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US man accused of faking death to avoid charges jailed in UK

Jan. 21, 2022 15:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An American man who authorities say faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud before fleeing to Scotland was jailed Friday after he failed to show up for an extradition hearing. Nicholas Alahverdian, who has used a number of aliases...

US fugitive who faked death, skipped UK court date arrested

Jan. 20, 2022 16:28 PM EST

A Rhode Island man who authorities say fled the U.S. and faked his death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested after skipping his court date in Scotland, police said Thursday. Police Scotland said officers arrested Nicholas Alahverdian in the Woodlands...

James Sands makes Glasgow Rangers debut in draw vs Aberdeen

Jan. 18, 2022 17:52 PM EST

American midfielder James Sands made his debut for Glasgow Rangers, playing the entire match during a 1-1 draw at Aberdeen on Tuesday night in the Scottish Premier League. The 21-year-old from Rye, New York, was loaned from Major League Soccer champion New York City to Rangers on...

Official: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push

Jan. 18, 2022 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said Tuesday. Yamaguchi said in an interview with The Associated Press that Japan hopes...

Officials: US fugitive faked death, found in UK with COVID

Jan. 14, 2022 17:17 PM EST

A Rhode Island man who is believed to have fled the U.S. and faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested in Scotland after being hospitalized with COVID-19, authorities said. Nicholas Alahverdian, 34, who has been a vocal critic of Rhode...

James Sands loaned to Glasgow Rangers by New York City

Jan. 05, 2022 16:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — American midfielder and defender James Sands was loaned Wednesday to Glasgow Rangers from Major League Soccer champion New York City through the end of the 2023-24 Scottish Premier League season. Rangers have an option to acquire Sands at the end of the loan. ...

UK authorities ease COVID testing requirements amid surge

Jan. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Health authorities across the U.K. simplified COVID-19 testing requirements on Wednesday, a move designed to cut isolation times for many people and that may ease the staffing shortages that are hitting public services from hospitals to garbage collection amid an omicron-fueled...

British PM: Health service under strain, but no new measures

Jan. 03, 2022 12:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday that the country's health system will remain under strain for weeks amid the current surge in coronavirus infections, but suggested there would be no tightening of measures soon to slow the spread. The highly...

UK makes omicron contingency plans for hospitals, schools

Jan. 02, 2022 13:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government has been making contingency plans in case hospitals, schools and other workplaces are hit by major staff shortages amid the country's record-breaking spike in coronavirus infections. Public sector workplaces have been preparing for staff absences...

Party-goers urged not to travel across UK as omicron surges

Dec. 31, 2021 13:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Officials have warned revellers in Scotland and Wales to think twice before travelling to England to ring in the new year, highlighting how the four parts of the U.K. were again taking starkly different approaches to coronavirus restrictions amid record-high infections and soaring...