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Photo of sick boy on floor roils British election campaign

Dec. 10, 2019 4:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A photo of a sick boy sleeping on a hospital floor because no beds were available has become one of the defining images of Britain’s bruising election campaign. It forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson onto the defensive and ignited a fierce online debate over whether it was real or...

US stocks dip ahead of looming weekend deadline on trade

Dec. 10, 2019 4:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday ahead of a looming weekend deadline for trade talks between Washington and Beijing. A new round of U.S. tariffs is scheduled to take effect on Chinese goods Sunday, the latest escalation in a trade dispute that has dragged on economies around the world....

'The Long Good Friday' writer Barrie Keeffe dead at 74

Dec. 10, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Barrie Keeffe, screenwriter of classic British gangster movie “The Long Good Friday,” has died. He was 74. Keeffe’s agent, Stephen Durbridge, said Keeffe died Tuesday in London after a short illness. London-born Keeffe made his name in the theater with plays including...

UK's Johnson pushes his Brexit message as election nears

Dec. 10, 2019 12:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With two days until Britain's election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's final push to drive home his key message about Brexit was overshadowed Tuesday by criticism of his ham-fisted response to the image of a sick child sleeping on a hospital floor and allegations that he exploited a terrorist...

UK to return medal stripped from bisexual former sailor

Dec. 10, 2019 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British officials are returning a medal to a Falklands War veteran who said it was taken away from him because of his sexuality. Joe Ousalice says the long service and good conduct medal was confiscated from him when he was discharged from the Royal Navy after revealing he was bisexual during...

Holiday rom-com 'Love, Actually' inspires UK election memes

Dec. 10, 2019 11:25 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — “Love, Actually” is all around this year in Britain’s pre-Christmas election. The 2003 romantic comedy about the love lives of assorted Londoners over the holiday season has played a surprisingly large role in the campaign for Thursday's general election. It has inspired...

France's Macron wants EU to move quickly on Brexit talks

Dec. 10, 2019 11:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the European Union to move forward quickly on Brexit talks after Britain holds a general election on Thursday. Macron said EU members need to preserve “the method that has worked up to now, that is to say: unity.” He spoke Tuesday at...

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn: Redistribute UK wealth, tax the rich

Dec. 10, 2019 8:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — If Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn wins Britain's general election on Thursday, he’s promising a remix of British society, with a strong emphasis on raising the lot of Britain’s disenfranchised and forcing tax-dodging corporations and wealthy individuals to pick up part of the...

Global stocks sink ahead of US tariff deadline

Dec. 10, 2019 8:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets around the world fell sharply Tuesday as nervous investors watched a rapidly approaching deadline for more U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. Markets also have their eyes on American and European interest rate decisions coming this week and the outcome of Britain's general...

Rule-breaker Boris Johnson faces toughest test in election

Dec. 10, 2019 8:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson defies political gravity. Britain’s prime minister has failed to deliver on his core promise -- to take the country out of the European Union by Oct. 31. He has repeatedly been caught lying. He has used offensive and racist language, and most voters don’t trust...