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China lashes out at US, British intelligence services

Jul. 07, 2022 06:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The United States is “the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development," China said Thursday, continuing its sharp rhetoric in response to U.S. accusations of Chinese spying and threats to the international order. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao...

Trial opens in deadly collapse of Italy's Morandi Bridge

Jul. 07, 2022 06:22 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Fifty-nine people went on trial Thursday for the 2018 collapse of Genoa’s Morandi bridge, accused of manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of 43 people. The defendants include former executives and experts of the company that manages many of Italy’s...

Russia taking 'operational pause' in Ukraine, analysts say

Jul. 07, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Foreign analysts say Russia may be temporarily easing its offensive in Ukraine as the Russian military attempts to reassemble its forces for a renewed assault. On Wednesday, Russian forces made no claimed or assessed territorial gains in Ukraine “for the...

From Brexit to Partygate, a timeline of Johnson's career

Jul. 07, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — He was the mayor who basked in the glory of hosting the 2012 London Olympics, and the man who led the Conservatives to a thumping election victory on the back of his promise to “get Brexit done.” But Boris Johnson's time as prime minister was marred by his...

Boris Johnson reached the top but was felled by his flaws

Jul. 07, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson wanted to be like his hero Winston Churchill: a larger-than-life character who led Britain through a time of crisis. He was felled by crises of his own making, as a trickle of ethics allegations became a flood that engulfed his government and turned his own party...

Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees to resign

Jul. 07, 2022 05:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to resign Thursday after days of defections crippled the controversial leader and left him unable to govern. Johnson finally agreed to step down after one of his closest allies, Treasury Chief Nadhim Zahawi, told the prime...

1st bull run in Pamplona in 3 years takes place; no gorings

Jul. 07, 2022 05:18 AM EDT

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The first bull run in three years took place Thursday at the San Fermín festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona. No one was gored, but several runners took knocks and hard falls as tens of thousands people reveled in the return of one of Europe's most famous traditional...

Germany seeks to kickstart expansion of renewable energy

Jul. 07, 2022 04:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers were poised Thursday to approve a major package of reforms aimed at boosting the production of renewable power, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned that the country has for too long relied on energy supplies from Russia. The government unveiled its...

British media Sky and BBC say Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to resign, ending unprecedented stalemate

Jul. 07, 2022 04:16 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — British media Sky and BBC say Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to resign, ending unprecedented stalemate.

UK Treasury chief calls on Boris Johnson to resign, 36 hours after Johnson appointed him, as pressure piles on UK leader

Jul. 07, 2022 03:52 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — UK Treasury chief calls on Boris Johnson to resign, 36 hours after Johnson appointed him, as pressure piles on UK leader.