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Prince Harry admits he and Prince William are 'on different paths'

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Speaking during a recent tour of southern Africa, Prince Harry says, 'We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me'

London insists UK leaving EU on October 31, despite delay request

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Brexit planning chief Michael Gove says the United Kingdom 'has the means and ability' to leave the European Union on schedule

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

British PM to seek extension after MPs back Brexit delay

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Parliament declines to give their backing to the agreement Boris Johnson struck with the EU this week until the legislation needed to ratify it has passed

RELUCTANT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, northern England on September 13, 2019. Photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

British MPs vote to delay Brexit deal decision

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) British MPs argue that they need more time to study Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal contents before the October 31 deadline

BREXIT UNCERTAIN. Britain's parliament sat on October 19, 2019 for the first time in 37 years to debate Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal to leave the European Union. AFP photo

British PM fights threat of further delay in Brexit debate

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs a clear vote in favor of his deal to avoid triggering a law requiring him to ask the EU to delay Brexit for the 3rd time

CANCEL BREXIT? Demonstrators march with an effigy depicting Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a puppet operated by his advisor Dominic Cummings during a rally by the People's Vote organisation in central London on October 19, 2019, calling for a final say in a second referendum on Brexit. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

UK, EU strike Brexit deal, urge MPs to back it

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A summit of EU leaders 'endorsed this deal and it looks like we are very close to the final stretch,' says EU Council summit host Donald Tusk

BREXIT DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from the rear of 10 Downing Street in central London on October 16, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party dramatically rejects the accord, which would see their British-ruled province remain under EU customs and Value Added Tax rules

NO DEAL BREXIT PROTESTS. Demonstrators from 'Border Communities Against Brexit' attend an anti-No Deal Brexit protest at the Carrickcarnon border crossing on the road between Dundalk, Ireland on October 16, 2019, and Newry in Northern Ireland. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Brexit on October 31 a 'priority' for British government – Queen

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31,' says Queen Elizabeth II

BREXIT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) sits with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords as she delivers the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on October 14, 2019. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

Britain, EU enter make-or-break Brexit week

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The odds of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's tenure lasting will depend largely on the outcome of hurried Brexit discussions held behind closed doors in Brussels around the same time.

Britain's Johnson pushes for last-ditch Brexit deal

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The EU and UK are trying to achieve in a few days what they had failed to in the more than 3 years since Britons first voted to leave the European Union after nearly 50 years

FIGHTING BREXIT DELAYS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, north-west England on October 1, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/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

Victoria's Secret features plus-size, transwoman models for campaign with UK brand Bluebella

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:18 PM

The brand is trying to keep up with the times with efforts to be more inclusive

DIVERSITY. UK lingerie brand Bluebella's latest campaign is Victoria's Secret's latest effort to be more inclusive. Screenshot from Instagram.com/bluebella

Britain's Brexit talks with EU appear on verge of collapse

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) According to reports, Downing Street believes talks between the two sides are now 'close to breaking down'

FIGHTING BREXIT DELAYS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, north-west England on October 1, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

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

British PM Johnson warns EU he will not delay Brexit

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:59 AM

Boris Johnson tells French President Emmanuel Macron, 'the EU should not be lured into the mistaken belief that the UK will stay in the EU after October 31st,' a spokesman quotes him as saying

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. File photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

Brexit minister hints UK could soften stances in EU talks

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay urges the European Union to show 'creativity and flexibility'

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

Prince Harry extends privacy claims against UK media

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Prince Harry takes legal action against more tabloids, days after pressing charges against The Mail on Sunday newspaper

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / 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

Harry, Meghan sue newspaper over 'privacy breach'

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:51 PM

In a stinging attack on British tabloid media, Prince Harry says his wife is being dogged by the press in the same way as his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was before her death in 1997

ROYAL COUPLE. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the 'Justice desk,' an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. File photo by Betram Malgas/Pool/AFP

UK proposes new Brexit plan to avoid customs checks in Ireland

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Boris Johnson says his deal 'removes the so-called backstop,' an EU-backed plan that ensures the Irish border stays open by keeping Britain temporarily aligned to EU customs rules

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares his keynote speech for the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, northwest England, on October 1, 2019 which he'll deliver on the final day on October 2. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/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

Britain's Johnson to table new Brexit plan 'very soon'

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'We are going to make a very good offer. We will be tabling it formally very soon,' Johnson tells BBC television

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, England on October 1, 2019.Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

British princess Beatrice engaged to marry

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The couple 'became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier this month,' the palace says in a statement, adding that the wedding will take place in 2020

ENGAGED. In an undated recent handout picture released by Buckingham Palace and taken by Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (R) poses with her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (L) in Italy. AFP PHOTO / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / PRINCESS EUGENIE

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

UK's Johnson says Iran behind attacks on Saudi oil sites

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'I can tell you that the UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks,' Boris Johnson says

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. Photo by Christopher Furlong/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

Torn by Brexit, Labour to vote on way out of the crisis

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The same disputes over ways out of the Brexit crisis that saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson's right-wing Conservatives lose their working majority are also fraying Labour on the left

TALKING BREXIT. Britain's main opposition Labour Party shadow home secretary Diane Abbott (L) speaks with leader Jeremy Corbyn on stage at the Labour party conference in Brighton, on the south coast of England on September 22, 2019. Photo by DANIEL Leal-Olivas/AFP

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

John Lennon's Strawberry Field opens to the public

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:14 AM

John Lennon's childhood sanctuary that inspired the classic Beatles song, 'Strawberry Fields Forever' opens its gates to tourists

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

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

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

Merkel says she still sees 'every chance' for Brexit deal

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:01 PM

'I am firmly convinced that we still have every chance to do it in an orderly way and the German government will work toward making this possible until the very last day,' Angela Merkel says

MERKEL ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/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

UK says Iran broke word with oil transfer to Syria

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Britain's Foreign Office says it will raise the issue at the United Nations, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warning that it is part of a 'pattern of behavior...designed to disrupt regional security'

GRACE 1. Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/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

Top UK minister quits, deals Johnson new Brexit blow

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:38 AM

'I have resigned from Cabinet and surrendered the Conservative Whip,' Amber Rudd tweets

AMBER RUDD. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019 Britain's Work and Pensions Secretary and Women's minister Amber Rudd arrives to attend a meeting of the Cabinet at 10 Downing Street in central London. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/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)

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

LOOK: Princess Charlotte's first day of school

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Princess Charlotte is accompanied by Prince George and her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as she makes her way to her first day of school in London

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge gestures as she arrives for her first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019. Photo by Aaron Chown/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