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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...

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...

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)...

A tiny, unrepresentative electorate picks UK's new leader

Jul. 22, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's next prime minister will govern a nation of 66 million people, but only 0.25% of them had a say in the choice. Either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be announced Tuesday as the winner of a contest to lead the governing Conservative Party. After a formal handover of power, the...

Correction: Brexit story

Jul. 21, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a story July 19 about Brexit, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote in the 14th paragraph. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the comments, not British Prime Minister Theresa May. A corrected version of the story is below: UK lawmakers warn of lost residency rights in...

New audio shows UK could not prevent Iran takeover of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The audio released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global shows that a British frigate...

UK Treasury chief vows to quit if Boris Johnson becomes PM

Jul. 21, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Treasury chief Philip Hammond said Sunday that he will quit if — as widely expected — Boris Johnson becomes prime minister this week on a promise to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal. Hammond said Johnson's vow to press for a no-deal Brexit if he...

The Latest: UK rejects Iran's 'tit for tat' view of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The U.K.'s foreign secretary says the seizing of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed...

With Boris Johnson tipped to win PM race, UK eyes rocky ride

Jul. 21, 2019 2:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is getting a new prime minister. Buckle up for a rocky ride. On Tuesday, the U.K.'s governing Conservatives will announce the winner of a contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the party and the country. Just over three months later, on Oct. 31, Britain is scheduled to leave the...