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We need to plan: UK travel urges clarity from government

Apr. 14, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Leaders from Britain's aviation industry joined forces Wednesday to urge the British government to ensure that popular European destinations face the least onerous coronavirus travel restrictions when holidays are allowed again. Under the government's new...

EU to negotiate major vaccine contract extension with Pfizer

Apr. 14, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announced plans Wednesday for a major contract extension for COVID-19 vaccines with Pfizer stretching to 2023. In a sign of confidence in a company that has been a mainstay of Europe's vaccination drive so far,...

Opposition accuses UK govt of sleaze amid lobbying scandal

Apr. 14, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A lobbying scandal swirling around former British Prime Minister David Cameron has deepened with claims that a senior civil servant held down a part-time job with a now-bankrupt financial firm that was awarded lucrative government contracts. The main...

Royal funeral offers chance for William, Harry to reconcile

Apr. 14, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and the royal family, especially with his elder brother Prince William. ...

EU, UK set meeting over Northern Ireland trade rules

Apr. 14, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic and the United Kingdom Brexit minister David Frost will hold talks Thursday in Brussels to discuss Northern Ireland trade rules, the EU said on Wednesday. The meeting will take place a month after the EU...

UK supermarket giant Tesco sees profit dented by COVID costs

Apr. 14, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket, said Wednesday its profits slid by a fifth over the past year as higher costs related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as hiring more staff, offset “exceptionally strong” sales growth. The company said that its...

Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

Apr. 14, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip. The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for a senior royal official on Tuesday, according to the Court Circular, the official...

Russia tries to ban Kosovo flag at UN -- unsuccessfully

Apr. 13, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia tried for the first time Tuesday to prevent Kosovo’s representative from speaking at the U.N. Security Council with the country’s flag in the background, saying the majority of council members don’t recognize its independence from Serbia. ...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more...

South Africa halts J&J vaccine jabs; Europe rollout delayed

Apr. 13, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa suspended giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots Tuesday as a “precautionary measure” and the company delayed its European vaccine rollout following an FDA decision to pause the jabs while very rare blood clot cases are examined. ...