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Passengers wait next to the Eurostar Terminal at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Brits scrambling home from France after quarantine move

Aug. 14, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British holidaymakers in France were scrambling to return home Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. The British government announced late...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2001 file photo, Britain's Princess Anne with her husband Commander Tim Lawrence ride in a ceremonial carriage through Windsor town centre, where they were guests of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle to welcome King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan on their state visit to England. Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter, Princess Anne, will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 in a no-nonsense manner that befits her reputation in Britain. Whatever is planned for Saturday, it’s certainly going to be a scaled-back affair because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin/File)

UK's Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion

Aug. 14, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter, Princess Anne, will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Saturday in a no-nonsense manner befitting her reputation in Britain. Whatever is planned for the princess, it will have to be a scaled-back affair because of the coronavirus pandemic. Not that the...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HQ during his visit to Belfast, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

UK's Johnson seeks to quell Brexit fears in Northern Ireland

Aug. 13, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Thursday that businesses in Northern Ireland will continue to enjoy seamless access to the rest of the U.K. after a Brexit transition period with the European Union expires at the end of the year. “There will be no border down the Irish Sea...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, shoppers walk along Oxford Street in London. Britain started testing a new smartphone app Thursday to help people find out whether they’ve been close to someone infected with COVID-19 after security concerns torpedoed an earlier effort to use technology to track the disease. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UK begins testing a new app to fight COVID-19 spread

Aug. 13, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain started testing a new smartphone app Thursday to help people find out whether they’ve been close to someone infected with COVID-19 after security concerns torpedoed an earlier effort to use technology to track the disease. The Department of Health and Social Care said that...

As his 3-year-old son Tzvi looks on, Rabbi Mordechai Chalk leads a service for his congregation via a teleconference app from his home in London on Friday, June 19, 2020, just before sunset. Taking services online-only has been particularly challenging for the Orthodox Jewish community, members of which are proscribed from using electronics on Shabbat, their day of rest. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)

AP PHOTOS: Across faiths, pandemic alters worship, rites

Aug. 13, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

London and its environs are home to a notable diversity of faiths and flocks. Rites that have been the bedrock of their beliefs for centuries had to evolve swiftly during the pandemic lockdown to be safe and relevant for the faithful amid global uncertainty. In the Hertfordshire county village of Northchurch,...

Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of serious injuries. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. (Ross Johnston/Newsline-media via AP)

3 dead, 6 in hospital after train derails in Scotland

Aug. 12, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Three people were killed and six others injured Wednesday when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after heavy rain and flooding hit the area. The train driver was believed to be among the dead, British Transport Police said. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said that the...

Parents of UK teen murdered in racist attack vow to fight on

Aug. 12, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The parents of a Black teenager who was killed in a 1993 racist attack have vowed to keep fighting for justice despite a decision by London’s police force to classify their murder investigation as inactive. Stephen Lawrence, 18, was attacked by a group of white youths while waiting for...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday June 30, 2020, a coronavirus test sample is collected at a coronavirus testing station in Leicester, England. The British government insists that science is guiding its decisions as the country navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic. But a self-appointed  group of independent experts led by a former government chief adviser says it sees little evidence-based about Britain’s response. Unlike other countries, the scientific opposition to Britain’s approach is remarkably organized. The independent group sits almost in parallel to the government’s own scientists, assesses the same outbreak indicators and has put out detailed reports on issues such contact tracing, reopening schools and pubs, and relaxing social distancing. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

UK scientists openly question government's pandemic response

Aug. 12, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As Britain navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic, the government insists that science is guiding its decisions. But a self-appointed group of independent experts says it sees little in Britain's response that is evidence-based, especially after an upturn in new cases forced a...

A woman walks by a closed store, in London, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Unemployment across the U.K. has held steady during the coronavirus lockdown as a result of a government salary support scheme, but there are clear signals emerging that job losses will skyrocket over coming months. The Office for National Statistics said Thursday there were 649,000 fewer people, or 2.2%, on payroll in June when compared with March when the lockdown restrictions were imposed. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Bumpy road ahead: UK bracing for big spike in unemployment

Aug. 11, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has kept a lid on its unemployment rate so far during the coronavirus pandemic but, scratch beneath the surface, there are worrying trends that will likely see the jobless total soaring by the end of the year. As department store Debenhams announced another 2,500 job losses on...