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World leaders head to London for Queen Elizabeth II funeral

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of police, hundreds of British troops and an army of officials made final preparations Sunday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II — a spectacular display of national mourning that will also be the biggest...

 

Charles III proclaimed king at tradition-steeped ceremony

LONDON (AP) — Two days after his mother's death elevated him to the throne, King Charles III was officially proclaimed Britain's monarch Saturday in a pomp-filled ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism — and, for the first...

 

Truss: UK to cap domestic energy prices, end fracking ban

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss said Thursday that her government will cap domestic energy prices for homes and businesses to ease a cost-of-living crisis that has left people and businesses across the U.K. facing a bleak winter....

 

Kevin Spacey to face 4 sex assault charges in Britain

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors said Thursday they had authorized police to charge actor Kevin Spacey with four counts of sexual assault against three men, an announcement that came as the actor was in court in New York testifying in a different...

 

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...

 

S African Damon Galgut wins Booker Prize for 'The Promise'

LONDON (AP) — South African writer Damon Galgut won the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction on Wednesday with "The Promise," a novel about one white family's reckoning with South Africa's racist history. Galgut had been British bookmakers'...

 

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...

 

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...

 

UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

LONDON (AP) — There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death .than the original strain, the British government's chief scientific adviser said Friday -- though he stressed...

 

Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent...

 

Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90

LONDON (AP) — Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90....

 

Artsy Edinburgh, laid low by the virus, hopes for recovery

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Francesca Moody is spending August the way she always does: in darkened rooms in Edinburgh, watching some of the best new theater and comedy the world has to offer. All that's missing are the hundreds of thousands of...

 

Britain lowers virus alert, Germany sees spike in cases

BERLIN (AP) — Britain lowered its coronavirus threat level one notch Friday, becoming the latest country to claim it's getting a national outbreak under control. The U.K.'s Joint Biosecurity Center recommended moving the COVID-19 risk in the...

 

George Floyd's death an American tragedy with global echoes

LONDON (AP) — When black men died at the hands of U.S. police in recent years, the news made international headlines. The name of George Floyd has reached the world's streets. Since his death while being detained by Minneapolis police last week,...

 

UK scientist who warned over virus quits for lockdown breach

LONDON (AP) — Britain's health secretary said Wednesday that national lockdown rules were "for everyone," after one of the government's key scientific advisers quit for receiving secret visits from his girlfriend amid the coronavirus pandemic....

 

Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown

LONDON (AP) — So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu. With little fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to the bloc. The U.K.'s departure became...

 

Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles

LONDON (AP) — Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are quitting as working royals and will no longer use the titles "royal highness" or receive public funds for their...

 

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...

 

Meghan, Harry miles apart as they start new independent life

LONDON (AP) — 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 against accusations they blindsided Queen Elizabeth II with the...

 

London police fatally shoot suspect in attack that killed 2

LONDON (AP) — A man wearing a fake explosive vest stabbed several people Friday in London, killing two in what police are treating as a terrorist attack before being tackled by members of the public and then fatally shot by officers on London...

 

Royal baby Archie christened at private Windsor ceremony

LONDON (AP) — The youngest member of Britain's royal family, Archie Harrison Mountabatten-Windsor, was christened at Windsor Castle on Saturday in a private ceremony — too private for some royal fans. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess...

 

3-D printing recreates ancient sculpture destroyed by ISIS

LONDON (AP) — A figure of a roaring lion, about the size of a loaf of bread, is the latest step in the fight to preserve culture from conflict. The sculpture is a replica of a colossal 3,000-year-old statue from the Temple of Ishtar in Nimrud, in w...

 

WikiLeaks' Assange facing hearing on US extradition request

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was facing a court hearing Thursday over a U.S. request to extradite him for allegedly conspiring to hack a Pentagon computer. Assange, who is fighting attempts to send him to the United States, is...

 

20 men jailed for sex abuse of teenagers in northern England

LONDON (AP) — Twenty men have been jailed for raping and abusing more than a dozen girls in a northern England town, in what a judge called a "vile and wicked" campaign of exploitation. The men in the town of Huddersfield were found guilty in...

 

Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale

LONDON (AP) — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday,...

 

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