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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 …


British Airways computer problem strands 20,000

Updates with BA saying technical problem is resolved. With AP Photos. British Airways has canceled over 100 flights from London airports after its check-in systems were hit by computer problems, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Trump administration to seek Britain trade deal after Brexit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after Britain leaves the European Union.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

As UK-EU relations cool, battle looms to stop no-deal Brexit

In Brussels and London, one question is growing louder: Can Boris Johnson be stopped? Britain’s prime minister says the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union in less than 90 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

UK authorities charge teen after 6-year-old thrown from Tate

A British youth court on Tuesday ordered a teenager be held on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly throwing a 6-year-old boy from a 10th-floor viewing gallery at London’s …


UK joins US Strait of Hormuz mission; Iran slams sanctions

Britain said Monday that it would join a U.S.-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran’s seizure of merchant vessels has raised tensions with the West. Earlier, …


UK military drafted in to prevent dam collapse

A British military helicopter dropped sandbags Friday to shore up a reservoir wall as emergency services worked frantically to prevent a rain-damaged dam from collapsing.


Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy

New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday finished his rocky debut tour of the U.K. in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge: restoring the collapsed Belfast …


PM Boris Johnson’s agenda raises UK election speculation

With Britain’s departure from the European Union due in less than 100 days, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a man in a hurry. But he’s not rushing off to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Heat, then hail: Weather and travel woes hit Britain, France

The temperature’s dropping but Europe’s troubles aren’t over: A record-busting heat wave gave way Friday to thunderstorms and hailstorms, bringing the Tour de France to a dramatic halt and causing …


Showdown looms as new British PM wants to redo Brexit deal

On his first full day in office, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the European Union on Thursday to rethink its refusal to renegotiate the Brexit deal, setting himself on …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

EU braces for Boris Johnson as UK leader – and Brexit

Three decades ago, journalist Boris Johnson wrote stories for London’s Daily Telegraph playing up stereotypes about bumbling bureaucrats in the European Union wasting money and tying up U.K. businesses in …


Iran’s president hints at quid pro quo for seized UK ship

President Hassan Rouhani suggested on Wednesday that Iran might release a U.K.-flagged ship if Britain takes similar steps to release an Iranian oil tanker seized by the British Royal Navy …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Now British PM, brash Boris Johnson faces Brexit conundrum

Boris Johnson took over as Britain’s prime minister Wednesday, vowing to break the impasse that defeated his predecessor by leading the country out of the European Union and silencing those …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

Boris Johnson chosen as new UK leader, now faces Brexit test

With Boris Johnson confirmed as the next U.K. prime minister, the outlook for the British economy has become murkier – and potentially more perilous.


UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf

Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged …


Voting for new UK prime minister ends amid Brexit foreboding

Voting closed Monday in the two-man contest to become Britain’s next prime minister, as critics of likely winner Boris Johnson condemned his vow to take the U.K. out of the …


Jet2 sends big bill to passenger for flight return to London

A passenger accused of severe misbehavior on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London’s Stansted Airport in June has received a huge bill from the airline.


Assange drops appeal of 50-week sentence for jumping bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has dropped an appeal of his 50-week prison term for jumping bail in Britain.