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Rescue operations continue as emergency services take families to safety, after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Storm Dennis roared across Britain on Sunday, lashing towns and cities with high winds and dumping so much rain that authorities urged residents to protect themselves from

Wales bears the brunt as Storm Dennis hammers Britain

Feb. 16, 2020 12:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Storm Dennis hammered Britain Sunday, bringing a month's worth of rain in just 48 hours to parts of South Wales, which bore the brunt of the country's second severe storm inside a week. Rivers across Britain burst their banks and a number of severe flood warnings remained in place as...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, an exterior view of a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) logo at their offices in London. The majority state-owned U.K. bank RBS announced a name change on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 as it tries to leave behind its near-collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. The bank said it will now be known as NatWest Group PLC, shedding the 300-year-old Royal Bank of Scotland name. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

RBS changes name to NatWest in bid to shed legacy of bailout

Feb. 14, 2020 5:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The majority state-owned U.K. bank RBS announced a name change on Friday as it tries to leave behind its near-collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. The bank said it will now be known as NatWest Group Plc, shedding the 300-year-old Royal Bank of Scotland name. The Edinburgh-based lender...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, talks to to European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a debate on a proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb.11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU chief rejects Johnson's idea of loose UK trade deal

Feb. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will only offer Britain unique access to its vast single market if the U.K. agrees to stick to the bloc's standards, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, dismissing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's idea of brokering a loose trade deal...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, in London, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A bridge too far? UK looks at linking Scotland, N Ireland

Feb. 10, 2020 12:56 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it is seriously studying the feasibility of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, an audacious idea that has been floated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack, said the proposal was being taken seriously and...

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event 'Scotland's European Future after Brexit' at the European Policy Center in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Scottish government leader urges UK to stick to EU standards

Feb. 10, 2020 12:49 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leader of Scotland's government warned Monday that Britain would pay a “heavy cost" if it abandons European Union rules and standards after a post-Brexit transition period expires at the end of the year. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also reiterated her desire for a...

NIreland police say IRA dissidents planned Brexit truck bomb

Feb. 6, 2020 12:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Irish Republican Army dissidents planted a bomb on a truck that was intended to explode on the day Britain left the European Union last week, police in Northern Ireland said Thursday. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said a Belfast newspaper had received a call Friday — Brexit...

FILE - In this file photo dated File photo dated 1Oct. 4, 2019, Scotland's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.  It is announced that Mackay has resigned with immediate effect, Thursday Feb. 6, 2020, after allegations emerged that he befriended a teenager on social media and sent hundreds of messages to the 16-year-old boy. (Jane Barlow/PA FILE via AP)

Scotland's finance chief quits over messages to teenager

Feb. 6, 2020 10:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s finance minister resigned Thursday after revelations he had reportedly sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy on social media. Derek Mackay, who was due to deliver his annual budget on Thursday, said he had “behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry." “I...

This image released by PBS shows Crystal Clarke as Miss Lambe from the series MASTERPIECE: Sandition,

Jane Austen, actress create PBS costume drama diversity

Feb. 4, 2020 3:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crystal Clarke could imagine herself playing the heroine of a period costume drama, a genre that regularly makes its way to TV and film screens with potential breakout roles for young actresses. But the African American tempered her expectations. “I had hope for myself and I knew...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa. Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites. The technology is intended to make counting easier, but that raises concerns of hacking or glitches. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

The Latest: Dems say delay due to coding error, results soon

Feb. 4, 2020 9:52 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses (all times local): 8:45 a.m. The Iowa Democratic Party says delays in reporting the outcome of Monday's caucuses were due to a coding issue that has been fixed. The party says it hopes to release results “as soon as...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson launches the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland, during an announcement in London Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020.  Johnson is expected to announce a target to stop selling new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via AP)

UK boosts climate effort by banning new gas vehicles by 2035

Feb. 4, 2020 9:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Tuesday that it plans to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2035 — five years earlier than its previous target — in a bid to speed up efforts to tackle climate change. The announcement was timed to coincide with the launch of Britain's plans for the...