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Scottish leader rules out new independence vote for now

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:31 AM

Sturgeon says she will reset the timetable for holding a referendum by spring 2019 when Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union

NO INDYREF2. Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon reacts as she sits in the chamber at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on June 27, 2017. Andy Buchanan/AFP

J. K. Rowling marks 'wonderful' Harry Potter anniversary

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:37 PM

20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others It s been wonderful Rowling tweets

5 challenges facing next British PM

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Whoever ends up becoming Britain s new prime minister faces a daunting 5 years in office Here are the 5 main challenges ahead

WHO'S THE NEXT PM? This combination picture shows opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) voting in north London and British Prime Minister Theresa May voting in Maidenhead on June 8, 2017 during  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 27 - April 2, 2017

Apr 02, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Hello Here s a round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

Scotland makes formal request to UK for independence vote

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Nicola Sturgeon leader of the ruling Scottish National Party SNP says: The people of Scotland must have the right to choose our own future – in short to exercise our right of self determination

ASKING FOR INDEPENDENCE VOTE. This file photo taken on June 25, 2016 shows Scotland's First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the media outside Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Brexit triggered: UK launches 2-year EU exit process

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:28 PM

UPDATED After the historic triggering of divorce proceedings Brussels and London face months of monumentally difficult negotiations over outstanding bills immigration and future trade ties

TRIGGERING BREXIT. Tim Barrow, UK Permanent Representative to the European Union, hands a letter to EU president Donald Tusk formally notifying the bloc of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the group, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2017. Photo courtesy @eucopresident / Twitter

British PM signs letter for Brexit with calls for UK unity

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:47 AM

The British government will then deliver the letter to European Union President Donald Tusk formally notifying him of Britain s intention to leave the bloc after 44 years of membership

SIGNED. British Prime Minister Theresa May signs the letter which will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, at the Cabinet Room of Number 10 Downing Street, March 28, 2017. Photo courtesy 10 Downing Street

Scottish lawmakers to hold independence vote on eve of Brexit

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Lawmakers in Edinburgh are due to vote on Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon s bid for a new referendum despite the prime minister s last minute appeals

UNITED – FOR NOW. A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 13, 2017. Lesley Martin/AFP

May holds crisis talks in Scotland on brink of Brexit

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:47 PM

UPDATED Theresa May urges Scotland not to choose independence while also fighting a political crisis in Northern Ireland in the frantic final days before she launches Brexit

THERESA MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. Photo by Steve Parsons/AFP

Britain prepares to launch Brexit

Mar 26, 2017 - 3:51 PM

As the countdown begins there is a real chance that negotiations will break down and Britain will be forced out of the EU without any deal in place

DIVORCE UP AHEAD. Demonstrators fly an EU and a Union flag during a rally following an anti Brexit, pro-European Union (EU) march in London on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 next week. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017 - 11:08 AM

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Scottish parliament suspends independence vote debate

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:57 AM

The suspension follows a suspected terrorist incident outside the Houses of Parliament in London

INDEPENDENCE DEBATE. In this file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (C) speaks in the chamber on the first day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on March 21, 2017. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/AFP

4 killed in attack at UK Parliament

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:03 PM

UPDATED Four people are killed and 40 injured after being run over and stabbed in a lightning attack at the gates of British democracy attributed by police to Islamist related terrorism

LOCKDOWN. Armed police officers stand guard as forensics officers work around a grey vehicle that crashed into the railings of the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017, during an emergency incident. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Scottish parliament set to back new independence vote

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Lawmakers are set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon s call for a second referendum when they vote following a two day debate in the semi autonomous assembly in Edinburgh

NICOLA STURGEON. A handout photo made available from the Scottish Parliament on March 21, 2017, shows Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking in the chamber on the first day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo by Andrew Cowan / Scottish Parliament / AFP

Scots weigh economic uncertainty of independent future

Mar 19, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Going it alone raises a host of doubts about Scotland s economy including what currency it would use and how it could reduce a budget deficit of 9 0 of gross domestic product

NORTH SEA GOLD. A file photo, taken in March 2009 and provided by Royal Dutch Shell of the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea. Royal Dutch Shell/Handout/EPA

'Now is not the time' for Scottish independence vote – May

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:59 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May: All our energies should be being put into the negotiations with the European Union to make sure we get the deal the right deal for people across the whole of the United Kingdom

DIVIDED? A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 13, 2017. Lesley Martin/AFP

PM keeps suspense over Brexit trigger

Mar 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

3rd UPDATE After speculation that she would start the withdrawal process this week Theresa May says she would fulfill her promise to do it by the end of March

UK PARLIAMENT. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK Parliament backs Brexit bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:00 AM

The prime minister could then trigger Article 50 of the EU s Lisbon Treaty at any time starting two years of talks that will end with Britain becoming the first country to leave the bloc

