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Johnson resigns, remains UK prime minister for now

Jul. 07, 2022 07:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is “clearly the will” of his Conservative Party that there should be a new leader as he announced his resignation. Johnson said Thursday he will remain as British prime minister while a leadership contest is held to...

UK royals' spending up 17%, mostly for palace overhaul costs

Jun. 30, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British monarchy's publicly-funded spending rose by 17% to 102.4 million pounds ($124 million) in the past year, with the renovation of Buckingham Palace taking up a large part of the expenses, royal accounts published Thursday showed. The palace’s annual...

Queen Elizabeth II travels to Scotland for week of events

Jun. 27, 2022 09:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II traveled to her official residence in Scotland on Monday to open a week of traditional events, starting with an ancient ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The 96-year-old monarch, who has cut back on public appearances in recent months because...

Gabon and Togo admitted into Commonwealth group of nations

Jun. 25, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The African nations of Gabon and Togo have been admitted into the Commonwealth group of nations. “We welcome them,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whose government hosted a summit of Commonwealth leaders this week, told reporters Saturday. ...

Climate, malaria highlighted as Commonwealth leaders meet

Jun. 24, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Leaders of Commonwealth nations met in Rwanda's capital Friday to tackle climate change, tropical diseases and other challenges deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The summit for Commonwealth heads of state in Kigali is the culmination of a series of meetings...

Commonwealth heads call for climate action at Rwanda meeting

Jun. 23, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Leaders of Commonwealth nations are calling for increased climate action at a meeting in Rwanda this week, ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in the seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt later this year. Climate change is a major concern...

COVID cases rise in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Europe

Jun. 22, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases rose in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe last week, while the number of deaths globally dropped by 16%, according to the World Health Organization's latest weekly pandemic report issued Wednesday. The WHO said there were...

As Prince Charles anchors Commonwealth, challenges ahead

Jun. 22, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Prince Charles has become the first British royal to visit Rwanda, representing Queen Elizabeth II as the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth at a summit where both the 54-nation bloc and the monarchy face uncertainty. Charles and his wife, Camilla, the...

Royals thank Caribbean migrants for contribution to the UK

Jun. 22, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince William paid tribute Wednesday to Britain's Caribbean immigrants for their “profound contribution” to the U.K., as a national monument was unveiled in London to celebrate the migrants' work to help rebuild Britain after World War II. ...

Earl and Countess of Wessex to underscore UK-Cyprus ties

Jun. 21, 2022 04:36 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Earl and Countess of Wessex met Tuesday with the president of Cyprus as part of a three-day visit to the former British colony to underscore close bilateral ties and to meet soldiers serving with a U.N. peacekeeping force and those stationed at two U.K. military bases....