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UK parliament ratifies Brexit divorce law

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The only hurdle left to formal ratification now is royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU on January 31

BOO BREXIT. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

O Canada: How life will change for Harry and Meghan

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:52 AM

As far as shopping goes, farmers' markets and roadside produce stands in North Saanich may replace the luxury of Harrods for the time being

TEMPORARY HOME. The residence of Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan is seen in Deep Cove Neighborhood from a boat on the Saanich Inlet, North Saanich, British Columbia on January 21, 2020. Photo by Mark Goodnow/AFP)

Harry and Meghan start new life in Canada with media spat

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:49 AM

The lawyers claim there had been attempts to photograph inside Harry and Meghan's new home using long lenses, and say paparazzi are camped outside the property

TABLOID FODDER. An arrangement of UK daily newspapers photographed as an illustration in London on January 9, 2020, shows front page headlines reporting on the news that Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, plan to step back as "senior" members of the Royal Family. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

What is their income? Harry and Meghan's bid for 'financial independence'

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Harry and Meghan will be free to earn their own money after giving up their royal titles and allowances

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation /AFP

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

Britain's Prince Harry expresses 'great sadness' at royal split

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Daily Telegraph reports that Prince Charles would probably continue paying his son some money from his private income for the next year

RECEPTION. A black and white photo shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. Photo by  Steve Parsons/POOL/AFP

EU states launch process disputing Iran's nuclear compliance

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany say Iran has been progressively scaling back its commitments under the deal since May last year

IRAN'S AND NUCLEAR POWER. In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 an Iranian flag flutters in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Britain's Iran envoy denies attending demo before arrest

Jan 12, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) The British government calls Ambassador Rob Macaire's arrest a 'flagrant violation of international law'

ARRESTED. UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of

Iran denies missile downed Ukrainian plane

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The declaration comes as Tehran faces mounting international pressure to allow a 'credible' investigation into the crash

IRAN DENIAL. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows Iran's civil aviation chief Ali Abedzadeh delivering a press statement in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

Brexit in sight as British MPs scrutinize divorce deal

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Lawmakers begin 3 days of debate on legislation to enshrine Boris Johnson's divorce deal, with few hurdles to its passing expected after he won a comfortable majority at recent elections

BREXIT. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

'Most prolific rapist in British legal history' found guilty of 136 rapes

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:59 PM

The Crown Prosecution Service says Reynhard Sinaga is suspected of attacking 'scores' more men since he moved to Britain in 2007, calling him 'the worst-known sex offender in the country's history'

JAILED FOR LIFE. An undated handout photograph released by Greater Manchester Police on January 6, 2020, shows Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga. AFP PHOTO/GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

Thatcher approved Corazon Aquino asylum request – archives

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:36 AM

But Britain's protection was ultimately not needed after the deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino's rival in the 1986 snap presidential elections, steps down

REMEMBER CORY. Corazon Aquino, the wife of the slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., is cheered by her advisers after announcing on December 03, 1985 in Manila, that she will run against President Ferdinand Marcos in the presidential snap poll February 7. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal secures first win in new parliament

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The 358 to 234 vote paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to 'get Brexit done' by January 31

UK PM to outlaw Brexit extension beyond 2020

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:52 PM

The government is planning to block the transition period from going beyond the end of 2020, in a symbolic statement of intent

BREXIT. In this file photo, EU flags flutter on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 25, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

'Brexit election' raises hopes and fears in Northern Ireland

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ran the campaign on the promise to 'get Brexit done' — a simple but effective message with profound implications for Britain's most politically volatile region

BREXIT MOVEMENT. United Kingdom and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:56 PM

London stocks and the British pound jump on hopes of an end to years of uncertainty, which has hurt investment and economic growth

STILL THE PM. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Jeremy Corbyn: Britain's main opposition leader

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Jeremy Corbyn is offering the country a choice between a newly negotiated, softer form of Brexit and staying in the European Union

JEREMY CORBYN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a general election campaign rally in East London on December 11, 2019, the final day of campaigning for the general election. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson: Polarizing leader focused on Brexit

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has toned down his trademark jokes and bluster, as he focuses on a promise to 'Get Brexit Done' by finally taking Britain out of the European Union

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. File photo by Christopher Furlong/Pool/AFP

Polls tighten on eve of Britain's Brexit election

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Britons head to the polls for the third time in 4 years on Thursday, December 12, against a backdrop of political deadlock since a 2016 referendum which saw a majority opt to leave the EU

EVE OF POLLS. In this handout photograph taken and released by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on December 6, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn participate in the BBC Prime Ministerial leaders debate, at the studio in Maidstone, Kent. AFP PHOTO / JEFF OVERS-BBC

Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran are taking part in the meeting, which is the first time the 6 parties gather in this format since July

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Britain's Johnson spars with election rivals on Brexit and Trump

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson's main rival in the snap December 12 poll, has struggled to explain his position on Brexit ever since Britons narrowly triggered the divorce in a 2016 referendum

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) speaks with Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) in the Central Lobby as they walk back to the House of Commons on October 14, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

Treatment of Assange putting his life 'at risk' – U.N. expert

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:03 PM

'Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr. Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life,' says independent UN rights expert Nils Melzer

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. File photo by AFP

UK election campaign hots up on Brexit day that never was

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Ahead of an election rally in London, veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn attacks Boris Johnson's 'born-to-rule Conservatives' who he says are only interested in protecting 'the privileged few'

ELECTION CAMPAIGN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waves as he launches the party's election campaign in south London on October 31, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain kicks off election battle over Brexit

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Lawmakers put aside their disputes and overwhelmingly support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a snap general election on December 12

BREXIT. A man passes a barrier decorated with a Union Flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 30. 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK set for 3rd election in 4 years to try to break Brexit gridlock

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen,' says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

LABOUR. Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech in Hastings, southeast England on January 17, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

EU envoys agree 3-month Brexit delay

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The next deadline for departure will be January 31, 2020 – although the other 27 capitals would allow an earlier date if London ratifies a withdrawal agreement before then

BREXIT EXTENSION. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Fresh UK arrests over 39 dead found in truck

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The first 11 corpses were recovered from the trailer on Thursday, October 24, and taken to a nearby hospital mortuary. Autopsies will attempt to establish how the victims died.

