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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'

Jeremy Hunt: 'No place for neutrality' in fight for media freedom

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:35 PM

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt explains why everyone must stand with those who seek to report the truth and bring the facts to light. Here is his full speech at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London.

FIGHT FOR MEDIA FREEDOM. Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt takes part in a panel discussion at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London on July 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP

Britain sends second warship to the Gulf after Iran tanker standoff

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) British officials say the naval deployment is part of a pre-planned rotation and meant to ensure a continued British naval presence in one of the most important but volatile oil shipment routes in the world

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

Man arrested after scaling Buckingham Palace gates

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:34 PM

The 22-year-old, who was unarmed, is arrested at around 2:00am (0100 GMT) on Wednesday and the incident is not being treated as terror-related, the police says

BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Britain's Red Arrows, the flying display team of the Royal Air Force (RAF) fly over Buckingham Palace as members of the Royal Family stand on the balcony to watch, in London on June 8, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Amal Clooney: Duterte gov’t after Maria Ressa over human rights abuses exposés

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:40 PM

'Journalists who expose abuses face arrest while those who commit the abuses do so with impunity,' says international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney

Lebanese-British human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney holds a press briefing on her Media Freedom Campaign on April 5, 2019 in Dinard, western France, on the margins of the G7 Foreign ministers meeting to prepare the G7 Summit in Biarritz which will take place from August 25 to 27, 2019.  Damien MEYER / AFP

Countries that harm journalists must pay 'diplomatic price' – UK

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

'If we act together we can shine a spotlight on abuses and impose a diplomatic price on those who would harm journalists or lock them up for doing their jobs,' says British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

PRESS FREEDOM. Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt takes part in a panel discussion at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London on July 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga AKMEN/AFP

WATCH: Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:23 PM

This conference brings together countries and organizations taking action to defend media freedom

Iran's Rouhani warns UK of tanker seizure 'consequences'

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani calls the seizure of the tanker 'a foolish act'

WARNING. A British Royal Navy ship (left) 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

'More courageous investors' needed in media, journalism

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'If you value democracy you need to realize it can’t function without journalism. It’s the lifeline of democracy.... We need more courageous investors in the media space,' says Nienke Venema of Stichting Demacratie en Media

Britain's U.S. ambassador resigns after Trump spat

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:13 PM

'The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,' Kim Darroch writes in his resignation letter

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Ambassador Kim Darroch speaks to guests during the Capitol File 2017 WHCD Welcome Reception at the British Ambassador's Residence on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine/AFP

Trump derides May's 'foolish policies,' 'pompous' envoy

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The missives threaten to plunge Washington and London into a rare diplomatic crisis and have landed their author, British envoy Kim Darroch – and by default his prime minister – in the US president's crosshairs

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump meets with the emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (not shown) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 9, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

UK leadership hopefuls clash over Brexit promises

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt insist they can renegotiate the divorce terms that Theresa May agreed with Brussels, but which parliament repeatedly rejected, forcing her to delay Brexit twice

DEBATE. Conservative leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (R) take part in Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate in Manchester on July 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / ITV / MATT FROST

Trump calls British ambassador to U.S. 'a very stupid guy'

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:10 PM

'I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool,' Trump writes in a series of early morning tweets doubling down on British envoy Kim Darroch

SLAMMING KIM DARROCH. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event about expanding health coverage options for small businesses and workers in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The 'one country, two systems' deal is at the center of the row between London and Beijing

A woman places signs on a fence next to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 4, 2019. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

UK PM May raises 'concerns' over Hong Kong with China

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:18 PM

'It's vital that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the Sino-British joint declaration are respected,' says

PROTEST. Protesters try to push a metal cart through a closed entrance at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. File photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

UK warns China of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Hong Kong is part of China and we have to accept that. But the freedoms in Hong Kong are enshrined in a joint declaration' signed with former colonial ruler Britain, says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hong Kong's colonial flag (C) is held up during a protest march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule. China's President Xi Jinping warned July 1 that any challenge to Beijing's control over Hong Kong crossed a "red line", as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

May to Putin: Stop 'destabilizing' UK, allies

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The comments come as British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the row over the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Britain adopts 2050 net zero emissions target

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore signs an order paper enacting the legislation after it passes both houses of parliament without a vote earlier this week

Next British PM to be announced July 23 – Conservative Party

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favorite in the race, battling Britain's current top diplomat, Jeremy Hunt

BREXIT. A Union Flag is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shrouded in scaffolding in the background at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 8, 2017 after a significant breakthrough was made in the divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU over Brexit. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK's Johnson admits needing EU support in event of no-deal Brexit

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Boris Johnson insists Britain should leave the bloc on the current deadline of October 31, even if it means walking away with no deal. But avoiding disruption to borders and business would require the EU's support.

BORIS JOHNSON. Conservative MP Boris Johnson speaks to the audience as he takes part in a Conservative Party leadership hustings event in Birmingham, central England on June 22, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

British minister suspended for manhandling protester

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Mark Field accosts the female activist as she walked towards finance minister Phillip Hammond, pushing her against a column before frogmarching her out of the room

MARK FIELD. In this file photo taken on June 10, 2019 Conservative MP Mark Field attends the launch of Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's Conversative party leadership campaign in London on June 10, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

British PM hopefuls begin crucial week of votes

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The outcome of the Conservative party leadership battle could determine under what conditions Britain leaves the European Union. Brexit is currently scheduled for October 31.

