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Great Britain: Island in the North Atlantic off the northwest coast of continental Europe
Great Britain is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. With an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), it is the largest of the British Isles, the largest European island, and the ninth-largest island in the world. In 2011, Great Britain had a population of about 61 million people, making it the world's third-most populous island after Java in Indonesia and Honshu in Japan. The island of Ireland is situated to the west of Great Britain, and together these islands, along with over 1,000 smaller surrounding islands, form the British Isles archipelago.


Factbox: How Britain's election works

How the United Kingdom's election on Dec. 12 works and when the results will be known.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Deadly attacks in Britain in recent years

British police on Friday shot dead a man who had strapped a fake bomb to his body and stabbed a number of people in what they said was a terrorism incident in the London Bridge area of the capital.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Great Britain

Rare baby orangutan joins family at UK zoo [Video]Rare baby orangutan joins family at UK zoo

Britain’s Chester Zoo shares early moments between a newly born Sumatran orangutan and his mother

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:53Published

UK election fact check: Is Britain's NHS up for sale? | #TheCube [Video]UK election fact check: Is Britain's NHS up for sale? | #TheCube

Jeremy Corbyn says the documents show that America wants the NHS on the table in trade talks and leave Boris Johnson's denials "in absolute tatters."View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:28Published

Boris versus Binface: The barmiest battles in Britain's 'Brexit election' [Video]Boris versus Binface: The barmiest battles in Britain's 'Brexit election'

If you thought British politics couldn't get any more surreal, a glance at this list of constituency clashes should make you think again.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:06Published

Corbyn backs general election as Britain looks set for the polls [Video]Corbyn backs general election as Britain looks set for the polls

The UK is on course for a December general election after Jeremy Corbyn announced that Labour's conditions to back the move had been met. The Labour leader told his shadow cabinet the party would..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

French labor reforms are put to the test [Video]French labor reforms are put to the test

France's generous vacation time-off and other employee benefits are the envy of much of the world. One factory serves as an interesting case study as President Macron tries to reshape labor standards..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:31Published

UK's 'biggest drug smuggling gang' smashed [Video]UK's 'biggest drug smuggling gang' smashed

Britain's biggest ever drug smuggling gang has been smashed after billions of pounds worth of narcotics were brought into the UK, the National Crime Agency believes. Officers arrested 13 men aged..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:59Published


83 billion-pound question: UK's Labour pitches big spending rises

Britain's opposition Labour Party unveiled its election manifesto on Thursday, including a sweeping programme of nationalization reversing decades of pro-privatisation public policy.
Reuters - Published

Labour vows to spend big to rebuild Britain, Conservatives cry foul

Britain's main opposition Labour Party will spend 400 billion pounds ($514 billion) over 10 years to achieve "an irreversible shift in the balance of power and wealth" to working people if it wins..
Reuters - Published

What will happen in Britain's parliament on Tuesday?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday make a new attempt to get lawmakers to approve an early national election to try to break the deadlock over Brexit.
Reuters - Published

British minister says 'deplores' any drill close to Cyprus

A British minister on Friday said Britain 'deplored' any drilling in waters close to Cyprus as a row escalated between Nicosia and Turkey, which was poised to start searching for oil and gas south of..
Reuters - Published

PM Johnson calls for EU to embrace compromise with Britain's new proposal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was submitting on Wednesday "constructive and reasonable proposals" to the European Union and that he hoped that Brussels would find room to compromise to..
Reuters - Published

Resign for misleading Britain, Labour's Corbyn tells UK PM Johnson

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Boris Johnson on Tuesday to resign and vowed to stop "this unelected prime minister" from using a Brexit crisis to take Britain out of the European..
Reuters - Published

Middle East shipping stabilized by UK navy, says Fleet Commander

Britain's decision to send warships to the Strait of Hormuz has helped to stabilize commercial shipping through the critical chokepoint weeks after Iran seized a UK-flagged tanker in the region, a top..
Reuters - Published

China detains employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission, UK urged to act

A Chinese national working at Britain's Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China's border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday, likely worsening..
Reuters - Published

Iranian tanker expected to leave Gibraltar late Sunday: Iran's envoy to UK

The Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West is expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday night, Iran's ambassador to Britain said, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S...
Reuters - Published

Trump adviser Bolton: U.S. would enthusiastically support a UK choice for no-deal Brexit

The United States would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday during a visit to..
Reuters - Published

Trudeau and Johnson discuss transition to trade relations after Brexit: Downing St

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to work with the UK to achieve a smooth transition to a UK-Canada free trade agreement as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, a Downing..
Reuters - Published

Britain begins escorting all UK vessels through Hormuz Strait

Britain has started sending a warship to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, a change in policy announced on Thursday after the government previously said it did not..
Reuters - Published

Britain tasks navy with accompanying British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz

Britain's navy will accompany British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz in order to defend freedom of navigation after Iran seized a tanker, its ministry of defense said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Iran tanker crisis shows that Britain no longer rules the waves

Britain's failure to prevent Iran's Revolutionary Guards from seizing a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz shows the decline of the once mighty British navy.
Reuters - Published

Iran says it is ready for any scenario, warns of escalating UK tension

Iran's envoy to Britain on Sunday urged the UK to contain "domestic political forces" which he said wanted to escalate tension between the two countries amid the capture of a British-flagged tanker in..
Reuters - Published

UK recommends all British-flagged ships adopt a heightened security state in the Strait of Hormuz: Sky

Britain has recommended all British-flagged ships go to a heightened state of security in the Strait of Hormuz, Sky News reported on Thursday, citing unnamed maritime industry sources.
Reuters - Published

France doesn't see Gulf situation spiraling out of control: army chief

Tensions in the Gulf are unlikely to spiral out of control, French armed forces chief Francois Lecointre said on Thursday after Britain accused Iran of harassing a British oil tanker.
Reuters - Published

Trump says won't deal with UK ambassador after leak of 'inept' memos

Donald Trump said he would not deal with Britain's ambassador to Washington after a leak of confidential memos in which the diplomat described the U.S. president's administration as "inept".
Reuters - Published

Ambassador leaks are a 'matter of regret', Britain tells U.S.

Britain's government has told Washington that leaks of memos in which the UK ambassador described U.S. President Donald Trump's administration as "dysfunctional" were a matter of regret, the Prime..
Reuters - Published

Iran tanker detention by Britain was threatening act, minister says

Britain's detention of an Iranian tanker last week was a threatening and incorrect action, Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami said on Monday in a speech broadcast live on state television.
Reuters - Published

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