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UK grapples with severe floods, death toll expected to rise

Britain issued severe flood warnings Monday, advising of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks’ worth of rain in some places. One woman swept away by the floodwaters was feared …


UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet

U.K. Treasury chief Sajid Javid unexpectedly resigned on Thursday after resisting a reduction in his power, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to tighten his grip on the government with …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Fierce storm causes deaths, damage and delays across Europe

A storm battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, killing at least seven people and causing severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

UK urges citizens in China to leave; Belgium sees first case

Britain on Tuesday urged all of its citizens in China to leave because of the virus outbreak, while Belgium became the latest nation to announce a confirmed case.


UK to end early release of terror convicts after stabbings

The British government said Monday it will introduce emergency legislation to stop people convicted of terror crimes being released after serving half their sentences, following two attacks in London by …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Brexit: Day 1 brings talk of EU unity, with trade talks ahead

Britain’s first day outside the European Union passed without any obvious change but tough trade talks lie ahead.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown

With little fuss and not much fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Top EU officials sign Brexit deal in closed door ceremony

The leaders of two of the European Union’s main institutions on Friday signed the divorce agreement governing Britain’s departure from the bloc next week, sealing the penultimate step in Brexit …


US rejects extradition request from UK over fatal road crash

The British government on Friday condemned a decision by the United States not to extradite an American woman involved in a fatal road accident.


Next stop, Brexit: Britain’s EU divorce bill becomes law

Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week.


Nations of Iran crash victims seek compensation for families

The governments of countries that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner demanded Thursday that Tehran accept “full responsibility” and pay compensation to the victims’ families.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

EU pressures Iran on atom deal in last-ditch bid to save it

Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences through talks while also …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Nigel Farage gets his way, and last laugh: Brexit is coming

Nigel Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, is leaving his favorite theater – the European Union’s parliament in Strasbourg – this week with a sense of mission accomplished.


Big Ben, big bucks: Brexit bell plan hits financial hurdle

Will Big Ben bong for Brexit? Not unless British taxpayers cough up the bucks.


Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part-time to Canada

Queen Elizabeth II said Monday that she has agreed to grant Prince Harry and Meghan their wish for a more independent life that will see them move part-time to Canada.


After 3 years, N Ireland parties agree return to government

Northern Ireland’s major political parties agreed Friday to restore the Belfast-based government, three years after it collapsed in acrimony and left 1.8 million people with no regional government.


Meghan, Harry miles apart as they start new independent life

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were taking the first steps into their new independent life thousands of miles apart on Friday, as a friend of the couple pushed back …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Lawmakers approve Brexit bill, UK on course for Jan 31 exit

Britain passed a long-elusive milestone on the road to Brexit on Thursday when the House of Commons approved a bill authorizing the country’s departure from the European Union at the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

With ‘Megxit,’ Harry and Meghan aim to control media image

The relationship between Britain’s royals and the media is awkward, mistrustful – and seemingly inescapable. But now Meghan and Harry want out.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan to ‘step back’ as senior UK royals

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, say they plan “to step back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family, a stunning announcement that underscores the couple’s wish to forge a …


UK woman in Cyprus gang rape case gets suspended sentence

A Cypriot court on Tuesday handed a four-month suspended sentence to a 19-year-old British woman who was found guilty of public mischief after authorities said she made up claims that …


UK charges US diplomat’s wife over teen’s death in crash

An American diplomat’s wife who left the U.K. after being involved in a road accident that killed a British teenager has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, British …


Lawyer: US charges against WikiLeaks’ Assange ‘political’

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court Thursday that he should not be extradited to the United States to face spying charges because the offenses he is …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

EU leaders meet on Brexit as UK election indicates a way out

European Union leaders are gathering Friday to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a parliamentary majority that will allow him …


UK’s Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Tories secure majority

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the largest Conservative majority since the 1980s shows that getting Brexit done has now proved to be the will of the British people.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

UK election exit poll suggests Conservatives majority

An exit poll in Britain’s election projects that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party likely will win a majority of seats in Parliament, an outcome that would allow Johnson to …


Leaders scramble for final votes as UK’s ugly election ends

Britain’s election has been like the country’s late-autumn weather: chilly and dull, with blustery outbursts.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Holiday rom-com ‘Love, Actually’ inspires UK election memes

“Love, Actually” is all around this year in Britain’s pre-Christmas election. The 2003 romantic comedy about the love lives of assorted Londoners over the holiday season has played a surprisingly …


Opponents attack Johnson’s character as UK election looms

Britain’s opposition parties are intensifying attacks on Prime Minister Boris Johnson with two weeks to go until election day, as polls suggest Johnson’s Conservatives have a substantial lead


UK’s disgraced Prince Andrew faces uncertain role in future

Prince Andrew is scaling back travel and facing an uncertain future as he steps away from the royal role he has embraced for his entire adult life.