OUTGOING. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

UK shares list in China, a first for foreign firms

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The launch of the London-Shanghai Stock Connect marks 'the first time that any foreign company will be able to list in mainland China'

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (C) and Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua (C-R) applaud after the opening of the markets at the London Stock Exchange in London on June 17, 2019. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)

Britain bans 'harmful' gender stereotypes from ads

Jun 16, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Advertising Standards Authority chief executive Guy Parker says 'harmful gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to inequality in society, with costs for all of us'

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

Facebook creates 500 London jobs to boost site safety

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Making the announcement at London Tech Week, the group's vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn, says some 100 jobs would be in AI

MORE UK FACEBOOK JOBS. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

U.S. charges against Assange to be unveiled on Friday

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:56 PM

The US Justice Department confirms it had submitted a formal extradition request, though Julian Assange is not expected to attend Friday's hearing, but could take part from prison via video link

JULIAN 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. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Huawei denies being bound by Chinese spy laws

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Huawei cybersecurity chief John Suffolk's appearance before the UK parliament's science and technology committee comes as Britain prepares to publish delayed policy guidelines for its 5G rollout

HUAWEI. The Huawei logo appears on a Huawei portable wifi device in Beijing on June 29, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Drugs and Brexit: Race to replace UK's May underway

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Boris Johnson is the bookmakers' favorite but has not appeared in public for weeks, a tactic that has helped the politician best known for his gaffes, jokes and anecdotes to stay on message

THERESA MAY. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has quit as her Conservative party's leader. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

UK foreign minister says EU willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'I'm absolutely clear that if we take the right approach to this, the Europeans would be willing to negotiate on the package,' British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says

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

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

UK insurer Aviva says to cut 1,800 jobs

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Aviva is seeking to cut costs by $380 million per year by 2022

MAURICE TULLOCH. Photo of Aviva CEO Maurice Tulloch from Flickr.

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump vows 'phenomenal' trade deal with outgoing British PM

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) With the US increasingly isolated from its traditional allies, Donald Trump talks up the 'special relationship' with Britain during a joint press conference with Theresa May

TRUMP ON BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump make their way to the Foreign and Commonwealth office for a press conference in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump turns from pomp to politics with Britain's May

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Trump's 3-day visit is technically centered around Wednesday's D-Day 75th-anniversary commemorations on the south shore of England, but it comes at an especially chaotic time for the UK

TRUMP IN THE UK. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) raises a glasses with US President Donald Trump during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/AFP

Boris Johnson launches campaign to become next British PM

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:33 PM

The launch video follows Boris Johnson on the campaign trail, promising voters that he will take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 'deal or no deal' if he becomes prime minister

FRONTRUNNER. Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves a house in London on May 30, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

On eve of UK visit, Trump denies his taped remark about 'nasty' Meghan Markle

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:20 PM

But United States President Donald Trump can be heard making the remark about the Duchess of Sussex on tape

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 03, 2018 Britain's Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public during a walkabout outside the The Royal Pavillion in Brighton, southern England. - Prince Harry's wife Meghan went into labour early on May 6, 2019, Buckingham Palace announced. "The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning," it said in a statement, noting her husband the Duke of Sussex was by her side. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Race to replace May leaves Brexit in limbo

May 25, 2019 - 1:15 PM

May's resignation inevitably triggers the starting gun on a two-month contest to replace her

CONTENDERS: A combination of pictures created in London on May 24, 2019 shows recent pictures of the six main contenders to replace Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May when she resigns on June 7: (top L-R) former leader of the House of Commons Angela Leadsom; former foreign secretary Boris Johnson; Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt; (bottom L-R) Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove; Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid and former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab all pictured leaving 10 Downing Street, central London. Photo from AFP

What happens now? Key dates ahead as British PM Theresa May quits

May 24, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Here is the timetable ahead for Britain's prime minister as Theresa May prepares to step down from the role

FATE OF THE UK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after she announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM Theresa May announces resignation in emotional speech

May 24, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Theresa May says she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7, after failing to convince MPs to support her Brexit deal

RESIGNATION. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' author Judith Kerr dies at 95

May 23, 2019 - 8:01 PM

HarperCollins confirms the author's death due to 'a short illness'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 12, 2018 German-born British author and illustrator Judith Kerr, poses for a photograph at her home in west London on June 12, 2018. - British author Judith Kerr, author of the famous children's book "The Tiger Who Came To Tea" and creater of the "Mog" series, has died at the age of 95, her publisher Harper Collins announced on May 23, 2019. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

Populists eye upsets as Brexit-bound UK, Netherlands kick off EU elections

May 23, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Britain joins the Netherlands in kicking off 4 days of voting across the continent

EU ELECTIONS. A man arrives at Leeds Minster, converted into a polling station for the day, as voters cast their votes in the European Parliament elections, in Leeds, north east England, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

May postpones her final Brexit showdown

May 23, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will update the house on the publication and introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on our return from the Whitsun recess,' government official Mark Spencer tells lawmakers

BREXIT. In this file photo, a European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Japanese, UK carriers delay release of Huawei phones

May 22, 2019 - 9:11 PM

UK's EE and Vodafone and Japan's KDDI and Softbank are delaying the release of Huawei phones. British chipmaker ARM is also set to cut ties with Huawei.

DELAYING HUAWEI. A man takes a photo next to a Huawei advertisement in a Huawei store in Shanghai on May 22, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP