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Climate campaigners win appeal to prevent new Heathrow runway

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Triumphant campaigners call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to finally cancel the project

WIN. Campaigners against Heathrow expansion celebrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on February 27, 2020 after a decision by the Court of Appeal on legal challenges to the UK government's approval of plans to expand capacity at Heathrow airport. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Just call me Harry, prince says as royal exit looms

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Harry and Meghan will join the queen on March 9 for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which is expected to be their last official appearance as working royals

JUST HARRY. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, addresses a sustainable tourism summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh on February 26, 2020. Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool/AFP

Iran open to 'any initiative' after talks to save nuclear deal

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) A diplomat says no timetable has been fixed for solving the dispute, adding 'we are still far from a result'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on December 23, 2019, shows the nuclear water reactor of Arak, south of capital Tehran, during a visit by the head of the organization Ali Akbar Salehi. AFP PHOTO/HO/ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN

In extradition bid, U.S. accuses Assange of endangering sources

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his supporters claim the prosecution is politically motivated, and the case has alarmed free speech advocates

ASSANGE. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK begins repatriating citizens from virus-stricken Japan cruise ship

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Foreign Office says an 'evacuation flight from Japan has now departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as British government and medical staff' and is due to arrive in the UK Saturday'

DIAMOND PRINCESS. A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Violinist plays during brain op as surgeons test her dexterity

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:21 AM

Video footage of the operation shows Turner playing the violin as doctors monitored her movements on screens

PERFORMANCE. Musician Dagmar Turner plays the violin during brain surgery at King's College Hospital in London. Photo by King's College Hospital/AFP

Critics slam U.K. post-Brexit immigration plans

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near Big Ben. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Harry Styles robbed in London – reports

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The former One Direction member was, thankfully, unharmed

Britain unveils points-based immigration plan

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Each foreign worker must earn 70 points to be eligible, with a set number of points for each qualification or skill

LOVE. A migrant walks next to a tent tagged with the initials of the United Kingdom, UK, into a heart-shape logo inside the 'Jungle' camp for migrants and refugees in Calais on June 24, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Doctors, media freedom group rally around Assange

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:52 AM

A group of 117 physicians and psychologists from 18 nations says that Assange was being subjected to 'torture' in prison

TRAPPED. 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. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brings high winds of more than 140 kilometers an hour and more than a month's worth of rain in 48 hours in some places

STORM DENNIS. A picture shows a member of the emergency services and cars on a flooded high street in Tenbury Wells in western England, on February 17, 2020, after the River Teme broke its banks and flooded amid Storm Dennis. Photo by Oli Scarff/ AFP

Caroline Flack under pressure from 'show trial', management says after suicide

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The TV presenter is supposed to go on trial for allegedly hitting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

PRESSURE. Caroline Flack's management says the TV presenter has been under a lot of pressure.  File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Virus fears send Wall Street down after U.K. finance minister quits

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:28 AM

United Airlines and American Airlines, which both halted flights to China due to the outbreak, see their shares decline by about 1.2%

DOWN. A man gestures as he looks at stock price movements on a screen at a securities company in Beijing on February 6, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

British finance minister quits in reshuffle upset

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:00 PM

British Finance Minister Sajid Javid stands down after Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to use a reorganization of his cabinet to get rid of some of Javid's aides

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid leaves 11 Downing Street in central London on September 4, 2019, to head the House of Commons to set out his plans for public spending. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.K. police say 39 Vietnamese died from lack of oxygen, overheating

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The victims were found dead in a refrigeration trailer on October 23 last year

MIGRANT. This photograph taken on October 30, 2019 shows a Vietnamese migrant, who requested to remain anonymous and was deported from Britain, speaking during an interview with AFP at his home in Vietnam's Nghe An province. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

UK team tests novel coronavirus vaccine on mice

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Researchers at Imperial College London said their ultimate goal was to have an effective and safe way of halting the SARS-like strain's spread by the end of 2020

