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UK government promises to do utmost to help British Steel

May. 21, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government pledged Tuesday to do its utmost to support British Steel amid reports the company is facing bankruptcy. Some 5,000 workers are employed by the company with another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. Business minister Andrew Stephenson told the House of Commons that the...

F35-B fighters land in UK's Cyprus base for training, tests

May. 21, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

AKROTIRI, Cyprus (AP) — Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.'s newest fighter, arrived Tuesday at a British air base on Cyprus for training and a systems test in the aircraft's first overseas deployment. The jets from 617 Squadron, flown by three British Royal Navy and three Royal Air Force pilots,...

Seeking Brexit support, May offers vote on new referendum

May. 21, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered U.K. lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country's membership in the European Union — but only if they back her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement. May made the offer as part...

EU election: Farage supporters eager for Brexit litmus test

May. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

FRIMLEY GREEN, England (AP) — No one in Britain is more enthusiastic about this week's European Union elections than people who hate the EU. Hard-core Brexit supporters have become increasingly eager to cast ballots for Nigel Farage's newly formed Brexit Party, whose sole policy is to leave the EU as soon...

The Latest: Lawmakers to get vote on new Brexit referendum

May. 21, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's political debate as it attempts to leave the European Union (all times local): 4:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says Parliament will get the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on Britain's EU membership, as she tries to get lawmakers to back...

UK man charged with assault over Farage milkshake-throwing

May. 21, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police have charged a 32-year-old man with assault after pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage was hit with a milkshake while campaigning in the European Parliament election. Northumbria Police said Tuesday that Paul Crowther had been charged with common assault and criminal damage over...

The Latest: Saudi says Yemen rebels launch new drone attack

May. 20, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 6:20 a.m. Saudi Arabia says Yemen's Houthi rebels have launched a bomb-laden drone targeting civilian infrastructure in...

Brexiteer Farage splattered in latest UK milkshake attack

May. 20, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Pro-Brexit British politician Nigel Farage was hit with a milkshake while campaigning in the European Parliament election on Monday — the latest in a spate of attacks on politicians with the sticky beverages. Farage was left with milkshake dripping down his lapels during a walkabout in...

The Latest: Migrant boats intercepted in English Channel

May. 19, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 5:20 p.m. British and French authorities have stopped 29 migrants who tried to cross the English Channel is three small boats over the weekend. The French maritime authority for the Channel and North Sea said a patrol ship spotted a boat...

UK leader promises a 'bold offer' on Brexit deal

May. 19, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May plans a "bold offer" to Parliament to win support for her Brexit deal, urging lawmakers to look at her ideas with fresh eyes. Writing in The Sunday Times, May says her bill will come "with an improved package of measures that I believe can win new support."...