FRESH ARRESTS. Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Brexit in limbo as UK PM pushes for election

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to call an election for December 12 that he hopes will give him a majority to pass the divorce deal he struck with EU leaders

BREXIT. A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

UK police say 39 found dead in truck were Chinese

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Chinese embassy in London says that British police had yet to confirm their nationality, a day after a consular official travelled to Essex

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

British PM denied new Brexit deal vote

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) House of Commons speaker John Bercow says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not allowed to push for the same measures twice in the same parliamentary sitting

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

British PM fights threat of further delay in Brexit debate

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs a clear vote in favor of his deal to avoid triggering a law requiring him to ask the EU to delay Brexit for the 3rd time

CANCEL BREXIT? Demonstrators march with an effigy depicting Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a puppet operated by his advisor Dominic Cummings during a rally by the People's Vote organisation in central London on October 19, 2019, calling for a final say in a second referendum on Brexit. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Britain's Johnson faces numbers game to pass Brexit deal

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:51 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a desperate scramble for votes, as his Conservative government is well short of a majority in the lower chamber House of Commons

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, north-west England on October 1, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK, EU strike Brexit deal, urge MPs to back it

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A summit of EU leaders 'endorsed this deal and it looks like we are very close to the final stretch,' says EU Council summit host Donald Tusk

BREXIT DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from the rear of 10 Downing Street in central London on October 16, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Brexit on October 31 a 'priority' for British government – Queen

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31,' says Queen Elizabeth II

BREXIT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) sits with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords as she delivers the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on October 14, 2019. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

EU and UK intensify Brexit talks ahead of key summit

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:53 PM

(UPDATED) European Union member states will review progress on Monday, October 14, following a meeting between influential leaders French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 11, 2019 for a meeting with EU ambassadors. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

British, Irish PMs keep Brexit talks alive after meeting

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) The main sticking point in the divorce is how to keep open the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish republic

BREXIT TALKS. Ireland's Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar (L) and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) pose for a photograph at Thornton Manor Hotel, near Birkenhead, north-west England on October 10, 2019, as they met for Brexit talks. Photo by Noel Mullen/Pool/AFP

Liquidators start dismantling Britain's Thomas Cook

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Hays Travel acquires Thomas Cook's 555 United Kingdom stores for an undisclosed sum and says it will hire 'as many Thomas Cook staff as possible'

POSSIBLE COLLAPSE. British travel firm Thomas Cook could collapse unless the government intervenes. Photo from Shutterstock

UK completes Thomas Cook repatriation of passengers

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Virtually all Thomas Cook's travelers on holiday at the time of the company's collapse are back home

TRAVEL WOES. British tourists, flying with Thomas Cook, queue at the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport in Tunisia on September 23, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

EU says Britain needs new plan as Brexit clock runs out

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:30 AM

With no draft deal on the table before the October 17 meeting, Britain and Europe will face either a chaotic break-up or yet another Brexit delay

BREXIT. Pro-EU anti-Brexit demonstrators wave an EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 13, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Trio win 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function,' the jury says

NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE. Nobel Assembly member, Randall Johnson (R), speaks to announce the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Gregg Semenza of the US, Peter Ratcliffe of Britain and William Kaelin of the US, seen on a screen during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

EU 'unconvinced' by UK Brexit proposals

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:13 AM

EU Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair a make-or-break October 17-18 EU summit dominated by Brexit, tweets a message to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: 'We remain open but still unconvinced'

TUSK. European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

UK launches probe of Thomas Cook auditors as foreign branches collapse

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Thomas Cook's French arm is placed in receivership, while its largest Belgian subsidiary is declared bankrupt

BANKRUPT. Investigations are launched after the collapse of debt-plagued British travel giant Thomas Cook. Photo from Shutterstock

British-flagged tanker heads into Dubai port after Iran release

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Despite the vessel's clearance, its legal case is still open in Iran's courts,' says the Hormozgan province's maritime organization

STENA IMPERO. A grab from images released by Iran Press on September 27, 2019 show the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, setting sail as it heads towards the Persian Gulf's international waters, according to the Hormozgan province's maritime organization. AFP PHOTO / IRAN PRESS

UK PM loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's inflammatory language draws accusations – including from his sister Rachel – of stoking divisions in a country still split over the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit

IMPASSE. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London on September 3, 2019. File photo by Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

UK offers help for 9,000 Thomas Cook staff

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Collapsed travel giant Thomas Cook has around 22,000 staff worldwide, with 9,000 of them based in the United Kingdom

Two workers of British travel group Thomas Cook speak at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on September 24, 2019. - Britain has repatriated ten percent of nationals who were stranded abroad after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook, as anger erupted over excessive management pay. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)

UK MPs return after bombshell court ruling

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The judgement has hit Prime Minister Boris Johnson's authority, prompting calls for his resignation and cast further doubt on his promise to pull Britain out of the EU on October 31, come what may

BACK. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows members of parliament gathering in the House of Commons in central London on September 25, 2019 after parliament resumed. AFP PHOTO / PRU