Latest United Kingdom News

Fed lifts rate by quarter-point and signals more hikes ahead

Feb. 01, 2023 15:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve extended its fight against high inflation Wednesday by raising its key interest rate by a quarter-point, its eighth hike since March. And the Fed signaled that even though inflation is easing, it remains high enough to require further rate hikes. ...

Prying eyes: Neighbors win privacy feud with UK Tate gallery

Feb. 01, 2023 12:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. Supreme Court says people who live in glass houses have a right to privacy too. The court ruled Wednesday that a viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern art gallery made residents of glass-walled luxury apartments next door feel like animals in a zoo, and...

Day of disruption in UK as hundreds of thousands join strike

Feb. 01, 2023 10:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of schools in the U.K. closed some or all of their classrooms, train services were paralyzed and delays were expected at airports on the biggest day of industrial action Britain has seen in more than a decade, as unions stepped up pressure on the government Wednesday to...

Church of England sheds light on 'shameful' slave trade ties

Jan. 31, 2023 12:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Three centuries ago, an enslaved person in Virginia wrote to a leader of the Church of England, begging to be released from “this cruel bondage.” There was no reply from the church, which at the time was accumulating a tidy profit from the trans-Atlantic slave trade. ...

UK police chiefs apologize to Hillsborough disaster families

Jan. 31, 2023 08:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's police chiefs promised a “cultural change” on Tuesday as they apologized to families of the victims in the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, the U.K.'s worst sports disaster which saw 97 people killed during a crush of soccer fans at an overcrowded stadium. ...

France braces for major transport woes from pension strikes

Jan. 30, 2023 15:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's national rail operator is recommending that passengers stay home Tuesday to avoid strikes over pension reforms that are expected to cause major transport woes but largely spare high-speed links to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands. Labor unions that...

Eva Green tells UK court 'B movie' could have wrecked career

Jan. 30, 2023 12:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Eva Green said in a British court Monday that she grew disillusioned with a film project because it was becoming a “B movie” that could ruin her career. The French actress is suing producers for a $1 million fee she says she is owed for “A Patriot,” a sci-fi...

UK's Sunak defends handling of ethics breaches in government

Jan. 30, 2023 08:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended his record on integrity and decisiveness Monday, amid criticism of the way he has handled ethics scandals involving senior Conservatives. Sunak said he acted “pretty decisively” to fire party Chairman Nadhim Zahawi on...

Boris Johnson says Putin said he could hit him with missile

Jan. 30, 2023 05:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that President Vladimir Putin didn’t seem serious about avoiding war in the days before Russia invaded Ukraine — and at one point told the British leader it would be easy to kill him with a missile. The Kremlin denied...

Friends mourn volunteer killed helping civilians in Ukraine

Jan. 30, 2023 00:24 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Friends and volunteers gathered Sunday at Kyiv's St Sophia’s Cathedral to say goodbye to Andrew Bagshaw, a New Zealand scientist who was killed in Ukraine with another volunteer while they were trying to evacuate people from a front-line town. Bagshaw, 48, a...