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Rishi Sunak's office mum as speculation mounts of an early British election

May. 22, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Some positive economic figures and an atypical silence from government set Britain’s political rumor mill alight Wednesday with speculation that an election may be imminent. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office declined to quash the rumors and refused "to rule...

UK's Cameron praises progress in joint effort with Albania to stop illegal migration

May. 22, 2024 09:21 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — British Foreign Secretary David Cameron hailed progress in a U.K.-Albania joint effort to cut illegal migration, saying small boat arrivals from Albania to the U.K. fell by over 90% in 2023 as the two countries fought people smuggling gangs, according to a Foreign Office...

A UK lawmaker returns to work as 'the bionic MP' after losing his hands and feet to sepsis

May. 22, 2024 10:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fractious politicians shared a rare moment of unity on Wednesday, when a Conservative lawmaker returned to work six months after sepsis put him in a coma and forced the amputation of his hands and feet. As Conservative legislator Craig Mackinlay walked...

A man charged with helping the Hong Kong intelligence service in the UK has been found dead

May. 22, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A man charged with assisting Hong Kong authorities with gathering intelligence in the United Kingdom has died in unexplained circumstances, British police said Tuesday. Matthew Trickett, 37, was one of three men charged earlier this month with agreeing to engage in...

WikiLeaks founder Assange wins right to appeal against an extradition order to the US

May. 20, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal an extradition order to the United States on espionage charges, a London court ruled Monday — a decision likely to further drag out an already long legal saga. High Court judges Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson ruled for...

Things to know about an AI safety summit in Seoul

May. 20, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is set to host a mini-summit this week on risks and regulation of artificial intelligence, following up on an inaugural AI safety meeting in Britain last year that drew a diverse crowd of tech luminaries, researchers and officials. The...

Timeline of the Assange legal saga over extradition to the US on espionage charges

May. 20, 2024 08:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won a key battle on Monday in his decade-and-a-half-long attempt to avoid extradition to the United States on espionage charges. Two judges at London’s High Court ruled that Assange can appeal against his extradition order. ...

Today in History: May 19, Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII, beheaded

May. 19, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 19, the 140th day of 2024. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of...

Yemen's Houthi rebels claim shooting down another US MQ-9 Reaper drone as footage shows wreckage

May. 18, 2024 02:51 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Friday claimed to have shot down an American drone, hours after footage circulated online of what appeared to be the wreckage of an MQ-9 Reaper drone. Early Saturday, a vessel also came under attack in the Red Sea. The two...

The UK's opposition Labour Party unveils its pledges to voters in hopes of winning the next election

May. 16, 2024 07:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's still-undeclared election campaign stepped up a gear on Thursday when opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starme r announced the key pledges that he hopes will make him the U.K.’s next prime minister later this year. The center-left party is focusing on...