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May defends draft Brexit deal agreed by EU, Britain

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:18 AM

After briefing her cabinet in a hastily-arranged teleconference call, Theresa May addresses the House of Commons, saying the agreement is the 'best possible deal'

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May defends the draft Brexit deal and calls it as 'the best possible deal.' File photo by Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

EU, Britain agree on draft declaration for post-Brexit ties

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The EU and Britain agree on a draft declaration laying out plans for 'ambitious, broad, deep and flexible' relations after Brexit

BENDERA. Bendera Uni Eropa dan Britania Raya berkipar di depan kantor walikota di pusat London. Foto oleh Leon Neal/AFP

Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Hong Kong's powerful bar association says the rights enshrined in Hong Kong's mini-constitution, including freedom of expression, should be respected 'whether one agrees with the information or ideas or not'

BANNED. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club speaks during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong, during which Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, gave a talk. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Britain's Prince Charles celebrates 70th birthday

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:35 PM

In two official photographs released to mark the Prince of Wales's milestone, Charles is shown surrounded by his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry, and 3 grandchildren

ROYAL FAMILY. Britain's Prince Charles poses with his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry, and 3 grandchildren. Photo from The Royal Family's Facebook page

UK's May wins cabinet backing for Brexit deal

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:39 AM

But British Prime Minister Theresa May concedes that she could face even stronger resistance when she takes the 585-page text to parliament for approval next month

BREXIT. British Prime Minister Therese May wins the support of her cabinet for a draft Brexit agreement. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

UK's May takes Brexit deal to cabinet as MPs revolt

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:57 AM

After months of talks, Theresa May announces late November 13 that negotiators have finally struck a draft agreement on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union next March

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves for the weekly Prime Minister Question session in the House of Commons, from Downing Street in central London on October 18, 2017. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Brexit: What happens next?

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:30 AM

Britain is due to leave EU on March 29, 2019, but as of today there is still no Brexit deal. Here's an outline of what could happen next.

Union and European flags flutter in the breeze at the start of a pro-EU march through central London during the People's March for Europe on September 9, 2017. The pro-EU march is calling on politicians to "unite, rethink and reject Brexit". / AFP PHOTO / Niklas HALLEN

British relatives of Nazi victims seek German passport as Brexit looms

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

British descendants of refugees who fled Nazi Germany are rushing to gain German nationality before Brexit

U.S. sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the administration has notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the 3 separate trade agreements

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

Harry and pregnant Meghan get baby gifts, meet koalas Down Under

Oct 16, 2018 - 11:11 AM

This royal couple is on a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga

TOUR. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan meet a koala named Ruby and its koala joey named Meghan after the Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney on October 16, 2018. Photo by Dean Lewins/AFP

More Britons seeking French nationality

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:54 PM

A result of Brexit is the sharp increase in the number of British citizens acquiring French nationality, says France's interior ministry

World War I allies celebrate first armistice in Greece

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Representatives from Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and Serbia celebrate the armistice of September 29, 1918 at the final resting place of 20,000 Allied soldiers

CENTENARY. The last guardian of the Serbian cemetery Djordie Mihailovic, 90, salutes next to the Serbian memorial at the Zeitelnik cemetery, the World War I Allied Military Cemetery and memorial park, during the Commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Thessaloniki, on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Merkel says it's still unclear what Britain wants in Brexit talks

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Success in the upcoming negotiations depends 'largely on what it is Britain really wants, and on this the discussion has still not been entirely clear,' Merkel told a business conference in Berlin.

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Iran summons 3 European diplomats over parade attack – state media

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands, and Britain are informed of 'Iran's strong protests over their respective countries' hosting of some members of the terrorist group' behind the attack

PARADE ATTACK. An Iranian soldier carries an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AF

Britain, EU clash over who should make next move on Brexit

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:17 AM

If ever Brexit turns out to be a chaotic and damaging break-up, a European leader says this 'would be difficult for Europe but it would be terrible for the UK'

BREXIT TALKS. File photo shows an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the UK Houses of Parliament. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Ruling in the case of Big Brother Watch and Others versus the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, says the interception of journalistic material also violates the right to freedom of information

World leaders ignore rights in China, says multi-awarded author

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Esteemed novelist Yan Lianke says Beijing needs to face up to its human rights issues, but visiting politicians 'don't really care about these things now'

EXILED. File photo shows Chinese author Yan Lianke, whose books are banned in his homeland, posing for photographers after receiving the Franz Kafka Award for 2014, in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Western trio warns Syria over chemical weapons use

Aug 22, 2018 - 4:20 PM

In a joint statement, the 3 powers say they are 'gravely concerned' over the military offensive in Idlib and the resulting humanitarian consequences

IDLIB. A Syrian fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade as he attends a mock battle in anticipation of an attack by the regime on Idlib province and the surrounding countryside, during a graduation of new Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members at a camp in the countryside of the northern Idlib province on August 14, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:17 AM

The State Department says the action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having 'used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law'

SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Britain likely to leave EU without deal – minister

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

'I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us towards no deal,' International Trade Secretary Liam Fox says

NO GO? A minister says Great Britain will have to wait for a deal. File photo from AFP

Who built Stonehenge? Cremation ashes yield clues

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A study discovers that many of the people buried at the site probably came from as far afield as Wales in western Britain, source of the bluestone used to carve Stonehenge's mysterious and entrancing monuments

UK to refuse payment of Brexit bill without trade deal

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:29 PM

UK earlier promised to pay £35 to £39 billion that ministers said depended on agreed trade ties with the EU

TRADE DEAL WANTED. New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab wants a trade deal before the UK pays for the divorce bill

