/2zmI2DE. Johnson has asked officials to make plans to reduce China’s involvement in British infrastructure to zero by 2023, the newspaper reported late on Friday. […]

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UK test and trace system is on course for June 1: health minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s health minister said the health service’s COVID-19 smartphone app was working on the Isle of Wight, where it is being trialled, and the country’s test and trace operation would be ready to launch on June 1 when the lockdown is further eased. “We are absolutely clear that the test and trace system needs to be in […]

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No perfect way to begin easing of coronavirus lockdown, UK minister says

LONDON (Reuters) – There is no perfect way to begin gradually easing the lockdown on the British economy and Britons should apply common sense to new guidance, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Wednesday as changes to coronavirus restrictions came into effect. Asked about why the government was allowing estate agents to restart house viewings when people could not have […]

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Britain, EU start penultimate round of talks before key deadline

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union start their penultimate scheduled round of trade talks on Monday with little progress on major sticking points before a June deadline to agree on any extension of negotiations. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to prolong the current transition period beyond the end of the year to grant more time […]

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UK test-and-trace app trial on Isle of Wight 'going well': minister

LONDON (Reuters) – A trial of Britain’s proposed coronavirus test-and-trace app being conducted on the Isle of Wight off the coast of southern England is going well, Transort Secretary Grant Shapps said on Saturday. “The trial in the Isle of Wight of that tracking app, the NHSX app designed to help assist people, is going well. People have been downloading […]

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UK denies sacrificing care homes; Johnson says situation improving

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday the situation in care homes had improved, after his health minister denied Britain had prioritised hospitals over many elderly people in homes in its fight against the coronavirus outbreak. A Reuters investigation found policies designed to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed pushed a greater burden onto care homes which struggled […]

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UK expects hacker attacks on COVID responders to last months: minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Sophisticated networks of hackers are targeting national and international organisations which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Britain’s foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday, calling them “particularly dangerous and venal”. “There are various objectives and motivations that lie behind these attacks, from fraud on one hand to espionage, but they tend to be designed to steal […]

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Assange's U.S. extradition case to resume in September, London court rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Hearings in the U.S. extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will resume in September after being postponed from later this month because of the coronavirus outbreak, a London court said on Monday. Assange is wanted by U.S. authorities to stand trial for conspiring to hack government computers and espionage. His extradition case began in February for […]

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