Latest Civil service News

Under-fire Boris Johnson denies lying about lockdown parties

Jan. 18, 2022 17:35 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday denied misleading Parliament about lockdown-breaching parties, and confirmed he has given an account of events to an inquiry probing alleged violations of coronavirus rules by the government. Senior ministers in...

UK's Johnson, and his foes, await key 'partygate' report

Jan. 17, 2022 16:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As he fights for his career, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has one constant refrain: Wait for Sue Gray. Gray is a senior but previously obscure civil servant who may hold Johnson’s political future in her hands. She has the job of investigating allegations...

UK leader's office apologizes for party before royal funeral

Jan. 14, 2022 15:46 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson's office apologized to the royal family on Friday for holding staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral last year — the latest in a catalogue of allegedly lockdown-breaching gatherings that are threatening to topple the British prime...

Groups challenge initiative to limit property tax changes

Jan. 13, 2022 19:44 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Public employees and a farming organization are among those who filed a complaint arguing the attorney general and the secretary of state did not follow a new law in approving signature-gathering for a proposed constitutional initiative that would limit changes in residential...

UK ministers rally around embattled Boris Johnson, for now

Jan. 13, 2022 17:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With varying degrees of enthusiasm, senior British government ministers on Thursday expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown. Many...

UN seeks $5B to aid millions of Afghans as country struggles

Jan. 11, 2022 18:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday launched its biggest ever appeal -- for over $5 billion to help 22 million Afghans whose country is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse as well as 5.7 million Afghan refugees in five neighboring countries. ...

UK's Johnson accused of breaking lockdown with garden party

Jan. 11, 2022 11:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a wave of public and political outrage on Tuesday over allegations that he and his staff flouted coronavirus lockdown rules by holding a garden party in 2020 while Britons were barred by law from meeting up with more than one person...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jan. 10, 2022 19:31 PM EST

Dallas Morning News. Jan. 7, 2022. Editorial: Texas should be more aggressive in offering booster shots for COVID-19 The omicron variant keeps surging at an eye-popping rate, but the number of Texans getting a booster shot hasn’t surged with it. We can...

New associate director named at NASA center in Alabama

Jan. 09, 2022 11:18 AM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A longtime employee of the nation's space agency has been named associate director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Rae Ann Meyer, who began as an engineer in Marshall’s propulsion laboratory in 1989, will help manage the center’s 7,000 civil...

Hundreds in Lebanon protest measures targeting unvaccinated

Jan. 08, 2022 10:15 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied in Beirut on Saturday to protest measures imposed against the unvaccinated, saying individuals should have the right to decide whether to be inoculated or not. Vaccination is not compulsory in Lebanon, but in recent days authorities have...