BACKING EU. A protester draped in a European Union flag takes part in a protest in support of an amendment to guarantee legal status of EU citizens, outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Scotland takes a step towards new independence vote

Mar 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

UPDATED First Minister Sturgeon says the new independence referendum could be held between late 2018 and early 2019 once the outline of the Brexit agreement becomes clear but before Britain actually leaves the EU

DIVIDED? A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 13, 2017. Lesley Martin/AFP

Scottish opposition insists no new independence vote

Mar 05, 2017 - 7:52 AM

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: We deserve a Scottish government that is focused on helping Team UK get the best Brexit deal for all of us not using it to revive its independence obsession

SEAT OF SCOTTISH POWER. The Scottish Parliament building is pictured in the Holyrood area of Edinburgh, on September 30, 2008. Ed Jones/AFP

Scottish parliament votes overwhelmingly against Brexit bill

Feb 08, 2017 - 8:31 AM

Minister for Brexit Negotiations Mike Russell said his government will never allow Scotland to be humiliated and its democratic choice rejected We will never ever turn our back on Europe and the world

A handout photo made available from the Scottish Parliament on February 7, 2017, shows Scotland's Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe (Brexit Minister), Michael Russell, standing at a lecturn as he opens the Scottish Government debate on Article 50 inside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament/AFP

Judges rule UK parliament must approve start of Brexit

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:50 PM

4th UPDATE Majority of the 11 Supreme Court judges agree that the national parliament has to be consulted but lawmakers in Scotland Northern Ireland and Wales have no say

PARLIAMENT. People walk by the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Leonardo DiCaprio delights fans at Scottish homeless restaurant

Nov 18, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Leonardo DiCaprio signs autographs has lunch with his fans and reacts to Donald Trump s win at the Home restaurant

LEONARDO DICAPRIO. Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the social restaurant Home, which aims to help the homeless, in Edinburgh, Scotland ahead of his appearance at the Scottish Business Awards. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP Photo

British PM seeks to unite first ministers over Brexit plans

Oct 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

UPDATED Theresa May will call on the devolved administrations to commit to working fully with the British government in a bid to enhance prosperity and security Downing Street says in a statement

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2016 ahead of Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons.  Adrian Dennis/AFP

Scotland's Sturgeon says independence will happen

Oct 16, 2016 - 7:20 AM

The Scottish National Party SNP leader pledges to explore all options to prevent Scotland being taken out of the European Union against its will

In this file photo, pro-Scottish Independence supporters with Scottish Saltire flags and EU flags among others, rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland on July 30, 2016 to call for Scottish independence from the UK. Andy Buchanan/AFP/File

Scottish leader unveils new independence plan

Oct 14, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils plans for a new independence referendum in case her demands for more autonomy and for Scotland to stay in Europe s single market are not met

DEMANDS. This file photo taken on June 25, 2016 shows Scotland's First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the media outside Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland. Oli Scarff/AFP

Scotland faces independence dilemma as Brexit looms

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:38 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to explore all options to protect Scotland s place in the EU after Scots bucked the national trend by voting to remain in the bloc

SEAT OF POWER. The Scottish Parliament is pictured at sunset from Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland on June 25, 2016. Oli Scarff/AFP

Scottish leader launches new independence drive

Sep 02, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Scotland s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the survey would be conducted through a website and by polling party members aiming to reach two million people

Pro-union (R) and pro-independence (L) campaigners jostle for space during a rally by Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 12, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

May visits Scotland in fight for Brexit UK unity

Jul 15, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Britain s new prime minister is received in Edinburgh by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who has threatened another referendum on Scotland leaving the UK

NEW PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo, former British Home Secretary Theresa May arrives to attend a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 27, 2016. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

EU leaves Britain out in the cold as PM race begins

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED European Union leaders assess the damage from Britain s decision to leave the bloc and try to prevent further disintegration

The British flag is being replaced by the European Union flag following the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels on June 28, 2016. Thierry Charlier/AFP

Sturgeon to visit Brussels to defend Scotland's EU place

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:49 AM

UPDATED Sturgeon says she is utterly determined to protect Scotland as she obtained a formal mandate for direct talks with the European Union institutions at an emergency session of the Scottish parliament

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, June 25, 2016. Jane Barlow/EPA

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

Jun 28, 2016 - 8:29 AM

3rd UPDATE Donald Tusk agrees to give Britain time for the dust to settle but Jean Claude Juncker warns the country does not have months to meditate

epa05395855 British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) prior to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 28 June 2016. EU leaders meet in Brussels on 28 June for the first time since the British referendum, in which 51.9 percent voted to leave the European Union (EU). EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Scotland seeks immediate EU talks to protect place in bloc

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:42 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland wants to seek immediate discussions with the EU institutions and other EU member states

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, 12 April 2014, in Aberdeen. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Europe demands quick divorce from divided Britain

