Gregory Katz

  • leader Dec 2, 2019

    London Extremist Attack Takes Center Stage in UK Campaign

    Britain’s political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for victims, Friday’s attack is dominating the political scene as the Dec. 12 election nears, shifting the focus, at least for...

  • Europe Nov 25, 2019

    UK's Boris Johnson Has One Thing on His Mind: Brexit Now

    The formal launch of the Conservative Party’s election pledges Sunday centered around the key plank of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign: making Brexit happen. Speaking to a friendly crowd, Johnson trashed his opponents — most notably the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, his prime rival — and claimed that his Conservatives are the sole party in next month’s election that...

  • New York City Nov 24, 2019

    Prince Andrew's Troubles Not Over Despite Change in Status

    Britain’s Prince Andrew continues to face many hurdles despite his decision to step down from royal duties because of his friendship with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The 59-year-old prince, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s son, is struggling to stay at the helm of his Pitch&Palace charity, with some British media reports indicating he has already stepped down. A number...

  • actress Nov 21, 2019

    Andrew's Journey Took Him From ‘Party Prince' to Pariah

    Known for dating models and actresses, Prince Andrew earned a nickname as the “party prince.” But as charities and businesses sought distance from the scandal-tainted royal, some tabloids recently dubbed him the “pariah prince.” Queen Elizabeth II’s second son announced Wednesday that he would step back from public duties because of his ties to American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, saying...

  • leader Nov 3, 2019

    UK's Boris Johnson Apologizes for Missing Brexit Deadline

    Britain’s election campaign heated up Sunday even before it officially started, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying he would apologize to Conservatives for failing to take the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31 and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage saying he won’t personally run for a seat in Parliament. Johnson’s promise to have Britain leave the bloc...

  • United Kingdom Nov 2, 2019

    UK Halts Fracking Ahead of Election; Some Want Permanent Ban

    The British government announced Saturday that it will no longer allow fracking because of new scientific analysis that casts doubts on the safety of the controversial practice, but some critics called the action an election stunt and demanded a permanent ban. The government said the decision was based on a finding by the Oil and Gas Authority that it is...

  • Associated Press Nov 2, 2019

    UK Police Say Truck Victims From Vietnam; 3 Suspects Held

    All 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container truck in England last week were Vietnamese nationals, British police said, as three more people were arrested in Ireland and Vietnam in the sprawling international investigation into what appears to be a people-smuggling tragedy. British detectives initially said the victims discovered near the southeast port of Purfleet on Oct. 23 were...

  • United Kingdom Oct 21, 2019

    What's Next After Boris Johnson Denied Vote on Brexit Deal?

    Britain’s long and winding path out of the European Union has taken another twist — into another potential dead end. The U.K. is due to leave the EU in 10 days, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been stymied twice in 48 hours in his attempt to get Parliament to approve his divorce deal. Here’s a look at what could...

  • United Kingdom Oct 21, 2019

    Fractious Brexit Saga to Continue in Parliament, Courts

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still at odds with Parliament over how to break the Brexit impasse, and the European Union is considering Johnson’s halfhearted request for a delay to the Oct. 31 deadline. There are things to look for in the coming days.

  • European Union Oct 20, 2019

    Boris Johnson Faces Frenzied Week as Brexit Deadline Nears

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has formally asked — in distinctly unenthused tones — for a...

  • Germany Sep 15, 2019

    Boris Johnson Likens Himself to the Hulk in Brexit Fight

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared himself to the Hulk in a newspaper interview emphasizing his determination to take Britain out of the European Union next month. Johnson faces considerable legal and political hurdles but told the Mail on Sunday he will meet the Oct. 31 deadline no matter what. “The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets,” he...

  • New York Sep 14, 2019

    Solid Gold Toilet Stolen From Winston Churchill's Birthplace

    A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet, valued at roughly 1 million pounds ($1.25 million), was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It had been installed only two days earlier at Blenheim Palace, west...

  • United Kingdom Sep 14, 2019

    Former British PM David Cameron ‘Sorry' for Creating Brexit Divisions

    The British prime minister who called the Brexit referendum and then saw the public vote to leave the European Union says he is sorry for the divisions it has caused. David Cameron said in an interview published Saturday that he thinks about the consequences of the Brexit referendum “every single day” and worries “desperately” about what will happen next. “I...

  • Queen Sep 13, 2019

    Johnson, Juncker to Meet in a Bid for a Brexit Breakthrough

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks next week to try to break the Brexit impasse as both sides seek to avert what could be a disastrous “no-deal” departure. “There is the rough shape of the deal to be done,” Johnson said Friday. “I would say I’m cautiously optimistic” that a new agreement...

  • Associated Press Sep 10, 2019

    ‘Shame on You': Raucous Scene as UK Parliament Is Suspended

    Opposition politicians raged Tuesday at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament before the deadline for Brexit, which drew angry and unprecedented protests in the House of Commons. Parliament has been prorogued — or suspended — at the government’s request until Oct. 14, a drastic move that gives Johnson a respite from rebellious lawmakers as he plots his next...

  • Daniel Macht Sep 10, 2019

    Johnson to Suspend UK Parliament After Latest Brexit Defeat

    The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European Union, before being sent home early Tuesday for a contentious five-week suspension of the legislature. In a session that ran well past midnight, Parliament enacted a law to block a...

  • Associated Press Sep 5, 2019

    Boris Johnson's Brother Quits Government Amid Brexit Blows

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bad week got even worse Thursday when younger brother Jo walked away from his government post over their differing stances over Brexit. It was clearly a difficult decision for Jo Johnson, who had returned to government as an education minister when his big brother replaced Theresa May as prime minister in July. Jo Johnson had...

  • Associated Press Sep 5, 2019

    Johnson's Brexit Plans in Crisis After 3rd Defeat in 2 Days

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Wednesday for a national election on Oct. 15, saying it was the only way out of Britain’s Brexit impasse after lawmakers moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal. But Parliament delivered Johnson his third defeat in two days and turned down a motion triggering a vote....

  • European Union Sep 2, 2019

    No-Deal? Intense Brexit Debate Expected in UK Parliament

    Summer recess is over, and Britain’s Parliament reconvenes Tuesday to face a momentous decision about whether to intervene to try to prevent a possible “no-deal” exit from the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken steps to suspend Parliament during part of the period before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, giving legislators little time to try to rush through...

  • Associated Press Sep 1, 2019

    UK's Reputation Takes Global Hit With Parliament Shutdown

    It’s long been known that Britain’s Parliament building must be vacated for urgent repairs that will take years and cost billions, but the problem now goes beyond the water leaks and vermin infestation to Britain’s global reputation as a model of democracy-in-action. In parts of the world where Britain’s parliamentary system and adherence to the rule of law provided a...

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