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Study: Black, Asian Britons have higher COVID-19 death rates

Dec. 03, 2021 07:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Almost two years into the pandemic, Black and other ethnic minority people in Britain are still dying with the coronavirus at higher rates than white residents, likely because of lower vaccination rates, a government-commissioned report said Friday. The...

UK Conservatives hold Parliament seat by reduced margin

Dec. 03, 2021 04:25 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party has held onto a seat in Parliament in a special election triggered by a lawmaker’s death. But the party saw its margin of victory slashed after weeks of headlines about politicians’ ethics breaches and an uncertain coronavirus...

UK panel asks govt to scrap plan to turn back migrant boats

Dec. 01, 2021 13:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. parliamentary committee on Wednesday criticized government plans to deter migrants and refugees from trying to reach Britain in small boats, saying the measures would endanger lives without stopping dangerous journeys across the English Channel like the one that killed...

Man arrested after breaching security at UK Parliament

Dec. 01, 2021 11:11 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A man was arrested Wednesday after breaching security at Britain’s Parliament. Photos showed a man being held on the ground inside a gated yard at Parliament while officers stood over him with guns pointed. He was later taken away in a police van. ...

Barbados bids farewell to British monarchy, becomes republic

Nov. 30, 2021 10:58 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history. Several leaders, dignitaries and artists, including Prince Charles and...

The Latest: CDC says ages 18 and up should get booster shot

Nov. 29, 2021 18:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday broadened its recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as the new omicron variant is identified in more countries. The agency had previously approved boosters for all adults, but only...

Barbados prepares to bid farewell to queen as head of state

Nov. 29, 2021 18:01 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Caribbean island of Barbados on Monday prepared to wave goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II as head of state as it cuts ties with its colonial past and becomes a republic for the first time in history. The preparations come a month after the...

UK to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears

Nov. 29, 2021 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is extending its COVID-19 booster vaccine program to millions more people as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new omicron variant, which is feared to be more contagious and vaccine-resistant. The British government said Monday that it...

Scotland's leader aims for independence referendum in 2023

Nov. 29, 2021 10:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Monday that she will renew her push for independence from the United Kingdom next year, with the aim of holding a referendum on secession in 2023. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the independence campaign, stalled by the...

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

Nov. 27, 2021 22:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on...