LONDON (Reuters) -Britain on Saturday accused the Kremlin of seeking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, and said Russian intelligence officers had been in contact with a number of former Ukrainian politicians as part of plans for an invasion. The British foreign ministry declined to provide evidence to back its accusations, which came at a time of high tensions between Russia and the West over Russia's massing of troops near its border with Ukraine. Moscow has insisted it has no plans to invade.
A British lawmaker's claim that she was sacked from a ministerial job partly because of her Muslim faith should be properly investigated if she makes a formal complaint, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. Nusrat Ghani, who lost her job as a junior transport minister in February 2020, told the Sunday Times that she was told by a "whip" - an enforcer of parliamentary discipline - that her "Muslimness" had been raised as an issue in her sacking. "We have absolutely zero tolerance for any discrimination, and any Islamophobia, in the Conservative Party," Raab told Sky News on Sunday.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said there was a "deal to be done" on the Northern Ireland protocol that protects peace and works for all sides, ahead of a meeting with European Union Vice President Maros Sefcovic in Brussels on Monday. Sefcovic told European lawmakers on Thursday that the bloc wanted to resolve the impasse with Britain over Northern Ireland's trading arrangements by the end of February before campaigning begins for elections in the province. "There is a deal to be done, and we need to make it happen," Truss said in a statement on Sunday.
A south London business owner has been fined more than £8,500 after selling a skin lightening cream which could cause severe burns. Adetola Amao, the owner of New Hair London in Woolwich, was fined a total of £8,515.50 by Bexley Magistrates’ Court after she sold the illegal skin lightening cream to an undercover trading standards officer in the midst of lockdown. The sting, which took place on February 18 last year, then led to 105 cosmetic products being seized from the shop a week later.
Three Sherpa brothers become the first Nepalis to reach the South Pole, part of their mission to achieve the hallowed 'Explorer's Grand Slam'. This holy grail of adventuring involves climbing the highest peak in the seven continents -- Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson, and Puncak Jaya -- and reaching both poles.
A fire erupted at a popular nightclub in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, setting off explosions and killing at least 17 people, government officials said Sunday. The tragedy comes as the central African country hosts thousands of soccer players, fans and match officials from across the continent for the month-long African Football Cup of Nations tournament.A government statement said the fire erupted at the Livs Nightclub in the capital's Bastos neighborhood, setting off a series of explosions. Wor