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People watch waves and rough seas pound against the harbour wall at Porthcawl in Wales, as Storm Dennis sweeps across the country, Saturday Feb. 15, 2020.  Enormous waves  are churning across the North Atlantic as Britain braces for a second straight weekend of wild winter weather and flooding. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

UK faces another fierce storm; 2 found dead in rough seas

Feb. 15, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rescuers pulled two male bodies from rough seas off the coast of southeast England and military personnel mobilized to help build flood barriers Saturday as a second straight weekend of stormy weather wreaked havoc across Britain. The fourth named storm of the season, dubbed Dennis by...

A protest sign is displayed by a roadside protest camp across the street from a High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line compound near the village of Harefield in north west London, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Britain's Conservative government is set to approve a contentious, expensive plan for a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England, despite opposition from environmentalists and even some members of the governing party. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Lawmaker questions China's offer to build UK high speed rail

Feb. 15, 2020 10:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Allowing China's state-run rail construction company to build a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England would be an “extremely questionable" decision, a prominent British lawmaker said Saturday. Tom Tugendhat, a Conservative lawmaker who chairs the U.K....

Candidates for leadership of Britain's Labour Party, with from right, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy, Jim McMahon who is attending in place for candidate Kier Starmer, and Rebecca Long-Bailey, on stage during the Labour leadership hustings in Nottingham, England, Saturday Feb. 8, 2020. (Jacob King/PA via AP)

Race to lead UK's main opposition Labour Party narrows to 3

Feb. 15, 2020 6:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as the next leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party has narrowed to three after Emily Thornberry was narrowly eliminated from the leadership contest. Thornberry, who speaks on foreign affairs matters for the party, failed to secure the nominations...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, an exterior view of a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) logo at their offices in London. The majority state-owned U.K. bank RBS announced a name change on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 as it tries to leave behind its near-collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. The bank said it will now be known as NatWest Group PLC, shedding the 300-year-old Royal Bank of Scotland name. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

RBS changes name to NatWest in bid to shed legacy of bailout

Feb. 14, 2020 5:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The majority state-owned U.K. bank RBS announced a name change on Friday as it tries to leave behind its near-collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. The bank said it will now be known as NatWest Group Plc, shedding the 300-year-old Royal Bank of Scotland name. The Edinburgh-based lender...

British lawmaker Sajid Javid Chancellor of the Exchequer walks along Downing Street in London, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday, firing and appointing ministers to key Cabinet posts. Johnson was aiming to tighten his grip on government after winning a big parliamentary majority in December's election. That victory allowed Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union in January. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet

Feb. 13, 2020 12:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tightened his grip on the government Thursday with a Cabinet shake-up that triggered the unexpected resignation of his Treasury chief, the second-most powerful figure in the administration. Sajid Javid's resignation was the most dramatic moment i n a...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday, firing and appointing ministers to key Cabinet posts. Johnson was aiming to tighten his grip on government after winning a big parliamentary majority in December's election. That victory allowed Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union in January. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK's Johnson under pressure over luxury Caribbean vacation

Feb. 13, 2020 11:03 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Britain asked Parliament's standards watchdog on Thursday to investigate who paid for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take a luxury post-election holiday in the Caribbean. Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds spent an 11-day break on the island of Mustique over the...

UK Treasury chief Sajid Javid resigns as Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes up his Conservative government.

Feb. 13, 2020 7:00 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — UK Treasury chief Sajid Javid resigns as Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes up his Conservative government.

EU Parliament chief pushes for ambitious long-term budget

Feb. 12, 2020 11:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament president warned EU member states Wednesday that they won't have the support of lawmakers if they fail to back anambitious long-term budget for the bloc. European leaders will gather in Brussels on Feb. 20 for a special summit to find a compromise on the bloc's...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, talks to to European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a debate on a proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb.11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU parliament backs negotiator in Brexit trade talks

Feb. 12, 2020 7:40 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers threw their weight Wednesday behind the negotiating package the 27-nation bloc's chief negotiator wants to use during upcoming trade talks with former EU member Britain. The European Parliament adopted a text embracing the key positions of negotiator Michel Barnier...

FILE - In this Thursday April 19, 2018 file photo, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland speaks during the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London. Britain's Foreign Office said Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020, it has suspended its funding of the body that runs the Commonwealth over allegations of cronyism at the 54-nation international group. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP, File)

UK suspends Commonwealth funding over cronyism claims

Feb. 12, 2020 6:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain has suspended its funding of the body that runs the Commonwealth over allegations of cronyism at the 54-nation international group. Britain’s Foreign Office said Wednesday it was putting the annual 4.7 million pound ($6.1 million) contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat on...