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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

Fall of Thomas Cook creates 'tsunami' of losses for tourist resorts

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Collapsed British travel firm Thomas Cook could owe hundreds of millions of euros to hotels

Tourists enjoy a sunny day at the Playa de Palma beach 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)

London repatriates 10% of Thomas Cook's UK customers

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority is managing its biggest repatriation since World War II, following the bankruptcy of travel giant Thomas Cook

British tourists, flying with Thomas Cook, queue at the Enfidha International airport on September 23, 2019, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis. - British travel group Thomas Cook on Monday declared bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK's biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back tens of thousands of stranded passengers. The 178-year-old operator, which had struggled against fierce online competition for some time and which had blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, was desperately seeking £200 million ($250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors to avert collapse. The news leaves some 600,000 tourists stranded worldwide according to Thomas Cook, including more than 150,000 holidaymakers seeking help from the British government to return from destinations including Bulgaria, Cuba, Turkey and the United States. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)

UK PM vows to pursue Brexit plan after Supreme Court blow

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Boris Johnson renews his call for an early election to end the standoff with parliament

PARLIAMENT. The sun sets behind The Palace of Westminster, home of the British Houses of Parliament in central London on January 4, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n /AFP

Iran says seized British-flagged tanker 'free' to leave

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Stena Bulk, the company that owns Stena Impero, says that it expects the vessel to be released soon, but expresses caution about the situation

SEIZED. This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. File photo by Nico Kemps/VesselFinder.com/AFP

Thomas Cook collapses with 600,000 tourists stranded abroad

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Iconic British travel firm Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy after 178 years of operations

UK travel giant Thomas Cook faces collapse

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) If British firm Thomas Cook goes bankrupt, its travel agencies would close, planes would be grounded, and thousands of employees would be jobless

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

EU warns no-deal Brexit imminent if UK doesn't get serious

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union,' says European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker

ON BREXIT. EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) gestures as he speaks past European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a debate on Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, northeastern France on September 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

Britain's Supreme Court enters Brexit crisis

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:21 AM

The appeals revolve around 'whether it was lawful for the prime minister to advise Her Majesty to order prorogation,' Britain's Supreme Court President Brenda Hale says as she opened proceedings

SUPREME COURT AND BREXIT. Demonstrators protest outside the entrance to the Supreme Court in central London, on the first day of the hearing into the decision by the government to prorogue parliament on September 17, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Protesters call on UK to protect Hong Kongers from China

Sep 15, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Britain has walked a careful path on the protests, but it has also expressed concerns about the direction Hong Kong has headed

PROTEST. Pro-democracy demonstrators gather outside the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on September 15, 2019, as they called on Britain to ramp up pressure against Beijing following three months of anti-extradition protests that has snowballed into wider calls for democracy and a halt to sliding freedoms in the city. Photos by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Ex-PM Cameron slams Johnson over Brexit

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Former UK prime minister David Cameron accuses incumbent Boris Johnson of using Brexit to make him the 'darling' of their Conservative party

BREXIT. Former UK prime minister David Cameron does not mince words against incumbent Boris Johnson over Brexit. File photo by AFP

UK PM claims huge progress in Brexit talks

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:05 AM

In an odd analogy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson compares Britain to the comic book character Hulk

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

Solid gold toilet stolen from English palace

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The theft causes a flood at Britain's Blenheim Palace

STOLEN. The art piece 'America' is taken from the Blenheim Palace in Britain. Photo by Kristopher McKay/Guggenheim Museum

Johnson denies lying to Queen in Brexit crisis

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:05 PM

British Prime Minister Boris also vows that Britain will be ready for a no-deal departure from the EU on October 31 despite his own government's assessment that planning remained 'at a low level'

BREXIT CRISIS. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London on July 24, 2019, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The government has immediately appealed, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, September 17, and parliament set to remain shut in the meantime

ANOTHER BLOW. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

The state of Britain's economy as Brexit looms

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Here is an assessment of Britain's economy as it prepares to leave the European Union

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Britain's Johnson vows to fight on despite Brexit blows

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Boris Johnson now sees himself outflanked by pro-European Union opponents and the country barrelling toward a chaotic October 31 breakup with its closest neighbors after 46 years

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London, on July 31, 2019.  Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

UK's Johnson seeks snap election to break Brexit deadlock

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The vote's timing is still being debated as the country hurtles toward an October 31 departure from the European Union without a plan for what comes next

SNAP ELECTION? In this file photo, then incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative Party headquarters in central London on July 23, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Boris Johnson's brother quits UK government

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Jo Johnson had campaigned strongly against Britain's exit from the European Union in 2016, a position that put him at odds with his older and more famous brother Boris

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on June 20, 2019 Conservative MP Jo Johnson, former minister and brother of leadership contender Boris Johnson, is seen at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 20, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK's Johnson faces new Brexit battle after stinging defeat

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Boris Johnson says he will seek an early general election if MPs vote against him again

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.  JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT / AFP

