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WikiLeaks' Assange hauled from embassy, faces US charge

LONDON (AP) — British police on Thursday hauled a bearded and shouting Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he was holed up for nearly seven years, and the U.S. charged the WikiLeaks founder with conspiring with former Army...

 

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

LONDON (AP) — Zebra stripes are dazzling — particularly to flies. That's the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine...

 

Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weapon

Internal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark....

 

Possible Russian president of Interpol raises alarm in West

LONDON (AP) — Interpol is facing a pivotal — some say possibly fatal — moment in its history as members decide whether to hand its presidency to a man who represents Vladimir Putin's Russia. Kremlin critics fear they could soon face arrest wher...

 

US tourist helps stop thief who tried to steal Magna Carta

LONDON (AP) — An American tourist from Louisiana helped stop a hammer-wielding thief who unsuccessfully tried to steal the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral, working in tandem with a church employee to prevent the man from escaping. Matthew...

 

Demonstrators mock Donald Trump; protest his visit to the UK

LONDON (AP) — Thousands crammed the streets of central London on Friday to vent their anger over Donald Trump's first official visit to Britain, blowing horns, waving banners and hoisting a bright orange effigy of the U.S. president on their...

 

Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, consoler of Anne Frank, dies

LONDON (AP) — Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist's death and the camp's liberation a month later, has died. She was 95. Turgel died Thursday, Britain's chief...

 

Ex-CEO: Cambridge Analytica got 'huge target' with Trump win

LONDON (AP) — The former head of Cambridge Analytica said Wednesday that his political consulting firm got "an incredibly huge target" on its back because of its involvement in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Alexander Nix said his...

 

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more...

 

Chemical watchdog backs UK: Nerve agent poisoned spy Skripal

LONDON (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday confirmed Britain's finding that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent, as Russia continued to deny suggestions that it was behind the attack....

 

Daughter of poisoned spy in Britain turns down Russian help

LONDON (AP) — The daughter of poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal said Wednesday that she doesn't want help from the Russian Embassy as she recovers from the nerve agent attack that left her and her father in critical condition and created an...

 

Poisoned daughter better as UK-Russia dispute at UN worsens

LONDON (AP) — The daughter of a former Russian spy poisoned by a nerve agent said Thursday in her first public comment that she's recovering, but the international furor over the attack escalated as Russia told the United Nations Moscow assumes...

 

Russian ex-spy likely poisoned at front door, UK police say

LONDON (AP) — The Russian ex-spy and his daughter left critically ill in a nerve agent attack three weeks ago were probably poisoned at the front door of their home in southwestern England, British police said Wednesday. It was the first time...

 

Facebook's Zuckerberg admits mistakes _ but no apology

NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking five days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm. Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Faceboo...

 

Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm's CEO suspended

LONDON (AP) — The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to...

 

Britain boots 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

LONDON (AP) — Relations between Britain and Russia plunged Wednesday to a chilly level not seen since the Cold War as Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 diplomats, severed high-level contacts and vowed both open and covert action against Kremli...

 

UK police: 21 people sought treatment after ex-spy poisoning

LONDON (AP) — A British police official on Thursday updated the number of people who sought treatment after a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy, saying "around 21" had been given medical help and support. Only three people remain...

 

UK police: Russian ex-spy was attacked with nerve agent

LONDON (AP) — A Russian ex-spy and his daughter fighting for their lives in an English hospital were attacked with a nerve agent in a targeted murder attempt, British police said Wednesday. The case has further strained relations between Russia...

 

Haiti leader: UK aid workers violated 'basic human decency'

LONDON (AP) — Haiti's president condemned the British charity Oxfam on Tuesday for a sexual misconduct scandal, describing the alleged misbehavior of aid workers handling earthquake recovery efforts as a violation of basic human decency. The commen...

 

UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

LONDON (AP) — The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such content from their platforms. The...

 

Mary Lou McDonald takes over as Sinn Fein party leader

LONDON (AP) — Mary Lou McDonald took over as leader of the Sinn Fein party Saturday, ending Gerry Adams' three decades at the helm with a sweeping speech that touched on everything from abortion to Brexit and promised a united Ireland "in our...

 

Trump: No trip to London since embassy site is a 'bad deal'

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billion U.S. Embassy in the British capital, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents. Some U.K. lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in...

 

Britain's queen dishes on weight of the crown in documentary

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has revealed the secrets of giving a speech while wearing a weighty crown, in unusually candid comments in a new documentary on her 1953 coronation and the symbolism of the crown jewels. Among the revelati...

 

Shell opens its first electric vehicle charging points

LONDON (AP) — Shell opened its first electric vehicle recharging points at three gas stations in Britain on Wednesday, part of the oil giant's efforts to respond to a global push toward zero-emission vehicles. Three charging stations are in...

 

UK: 4 army members linked to neo-Nazi group arrested

LONDON (AP) — Four serving members of the army were arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group, British defense officials and police said Tuesday. The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said...

 

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