Jun 25, 2016 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED European powers urge Britain not to delay amid fears of a domino effect of exit votes in euroskeptic member states that could imperil the integrity of the bloc

GLOOM. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016, following the pro-Brexit result of the UK's EU referendum vote. Justin Tallis/AFP

Brexit vote puts Britain's unity in question

Jun 24, 2016 - 11:02 PM

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the result put an independence referendum on the table adding that it was highly likely within two years

A Unionist holds the Union jack (L) and the Saltire flag during a march of the Orange Order in a show of solidarity for the Union of Britain in Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

Khan triumphs as London's first Muslim mayor

May 07, 2016 - 3:57 AM

5th UPDATE I want every single Londoner to get the opportunities that our city gave to me and my family – the opportunities not just to survive but to thrive says Sadiq Khan

epa05292495 Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan reacts as he is announced as the new mayor of London after votes were calculated at City Hall in London, Britain, 06 May 2016. Khan becomes London's first muslim mayor. EPA/ANDY RAIN

7 banks to pay $324M to settle suit alleging interest rate manipulation

May 05, 2016 - 12:35 AM

The banks are accused of conspiring to set the daily benchmark rate for interest rate exchange contracts

epa02913523 (FILE) A file photo dated 22 April 2008 showing a view of a Bank of America branch in New York, New York, USA. Bank of America Corporation reported 12 September 2011 it would slash some 30,000 jobs within the coming years. The move is part of a strategy to cut costs and comes after a reorganization of the bank's management last week. Bank of America hopes to be able to save some five billion USD per year. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Stay or go? Arguments for and against Britain leaving EU

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:17 PM

As a referendum on the so called Brexit looms here are the views of opposing sides

epa05133258 A Union Jack flag flutters next to European Union flags ahead a visits of the British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 29 January 2016. Cameron arived in Brussels for unscheduled talks on a Brexit referendum. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

A Pinoy's guide for planning a trip to the Scottish Highlands

Feb 06, 2016 - 8:27 PM

Let the Scottish Highlands – its sights songs stories and spirit delight your eyes touch your soul and fill your heart to bursting

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British Ebola nurse now 'critically ill'

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Pauline Cafferky is being treated for Ebola in the high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital

EBOLA PATIENT. Scottish health worker Pauline Cafferky is treated several months ago for Ebola. File photo by AFP

Rappler Talk: How can PH make the peace process work?

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:22 PM

The British government has been a key supporter of the peace process in the Philippines

Queen's Europe speech raises eyebrows in Britain

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:47 PM

The reported comment was widely interpreted as support for the campaign for Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom

Queen to outline Cameron's plans after poll win

May 27, 2015 - 12:47 PM

The Queen s Speech will include a planned law for a European Union referendum by the end of 2017 more powers for Scotland and controversial measures to pull out of European human rights legislation

US, Britain fine 6 top banks nearly $6B for forex, Libor abuses

May 20, 2015 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED US UK regulators say forex traders from the banks had met in online chatroom groups to set rates that cheated customers while adding to their own profits

FOREX RATES. Pedestrians are reflected on a window of a bank as it displays the foreign exchange rates in New York on February 5, 2015. Jewel Samad/AFP

Britain in new era after Cameron's shock victory

May 10, 2015 - 5:55 PM

Britain adjusts to a new political landscape after a shock election victory for Prime Minister David Cameron that decapitated the opposition and bolstered secessionists in Scotland

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD. British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader David Cameron delivers a statement to the nation at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 8, 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Scottish MPs celebrate election success with anti-austerity pledge

May 09, 2015 - 11:15 PM

It is the priority that elected lawmakers from the Scottish National Party will take to the very heart of the Westminster agenda says party leader Nicola Sturgeon

VICTORY. Scottish First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon (C), poses for photographs in front of the Forth Bridge in Queensferry, west of Edinburgh, Scotland on May 9, 2015, during a photo call with all the newly-elected SNP Members of Parliament (MPs) following the outcome of the UK general election. Andy Buchanan/AFP

'Lion roars' as Scottish nationalists score historic sweep

May 08, 2015 - 3:09 PM

UPDATED The nationalists win 56 of 59 parliamentary seats in Scotland in Thursday s general election up from just 6 at the last vote in 2010

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY. Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon (C) and supporters celebrate after a great night for her party at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on 08 May. Photo by Robert Perry/EPA

Surprise lead for Conservatives in UK election exit poll

May 08, 2015 - 7:42 AM

The centre right Conservatives are projected to win 316 seats compared to 239 for Ed Miliband s center left Labour party in a result that tears up pre election predictions

ELECTIONS. Election officials count ballot papers from the Hallam constituency of Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Britain, 07 May 2015. Photo by Nigel Roddis/EPA

How the UK parliamentary elections work

May 07, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The leader of the party that gains the majority of seats in the parliamentary election becomes the new prime minister