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British pedophile jailed for Malaysia abuse found dead in UK prison

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:27 AM

A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.

FOUND DEAD. A handout released by the British National Crime Agency on June 1, 2016 shows a custody picture of Richard Huckle who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

EU presses UK to resubmit Brexit plan as end-game looms

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:57 AM

UK plans to remove some customs border checks in Ireland, but EU sees the potential for rampant smuggling

BREXIT. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is required by law to seek a Brexit extension from the EU by October 19 if he has not reached a deal by then. Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / 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 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 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

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

WATCH: Bow down to Olivia Colman in new ’The Crown’ season 3 teaser

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:41 PM

‘One just has to get on with it’

QUEEN. Olivia Colman plays Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming season of 'The Crown.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

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

UK parliament speaker vows to thwart Boris Johnson over Brexit law

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:37 PM

UK parliament passed a law earlier this month aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit, but Johnson is adamant Britain will still leave the EU on schedule on October 31 with or without a withdrawal agreement

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow arrives for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats at Westminster Abbey in central London on September 10, 2019. ISABEL INFANTES / 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

Outgoing parliament deals new Brexit blow to Boris Johnson

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:33 PM

The British Prime Minister slams the opposition for voting against his call for a snap poll next month

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow chairing after the results of a motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, were announced in the House of Commons in London on September 10, 2019. British MPs rejected a second attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 10 to call an early election to break the Brexit deadlock, in a final show of defiance before he controversially suspends parliament. HO / PRU / AFP

Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The law, which would require Boris Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU in October, will now go for formal approval by Queen Elizabeth II

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

UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31 without a withdrawal agreement, unless one can be struck and then approved by parliament

Anti-Brexit activists hold Union and EU flags as they demonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London on August 29, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament weeks before Britain's EU departure date faced legal challenges on Thursday following a furious outcry from pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit. 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

Johnson, EU chief in Brexit blame game

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'One thing I will not cooperate on is a 'no deal,' and I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal,' says European Union Council President Donald Tusk

BREXIT BLAME GAME. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Family of missing UK consulate worker rejects 'made-up' report

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:12 AM

The Global Times, a tabloid state-run newspaper, says Simon Cheng had been detained for 'soliciting prostitutes', citing police in Shenzhen. But a Facebook page run by Cheng's family dismissed the report.

An activist holds a British passport during a gathering outside the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on August 21, 2019, following reports that Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong consulate employee had been detained by mainland Chinese authorities on his way back to the city. An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed on August 21. 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

Missing employee of UK consulate in Hong Kong detained – family

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:06 AM

The family writes on Facebook that Simon Cheng traveled to Shenzhen in Guangdong province, an hour outside Hong Kong, for a one-day business meeting on August 8.

A pedestrian walks past a plaque outside the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on August 20, 2019. Britain's Foreign Office said on August 20, it was "extremely concerned" by reports that a Hong Kong consulate employee had been detained by mainland Chinese authorities on his way back to the city.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Iran tanker in limbo off Gibraltar as U.S. issues warrant

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The US Justice Department alleges the tanker Grace 1 is part of a scheme 'to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps'

Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled today to release an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a last-minute US request to detain the vessel. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

Iran says tanker freed by Gibraltar poised to set sail

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Grace 1 will be renamed and switched to the Iranian flag for its onward journey, an official says

FREED. Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

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

Brexit turmoil drives UK economy towards recession

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Gross domestic product fell 0.2% in the April-June period, the first time the economy has contracted in almost 7 years

UK ECONOMY. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/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)

Britain rules out seized tanker swap with Iran

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:10 PM

New British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab flatly rejects the idea of the two tankers being exchanged or simultaneously released in a bid to dial back the tensions

ON TANKER SWAP. Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at 10 Downing street for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK warship arrives in Gulf to escort tankers

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:58 PM

HMS Duncan will help accompany vessels through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker there earlier in July

HMS DUNCAN. A March 22, 2013 handout photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defence in London on July 12, 2019, shows the British Royal Navy's HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, as it prepares to arrive in Portsmouth, southern England. AFP PHOTO / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2019

British navy to escort UK-flagged ships in Gulf strait

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Britain currently has the HMS Montrose warship in the Gulf and a handful of smaller naval vessels. The Montrose had tried to rush in to rescue the Stena Impero but arrived too late to the scene.

