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Missile attacks damage a ship in the Red Sea off Yemen's coast near previous Houthi rebel assaults

May. 28, 2024 21:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Missile attacks twice damaged a Marshall Islands-flagged, Greek-owned ship Tuesday in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, with a private security firm saying radio traffic suggested the vessel took on water after being struck. No group claimed...

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer woos undecided voters with a vow to safeguard national security

May. 28, 2024 19:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British opposition leader Keir Starmer made his first major speech of the U.K. election campaign Monday, telling undecided voters that they can trust his Labour Party to safeguard the country’s economy, borders and security. Starmer is the favorite to win the July 4...

Today in History: May 28, Dionne quintuplets are born in Canada

May. 28, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 28, the 149th day of 2024. There are 217 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets — Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne — were born to Elzire Dionne...

Sunak’s plan to make 18-year-olds do national service grabs attention on UK election trail

May. 26, 2024 05:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — All 18-year-olds in Britain will have to perform a year of mandatory military or civilian national service if the governing Conservative Party wins the July 4 national election, the party said Sunday. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged to bring back a form of national...

A World War II-era Spitfire fighter plane crashed in a field in England, killing the pilot

May. 25, 2024 14:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A World War II-era Spitfire fighter plane crashed near a British air force base in eastern England on Saturday, killing the pilot, the U.K. defense ministry said. The ministry confirmed the death of a Royal Air Force pilot “in a tragic accident” near RAF...

UK Parliament breaks up ahead of election day with pomp, ceremony and hard-nosed politics

May. 24, 2024 16:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s lawmakers left Parliament on Friday for the last time before an election is held in six weeks. Some will never return. About 120 of the 650 members of Parliament are stepping down, and they and those who lose their seats on July 4 face an abrupt readjustment to life...

Syrian Kurdish authorities hand over a British woman and 3 children linked to IS to a UK delegation

May. 24, 2024 10:43 AM EDT

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — A British woman and three children linked to the militant Islamic State group in Syria were handed over to a U.K. delegation that visited the region this week, Syrian Kurdish-led authorities said Friday. The handover, which took place on Wednesday, is the...

UK lawmaker who wanted to be known as the 'bionic MP' says he has decided not to run for re-election

May. 24, 2024 09:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker who returned to work this week after losing his hands and feet to sepsis announced Friday that he will not run in the July 4 election. Conservative legislator Craig Mackinlay was welcomed with a standing ovation in the House of Commons on Wednesday,...

A UK election has been called for July 4. Here's what to know

May. 24, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s first national election in five years is shaping up as a battle for the country’s soul, with some saying it poses an existential threat to the governing Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010. The center-right Conservatives...

King Charles III won’t be out and about much over the next six weeks amid election campaign

May. 24, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III won’t be out and about much over the next six weeks — and it’s not because of his ongoing cancer treatments. Shortly after U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called an early parliamentary election for July 4, Buckingham Palace said that all members...