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Next British PM to be announced July 23 – Conservative Party

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favorite in the race, battling Britain's current top diplomat, Jeremy Hunt

BREXIT. A Union Flag is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shrouded in scaffolding in the background at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 8, 2017 after a significant breakthrough was made in the divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU over Brexit. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK's Hunt urges leadership rival Johnson not to be 'coward'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'A new prime minister needs the legitimacy of having made his arguments publicly and having them subjected to scrutiny,' says Jeremy Hunt

JEREMY HUNT. Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt gestures as he answers questions from journalist Iain Dale and the audience as he takes part in a Conservative Party leadership hustings event in Birmingham, central England on June 22, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

EU leaders warn next British PM: No Brexit renegotiation

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Hot favorite Boris Johnson faces foreign minister Jeremy Hunt in a runoff vote to decide who takes on the tricky task of piloting the country's departure from the EU

BREXIT. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Greenpeace sounds alarm over plastic pollution in UK rivers

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'We are witnessing just the tip of a plastics iceberg,' it said.

British PM hopefuls begin crucial week of votes

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The outcome of the Conservative party leadership battle could determine under what conditions Britain leaves the European Union. Brexit is currently scheduled for October 31.

OUTGOING. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

UK shares list in China, a first for foreign firms

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The launch of the London-Shanghai Stock Connect marks 'the first time that any foreign company will be able to list in mainland China'

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (C) and Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua (C-R) applaud after the opening of the markets at the London Stock Exchange in London on June 17, 2019. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)

British envoy denies Iran summons over tanker attacks claim

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'I asked for an urgent meeting with the Foreign Ministry yesterday and it was granted. No 'summons',' says Britain's ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

Trump in new Twitter attack on London's mayor

Jun 16, 2019 - 3:31 PM

London Mayor Sadiq Khan earlier criticized the red carpet treatment being given to US President Donald Trump during a visit to the city in June

GLOBAL LEADER. US President Donald Trump lashes out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan  once more over Twitter. File Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Assange faces February 2020 U.S. extradition hearing

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

In his first court appearance since being sensationally dragged out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London in April, Julian Assange tells the court: '175 years of my life is effectively at stake'

JULIAN ASSSANGE. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Drugs and Brexit: Race to replace UK's May underway

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Boris Johnson is the bookmakers' favorite but has not appeared in public for weeks, a tactic that has helped the politician best known for his gaffes, jokes and anecdotes to stay on message

THERESA MAY. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has quit as her Conservative party's leader. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

UK's May quits as party leader, starting succession race

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Theresa May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European Union

THERESA MAY. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019. File photo by Ben  Stansall/AFP

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump vows 'phenomenal' trade deal with outgoing British PM

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) With the US increasingly isolated from its traditional allies, Donald Trump talks up the 'special relationship' with Britain during a joint press conference with Theresa May

TRUMP ON BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump make their way to the Foreign and Commonwealth office for a press conference in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Swedish court rejects request to detain Assange over 2010 rape case

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Uppsala district court says the fact that Julian Assange is currently in prison in Britain means he does not need to be formally detained in Sweden to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors

JULIAN ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Boris Johnson launches campaign to become next British PM

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:33 PM

The launch video follows Boris Johnson on the campaign trail, promising voters that he will take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 'deal or no deal' if he becomes prime minister

FRONTRUNNER. Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves a house in London on May 30, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

On eve of UK visit, Trump denies his taped remark about 'nasty' Meghan Markle

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:20 PM

But United States President Donald Trump can be heard making the remark about the Duchess of Sussex on tape

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 03, 2018 Britain's Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public during a walkabout outside the The Royal Pavillion in Brighton, southern England. - Prince Harry's wife Meghan went into labour early on May 6, 2019, Buckingham Palace announced. "The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning," it said in a statement, noting her husband the Duke of Sussex was by her side. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Trump urges Britain to go for no-deal Brexit

Jun 02, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Britain is hoping Trump's visit in June will bolster its ambitions to work out a free trade deal with the United States if Brexit means a go-it-alone trade policy

BREXIT STALLED. Activists hold up placards from the Leave Means Leave Pro-Brexit campaign group outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/ AFP

Boris Johnson faces court hearing for Brexit 'lies'

May 29, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Boris Johnson, a former London mayor, is running to replace Theresa May as leader of the governing Conservative Party, and therefore prime minister

BORIS. In this photo, then British foreign secretary Boris Johnson is pictured at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

French boat seller jailed for helping migrants cross English Channel

May 25, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Emmanuel Desreux is given 18 months behind bars and another 18 months suspended sentence for selling inflatable boats with motors to migrants to navigate across the busy waterway from France to Britain.

REFUGE. A migrant kneels outside a tent in a make shift camp in the vicinity of the former 'Jungle' camp site, near the northern French port city of Calais on February 18, 2019. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Theresa May resigns: key reactions

May 24, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Here are the main reactions to the announcement UK Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019. Beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Friday that she will resign on June 7, 2019 following a Conservative Party mutiny over her remaining in power. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

EU elections shift to Ireland as populist forces gather elsewhere

May 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Around the continent, where most EU member states vote on Sunday, May 26, pro-European leaders are scrambling to mobilize their supporters to resist the populist surge

EU ELECTIONS. People leave and arrive at a polling station for the European Parliament elections at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge Co Down, northern Ireland, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

May postpones her final Brexit showdown

May 23, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will update the house on the publication and introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on our return from the Whitsun recess,' government official Mark Spencer tells lawmakers

BREXIT. In this file photo, a European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

May holds out promise of new Brexit referendum

May 22, 2019 - 12:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May dangles a series of sweeteners that she hopes can resolve the Brexit crisis, including a parliamentary vote on whether to put whatever Brexit deal is passed up for a second confirmatory ballot

