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Reports: UK leader Johnson’s top adviser leaves job for good

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser was seen Friday leaving Downing Street carrying a moving box, amid reports that he has left his job following a bruising battle for influence at the heart of the government fueled by tensions over Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.

Retail therapy, last pints: England readies for new lockdown

 Last-minute shoppers in England came out in force Wednesday and thirsty drinkers planned their final freshly poured pints in a pub for the next month as Britain prepared to join large swaths of Europe in a coronavirus lockdown designed to save its health care system from being overwhelmed.

Wales locks down as COVID-19 cases spike; Manchester resists

LONDON — Wales became the second nation in the United Kingdom to lock down large swaths of its economy to combat rising coronavirus infections, even as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday resisted loud calls to do the same throughout England.

U.K.’s COVID-19 strategy unraveling as regions choose own path

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new strategy for combating COVID-19 seemed to unravel Wednesday as regional leaders chose their own paths and the mayors of the cities facing the toughest restrictions accused Johnson of using the crisis to divide them for political advantage.

U.K.’s Johnson promises to use pandemic as catalyst for change

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday promised to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst to build a stronger Britain led by private enterprise, and took aim at “potshot, snipeshot” opponents who want to prolong government bailout programs forever.

UK lawmakers grumble but renew sweeping govt COVID-19 powers

British lawmakers voted Wednesday to renew the government’s sweeping powers to impose emergency restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, though many slammed the way Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration has used them.

Report: UK officials ‘avoided’ looking into Russian meddling

A long-awaited report on Russian influence in British politics criticized the British government for neglecting to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, describing its utter lack of curiosity about the threats to democracy as being a major failure at the heart of power.

Brexit is back: UK aims to prepare public for Jan 1 EU break

The British government told individuals and businesses Monday to get ready for new costs and red tape — but also an exciting “new start” — when the U.K. leaves the European Union's economic embrace in less than six months.

UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen

Boris Johnson wants a haircut and a beer. Like millions of other Britons, the prime minister will be able to have a trim and a tipple on Saturday, when the country takes its biggest step yet out of coronavirus lockdown.

Perfect storm: Mass gatherings in England stoke concerns

In many ways, it has been a perfect storm for illegal gatherings in England as days of hot weather and Liverpool Football Club's first league title in 30 years have prompted people to abandon their cooped-up coronavirus existence.

EU, UK leaders agree ‘new momentum’ needed in Brexit talks

A video conference between the EU's top officials and British Prime minister Boris Johnson focusing on post-Brexit relations produced only a declaration of good will, with both parties acknowledging Monday that a “new momentum was required" to break the deadlock in negotiations.

UK leader’s aide says he won’t quit over lockdown road trip

British leader Boris Johnson’s powerful chief aide insisted Monday that he wouldn’t resign for driving the length of England while the country was under strict lockdown – a trip he made without informing the prime minister first.

UK lawmakers say testing lapses increased nursing home toll

An influential group of British lawmakers on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government of failing to conduct enough tests for the new coronavirus, saying the lapse helped COVID-19 cut a deadly swath through U.K. nursing homes.