TESTING. Doctor Paul McKay, who is working on an vaccine for the 2019-nCoV strain of the novel coronavirus, poses for a photograph with bacteria containing the coronavirus DNA, at Imperial College School of Medicine in London on February 10, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

BBC to make Greta Thunberg documentary series

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new docuseries will follow the life of the 17-year-old Swedish environmental activist, her international crusades, and the science behind climate change

Queen's granddaughter Beatrice to marry in May

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:53 PM

The marriage, at St James's Palace on May 29, is likely to be a more low-key event than the 2018 wedding of her younger sister Eugenie

New UK ambassador to U.S. appointed after Trump row

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Karen Pierce, a career diplomat who has previously served in Washington as private secretary to the British ambassador, is the first woman to hold the post

NEW AMBASSADOR. In this file photo taken on August 20, 2019 Dame Karen Pierce, Permanent British representative to the United Nations speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Prince Andrew defers navy promotion in wake of Epstein scandal

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Prince Andrew was set to become an admiral for his 60th birthday on February 19, but a palace spokeswoman says he will push back the promotion until he can resume full royal duties

PRINCE ANDREW. Britain's Prince Andrew is to defer an honorary Navy promotion having stepped back from frontline royal duties over his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the Buckingham Palace says. File photo by John Thys/AFP

U.K. vows action after envoy slams plans for U.N. climate talks

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'We've poured so much CO2 into the atmosphere collectively that our entire planet is swaddled in a great tea cozy of the stuff,' says Prime Minister Boris Johnson

DANGER. A protestor holds a sign reading 'Planet in danger' during a climate change protest in Paris,on September 21, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Johnson, Barnier trade blows over post-Brexit ties

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:06 PM

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier formally offers a deep future relationship but only as long as Britain makes guarantees to trade fairly

POST-BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

UK police search homes in terror stabbing probe

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:31 PM

(UPDATED) The Islamic State group claims the attack

EVIDENCE. Police officers carry evidence as they conduct a search of a property in south London on February 3, 2020, after a man was shot dead by police on February 2, following reports he had stabbed two people on Streatham High Road. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

'1917' wins big at Baftas to take pole position for Oscars

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:19 AM

The World War I movie wins 7 awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Sam Mendes

British director Sam Mendes poses with the award for a Director for his work on the film '1917' at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

UK vows action after police kill 'convicted extremist' in terror stabbing

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:14 AM

Police say Sudesh Amman, 20, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot on the busy Streatham High Road packed with shoppers at about 2 pm

GUARDS. Police officers guard a cordon, set up on Streatham High Road, at the junction of Prentis Road, in south London on February 2, 2020, after a man is shot dead by police following reports of people being stabbed in the street. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

Man shot by police after 'terrorist-related' London stabbing

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:43 PM

London's Metropolitan Police says the incident has been declared as terrorist-related

Brexit is here, what changes?

Feb 01, 2020 - 8:23 AM

While there are some practical changes, London and Brussels will work on completing negotiations on new arrangements to guide future relations

BREXIT SUPPORTERS. Brexit supporters wave Union flags as the time nears 11 pm, in Parliament Square, venue for the Leave Means Leave Brexit Celebration in central London on January 31, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

New era for divided Britain as it leaves European Union

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act,' says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

BREXIT. Red, white and blue lights illuminate 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister, in central London on January 31, 2020, after Britain left the European Union at 2300GMT. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Britain leaves the EU – then what?

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:15 AM

For one, Britain will lose its representation and voting rights in EU institutions

BORIS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, southeast England on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/AFP

Brexit sealed with final Brussels vote

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:49 PM

After Brexit the United Kingdom will become what the EU calls a 'third country,' outside the union, but the political and economic drama will continue

BREXIT. Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union Sir Tim Barrow (L) delivers the instruments of ratification for Brexit, notifying the Council that the UK has fully ratified the Withdrawal Agreement, to European Council Secretary General Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2020. Photo by Yves Herman/Pool/AFP

British minister attends 'historic' last EU council

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:03 AM

The United Kingdom will formally leave the bloc at midnight on Friday, January 31

BREAKUP. A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

What will change the day after Brexit?

