• European Union Nov 11, 2019

    650 Seats, 46 Million Voters: The UK Election in Numbers

    There’s just over a month to go until Britain’s Dec. 12 election, and the country’s political parties are battling over funding promises, policy priorities and Brexit plans.

  • United States Nov 10, 2019

    Beatles Album Cover Photographer Robert Freeman Dies at 82

    Photographer Robert Freeman, who helped define the image of The Beatles with some of the band’s best-known album covers, has died aged 82. A statement on The Beatles’ official website announced Freeman’s death Friday but didn’t give a cause. Born in 1936, Freeman began his career as a photojournalist for London’s Sunday Times and captured portraits of leading jazz musicians...

  • driver Oct 24, 2019

    39 Truck Death Victims Believed to Be Chinese: Police

    All 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container truck near an English port were Chinese citizens, British police confirmed Thursday as they investigated one of the country’s deadliest cases of people smuggling. The Essex Police force said 31 men and eight women were found dead in the truck early Wednesday at an industrial park in Grays, a town 25...

  • European Union Oct 20, 2019

    UK's Johnson Asks for Brexit Delay, But Argues Against It

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the U.K.’s exit, scheduled for Oct. 31. A law passed by Parliament last month set a late-night deadline for the...

  • The Associated Press Sep 24, 2019

    Travel Chaos, Jobs Lost as UK Firm Thomas Cook Collapses

    Families stranded, honeymoons and vacations canceled, thousands of workers laid off: The sudden collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook and its network of airlines and hotels sowed chaos for hundreds of thousands of travelers and businesses around the world Monday. Brought down by a variety of factors, including crushing debts and online competition, the 178-year-old travel agency that helped...

  • 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...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jul 15, 2019

    Leaked UK Memo Says Trump Axed Iran Deal to Spite Obama

    A U.K. newspaper has published more leaked memos revealing a British ambassador’s blunt assessments of the Trump administration, including one in which the envoy to Washington claimed President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to spite predecessor Barack Obama. In the May 2018 cable published by the Mail on Sunday, U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch called Trump’s decision...

  • European Union Jun 7, 2019

    UK's Brexit Party Narrowly Defeated in Key Electoral Test

    Britain’s upstart Brexit Party failed in its first attempt to win a seat in Parliament, narrowly losing early Friday to the left-of-center Labour Party in a special election. Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won the Peterborough constituency in eastern England by 683 votes over the Brexit Party’s Mike Greene. Forbes said the Brexit Party’s defeat “shows that the politics of division...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jun 4, 2019

    Trump Baby Blimp Flies in London as Protests Greet President

    Thousands of protesters greeted President Donald Trump’s U.K. visit with anger and British irony Tuesday, crowding London’s government district while the U.S. leader met Prime Minister Theresa May nearby. Feminists, environmentalists, peace activists, trade unionists and others demonstrated against the lavish royal welcome being given to a president they see as a danger to the world, chanting “Say it loud,...

  • Asher Klein May 21, 2019

    Seeking Brexit Support, May Offers Vote on New Referendum

    In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union — but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement. May made the offer as part of a desperate attempt to persuade Parliament to back a divorce...

  • European Union Apr 7, 2019

    UK's May Concedes Brexit Deal Won't Pass ‘in Near Future'

    British Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged that the government’s strategies to get her Brexit deal approved in Parliament failed, saying Saturday there’s little prospect lawmakers will back the thrice-rejected divorce agreement “in the near future.” With the U.K. once again days away from a deadline for leaving the European Union, May pressured opposition lawmakers to help her find a compromise...

  • Europe Mar 16, 2019

    As Brexit Stalls, Supporters Protest Betrayal of Their Dream

    With Britain’s departure from the European Union likely to be put on hold, some Brexit supporters fear their dream is dying. But they aren’t giving up without a fight — or at least, a long walk. Hard-core Brexiteers led by former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage set out Saturday on a two-week “Leave Means Leave” march between northeast England...

  • European Union Mar 10, 2019

    Parliament Facing Brexit Decisions, More Drama and Deadline

    After months of Brexit deadlock, this is it: decision time. At least for now. With Britain scheduled to leave the European Union in less than three weeks, U.K. lawmakers are poised to choose the country’s immediate direction from among three starkly different choices: deal, no deal or delay. A look at what might happen:

  • European Union Dec 18, 2018

    PM Theresa May Says Postponed Brexit Vote to Be Held Week of Jan 14

    Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain’s Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 — more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU. But even as May insisted she could salvage her unpopular divorce deal, pressure...

  • Asher Klein Nov 13, 2018

    Brexit: Britain, EU Have Reached Tentative Withdrawal Pact

    After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc. But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the approval of her divided Cabinet for a deal...

  • Afghanistan Sep 9, 2018

    Boris Johnson's Brexit ‘Suicide Vest' Comment Sparks Furor

    Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has compared Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Brexit to putting the country’s constitution in a “suicide vest” and handing the detonator to the European Union — remarks that drew condemnation from colleagues on Sunday. The attack, and Johnson’s choice of language, widened the divide in the governing Conservative Party over Brexit. Johnson, a...

  • leader Jul 9, 2018

    Dealing Blow to May, 2 Top Officials Quit UK Government in Spat Over Brexit

    British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in her heels Monday after the resignation of two top government ministers over Brexit negotiations whipped up a storm that threatened to topple her fragile minority government Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit with a resignation letter accusing May of flying “white flags” of surrender in negotiations with the European Union. He said “the Brexit...

  • officer Jul 5, 2018

    2 More Exposed to Same Nerve Agent That Sickened Sergei Skripal

    For the second time in four months, two people lie critically ill in England’s Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, British police confirmed late Wednesday. The country’s chief counterterrorism police officer said tests at Britain’s defense laboratory had confirmed what many residents feared — a man and woman in their...

  • JUDGE Jun 4, 2018

    Inquiry Begins Into Deadly London Grenfell Tower Fire That Killed More Than 70

    An inquiry into the fire that tore through London’s Grenfell Tower high-rise almost a year ago, killing 72 people, began evidence hearings Monday with a lawyer vowing it would address the “overwhelming question: Why?” The judge-led inquiry, which is expected to last about 18 months, aims to find the causes of Britain’s deadliest fire in decades and to prevent future...

  • European Union Apr 30, 2018

    UK Interior Minister Quits Over Growing Immigration Scandal

    Britain’s interior minister resigned Sunday amid a scandal over authorities’ mistreatment of long-term U.K. residents wrongly caught up in a government drive to reduce illegal immigration. Prime Minister There’s May’s office said late Sunday that May had accepted the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Rudd had been due to make a statement to Parliament on Monday over the furor...

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