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Putin's Victory Day speech passionate but empty

Vladimir Putin had no victories in Ukraine to proclaim on Victory Day. Nor did his speech at the Red Square military parade offer any clear pictures of when a victory may come or how it would be achieved. Instead, the Russian president's address...

 

UK Shark House owner dismayed at getting protected status

LONDON (AP) — The 25-foot tall (7.6 meter) sculpture of a shark crashing through the roof of Magnus Hanson-Heine's house in rural Oxford, England, is now a protected landmark — and he's not happy about it. Hanson-Heine loves the installation,...

 

EXPLAINER: Why a no-fly zone is unlikely in Ukraine

LONDON (AP) — Russia's attack on Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has renewed calls for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, despite the repeated rejection of the idea by western leaders concerned about triggering a wider war in Eur...

 

Russia's nuke plant attack revives Chernobyl disaster fears

LONDON (AP) — Russia's attack on a nuclear power plant in Ukraine has revived the fears of people across Europe who remember the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which killed at least 30 people and spewed radioactive fallout over much of the Northern...

 

Prince Andrew to settle sex abuse case, donate to charity

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's Prince Andrew, accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl supplied to him by financier Jeffrey Epstein, has agreed to settle by making a substantial donation to his accuser's charity and declaring he...

 

UK plans holiday weekend to honor queen's 70 years on throne

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne with a military parade, neighborhood parties and a competition to create a new dessert for the Platinum Jubilee, Buckingham Palace said Monday. Elizabeth...

 

Whistleblower: As Afghanistan fell, UK abandoned supporters

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Foreign Office abandoned many of the nation's allies in Afghanistan and left them to the mercy of the Taliban during the fall of the capital, Kabul, because of a dysfunctional and arbitrary evacuation effort, a...

 

Maxwell's brother says US prosecutors seeking to 'break' her

The brother of a British socialite charged with helping Jeffrey Epstein exploit underage girls says her prosecution is "the most over-hyped trial of the century," designed to break a woman targeted by authorities desperate to blame someone for the la...

 

Prince Andrew's lawyers question service of legal documents

LONDON (AP) — A U.S. court will hold a pretrial conference Monday in the civil suit filed by a woman who claims Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her as the two sides argue over whether the prince was properly served with documents in the case....

 

Prince Andrew faces no good choice in Epstein accuser case

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Andrew is likely to do anything he can to avoid giving evidence in a U.S. lawsuit filed by an American woman who alleges that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17, lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic say....

 

Woman convicted of swapping pebbles for gems in London heist

LONDON (AP) — A woman who secretly swapped seven pebbles for 4.2 million pounds ($5.7 million) worth of diamonds has been sent to prison for her role in the audacious heist at a luxury jewelry store in London's tony Mayfair district. Lulu Lakatos,...

 

'He was our eye': Reuters photographer killed in Afghanistan

LONDON (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Reuters news service was killed Friday as he chronicled fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban near a strategic border crossing amid the continuing withdrawal of U.S. and NATO...

 

G-7 pledge to share, but jostle for ground in the sandbox

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Group of Seven leaders brought pledges to share vaccine doses and make a fairer global economy Friday to a seaside summit in England, where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the coronavirus pandemic should not be...

 

Prince Harry gives advice to grieving children in new book

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry has written the foreword for a new book aimed at the children of frontline workers who died in the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing the pain he suffered as a boy after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Harry...

 

Prince William defends UK monarchy against racism accusation

LONDON (AP) — Prince William insisted Thursday that his family is not racist as he became the first British royal to speak out about accusations of bigotry made by Prince Harry and Meghan, his brother and sister-in-law. William made the comments... Full story

 

UK's chief mouser celebrates 10 years on the prowl

LONDON (AP) — Larry the cat, a four-legged inhabitant of London's 10 Downing St., is marking a decade as Britain's mouse-catcher in chief on Monday. The tabby cat was recruited by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to deal with a pack of rats seen...

 

Study finds COVID-19 vaccine may reduce virus transmission

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine shows a hint that it may reduce transmission of the virus and offers strong protection for three months on just a single dose, researchers said Wednesday in an encouraging turn in the campaign to suppress the outbreak....

 

Prince Harry says ignorance no excuse for unconscious bias

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry says it took him many years and the experience of living with his wife, the former Meghan Markle, to understand how his privileged upbringing shielded him from the reality of unconscious bias. Harry talked about...

 

Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

LONDON (AP) — A rat has for the first time won a British charity's top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, was awarded the PDSA's Gold...

 
 By Danica Kirka    Regional    June 28, 2020

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs

LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team is working with music...

 

Lives Lost: Sudan-born doctor saw himself as ordinary Briton

LONDON (AP) — During a pandemic, heroes wear scrubs. Amged El-Hawrani was one of them, a doctor who went to work every day as the coronavirus took hold even though he might be exposed, risking his own life to treat patients at a hospital in...

 

Royal farewell: Harry, Meghan on final duty before new life

LONDON (AP) — It's definitely a farewell. But will it be fond? Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will fulfill their final royal commitment when they appear Monday at the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in...

 

British traveler with the new virus may have exposed dozens

LONDON (AP) — A middle-aged businessman from England who vacationed in the Alps has illustrated how the ease of international travel is complicating global efforts to track and contain the new coronavirus that emerged in China. From the Singapore...

 

Man wearing fake bomb stabs 2 in London and is shot to death

LONDON (AP) — A man who strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a London street before being shot to death by police Sunday was recently released from prison, where he was serving time for Islamic-related terrorism offenses, officials...

 

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

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Britain's pragmatic queen brokered a deal Monday to secure the future of the monarchy, charting a course for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, that allows them to live part time in Canada while still remaining firmly...

 

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