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Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran are taking part in the meeting, which is the first time the 6 parties gather in this format since July

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Britain's Johnson spars with election rivals on Brexit and Trump

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson's main rival in the snap December 12 poll, has struggled to explain his position on Brexit ever since Britons narrowly triggered the divorce in a 2016 referendum

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) speaks with Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) in the Central Lobby as they walk back to the House of Commons on October 14, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

Treatment of Assange putting his life 'at risk' – U.N. expert

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:03 PM

'Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr. Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life,' says independent UN rights expert Nils Melzer

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 AFP

UK election campaign hots up on Brexit day that never was

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Ahead of an election rally in London, veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn attacks Boris Johnson's 'born-to-rule Conservatives' who he says are only interested in protecting 'the privileged few'

ELECTION CAMPAIGN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waves as he launches the party's election campaign in south London on October 31, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain kicks off election battle over Brexit

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Lawmakers put aside their disputes and overwhelmingly support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a snap general election on December 12

BREXIT. 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 set for 3rd election in 4 years to try to break Brexit gridlock

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen,' says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

LABOUR. Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech in Hastings, southeast England on January 17, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

EU envoys agree 3-month Brexit delay

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The next deadline for departure will be January 31, 2020 – although the other 27 capitals would allow an earlier date if London ratifies a withdrawal agreement before then

BREXIT EXTENSION. 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. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Fresh UK arrests over 39 dead found in truck

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The first 11 corpses were recovered from the trailer on Thursday, October 24, and taken to a nearby hospital mortuary. Autopsies will attempt to establish how the victims died.

FRESH ARRESTS. Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Brexit in limbo as UK PM pushes for election

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to call an election for December 12 that he hopes will give him a majority to pass the divorce deal he struck with EU leaders

BREXIT. A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

UK police say 39 found dead in truck were Chinese

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Chinese embassy in London says that British police had yet to confirm their nationality, a day after a consular official travelled to Essex

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

British PM denied new Brexit deal vote

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) House of Commons speaker John Bercow says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not allowed to push for the same measures twice in the same parliamentary sitting

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

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

Britain's Johnson faces numbers game to pass Brexit deal

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:51 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a desperate scramble for votes, as his Conservative government is well short of a majority in the lower chamber House of Commons

BREXIT. 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. File photo by Ben Stansall/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

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

EU and UK intensify Brexit talks ahead of key summit

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:53 PM

(UPDATED) European Union member states will review progress on Monday, October 14, following a meeting between influential leaders French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 11, 2019 for a meeting with EU ambassadors. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

British, Irish PMs keep Brexit talks alive after meeting

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) The main sticking point in the divorce is how to keep open the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish republic

BREXIT TALKS. Ireland's Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar (L) and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) pose for a photograph at Thornton Manor Hotel, near Birkenhead, north-west England on October 10, 2019, as they met for Brexit talks. Photo by Noel Mullen/Pool/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

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

Trio win 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function,' the jury says

NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE. Nobel Assembly member, Randall Johnson (R), speaks to announce the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Gregg Semenza of the US, Peter Ratcliffe of Britain and William Kaelin of the US, seen on a screen during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/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 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

British-flagged tanker heads into Dubai port after Iran release

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Despite the vessel's clearance, its legal case is still open in Iran's courts,' says the Hormozgan province's maritime organization

STENA IMPERO. A grab from images released by Iran Press on September 27, 2019 show the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, setting sail as it heads towards the Persian Gulf's international waters, according to the Hormozgan province's maritime organization. AFP PHOTO / IRAN PRESS

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

Iran says seized British-flagged tanker 'free' to leave

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Stena Bulk, the company that owns Stena Impero, says that it expects the vessel to be released soon, but expresses caution about the situation

SEIZED. This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. File photo by Nico Kemps/VesselFinder.com/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

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

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

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

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

Solid gold toilet stolen from English palace

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The theft causes a flood at Britain's Blenheim Palace

STOLEN. The art piece 'America' is taken from the Blenheim Palace in Britain. Photo by Kristopher McKay/Guggenheim Museum

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

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

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

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

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