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Boris Johnson tipped to win as UK Tories reveal new leader

Jul. 23, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party is set to reveal Tuesday the identity of the country's next prime minister, with Brexit champion Boris Johnson the strong favorite to get the job. Party officials will announce whether Johnson or rival Jeremy Hunt has won a ballot of about 160,000...

1 forecast shows US topping medal table at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 23, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If the Tokyo Olympics were opening today, the United States would top the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the forecast released Tuesday by Gracenote Sports , which supplies statistical analysis for sports leagues around the world. Simon Gleave, the head of sports analysis...

UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf

Jul. 22, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led "maritime protection mission" to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the waterway last week. Briefing Parliament on the budding crisis, Foreign Secretary...

The Latest: Iran's FM says UK ship was traveling unsafely

Jul. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country seized a British-flagged oil tanker last week because it was violating "international law on safe passage" in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking Monday during a...

With a wide smile for mom, Britain's Prince George turns 6

Jul. 22, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace has released three new photographs of Prince George for the young royal's 6th birthday. The heir to the British throne turned 6 on Monday. It's become a palace tradition for snapshots taken by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to be shared with the public for the birthdays of...

Out of the shadows of Irish golf, Lowry a major champion

Jul. 22, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Ireland (AP) — No longer in the shadows of Irish golf, Shane Lowry now has his name etched on the base of the silver claret jug. It's on there with more than a century's worth of the best that have conquered the links to win the British Open. Lowry gazed at the oldest trophy in golf as he tried...

British Airways pilots vote to strike in pay dispute

Jul. 22, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways pilots voted overwhelmingly to take strike action amid a long-running dispute over pay, their union said Monday. The British Airlines Pilots Association accused the airline of making massive profits on the back of sacrifices made during hard times. No potential dates have been...

Voting for new UK prime minister ends amid Brexit foreboding

Jul. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Voting closed Monday in the two-man contest to become Britain's next prime minister, as critics of likely winner Boris Johnson condemned his vow to take the U.K. out of the European Union with or without a divorce deal. Members of the governing Conservative Party had until 5 p.m. (1600 GMT)...

UK says it is assembling 'European-led maritime protection mission' for ships in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 22, 2019 12:06 PM EDT
LONDON (AP) — UK says it is assembling 'European-led maritime protection mission' for ships in Strait of Hormuz.

UK legislator charged with 2 sexual assaults against women

Jul. 22, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Conservative Party legislator in Britain has been charged with sexually assaulting two women. The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that Charlie Elphicke was charged with three counts of sexual assault. Prosecutors say the first charge stems from an alleged attack in 2007 and the other...