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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 4:02 p.m.

Brexit in limbo as Boris Johnson wins one vote, loses another

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the …


UK police to travel to US in car crash probe

British police plan to travel to the U.S. to interview an American diplomat’s wife involved in a crash that killed a British teenager.


Northern Ireland’s laws on abortion, same-sex marriage set to change

Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the …


UK House of Commons speaker deals new blow to Johnson’s Brexit plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to lead Britain out of the European Union at the end of this month hit another roadblock Monday when the speaker of the House of …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

Johnson urges support for Brexit deal before knife-edge vote

Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain – finally …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

After three years of tense negotiations, Britain and the European Union say they have struck an outline Brexit deal


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Brexit talks close in on tentative deal before summit

The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday’s EU …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Pomp in London, Brexit talks in Brussels as deadline looms

Brexit divorce talks in Brussels are making slow progress, both sides said Monday as some EU ministers said they could even spill into next week. Across the Channel, Britain dragged …


Parents of crash victim urge diplomat’s wife to return to UK

The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash with an American diplomat’s wife took their case directly to U.S. audiences Monday, holding a New York news conference at …


EU, UK bring out the vitriol as Brexit deadline draws near

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures – and in these Brexit times, extraordinary words among leaders. Tuesday saw the latest chapter in vitriolic invective among two sides claiming they want …


A U.S. diplomat’s wife killed a British teen in a wrong-way collision, police say. She claimed immunity and fled the U.K.

An American woman, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, has fled the United Kingdom after killing a British teenager in a wrong-way collision, authorities said Saturday. Harry Dunn died after …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Boris Johnson: UK is offering Brexit ‘compromise’ to EU

The U.K. offered the European Union a proposed Brexit deal on Wednesday that it said represents a compromise for both sides, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 12:37 p.m.

U.K.’s Johnson denies allegations of patronage, groping

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson battled to fend off allegations of improper patronage and groping a woman as he prepared a final push Monday to fulfill his pledge to lead …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, noon

Iran releases seized UK-flagged tanker

Iran on Friday released a British-flagged oil tanker it had seized in July, while the country’s president, returning from an annual United Nations meeting, said he had been told the …


U.K. leader Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone

Angry and despairing British lawmakers accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday of whipping up violence and division with his charged language about opponents of Brexit, and the speaker of …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Top UK court: Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was illegal

In a decision that badly undermines Boris Johnson’s authority, Britain’s highest court ruled unanimously Tuesday that the prime minister broke the law by suspending Parliament in a way that squelched …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

UK, France, Germany blame Iran for Saudi oil attacks

Britain, France and Germany joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the Iranian foreign minister pointed to claims …


Vacations upended, jobs lost as UK’s Thomas Cook collapses

Hundreds of thousands of travelers were stranded across the world Monday after the British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed in the middle of the night, immediately halting almost all its …


Harry and Meghan make 1st official tour as family in Africa

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are set to take their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa …


Tour operator Thomas Cook in race to avoid collapse

Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies, is facing a race against time to stay afloat and ensure that around 150,000 British holidaymakers traveling abroad can …


UK top court aims to rule next week on Parliament shutdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country’s former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark legal challenge …


UK govt insists suspension of Parliament was not illegal

The British government was back at the country’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks just before the country is …


UK opposition rages at Johnson after he suspends Parliament

Opposition politicians are furious at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament ahead of the deadline for Brexit, which drew angry and unprecedented protests in the House of Commons


Parliament’s suspension before Brexit protested across UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s provocative decision to suspend the British Parliament for a time before the country’s deadline for leaving the European Union came under fire Saturday in London and …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

UK’s Johnson moves to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson maneuvered Wednesday to give his political opponents even less time to block a no-deal Brexit before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline, winning Queen Elizabeth II’s …


UK’s Johnson gets Trump backing as he eyes Brexit endgame

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the sympathy of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday after the American leader suggested that the European Union would drive a hard bargain and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching …


UK PM Boris Johnson faces rising Brexit strategy criticism

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing rising criticism of his Brexit strategy at home as he increases pressure on the European Union to re-open negotiations ahead of key meetings …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Fans recreate Beatles’ Abbey Road cover shot 50 years on

It was 50 years ago today, that The Beatles caused a traffic delay. And hundreds of fans of the Fab Four gathered Thursday at a crosswalk in London’s St. John’s …


UK food industry looks to avoid shortages in no-deal Brexit

The U.K. food industry is urging the government to set aside competition rules so companies can coordinate supply decisions to combat food shortages if Britain leaves the European Union without …