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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon looks on during First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Jeff J Mitchell/PA via AP)

Scotland's leader vows to push for second independence vote

Jan. 24, 2021 10:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Sunday that she intends to hold a “legal referendum” on independence from the U.K. if she wins Scottish elections scheduled for May. Such a move would put First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on a constitutional collision course with Prime Minister Boris...

The Yesodey Hatorah Secondary Girls School is seen in Stamford Hill, north London, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Police in London said that they broke up a wedding attended by 400 people despite a nationwide lockdown that bars households from mixing. The venue was a Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, a state-funded Orthodox Jewish high school whose principal died from the coronavirus last year. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

UK police break up lockdown-flouting wedding with 150 guests

Jan. 22, 2021 1:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in London said Friday that they have broken up a wedding attended by 150 people — despite a nationwide lockdown that bars households from mixing. The venue was a school whose principal died from the coronavirus last year. The Metropolitan Police force said officers found a large...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2020 file photo, a doctor takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 at the Cocodrilos Sports Park in Caracas, Venezuela. PAHO, the regional office for the World Health Organization in the Americas, said the week of Jan. 22 2021 that only 3,000, or about 1%, of the 340,000 COVID antigen testing kits sent to the country have been used. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuela power struggle impedes delivery of COVID vaccine

Jan. 22, 2021 1:42 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s political conflict has claimed another casualty: relief from the coronavirus pandemic. The socialist government of Nicolás Maduro and the U.S.-backed opposition are accusing each other of playing politics with proposals to finance United Nations-supplied...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, workers walk toward the car builders Nissan plant in Sunderland, England. Japanese carmaker Nissan confirmed Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, that it will maintain its operations in Britain in the wake of the post-Brexit trade deal between the country and the European Union. The news was greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “great vote of confidence.” (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Nissan commits to UK car plant after post-Brexit trade deal

Jan. 22, 2021 5:04 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Japanese carmaker Nissan confirmed Friday that it will maintain its operations in Britain in the wake of the post-Brexit trade deal between the country and the European Union. The news was greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “great vote of confidence." The future of...

FILE - In this Monday, June 2, 2014 file photo, European Union Ambassador to the US Joao Vale de Almeida answers questions during a newsmaker interview at the Associated Press in Washington. Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 by declining to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. Joao Vale de Almeida is the 27-nation EU’s envoy to the U.K., which left the bloc last year. But the British government says the EU is an international organization, rather than a country, and has not given Vale de Almeida the full rights accorded to ambassadors, including immunity from taxation and prosecution.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, file)

UK, EU in spat over diplomatic status of bloc's ambassador

Jan. 21, 2021 12:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union by declining to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. Joao Vale de Almeida is the 27-nation EU’s envoy to the U.K., which left the bloc last year. The EU says he should be...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Britain's former Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the Commons Members Lobby in Parliament, London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the start of a new U.K.-U.S. chapter on Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021, under incoming U.S. President Joe Biden, even as his predecessor Theresa May accused Johnson of “abandoning” the U.K.’s moral leadership in the world during the tumultuous Trump era. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool, file)

Theresa May rebukes Boris Johnson as UK welcomes Biden era

Jan. 20, 2021 7:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the start of a new U.K.-U.S. chapter on Wednesday under incoming U.S. President Joe Biden, even as his predecessor Theresa May accused Johnson of “abandoning” the U.K.’s moral leadership in the world during the tumultuous...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Elton John performs

Music stars slam UK's 'shameful' failure on EU touring rules

Jan. 20, 2021 5:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been “shamefully failed” by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union. In a letter published Wednesday in...

A long-term care facility staff member, Pam Byers LPN, receives the COVID-19 vaccination for Oklahoma nursing home residents and staff at The Lodge at Brookline in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts

Jan. 19, 2021 9:10 PM EST

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. Hawaii received 59,000 doses of the vaccine last week, but expects to get only about 32,000 this week. Still, Lt. Gov. Josh Green says the state expects to be able to...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing on COVID-19, in Downing Street, London, Friday Jan. 15, 2021. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)

UK: 'Genocide' clause to China trade deals narrowly defeated

Jan. 19, 2021 2:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson narrowly avoided a defeat in Parliament on Tuesday after lawmakers voted against a controversial proposal seeking to bar trade deals with any country deemed by the U.K. High Court to be committing genocide. The amendment to the government’s...

Pedestrian pass by The Royal Courts Of Justice, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will ask a High Court judge to rule in her favour in her privacy action against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a handwritten letter to her estranged father. The case will be heard remotely due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Meghan seeks court ruling over 'serious breach' of privacy

Jan. 19, 2021 12:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex asked a British judge on Tuesday to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial by ruling that its publication of a “deeply personal” letter to her estranged father was “a plain and a serious breach of her rights of...