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Newsline: Polish ambassador urges Poles to ‘seriously consider’ leaving UK

Poland’s ambassador to the UK has urged the hundreds of thousands of Poles living in Britain to “seriously consider” leaving the UK after Brexit. In an open letter to Poles in the UK, Arkady Regocki warned that many of his compatriots had not yet applied for settled status, which grants EU nationals permanent residence. Regocki revealed that an “alarmingly low” number of the more than 800,000 Poles living and working in the UK have so far applied to stay after it leaves the European Union. (https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/18/uk/poland-ambassador-open-letter-to-poles-brexit-gbr-intl/index.html) “To date, around 27% of Poles living in the British Isles have applied for settled status,” he wrote. “This is an alarmingly low level, meaning that thousands of Polish citizens may be exposed to complications.”

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Newsline: Ex-U.K. Ambassador Who Trump Called ‘Very Stupid Guy’ Named to House of Lords

Former British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch was elevated to the House of Lords on Tuesday by former prime minister Theresa May. He was appointed to the unelected parliamentary chamber as part of a resignation honors list compiled by May. Darroch was at the center of a feud between the U.K. and the U.S. this summer after the Daily Mail published leaked wires in which the ambassador called the Trump administration as “uniquely dysfunctional” and said President Trump was “radiating insecurity.” (https://www.thedailybeast.com/kim-darroch-ex-uk-ambassador-who-trump-called-very-stupid-guy-named-to-house-of-lords-by-theresa-may) Trump called Darroch a “very stupid guy” in a series of tweets, and he later resigned from his position. Agence France-Presse reports that Darroch has been named a cross-party lord, with the right to speak and vote in the House of Lords for life. May created eight peers and 11 knights and dames on her way out of office.

Newsline: London Mayor slammed for filth outside Indian embassy

Noted British columnist Katie Hopkins slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the London administration over the mess that was created outside the Indian embassy following protests by Pakistanis. On Tuesday, thousands of people led by British-Pakistani groups held a protest outside the Indian embassy in London against the withdrawal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The violent protesters threw eggs at the building and also damaged the premises of the embassy. Days later, Katie Hopkins released two videos on Twitter in which she can be seen walking outside the Indian embassy, the gates of which are covered with eggs and other garbage. In her tweet, Hopkins has written, “The Indian Embassy in London – one of our greatest allies – is a filthy mess of eggs and vandalised windows at the hands of Pakistani protesters in the UK. Is the Muslim Mayor of London enabling this behaviour? Why has this not been cleaned up? Deeply shaming for Britain.” (https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/katie-hopkins-slams-london-mayor-for-filth-outside-indian-embassy-1596225-2019-09-06) She squarely blamed Pakistan-origin London Mayor Sadiq Khan for the filth outside the embassy. Condemning the vandalism and protests, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India considered these incidents to be “unacceptable” and have strongly urged the UK to take necessary steps to ensure normal functioning of the Mission and the safety and security of the personnel working at the mission. Sadiq Khan termed the clashes as unacceptable behaviour and called on the police to take action against the perpetrators.

Newsline: 2 held for violent protest outside Indian embassy in London

Two people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the violent protest outside the Indian High Commissioner in London over Kashmir. (https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/indian-embassy-london-protest-kashmir-arrest-1595404-2019-09-04) In a tweet, news agency ANI said, Two people have been arrested by police in connection with the violent protest outside Indian High Commissioner in London on Tuesday. The arrests came a day after the Indian High Commission in London was vandalised after a protest over Kashmir turned violent.

Newsline: UK embassy says Hong Kong staffer detained in China

An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has been detained in mainland China, threatening to trigger a diplomatic rift between London and Beijing. Cheng Man Kit, a Hong Kong resident who worked as a trade and investment officer at the British Consulate General in the city, was detained on August 8 against a backdrop of protests that have plunged the territory into its worst political crisis in decades. (https://www.ft.com/content/8591dcea-c304-11e9-a8e9-296ca66511c9) The detention of Mr Cheng, who worked for Scottish Development International, Scotland’s inward investment agency, is believed to be related to his presence at the protests, according to people familiar with the matter.

Newsline: UK charges 55-year-old man over bomb hoax at Polish consulate

British police said prosecutors had charged a 55-year-old man with making a bomb hoax at Poland’s consulate in the northern English city of Manchester. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-poland-hoax/uk-charges-55-year-old-man-over-bomb-hoax-at-polish-consulate-idUSKCN1UZ1V0) Bogdan Benduski, who gave no fixed address, would appear before magistrates in Manchester at a future date, the city’s police force said in a statement. Local media reported that Poland’s consulate in Manchester was temporarily evacuated after a security threat.

Newsline: London climate change protesters daub Brazilian embassy blood red

Climate-change protesters threw red paint at the Brazilian embassy in London on Tuesday to demonstrate against damage to the Amazon rainforest and what they described as violence against indigenous tribes living there. Police arrested six activists from the Extinction Rebellion group after they glued themselves to the embassy windows and climbed onto a glass awning above the entrance. The protesters had splattered red paint and sprayed red handprints over the facade, along with slogans such as “No More Indigenous Blood” and “For The Wild”. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-climatechange-protests/london-climate-change-protesters-daub-brazilian-embassy-blood-red-idUSKCN1V30LC) Extinction Rebellion, which disrupted traffic in central London for several weeks earlier this year, said Tuesday’s protest aimed to challenge the Brazilian government over “state-sanctioned human rights abuses and ecocide”. Brazil contains about 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, a bulwark against global warming thanks to the vast amounts of carbon dioxide it soaks up and recycles into oxygen.