Taliban extremists claimed responsibility for an attack in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday that killed at least six people at a British security firm. The incident in Kabul injured at least 32 others. A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed truck into the gate of the G4S security compound, and several other armed militants then stormed inside. G4S, one of several foreign security contractors in the country, provides guards for the area around the British Embassy in Kabul.
| U.K. prime minister feared inflaming tensions with British Muslims
by Mindy Belz Posted 11/28/18, 02:32 pm
PAKISTAN: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May personally blocked granting asylum to Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother acquitted of blasphemy charges against Islam but targeted by Islamists. Bibi’s family requested asylum in Britain, and May reportedly overruled British Home Secretary Sajid Javid (who is of Pakistani descent) because she was concerned Bibi’s arrival could inflame tensions with British Muslims.
| The NATO ally retaliates with tariffs while a Turkish court refuses to free the American pastor
Mindy Belz | 8/15/18, 04:18 pm
TURKEY: Ankara raised tariffs on U.S. imports following U.S. sanctions imposed for Turkey’s continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. A Turkish court Wednesday rejected another appeal for Brunson’s release.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who served as a key campaigner for Brexit, Britain’s departure from the European Union, resigned on Monday. His resignation is the latest move threatening Prime Minister Theresa May’s government and comes after Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned on Sunday night. Steve Baker, a minister in Britain’s Brexit department, followed with his resignation almost immediately.
British police said a woman exposed to a Soviet-era nerve agent in southern England died Sunday at a Salisbury hospital. Dawn Sturgess, 44, along with Charlie Rowley, 45, were hospitalized on June 30 after they fell critically ill. Rowley remains in critical condition. Police confirmed the pair suffered exposure to Novichok, the same nerve agent that poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. Authorities believe the latest poisoning likely came from contact with a contaminated item.
The U.S. doctor who flew to London to examine Charlie Gard spent five hours with the critically ill infant before flying back to New York. Gard’s mother, Connie Yates, told reporters Tuesday her son would undergo more tests in the coming days. Dr. Michio Hirano will present his findings to the U.K. high court next week. Judge Nicholas Francis will decide whether to allow Charlie to fly to the United States for treatment.
| The ‘free’ U.K. governmental healthcare system diminishes the quality of care for all
Cal Thomas | 5/18/17, 11:23 am
GLASGOW, Scotland—The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough.
| The U.S. may support Russian-backed Syrian forces in the battle against ISIS
Mindy Belz | 3/13/17, 05:16 pm
SYRIA: Manbij is the place to watch as U.S. forces continue to hold a fragile position between Turkish and Kurdish forces, amid ongoing questions about whether the United States is switching sides to support Russian-backed Syrian forces in the fight against Islamic State.