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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, talks with CEO London Ambulance Service Garrett Emmerson, right, during a visit to the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)

In reversal, UK says it will make masks mandatory in shops

Jul. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government decided Monday to require people to wear face coverings in shops, joining a long list of countries that have made masks mandatory under some circumstances in response to the coronavirus pandemic. After weeks of prevarication and days of confused messaging, Prime...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, talks with paramedic Cindy Fu during a visit to the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)

Brexit is back: UK aims to prepare public for Jan 1 EU break

Jul. 13, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government told individuals and businesses Monday to get ready for new costs and red tape — but also an exciting “new start” — when the U.K. leaves the European Union's economic embrace in less than six months. The government unveiled details of new...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 file photo, a woman and child wearing face masks past a coronavirus related artwork displayed on screens in the window of the Flannels clothing store on Oxford Street, in central London. People in England won't have to wear masks in shops, a British official suggested on Sunday, in comments that caused confusion after Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated a tougher line was needed for face coverings indoors. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove encouraged people to use masks while inside but stopped short of endorsing their mandatory use in England, saying he trusted people to use “common sense.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

UK official suggests masks won't be required in shops

Jul. 12, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — People in England won't be required to wear masks in shops, a British official suggested on Sunday, comments that caused confusion after Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier indicated a tougher line was needed for face coverings indoors. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove encouraged people...

European Council President Charles Michel, on screen right, speaks via videoconference to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, screen left, prior to EU-UK talks via videoconference at the European Council building in Brussels on Monday, June 15, 2020. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Council President Charles Michel held a videoconference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday to assess the state of negotiations between both sides on a future trade agreement. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

EU, UK leaders agree 'new momentum' needed in Brexit talks

Jun. 15, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A video conference between the EU's top officials and British Prime minister Boris Johnson focusing on post-Brexit relations produced only a declaration of good will, with both parties acknowledging Monday that a “new momentum was required" to break the deadlock in negotiations. In...

European Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic addresses a video press conference following a meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee on Brexit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, June 12, 2020. The British government said Friday it will delay bringing in full border checks on goods coming from the European Union to relieve pressure on businesses hammered by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

UK delays post-Brexit border checks as virus slams economy

Jun. 12, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Friday it will delay bringing in full border checks on goods coming from the European Union to relieve pressure on businesses hammered by the coronavirus pandemic. But the U.K. once again ruled out delaying its full economic break with the bloc beyond the end of...

Dominic Cummings, the top aide to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  leaves his north London home the day after he a gave press conference over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions Tuesday May 26, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Under-fire UK government aide Cummings has Johnson's loyalty

May. 26, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Dominic Cummings helped Boris Johnson win power by pitting the people against the elite. Johnson’s Conservative administration has branded itself “the People’s Government.” The prime minister’s populist appeal has been hammered by news that, as the...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aid Dominic Cummings leaves his home, in London, Saturday May 23, 2020. The British government faced accusations of hypocrisy on Saturday after the revelation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser Cummings, traveled more than 250 miles (400 kms) to his parents’ house during a nationwide lockdown while he was showing coronavirus symptoms. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

British leader's aide denies 250-mile trip broke virus rules

May. 23, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government dug in Saturday to defend Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, for traveling more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) to his parents’ house during a nationwide lockdown at a time when he suspected he had the coronavirus. Opponents...

Indians stand outside a local snack shop during extended lockdown in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 18, 2020. India has recorded its biggest single-day surge in new cases of coronavirus. The surge in infections comes a day after the federal government extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 but eased some restrictions to restore economic activity and gave states more control in deciding the nature of the lockdown. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: India reports largest single-day virus surge

May. 18, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports 5,242 new cases, largest single-day surge,...