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Ryanair CEO says diverted flight had to land in Belarus

Jun. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The pilot of a Ryanair flight that was diverted to Belarus last month, leading to the arrest of a dissident Belarusian journalist, had no alternative but to land the plane in Minsk, the head of the budget airline said Tuesday. Ryanair CEO Michael...

The Latest: Ronaldo's ID checked before Euro 2020 game

Jun. 15, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Cristiano Ronaldo was stopped by a security official to have his identity checked before playing for Portugal against Hungary at the European Championship. The official at the...

Robotic ship sets off to retrace the Mayflower's journey

Jun. 15, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four centuries and one year after the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, on a historic sea journey to America, another trailblazing vessel with the same name has set off to retrace the voyage. This Mayflower, though, is a sleek, modern robotic...

UK fends off demands to give workers more virus support help

Jun. 15, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government fended off calls Tuesday to provide more financial support to businesses and workers suffering from its decision to delay lifting coronavirus restrictions in England until July 19. Although many restrictions were eased in recent...

The Latest: Blood sample study: Virus in US by December 2019

Jun. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken in early 2020 is the latest and largest study to suggest the coronavirus arrived in the U.S. in December 2019. That’s weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is...

The Latest: Biden arrives in Geneva for summit with Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to Europe: GENEVA — President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva Tuesday for a high-pressure meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That’s after a week-long series of confidence-building meetings between the U.S. leader...

UK watchdog examines Apple-Google mobile system control

Jun. 15, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. competition regulators are looking into Apple and Google smartphone operating systems, app stores and browsers, over concern that the control of "mobile ecosystems" by the two tech giants is harming consumers. The Competition and Markets Authority on...

Australia, Britain reach free trade deal to cut many tariffs

Jun. 15, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and Australia announced the broad outlines of a free trade deal Tuesday, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the U.K. seeks to expand links around the world following its exit from the European Union. The pact is expected to boost...

Queen Elizabeth II meets Australia's Morrison at Windsor

Jun. 15, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has held a face-to-face audience with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Windsor Castle. The monarch, who wore a bright yellow floral dress, chatted to Morrison Tuesday in the royal residence’s Oak Room. ...

EU chief: EU-UK should put long-term relationship first

Jun. 15, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official urged both sides to think about their long-term relationship and put an end to the bloc's spat with the U.K. over post-Brexit trade arrangements. Lengthy negotiations over Britain's divorce from the EU have already been...