Trump torpedoes May's Brexit strategy on UK visit

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) US President Donald Trump says Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for post-Brexit ties with the EU will 'probably kill' the prospects for a trade deal with the US

Britain's Prince Louis christened without Queen

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, leads the service in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace

PRINCE LOUIS. Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge as she speaks to Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (R) on their arrival for his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London on July 9, 2018. Pool photo by Dominic Lipinski/AFP

British PM wins cabinet backing for UK-EU free trade area

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Less than 9 months before Britain leaves the EU, May's government is finally setting out exactly what it wants following public splits about how aligned it will remain with the regional bloc

CABINET MEETING. In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photo by Crown Copyright (Joel Rouse)/AFP

Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Jun 28, 2018 - 5:24 PM

British officials say it is the first time a member of the royal family had ever visited the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock

CONTROVERSIAL VISIT. Britain's Prince William (right) visits the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City with the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Banksy's Paris street art 'blitz' a tribute to rebels of 1968

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Stencilled images in the style of the mysterious British graffiti star began appearing on walls across the French capital last week

PARIS. A man walks past a recent artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on June 25, 2018. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Britain's Prince William visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, wearing a black skullcap, rekindled the eternal flame and laid a wreath at Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem as a youth choir sang

FIRST VISIT. Britain's Prince William visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on June 26, 2018. Photo by Debbie Hill/Pool/ AFP

Prince William arrives in Israel as part of regional tour

Jun 25, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Prince William's plane from Jordan landed on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

FIRST STOP. Britain's Prince William visits the Luminus Technical University College in Amman on June 25, 2018. William arrived in Jordan at the start of a Middle East tour. Photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

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Britain's Prince William in Jordan for historic Middle East tour

Jun 24, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Kensington Palace has underlined the 'non-political nature of His Royal Highness's role – in common with all royal visits overseas'

British royals' enduring Middle East ties

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Prince William leaves Britain for a tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories

MIDDLE EAST TRIP. File photo of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Photo by Oli Scarff/pool/AFP

UK PM calls U.S. images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The British Prime Minister Theresa May says: 'On what we have seen in the United States, pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing... this is wrong'

DISTURBED. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

Britain mourns victims of Grenfell fire tragedy

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Dozens of tearful survivors of Britain's deadliest domestic fire since World War II join still-grieving relatives on an emotional walk through the area

IN MEMORY. Hoardings in support of the victims of the Grenfell fire cover Grenfell tower near Ladbroke Grove, west London on June 13, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Meghan's coat of arms pays tribute to California roots

May 26, 2018 - 12:06 AM

(UPDATED) The crest has a blue background that 'represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast,' says a statement from Kensington Palace, the couple's residence

Iran nuclear deal signatories meet for first time since U.S. pullout

May 25, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The 5 signatories still committed to the agreement have said they want Iran to stay in the deal

Harry and Meghan thank royal wedding guests

May 21, 2018 - 11:16 PM

'The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,' says the palace in a statement

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

From East End to Markle village, divided Brits unite for wedding revelry

May 20, 2018 - 1:10 AM

Families, friends, and neighbors converge to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows in the last major royal wedding for a generation

VIEWING PARTY. A royal well-wisher wrapped in a Union Flag watches the Royal Wedding of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and US actress Meghan Markle on a big screen at the Pear Tree in Edinburgh on May 19, 2018. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be streamed on Youtube

May 18, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The couple are set to wed on May 19

ROYAL COUPLE. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's are all set to wed. Photo from

Guide to Britain's royal wedding on May 19

May 12, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Here are details of the program confirmed so far by Kensington Palace

ROYAL WEDDING. In this file photo taken on November 27, 2017 Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Kensington Palace, the marital home of Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle, plays host to several royals including his brother Prince William's growing clan. Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

It's Royal Wedding fever in London

May 09, 2018 - 9:14 PM

London's Madame Tussauds museum and Legoland Windsor join the excitement for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19

ROYALS. Wax figures of Britain's Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle are pictured during a photocall at Madame Tussauds in central London on May 9, 2018. Photo by Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain backs French plan for European defense force – minister

May 05, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, would be separate from other EU defense cooperation, meaning there would be no obstacle to Britain taking part after it leaves the bloc

DEFENSE UNION. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Iran envoy to UK warns it may scrap nuclear deal if U.S. withdraws

May 03, 2018 - 10:10 AM

'When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left,' says Hamid Baeidinejad, the country's top envoy in London

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Brexit prompts UK to probe developing satellite navigation system

May 02, 2018 - 11:29 AM

A task force of engineering and aerospace experts will examine providing both civilian and encrypted signals to give any British system similar commercial and security capabilities as the dominant US GPS system

Alfie Evans, British toddler at center of legal battle, dies

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:01 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Doctors have withdrawn life support for the baby with a degenerative medical condition. His case has attracted attention from people around the world, including Pope Francis.

ALFIE EVANS. A bus passes balloons and posters left in support of British toddler Alfie Evans, on a bus-stop opposite Alder Hey childrens hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 26, 2018. Alfie Evans, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition which has not been definitively diagnosed. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Royal baby Louis is 11th British prince

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Prince Louis of Cambridge, third child of Prince William and Kate, is 5th in line to the British throne

NEW PRINCE. The son of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, newly-born Prince Louis of Cambridge leaves St Mary's Hospital where he was born on April 23, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall /AFP

Multi-nation operation takes down cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Britain's National Crime Agency says 'authorities in 5 countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted 6 members of the crime group behind'

SECURITY. File photo show people work at computers during the 10th International Cybersecurity Forum in Lille, France last January 23, 2018. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP