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Former Australian PM Morrison took on extra powers in secret

Aug. 16, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday accused his predecessor Scott Morrison of “trashing democracy” after revealing that while Morrison was in power, he took on five ministerial roles without the knowledge of most other lawmakers or the public. ...

'China threat' emerges in elections from UK to Australia

Aug. 14, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It's not just the economy. While inflation and recession fears weigh heavily on the minds of voters, another issue is popping up in political campaigns from the U.K. and Australia to the U.S. and beyond: the “China threat." The two finalists vying to become...

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on lecture stage in New York

Aug. 13, 2022 02:19 AM EDT

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York. A bloodied...

UK economy shrinks in 2nd quarter, sharpening recession fear

Aug. 12, 2022 05:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom's economy shrank in the three months to June, figures released Friday showed — a smaller-than-expected contraction that nevertheless added to jitters about the rocky months ahead. The Office for National Statistics said Britain’s gross domestic...

UK meets energy firms but no help yet for hard-hit consumers

Aug. 11, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and senior ministers held inconclusive talks Thursday with energy companies amid mounting pressure to help residents cope with soaring gas and electricity prices. Johnson, who is in his final weeks as prime minister, joined...

In race to win, UK Conservatives accused of ignoring crises

Aug. 10, 2022 03:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As Britain swelters through a roasting summer, and braces for a cold financial reckoning in the fall, calls for the Conservative government to act are getting louder. But the Conservatives are busy choosing a new leader, through a prolonged party election whose...

Bank of England predicts recession at the end of the year

Aug. 04, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England announced its biggest interest rate increase in 27 years on Thursday as it forecast that the war in Ukraine would fuel further inflation and tip the U.K. economy into a prolonged recession. Soaring natural gas prices are likely to drive consumer...

UK leadership election rules changed over security fears

Aug. 03, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party said Wednesday that it has delayed sending out ballots for the party’s leadership election after a warning from the U.K. intelligence services about the risk of fraud. Ballots had been due to be mailed out early this week to...

UK leadership favorite Truss stumbles over plan to slash pay

Aug. 02, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, front-runner in the race to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was forced into a policy U-turn Tuesday, dropping a proposal to cut some public sector salaries after the idea drew scorn from fellow Conservatives. The blow came...

UK, Irish leaders at funeral for peacemaker David Trimble

Aug. 01, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Ireland joined scores of mourners on Monday for the funeral of politician David Trimble, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end decades of violence in Northern Ireland. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Premier Micheal...