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New Zealand jurors to decide if British tourist was murdered

Nov. 21, 2019 7:55 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury on Friday was deliberating whether a British backpacker was murdered by a man she met on a dating app or was accidentally choked to death during sex. Grace Millane died last December on her 22nd birthday after meeting a man through Tinder, going out for...

Former White House aide Hill is no-nonsense Russia analyst

Nov. 21, 2019 6:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy. On Thursday, House impeachment investigators got straight talk from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense...

Sibling rivalry, affection rule new season of ‘The Crown’

Nov. 21, 2019 12:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, aka Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret in Netflix’s “The Crown,” are perched royally atop folding chairs as they hold court in a hotel suite serving as an interview room. The actresses chat and laugh easily together, a...

Ex-Scottish leader Alex Salmond denies sex assault charges

Nov. 21, 2019 12:25 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond, one of the country's best-known politicians, appeared in court on Thursday accused of sex crimes including attempting to rape a woman at the leader’s official residence. Salmond faces a total of 14 charges — one of attempted rape, 11 alleged...

UK Labour party vows radical changes if it wins Dec. 12 vote

Nov. 21, 2019 12:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party promised Thursday to radically expand public spending and state ownership if it wins the Dec. 12 election, trying to close a persistent opinion-poll gap with the governing Conservatives. The party said a Labour government would nationalize...

Prince Andrew faces new pressure to talk to US about Epstein

Nov. 21, 2019 11:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew is facing mounting calls to provide information to U.S. law enforcement agencies and to lawyers who are investigating crimes committed by American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. Lawyers for Epstein’s victims believe Andrew may...

Coldplay decides not to tour for environmental reasons

Nov. 21, 2019 10:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British band Coldplay has decided not to launch a global tour because of environmental concerns. Frontman Chris Martin told the BBC Thursday that the band is not going on tour to promote its latest album because it wants to take time to determine how a tour can be beneficial to the...

Chinese state media deny torture of ex-UK consulate staff

Nov. 21, 2019 8:35 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party’s newspaper published surveillance videos Thursday which it said prove the guilt and voluntary confession of a former British Consulate employee in Hong Kong who was detained for 15 days on a charge of soliciting prostitution. The People’s...

British Airways says flights disrupted by ‘technical issue’

Nov. 21, 2019 6:03 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Airways says flights are being disrupted by a “technical issue.” Information from Heathrow, Britain’s busiest airport, shows some trans-Atlantic flights delayed Thursday by several hours. The airline said in a statement that “our teams are working hard to...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 21, 2019 2:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic...