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The Latest: German minister confirmed for top EU post

Jul. 16, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EU's executive commission. The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote...

Johnson, Hunt raise Brexit stakes with Irish border views

Jul. 16, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The two contenders to become Britain's next prime minister raised the Brexit stakes by saying they will discard a contentious part of the European Union divorce deal agreed by outgoing leader Theresa May. The pound fell to a 27-month low of $1.2408 Tuesday after Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt...

The Latest: Democrats plan vote on resolution against Trump

Jul. 15, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four lawmakers of color (all times local): 8:35 p.m. House Democrats plan for a vote this week on a resolution that "strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments" that four congresswomen of color should return to...

UK leadership contenders criticize Trump's lawmaker tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two men competing to succeed her condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's berating of four female lawmakers of color but stopped short Monday of calling his remarks racist. Trump tweeted Sunday that the liberal Democrats should go back to the "broken...

UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released

Jul. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said, as European nations called for new talks to ease tensions in the Persian...

British activist readies legal bid over no-deal Brexit

Jul. 14, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An anti-Brexit activist who won a major legal case against the British government said Sunday she will go to court again if the next prime minister tries to force the U.K. out of the European Union without a deal. Businesswoman Gina Miller said she instructed her lawyers to serve notice to...

UK police urge publishers not to use leaked diplomatic memos

Jul. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British police investigation into the leak of confidential diplomatic memos is raising press freedom issues, as police warned Saturday that U.K. media outlets might face a criminal inquiry if leaked documents are published. The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command is investigating...

Brexit, domestic drama and Trump drive UK leadership race

Jul. 12, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The race to become Britain's next leader has been dominated by Brexit, but disrupted by domestic drama and Donald Trump. Britain's 2016 decision to leave the European Union divided the country, upended its politics and ultimately defeated Prime Minister Theresa May. She resigned as...

Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Jul. 12, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a "dangerous game" and threatening retribution, while London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf. The comments from Iran's Foreign...

The Latest: Gibraltar police detain 2 more from Iran tanker

Jul. 12, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Police in Gibraltar say they have arrested the two second mates of an Iranian supertanker seized last week by the British navy on suspicion of carrying Tehran's oil to Syria. Police in the British...