Is this the end of the road for the internal combustion engine in the UK?

Dec 2, 2020
The nation banned the sale of new fossil-fueled cars starting in 2030. Enthusiasts, and the public, are not sure the electric revolution will be complete by then.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses in an electric taxi. His government has accelerated its plan to move the country to electric transportation.
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U.K. is first to green light Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Dec 2, 2020
Fifty U.K. hospitals are on standby to administer vaccine shots, which will be available by next week.
U.K. regulators were the first in the world to approve the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech for widespread use.
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The economic power of royal fashion

Nov 17, 2020
In this book excerpt, veteran style journalist Elizabeth Holmes writes about how Meghan Markle used fashion to respond to media criticism.
The royal family celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016. Color is an essential part of Queen Elizabeth II's wardrobe, writes Elizabeth Holmes.
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London’s street performers face a crackdown

Nov 9, 2020
A local authority is proposing to curb street entertainment in the British capital. Performers say a vital visitor attraction — and historic part of London's culture — could be destroyed.
Folk singer David Fisher.
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Lithium may fuel a mining revival in England's Cornwall

Oct 19, 2020
Tin mining in Cornwall ground to a halt more than 20 years ago. Now the county has discovered what may be a rich new source of underground wealth.
The harbor at Mullion Cove, Cornwall, United Kingdom.
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COVID-19 sparked a U.S. coin shortage, but a U.K. surplus

Oct 2, 2020
Technology has made the transition to digital payments quicker in the U.K.
"It's absolutely certain that coronavirus will accelerate the shift to digital," says Natalie Ceeney, chair of Innovate Finance. But the virus has also shown a spotlight on vulnerability and people who are getting excluded by the shift to digital.
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The U.K. has a plan to pay businesses that hire young people

Businesses get about $2,000 for every six-month placement they provide for the unemployed.
The goal is to create around 300,000 jobs and help train these entry-level workers. Pictured: U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak at a Jobcentre Plus in London.
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Could Britain eat its way out of the COVID-19 economic crisis?

Aug 21, 2020
Thanks to a government-funded program, the country's restaurants are coming back from the brink.
A server carries food past a sign promoting the British government's "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme to get consumers spending again.
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Has the COVID-19 crisis killed live theater in the UK?

Jul 29, 2020
One of Britain’s most successful industries struggles to recover from the pandemic.
The empty London Coliseum theater. After mass closures, the industry fears that full recovery is far off.
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How the UK has kept unemployment down — for now

Jul 7, 2020
So far, the nation's businesses have avoided laying off 9.3 million workers.
Government furlough programs and business loan and grant schemes allowed U.K. companies to keep their staff on their payrolls even if their doors were shut.
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