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Great Britain: Island in the North Atlantic off the north-west 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.

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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

World Para-swimming Championships: Alice Tai, Tully Kearney and Bethany Firth win gold

Great Britain win three gold medals on day two of the World Para-swimming Championships in London.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Great Britain

Sir Mo Farah targets sixth successive Great North Run title [Video]Sir Mo Farah targets sixth successive Great North Run title

Sir Mo Farah will target a sixth-successive Great North Run title on Sunday with “no regrets” over his decision to skip the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Qatar. Farah’s name was..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

UK heatwave: Mercury soars to new July high as Britain swelters [Video]UK heatwave: Mercury soars to new July high as Britain swelters

The UK has seen its hottest July day and second hottest day on record as the mercury hit 38.1C, the Met Office said. Forecasters said the new set in Cambridge outstripped the previous high for the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:23Published

Iran Releases Video Of Troops Capturing UK Tanker In 'Hostile Act' [Video]Iran Releases Video Of Troops Capturing UK Tanker In 'Hostile Act'

Britain denounced the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a “hostile act” on Saturday. Reuters reports the UK rejects Tehran’s explanation that it had seized the vessel..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:52Published

 

Watch: USA's Josh Thompson pips GB's Jake Wightman to 1500m win in photo finish

Great Britain's Jake Wightman is beaten in a photo-finish by USA's Josh Thompson in the men's 1500m at The Match event in Belarus.
BBC News - Published

Brussels Diamond League: Dina Asher-Smith runs season's best to win 100m

Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith posts a season's best time over 100m to beat Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Diamond League Final in Brussels.
BBC News - Published

World Championships 2019: Dina Asher-Smith to go for 100m & 200m double

Dina Asher-Smith will go for the 100m and 200m sprint double after Great Britain confirmed its squad for the 2019 World Championships in Doha later this month.
BBC News - Published

Fed Cup 2020: Great Britain to face Slovakia away in qualifier for Finals

Great Britain are drawn to face Slovakia away from home in a qualifying tie for next year's revamped Fed Cup Finals.
BBC News - 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

UK weather: Heatwave could return as 30C and hottest August bank holiday on record forecast

Britain could enjoy the hottest August bank holiday on record this weekend with temperatures predicted to soarise as high as 30C.
Independent - Published

Birmingham Grand Prix: 'It's so weird' - Dina Asher-Smith freaked out by big head tribute

Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith says "it's so weird" seeing a cardboard cut out of her head in the crowd at the Birmingham Grand Prix.
BBC News - 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

EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualifying: Great Britain beat Kosovo to qualify

Great Britain qualify for the main draw for EuroBasket 2021 with a comprehensive 101-79 victory over Kosovo in Manchester.
BBC News - 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

'Absolutely gutting' - GB disqualified from 4x400m relay for naming shot putter in squad

Great Britain are disqualified from the men's 4x400m relay at the European Athletics Team Championships after a shot putter was named in the line-up.
BBC News - Published

Team GB's only black swimmer: 'I understand why girls would quit over their hair'

Alice Dearing, one of Great Britain's top female marathon swimmers, looks at the barriers to swimming.
BBC News - Published

World Swimming Championships 2019: Great Britain win gold in thrilling 4x100m medley relay

Great Britain pip USA to gold after a thrilling finish in the men's 4x100m medley relay at the 2019 World Championships.
BBC News - 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

The heavyweight division is a joke, says Britain's Whyte

Britain's Dillian Whyte dubs heavyweight boxing "a joke" amid frustrations over the division's champions failing to agree fights.
BBC News - 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

Tory members back death penalty, believe Islam is a threat and think Trump would make a good PM, poll finds

Survey comes as Islamophobic Facebook posts by Conservative members revealed: 'I would ban all Muslim (sic) from entering the whole of Great Britain'
Independent - Published

EuroBasket Women: GB beat Ukraine to keep quarter-final hopes alive

Great Britain secure at least a play-off for a spot in the last eight of the EuroBasket Women as they beat Ukraine 68-54 in final group game in Riga.
BBC News - Published

Men's FIH Pro League 2019: Great Britain beat New Zealand to reach final four

Great Britain's men see off New Zealand in a tense affair to reach the final stage of the first ever FIH Pro League.
BBC News - Published

French Open: Britain's Johanna Konta into quarter-finals

french open: britain's johanna konta into quarter-finals
British number one Johanna Konta continues her charge through the French Open by impressively beating Croatian 24th seed Donna Vekic to reach the quarter-finals.
BBC News - Published

British government, company owner must save British Steel: union

Britain's GMB union demanded British Steel worked with the government to save steelworks and thousands of highly skilled jobs after a source said the Greybull Capital-owned company was on the verge of..
Reuters - Published

Britain stay in top division after dramatic overtime win

Great Britain retain their place in the top division of the Ice Hockey World Championship after beating France 4-3 in overtime.
BBC News - Published

Working class people earn less in top jobs as report warns inequality 'entrenched' in Britain

Social mobility across UK has remained 'virtually stagnant' since 2014, finds report
Independent - Published

Watch: GB's Whyte wins first BMX World Cup race in Manchester

watch: gb's whyte wins first bmx world cup race in manchester
Watch Great Britain's Kye Whyte win his first World Cup race in front of a home crowd at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester.
BBC News - Published

Fed Cup: How Great Britain can thrive after World Group promotion

fed cup: how great britain can thrive after world group promotion
GB returned to Fed Cup World Group level with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan - but can they be competitive against the world's best?
BBC News - Published

UK man who fled to Georgia after speedboat death returns to Britain

A British man who went on the run last year after killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the River Thames has returned to Britain after being extradited from the former Soviet state of Georgia, UK..
Reuters - Published

Barry Middleton: England & Great Britain's most capped player retires

barry middleton: england & great britain's most capped player retires
Barry Middleton, England and Great Britain's most capped player, retires from international hockey.
BBC News - Published

2019 Boat Race: Could Jason Bell & Sam Quek hack it as a racer?

2019 boat race: could jason bell & sam quek hack it as a racer?
Former NFL star Jason Bell and former Great Britain hockey player Sam Quek put themselves to the test to see if they would have what it takes to compete in the Boat Race.
BBC News - Published

After London march, EU still assumes UK will leave: Commission

The European Commission is working on the assumption that Britain will leave the EU unless the UK government tells it otherwise, the European Commision said on Monday after hundreds of thousands of..
Reuters - Published

'Women on course to outnumber men in GB Olympic team for first time'

'women on course to outnumber men in gb olympic team for first time'
Women are on course to outnumber men in the Great Britain team for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games, says chef de mission Mark England.
BBC News - Published

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