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Theresa May hunkers down as premiership enters its end stage

May. 23, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies on Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her Brexit plan and her premiership. May was due to meet senior ministers to discuss her Brexit bill as plans to put it...

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' author Judith Kerr dies at 95

May. 23, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Judith Kerr, author and illustrator of the bestselling "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" and other beloved children's books, has died at the age of 95. HarperCollins chief executive Charlie Redmayne announced her death Thursday. The publisher said she died at her home on Wednesday after a brief...

World shares sink as US-China spat takes center stage

May. 23, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets fell sharply Thursday as traders focused on tensions between the U.S. and China and braced for the impact of their tariff hikes. Private surveys, meanwhile, showed continued weakness in the eurozone economy in May, with a slowdown in manufacturing and services. France's...

The Latest: Merkel's party offers talks with YouTube critic

May. 23, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the European Parliament elections (all times local): 1 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is offering talks with a YouTube star whose video attacking it has garnered 5 million views. The YouTuber, who goes by the name Rezo, posted an expletive-laden...

'War is ugly': For French vet, D-Day's lessons are timeless

May. 23, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

OUISTREHAM, France (AP) — There were countless times on D-Day and in the fighting in Normandy that followed when Leon Gautier could have been killed or grievously wounded. He and his comrades in an elite French unit were among the first waves of Allied troops to storm the heavily defended beaches of...

The Latest: British govt delays vote on Brexit bill

May. 23, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The British government has delayed plans to hold a vote on its key Brexit bill, as Prime Minister Theresa May faces remorseless pressure from her Conservative Party to step down. May previously said she...

Dutch, UK polls open, starting 4 days of European elections

May. 23, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch and British voters were the first to have their say Thursday in elections for the European Parliament, starting four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc that pits supporters of deeper integration against populist euroskeptics who want more power for their national...

UN health agency issues 1st strategy to address snake bites

May. 23, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snake bites, aiming to halve the number of people killed and disabled by snakes by 2030. Nearly 3 million people are bitten by potentially poisonous snakes every year, resulting in as many as...

UN demands Britain end rule of Chagos Islands in 6 months

May. 22, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its "colonial administration" of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on Diego Garcia, and return them to Mauritius within six months. The 193-member world body approved a resolution...

Last days of May? UK leader in peril as Brexit offer slammed

May. 22, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in Wednesday against a relentless push by rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out of the European Union appeared to be headed for a dead end. May resisted calls to rip up her tattered Brexit blueprint and...