HMS MONTROSE. A picture taken on February 3, 2014, shows the British warship HMS Montrose docked in the Cypriot port of Limassol on February 3, 2014. File photo by AFP

World reacts to Britain's PM to-be Johnson

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions from home and abroad to Boris Johnson's victory

WORLD REACTS. In this file photo, Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves a house in London on May 30, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain's next PM

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The former London mayor easily beats his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a vote of members of the governing Conservative party

NEW PM. New Conservative Party leader and incoming prime minister 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. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK finance minister to quit if Boris Johnson becomes PM

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'I'm sure I'm not going to be sacked because I'm going to resign before we get to that point,' says Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond, an increasingly fierce critic of Boris Johnson

RESIGN. Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said he will resign if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister. AFP file photo

Man found guilty over car attack outside UK parliament

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Although Salih Khater did not kill anyone, and ended up crashing the car into security barriers, the August 2018 attack sent several people to hospital for treatment

PARLIAMENT CAR ATTACK. Police forensics officers work around a silver Ford Fiesta car that was driven into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament in central London on August 14, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK PM hopefuls slam Trump tweets, but refuse to call them racist

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:33 AM

Front-runner Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt refuse to call the tweets of US President Donald Trump racist when pressed to do so during their last debate

A combination of file pictures created in London on June 21, 2019 shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (L) giving a speech at the Konrad-Adenauer foundation in Berlin on February 20, 2019 and British Conservative Party politician Boris Johnson (R) giving a speech during a fringe event on the sidelines of the Conservative Party Conference 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, on October 2, 2018. Britain's leadership race leaves London for the English countryside Saturday as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt begin wooing grassroots Conservatives who will pick the new premier. Paul ELLIS, Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

UK's new banknote to feature mathematician Alan Turing

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Bank of England, in unveiling the new £50 banknote, hails mathematician Alan Turing as 'a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand'

UK's Labour party backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:28 AM

Labour says it will challenge whoever wins the Conservative Party leadership race and becomes the next prime minister to put any deal they strike with the EU to a referendum

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Rappler, The Investigative Journal to partner on investigative reporting

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:24 AM

The collaboration will see the coming together of two publishers with a shared belief in holding power to account through original, fact based, and investigative storytelling

Trump hits back as UK's top envoy calls his White House 'inept'

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:09 AM

Trump says Ambassador Kim Darroch had 'not served the UK well' and that he and his administration were 'not big fans' of the envoy

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Johnson fends off dwindling British PM rivals in TV debate

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Boris Johnson casts himself as the one politician able to bring Britain successfully out of the European Union and therefore deliver the Brexit that UK voters called for 3 years ago

BORIS JOHNSON. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson giving evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee at Parliament in London on March 21, 2018. Photo by PRU/AFP

Brexit figurehead Johnson tops first-round vote for British PM

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:17 PM

(UPDATED) Boris Johnson secures 114 votes, way ahead of Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a distant second on 43, and third-placed Environment Secretary Michael Gove with 37

FIRST ROUND. In this photo, Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves the podium during his Conservative Party leadership campaign launch in London on June 12, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK minister signs U.S. bid to extradite Assange

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The final decision on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited will rest with the courts

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 Agence France-Presse

EU warns UK must pay bill even in 'no deal' Brexit

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The European Commission says it will not enter talks on future trade until London honors 'the financial obligations the UK has made as a member state'

A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. The European Union's top official urged British lawmakers to ratify the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with European leaders, warning it will not be modified. "This is the best deal possible for Britain, this is the best deal possible for Europe. This is the only deal possible," Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said after a Brussels summit.  EMMANUEL DUNAND / 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

Brexit Party fails to win first seat in UK by-election

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The result is a setback for the Brexit Party – founded by euroskeptic figurehead Nigel Farage only a few months ago – which came out on top in the European elections in May

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures as he arrives at a polling station to vote in the European Parliament elections, in Biggin Hill, south east England on May 23, 2019. Voting got under way in Britain early on Thursday in elections to the European Parliament -- a contest the country had not expected to hold nearly three years after the Brexit referendum. Ben STANSALL / AFP

Putin says time to 'turn the page' in UK ties after spy scandal

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Global issues related to national interests in the economic and social spheres and global security are more important than games of security services,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

SPY SCANDAL. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Prince Charles' climate change passion wows Trump

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:44 PM

'He wants to have a world that is good for future generations and I want that too,' Donald Trump says

CLIMATE CHANGE PASSION. US President Donald Trump (R) raises a glass to toast with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during a dinner at Winfield House on June 4, 2019. Photo by Chris Jackson/AFP