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UK nurses, ambulance crews strike, straining health system

Feb. 06, 2023 07:41 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of nurses and ambulance staff walked off the job in the U.K. on Monday in what unions called the biggest strike in the history of the country's public health system. The walkout is the latest in a wave of strikes that has disrupted Britons’ lives...

Deadly earthquake exacerbates suffering of displaced Syrians

Feb. 06, 2023 07:32 AM EST

DARKUSH, Syria (AP) — A steady stream of injured were flowing into an overwhelmed hospital in the town of Darkush, in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Monday, after a deadly earthquake struck the region. Mothers hovered over crying children. Amid the chaos, one man sat with a...

German star Friedrich wins another 4-man world bobsled title

Feb. 05, 2023 13:38 PM EST

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Francesco Friedrich drove to his fifth consecutive world four-man bobsled championship on Sunday, ending yet another dominant showing for Germany at the season’s biggest competition. Friedrich — also the two-time defending Olympic champion in the...

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames 'system' for her failure

Feb. 05, 2023 07:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss says her failure wasn't her fault. Truss on Sunday blamed a “powerful economic establishment” and internal Conservative Party opposition for the rapid collapse of her government, and said she still believes her tax-cutting...

Today in History: FEB 5, Senate acquits Trump

Feb. 05, 2023 00:03 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2023. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in...

Punk icon Lydon fails in bid to play Eurovision Song Contest

Feb. 04, 2023 06:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Punk icon John Lydon has failed in his attempt to become Ireland’s entry for the pop music competition the Eurovision Song Contest. The former Sex Pistols frontman entered the song “Hawaii” with his post-punk band Public Image Ltd. in the national runoff for...

Royal Navy sailors hospitalized after drinking water on ship

Feb. 04, 2023 05:03 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A Royal Navy warship has returned to port in Britain after several sailors got sick from the vessel’s drinking water, officials said Saturday The navy said frigate HMS Portland had returned to its base at Portsmouth on England’s south coast on Friday “as a...

Today in History: FEB 4, Rosa Parks is born

Feb. 04, 2023 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2023. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American...

Olympic bans and boycotts go back a century

Feb. 03, 2023 11:41 AM EST

Ukraine and the three Baltic countries, all former Soviet republics, moved a step closer Friday to boycotting next year’s Paris Olympics because of the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes. The International Olympic Committee plans to allow Russians and Belarusians to...

Ex-pop star Gary Glitter freed from UK prison

Feb. 03, 2023 08:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former pop star Gary Glitter was released from prison in England on Friday after serving half of a 16-year prison sentence for sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s. The 79-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was freed from a prison in Dorset, in...