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Two more convictions in £100 million ‘cash in suitcases’ conspiracy
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Two more convictions in £100 million ‘cash in suitcases’ conspiracy

Two men from London have become the fifteenth and sixteenth members of a £100m+ money laundering network to be convicted, following a major National Crime Agency investigation into cash smuggling from the UK to the UAE. Guilty verdicts were returned yesterday (11 January) on Ali Al-Nawab, 40, from Golders Green, London, and Mehdi Amrollahbibiyouki, 41,...

UK softens stance on fossil fuels ahead of COP28 summit
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UK softens stance on fossil fuels ahead of COP28 summit

Britain has signaled plans to water down its position on a core part of COP28 negotiations just weeks before the global climate talks begin. Energy and Climate Minister Graham Stuart, who will head the U.K. delegation to the COP summit, told MPs Wednesday that he was not fixated on whether countries agree to “phasing down”...

Why ‘Following the Money’ Isn’t Enough to Stop Organised Crime Anymore
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Why ‘Following the Money’ Isn’t Enough to Stop Organised Crime Anymore

The way many organised crime gangs launder their cash has become so hard to trace that following the money “gets you absolutely nowhere”, according to the UK’s National Crime Agency. When they are not using major high street banks as giant drug cash laundromats, organised crime groups such as drug traffickers are increasingly using international networks of...

UK government asks UAE for assurances over free speech at Cop28 summit
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UK government asks UAE for assurances over free speech at Cop28 summit

Statement at UN human rights council voices ‘disappointment’ after host country refuses to change restrictive laws. The UK has asked the United Arab Emirates, one of its closest Gulf allies, to explain how it will guarantee free speech around the UN Cop28 climate summit in Dubai after the country refused to change its restrictive laws. The...

UK asked to obtain assurances from UAE overright to protest at COP28
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UK asked to obtain assurances from UAE overright to protest at COP28

UK asked to obtain assurances from UAE overright to protest at COP28. Human-rights activists have reacted with skepticism to the pledge by the oil-rich Gulf state that it will allow climate demonstrations. Pressure is mounting on the UK government to obtain assurances from the United Arab Emirates that Britons who stage protests in Dubai around...

Matthew Hedges Deserved Better From Britain
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Matthew Hedges Deserved Better From Britain

When Matthew Hedges was imprisoned and tortured in the UAE, Britain was shamefully slow to act. The reason for this cowardice now seems clear: a web of sinister relationships between ministers, Conservative donors and Gulf allies had left human rights an afterthought. Hedges’ ordeal showed the human cost of Britain’s craven policy with the UAE....

Foreign Office failed to notice torture of British academic in UAE, watchdog finds
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Foreign Office failed to notice torture of British academic in UAE, watchdog finds

Parliamentary ombudsman says Matthew Hedges was let down by UK government during imprisonment. The UK’s parliamentary ombudsman has found that the Foreign Office “failed to notice signs of torture” when officials visited a British academic imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates. Matthew Hedges was convicted on spying charges by the UAE in 2018 after travelling to...

UAE fossil fuel investments in the UK being pushed by climate change denier
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UAE fossil fuel investments in the UK being pushed by climate change denier

Top UK officials had undeclared meetings with UAE ambassador at private parties hosted by billionaire Tory donor Michael Hintze, according to an Insight investigation by The Sunday Times. Hintze, a British-Australian hedge fund manager worth £1.7 billion, has given over £4 million to the Conservative party and founded the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a climate...