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Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions

Nov. 17, 2019 3:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A senior Labour party official says leaks from a report on Russian interference in British politics raises serious questions about the security of next month’s election. The Sunday Times says the report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference...

US businesswoman says Johnson ignored her amid controversy

Nov. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The American businesswoman at the heart of a controversy over links to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has cast her aside like a “gremlin.” Jennifer Arcuri has told broadcaster ITV in an interview to be broadcast Sunday that Johnson ignored her when she tried to...

UK’s Labour Party hammering out election platform

Nov. 16, 2019 9:07 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Labour Party leaders are meeting Saturday to hammer out the details of their platform for next month’s U.K. election amid tensions over immigration, which has been central to the debate over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to...

Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization

Nov. 15, 2019 11:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party's latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who outlined the plan...

Be careful out there: UK police warn candidates about safety

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British police are unveiling new tactics to protect politicians amid the country’s fraught, even hostile political atmosphere, issuing safety recommendations for candidates running in the country’s Dec. 12 general election. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs...

Times, actors are changing as ‘The Crown’ enters 1960s, ’70s

Nov. 15, 2019 3:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Crown” opens with a clever acknowledgment that time has passed for Queen Elizabeth II and taken with it the Emmy-winning actress who played her in the Netflix drama’s first two seasons. In the scene, postage stamp portraits are displayed for the monarch: one...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

Brexit Party fails to clinch voting pact with Conservatives

Nov. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit Party has failed to reach a tactical voting pact with the ruling Conservatives, saying Thursday that it will field 300 candidates in next month's election to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his promise of a clean break with the European Union. Brexit...

White Helmets founder’s wife barred from leaving Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 5:34 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer who founded the White Helmets volunteer group from leaving Turkey pending the investigation into his death. Anadolu Agency reports Thursday that James Le Mesurier's Swedish...

The Latest: UK won’t name new EU commissioner

Nov. 14, 2019 5:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s Brexit-dominated election and its impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 10:10 a.m. With election campaigning in full swing for its Dec. 12 election, Britain has informed its European Union partners that it will not name a new...