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Parents of crash victim urge diplomat's wife to return to UK

Oct. 14, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash that involved an American diplomat's wife took their case directly to U.S. audiences Monday, holding a New York news conference at which they urged the woman to return to Britain. The parents of Harry Dunn have reached out to American...

Pomp in London, Brexit talks in Brussels as deadline looms

Oct. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Brexit divorce talks in Brussels are making slow progress, both sides said Monday as some EU ministers said they could even spill into next week. Across the Channel, Britain dragged out a horse-drawn carriage and a diamond-encrusted crown so the queen could read out the government's...

The Latest: Ireland: Brexit talks could go into next week

Oct. 14, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Both Ireland and Spain are starting to say the Brexit negotiations could well spill beyond this week and go right down to the wire at the end of the month. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said late Monday it was "too early to say if it is...

British man gets life for driving into people by Parliament

Oct. 14, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A man who deliberately drove his car into several people outside Britain's Parliament in a bid "to kill as many people as possible" was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment for attempted murder. During a hearing at London's Central Criminal Court, Judge Maura McGowan said Salih Khater must...

Royal Pomp: UK tradition on display for Parliament opening

Oct. 14, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Brexit may have Britain's political system in turmoil, but the State Opening of Parliament Monday provided a return to reassuring rituals dating back centuries. The new parliamentary session was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, in the magnificent...

A crunch Brexit week looms with drama in London and Brussels

Oct. 14, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The next seven days look set to be one of the most tumultuous weeks in more than three years of Brexit drama. Get ready for nail-biting diplomacy and high-stakes politics — with a dash of regal pomp thrown in for good measure. With Britain due to leave the EU on Oct. 31 and talks about...

Brexit divorce talks between UK and EU go down to the wire

Oct. 13, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Cabinet colleagues that it will require a "significant amount of work" to strike a Brexit deal with the European Union, amid signs of progress in last-minute talks but also deep-seated skepticism about the chances of an agreement. Britain is due to...

UK says fatal crash suspect doesn't have diplomatic immunity

Oct. 13, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British media are reporting that the wife of an American official who left the U.K. after being involved in a fatal road accident no longer has diplomatic immunity. BBC and Sky News said Sunday that U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had told the family of Harry Dunn that "immunity is no...

Soldiers from Britain's Gurkha brigade join Bosnia war games

Oct. 11, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nepalese Gurkha soldiers joined NATO-led peacekeepers, European Union troops and Bosnian forces this week for military exercises that included training to secure airports, diffuse bombs, free hostages and respond to riots. The five-day exercises that concluded Friday...

EU, UK extend talks, push harder to avoid a no-deal Brexit

Oct. 11, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday that talks with the U.K. to find an amicable divorce deal were back on track, despite huge challenges and a looming end-of-month deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. EU Council President Donald Tusk said he has "received promising signals" from Irish Prime...