BREXIT. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May on March 21, 2019 in Brussels for the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

EU leaders sound alarm over populist election threat

May 21, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Opinion polls predict a significant advance for nationalist and populist forces opposed to closer European Union integration and threatening mainstream reform efforts

PREPARATIONS. People are at work to prepare the mailing of election material to citizens as part of the upcoming European parliament elections, on May 20, 2019 in Rouffach (eastern France). Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse

May 17, 2019 - 8:53 PM

MPs are due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU

BREXIT. A combination of pictures shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. File photos by Dan Kitwood and Lindsey Parnaby

Britain's May pins hopes on final June Brexit vote

May 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May says MPs will vote on legislation to implement the Brexit deal in the week starting June 3, with the aim of getting Britain out of the European Union by the end of July

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Huawei chairman says ready to sign 'no-spy' deal with UK

May 15, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'We are willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves, to commit our equipment to meeting the no-spy, no back-door standards,' Huawei chairman Liang Hua says

May's Conservatives battle Brexit ballot bloodbath

May 12, 2019 - 12:50 PM

With Brexit postponed to October 31, Britain must take part in the European Parliament elections set for May 23

A blank postal ballot paper for the European parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place in Britain on May 23rd, is pictured in Marsden, northern England on May 9, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

EU's Juncker laments not 'interfering' in Brexit campaign

May 07, 2019 - 11:17 PM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he made a mistake by listening to British leader David Cameron when he told him to stay out of the campaign before the June 2016 vote

BREXIT. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Britain eagerly awaits royal baby name

May 07, 2019 - 7:06 PM

UK royal names are normally chosen from a relatively restricted pool of those used by past kings and queens. But Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are anything but normal royals.

Main UK parties suffer Brexit battering in local elections

May 03, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives loses control of several local authorities and hundreds of seats – but the main opposition Labour party also loses ground

BREXIT. A Union Jack hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Assange held in London jail ahead of long legal fight

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) A legal source familiar with the case tells Agence France-Presse that Julian Assange is being held at Belmarsh prison in southeast London

ASSANGE. A view of Wandsworth prison in southwest London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is believed to be held according to media reports on April 12, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

May faces quit call after securing Brexit delay

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) Britain will be able to leave before October 31 if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal Theresa May reached with the bloc

NEW BREXIT DELAY. 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

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's Ecuadoran stay

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Julian Assange has been living at Ecuador's embassy in London's plush Knightsbridge district since 2012

ASSANGE IN ECUADOR. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Prince Harry, Meghan want baby's birth kept 'private'

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:21 PM

'The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family,' the Buckingham Palace says in a statement

PRIVATE. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool/AFP

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

'Betrayal': Thousands vent anger on Brexit Day that never was

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Nearly three years after the divisive referendum that saw 52% of voters back leaving the EU, Britain's MPs are at a loss on how the UK can properly leave

WHERE TO NOW? A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

EU calls crisis summit, warns of no-deal Brexit

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Almost immediately after the House of Commons voted to reject the withdrawal agreement, an EU Council official says Brexit will be postponed until April 12

NO-DEAL BREXIT? 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 lawmakers reject Brexit deal for 3rd time

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defy Theresa May's plea to end the political deadlock, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286

REJECTED, AGAIN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. AFP PHOTO/PRU

Britain's May seeks 3rd vote in Brexit crisis

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Andrea Leadsom, the government's representative in parliament, says Prime Minister Theresa May's team is trying to secure permission for a third vote from speaker John Bercow

BREXIT. A European flag is flown in front of The Elizabeth Tower which houses the 'Big Ben' bell in the Palace of Westminster. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely' – Amnesty

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'The concept of 'national security' as used by Hong Kong government...is arbitrarily applied to suppress dissent and political opposition,' the Amnesty International report says

HUMAN RIGHTS. Hong Kong enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland but fears are growing that those liberties are being eroded as Beijing flexes its muscles. Image via Shutterstock

UK parliament plots Brexit Plan B after sidelining PM

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) The unprecedented measure passes by a 329-302 margin and sees 3 junior ministers quit the government to vote against the premier

BREXIT MARCHES. A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

UK facing 'national emergency' on Brexit – business, unions

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:54 PM

The heads of the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress urge May to change tack and find a 'Plan B' to avert the country leaving the European Union without a deal

BREXIT. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

EU leaders pile pressure on UK MPs to back Brexit deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May has insisted that she will not oversee a long delay, which would increase pressure at home for a general election or for a second Brexit referendum that might reverse the decision to leave

EU SUMMIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

EU's Tusk: Short Brexit delay possible if MPs back deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:27 AM

European Council President Donald Tusk says 'a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons'

TUSK. In this file photo, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

British PM seeks brief Brexit delay from hesitant EU

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says it is unlikely they will reach a decision without a clear signal from London on what MPs want

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019, ahead of a further Brexit vote. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

May tries to save Brexit plan ahead of EU summit

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Exasperated European leaders demand London tell them clearly what it wants

CRISIS TALKS. This combo shows photos of House of Commons speaker John Bercow and Prime Minister Theresa May. Images via Shutterstock

Speaker deals blow to British PM's bid to revive Brexit deal

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:19 AM

The speaker of parliament's lower House of Commons John Bercow says MPs could not be asked to vote again on the same deal in this session of parliament

BREXIT VOTE. This still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 6, 2017 shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow responding to a point of order from Labour politician Stephen Doughty during a session of the House of Commons in London on February 6, 2017. File photo by PRU/AFP

May warns of long Brexit delay if MPs do not back her deal

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The Brexit deal has remained deadlocked in parliament, chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish 'backstop' – a measure to avoid barriers at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

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