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:14 AM

There will be no turning back – the union would have lost one of its largest and richest states, the first ever to quit the project

UNION JACK. A man passes a barrier decorated with a Union Flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 30. 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK 'to decide on Huawei 5G next week'

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:56 PM

A senior official says Britain has been using Huawei technology in its systems for the past 15 years. Banning Huawei entirely could also cost 'billions' of pounds and delay the rollout of 5G and full-fiber broadband.

HUAWEI. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

European Union chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:05 PM

On Thursday, diplomats from the EU member states will approve the deal in writing. Then, on Friday, January 31, Britain spends its last day in the EU before leaving the bloc at 2300 GMT as clocks strike midnight in Brussels.

BREXIT. A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Queen gives assent for Britain to leave EU

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:51 PM

With the head of state's ceremonial approval of the withdrawal legislation, Britain can finally leave its closest neighbors and trading partners after years of bickering and 3 delays

GIVING ASSENT. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

'Monty Python' star Terry Jones dies at 77

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:38 AM

The Welsh-born actor, director, and comedian dies at the age of 77 after a long battle with a rare form of dementia

UK parliament ratifies Brexit divorce law

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The only hurdle left to formal ratification now is royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU on January 31

BOO BREXIT. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

O Canada: How life will change for Harry and Meghan

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:52 AM

As far as shopping goes, farmers' markets and roadside produce stands in North Saanich may replace the luxury of Harrods for the time being

TEMPORARY HOME. The residence of Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan is seen in Deep Cove Neighborhood from a boat on the Saanich Inlet, North Saanich, British Columbia on January 21, 2020. Photo by Mark Goodnow/AFP)

Harry and Meghan start new life in Canada with media spat

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:49 AM

The lawyers claim there had been attempts to photograph inside Harry and Meghan's new home using long lenses, and say paparazzi are camped outside the property

TABLOID FODDER. An arrangement of UK daily newspapers photographed as an illustration in London on January 9, 2020, shows front page headlines reporting on the news that Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, plan to step back as "senior" members of the Royal Family. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

Facebook to 'boost site safety' with 1,000 more UK staff

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:08 PM

The announcement comes as Facebook's head of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg, a former UK deputy prime minister, again urged action on setting new rules for the internet

MORE STAFF. In this file photo taken on December 04, 2017 employees have lunch at the canteen at Facebook's new headquarters at Rathbone Place in central London. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Queen join Queen Elizabeth on new British coin

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:36 PM

The iconic British group are hailed on a coin kicking off a Music Legends series being produced by the official mint

What is their income? Harry and Meghan's bid for 'financial independence'

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:38 AM

Harry and Meghan will be free to earn their own money after giving up their royal titles and allowances

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation /AFP

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

Britain's Prince Harry expresses 'great sadness' at royal split

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Daily Telegraph reports that Prince Charles would probably continue paying his son some money from his private income for the next year

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

Harry and Meghan begin life as (almost) ordinary people

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:07 AM

Meghan has admitted on UK television in October that she 'really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried.' But she admitted sadly: 'That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive.'

HAPPY COUPLE. In this file photo taken on on November 27, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry stands with now-wife Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring while they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London, following the announcement of their engagement. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles

Jan 19, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Much of the British media interprets the ruling as the Queen's punishment for Prince Harry and wife Meghan, who both resigned from front-line royal duties

ROYALS NO MORE. In this file photo taken on June 08, 2019, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) return to Buckingham Palace after the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Filipino restaurant Sarap to open in Brixton Village, London

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Chef Budgie Montoya's star dish is the 'Lechon Liempo,' slow-roasted pork belly rolled and stuffed with various ingredients

Why Canada? Questions abound about Harry and Meghan's big move

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:23 AM

'Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal,' says one tabloid editorial

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

Japan Emperor Naruhito to pay state visit to Britain

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan have accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a state visit to the United Kingdom in spring 2020,' a brief statement from Buckingham Palace reads

VISITING THE QUEEN. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) wave during a royal parade in Tokyo on November 10, 2019. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP