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Boris Johnson’s nightmare on Downing Street

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a very bad week.


Bolton says U.S. ready to negotiate post-Brexit trade pact

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says the United States is ready to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.K. “in pieces” to help speed the process.


Britain mounts diplomatic response for Iran to release tanker

Britain mobilized a diplomatic broadside – but no immediate military action – against Iran on Saturday in retaliation for its seizure of the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, in the …


Boris Johnson skips debate as Tory rivals quizzed on Brexit

Candidates who hope to become Britain’s next prime minister have accused current front runner Boris Johnson of trying to avoid scrutiny after he refused to take part in a televised …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Facebook opens UK engineering hub to fight harmful content

Facebook is opening an engineering center in London that will build tech tools aimed at keeping harmful content off its site.


Trump heads to Europe at a time of remembrance, turmoil

President Donald Trump is heading back to Europe, where on previous visits he has strained historic friendships and even insulted his hosts.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Amazon takes top stake in U.K. food delivery firm Deliveroo

Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, expanding its reach into food retailing.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

U.S. abstains from global pledge to curb online violence

Livestreaming terrorist attacks. Using social media to spread deadly ideas. Manipulating banned videos to keep sharing them online. World leaders and tech bosses are meeting Wednesday in Paris to find …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Trump’s Iran policy put to test as end to nuclear deal looms

President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as …


Marathon runner’s garb disqualifies her for ‘fastest nurse’

Jessica Anderson trained for the London marathon with a goal: she wanted to be the fastest female to complete the race dressed as a nurse. Breaking the Guinness World Record …


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 2:55 p.m.

U.K. proposes banning social media ‘likes’ for children

Britain’s privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to “like” posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it’s proposing to protect …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content

Social media giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist …


UK legislates to avert chaotic Brexit as May seeks new plan

Britain’s Brexit drama went into overtime Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May and the country’s main opposition sought a compromise deal to prevent an abrupt British departure from the European …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

May: UK to seek further Brexit delay, try to break logjam

With Britain racing toward a chaotic exit from the European Union within days, Prime Minister Theresa May veered away from the cliff-edge Tuesday, saying she would seek another Brexit delay …


Anti-Brexit marchers flood into London, demand new vote

Anti-Brexit protesters have flooded into London by the hundreds of thousands, demanding that Britain’s Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Seven British lawmakers have quit the main opposition Labour over its approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism, in the biggest shakeup in years to Britain’s main political parties


European nations create workaround to US Iran sanctions

Three European countries working to preserve a deal that was meant to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon have established a new system so their companies can continue trading …


Businesses sound alarm as UK says prepare for no-deal Brexit

Businesses in Britain and the European Union need to prepare for the possibility the U.K. will leave the bloc in March without an exit deal, senior British and EU officials …


Jaguar Land Rover to cut 4,500 jobs, starting in Britain

Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday it will cut 4,500 jobs as the carmaker addresses slowing demand in China and growing uncertainty about the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.


Manchester stabbings: UK police raid house, quiz suspect

Police in the English city of Manchester are quizzing a suspect and searching a house for clues about the “terror-related” stabbings of three people at a train station on New …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Note says Britain’s queen ‘naturally’ wanted new royal yacht

A newly discovered note in the U.K.’s National Archives shows Queen Elizabeth II let government officials know she would welcome a replacement for the Royal Yacht Britannia once it was …


May wins no-confidence vote by lawmakers unhappy over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a political crisis over her Brexit deal Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and …


Is there a Brexit ‘Plan B?’ UK minister offers alternatives

Britain could consider a “Norway-plus” deal with the European Union if British Prime Minister Theresa May fails to win lawmakers’ approval next week for her unpopular Brexit deal, a senior …


Spice Girls to reunite for tour, but without Beckham, report says

A report says the Spice Girls are about to give fans what they really, really want: a reunion.


Brexit deal getting closer, European Commission chief says

The chances of Britain and the European Union striking a Brexit deal on their divorce are rising, one of the bloc’s leaders said, amid reports the two sides are moving …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

Barrick buys Randgold to create world’s largest gold miner

Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Randgold Resources for $6.1 billion in stock to create the world’s largest gold miner, worth a combined $18 billion.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

London show explores hidden world of facial recognition

Modern technology means your face is both your identity and a commodity – but as an exhibition going on display in London shows, that technology is far from perfect.


British police: crash suspect is Briton of Sudanese origin

British authorities said Wednesday they are considering turning the area around Parliament into a pedestrian zone to prevent future vehicle attacks as police searched three properties for clues about the …


After visa woes, a 9-year-old chess prodigy may have won his fight to stay in Britain

Last year, Shreyas Royal became world’s youngest chess “candidate master.” Worldwide, he’s ranked fourth for his age group, and English Chess Federation officials have called him “the greatest British chess …


Britain’s health service to reduce ‘unnecessary’ treatments

Britain’s National Health Service has proposed cutting back on operations including breast reductions and anti-snoring treatments as part of plans to save money and reduce “unnecessary or risky procedures.”