PM Johnson loses majority ahead of Brexit parliament showdown

Sep 03, 2019 - 11:25 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemns a plan by lawmakers to block his Brexit strategy as 'surrender' and says it will undermine his intention to negotiate a new divorce deal with the EU

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he gives a speech on domestic priorities at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, northwest England on July 27, 2019. File photo by Rui Vieira/AFP

EU says UK has yet to show plan to revise Brexit deal

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Our working assumption is that there will be Brexit on October 31,' says European Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva

BREXIT. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are due to report to senior EU officials on progress in Brexit talks. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

UK PM Johnson threatens Brexit purge in pivotal week

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:10 PM

'It would be entirely unreasonable for MPs, having rejected the previous deal 3 times, to attempt to bind the hands of the PM as he seeks to negotiate a deal they can support,' Boris Johnson's spokesman says

PURGE? In this file photo, Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Judge rejects first bid to block UK parliament suspension

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'I'm not satisfied that there's a need for an interim suspension or an interim interdict to be granted at this stage,' says Scottish judge Raymond Doherty in his ruling

UK PARLIAMENT. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Countdown to Brexit: Key dates ahead

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Here are the key dates in what will be a momentous two months for Britain ahead of its planned departure from the European Union

BREXIT. Anti-Brexit demonstrators stand outside Parliament in London on August 29, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU tells Johnson: UK alone will be to blame for no-deal Brexit

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:18 AM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker calls UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to say a 'no-deal' scenario will only ever be the UK's decision, not the EU's'

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EU says Britain must pay Brexit divorce bill even if no deal

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:18 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that if Britain leaves without a deal it will not have to pay the 39 billion pound divorce bill agreed by his predecessor Theresa May

BREXIT. A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a meeting in Brussels on November 25, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Johnson seeks to push Trump at fractious G7

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

British Prime minister Boris Johnson urges US President Donald Trump to remove 'considerable barries' for UK companies seeking to export to the American market

OUT TO PUSH TRUMP. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Britain's Prince Andrew denies witnessing Epstein abuse

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

'At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction,' says the British prince

'MISTAKEN.' Britain's Prince Andrew says of Jeffrey Epstein: 'I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know.' Photo by Swen Pfortner/DPA/AFP

UK consulate staffer returns to Hong Kong after China detention

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Simon Cheng is back in Hong Kong after being detained for 15 days in China for an alleged crime that his family says was made up

CONCERNED. A general view shows the exterior of the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on August 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Britain, South Korea sign Brexit trade deal

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:41 AM

It is Britain's first post-Brexit trade deal in Asia and follows similar agreements with nations including Chile, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

Britain's International Trade Secretary Liz Truss leaves 10 Downing street after a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019 Britain's newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting today faced with the burning challenge of resolving the three-year Brexit crisis in three months. Isabel Infantes / AFP

Beijing says it's holding UK's Hong Kong consulate employee

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the employee was 'placed in administrative detention for 15 days as punishment' by Shenzhen police for breaking a public security law

MISSING EMPLOYEE DETAINED. A general view shows the exterior of the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on August 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

EU and Britain clash over Johnson's Brexit backstop demand

Aug 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

London has insisted there is 'no prospect' of a Brexit deal unless the Irish border backstop plan is abandoned

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) speaks flanked by Youth Justice Board Adviser Roy Sefa-Attakora (R) during a roundtable on the criminal justice system at 10 Downing Street in London on August 12, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP

Britain 'concerned' by reports Hong Kong consulate employee detained in China

Aug 20, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen,' a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson says

CONCERNED. A general view shows the exterior of the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on August 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

UK to end EU free movement immediately after Brexit

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:16 AM

A Downing Street spokesperson says the government has planned 'tougher criminality rules for people entering the UK' as part of the new hardline stance

NEW HARDLINE STANCE. 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

Britain's Prince Andrew 'appalled' by Epstein abuse claims – report

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent,' the Buckingham Palace says

'APPALLED.' In this file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, visits the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, western Germany on June 3, 2014. File photo by Swen Pfortner/DPA/AFP

Pelosi vows to thwart U.S.-UK trade deal if Brexit risks Irish peace

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Any trade agreement needs the green light from US Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Trump's political nemesis on Capitol Hill – has made clear she would not play ball if the Irish peace deal were put at risk

Iran says in touch with Britain over seized tanker

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:16 PM

A court in Gibraltar is to decide the fate of Grace 1 supertanker on Thursday, August 15, when an order for its detention lapses

DETAINED. A British Royal Navy ship (back right) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Fearing no-deal Brexit, UK carmakers slam brakes on investment

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:15 PM

New investment in the United Kingdom's automotive industry plummets by 70% in the 1st half of 2019

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 06, 2017 Opel cars are prepared for distribution at Vauxhall's production plant in Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire, north-west England. - French carmaker PSA warned it could shut down a plant in northwest England if the factory becomes unprofitable because of Brexit, the Financial Times reported on July 29, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)