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UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

Aug. 20, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions. Highlighting new British Prime Minister Boris...

The Latest: Merkel says Irish border is key Brexit issue

Aug. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 5:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the main stumbling block with Britain's departure from the European Union can be removed if a "practical solution" is found for the Irish border issue. Speaking Tuesday...

The Latest: Japan 'deeply concerned' about Hong Kong

Aug. 20, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong's protests (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Japan's top diplomat has told his Chinese counterpart that Japan is "deeply concerned" about the continuing protests in Hong Kong. Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday that he told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that...

Britain concerned about consular employee missing in China

Aug. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The British foreign ministry said it is "extremely concerned" about an employee of its consulate in Hong Kong who has been missing since going to mainland China on a business trip. A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is seeking information from Hong Kong and...

Chilean tennis player banned 8 years for match-fixing

Aug. 20, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Chilean tennis player Juan Carlos Saez has been banned for eight years for match-fixing. The Tennis Integrity Unit says Saez refused to cooperate with its investigation and also failed to report "a corrupt approach" at a tournament. Saez originally attracted the TIU's attention because of...

UK regulator launches investigation into electricity outage

Aug. 20, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s energy regulator says it has launched an investigation into a widespread electricity outage on Aug. 9 that left a hospital without power and rail passengers stranded for hours during the busy evening commute. The announcement Tuesday came as the Office of Gas and Electricity...

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

Aug. 19, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases. Although plans for such a gathering were still being worked out, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed...

Wide implications as Germany teeters toward recession

Aug. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday — a development that could have repercussions for the rest of the eurozone and...

UK PM Boris Johnson faces rising Brexit strategy criticism

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing rising criticism of his Brexit strategy at home as he increases pressure on the European Union to re-open negotiations ahead of key meetings with his French and German counterparts later this week. The prime minister's office said Monday that the...

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan

Aug. 19, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Singer Elton John says he's "deeply distressed" by media accounts that criticized the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for taking a private jet to go on vacation despite the flight's carbon impact of the planet. John took to Instagram on Monday to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and...