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UK central bank holds rates amid Brexit, trade uncertainty

Jun. 20, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England kept its main interest rate on hold at 0.75% on Thursday and warned that a combination of Brexit worries and global trade tensions was weighing on growth. All nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee backed the decision to not change rates. There had been some...

The Latest: UK Tories narrow prime minister race to 3

Jun. 20, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on choosing Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The contest to become Britain's next prime minister is down to its final three candidates, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt chasing front-runner Boris Johnson for a spot...

Boris Johnson increases lead in race to be next UK prime minister as field of Conservative contenders is cut to three.

Jun. 20, 2019 8:08 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson increases lead in race to be next UK prime minister as field of Conservative contenders is cut to three.

Scudamore takes place on newly formed Ryder Cup committee

Jun. 20, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — The executive who led the extraordinary growth of the English Premier League is joining a new Ryder Cup committee aimed at enhancing the commercial value of golf's biggest team event. Richard Scudamore was chief executive then executive chairman of the Premier League from...

Bank of England votes unanimously to leave key interest rate unchanged at 0.75%

Jun. 20, 2019 7:03 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Bank of England votes unanimously to leave key interest rate unchanged at 0.75%.

Court rules UK must reconsider arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Jun. 20, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court has ruled that the U.K. government must reconsider its decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen war. The Court of Appeal ruled Thursday in favor of anti-weapons campaigners, who argued that the sales should not have been allowed because there was a risk...

UK Treasury chief issues stiff no-deal Brexit warning

Jun. 20, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief is urging Conservative Party leadership contenders to be honest with the public and spell out what they would do if their plans for leaving the European Union falter. Philip Hammond is expected to use his Mansion House showcase speech in the City of London on Thursday...

UK Tories to pick final 2 contenders for prime minister

Jun. 20, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservatives were set to pick two candidates Thursday who will square off to become the country's next prime minister. Tory lawmakers will vote to eliminate two contenders from a four-strong field that includes ex-foreign minister and London mayor Boris Johnson, current...

Ralph Lauren receives honorary knighthood in London

Jun. 19, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ralph Lauren has collected an accolade from Prince Charles and it's a doozy: Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for Services to Fashion. The designer was presented with the insignia, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II, in a private ceremony Wednesday at...

England beats Japan 2-0 to clinch top spot in Group D

Jun. 19, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — For the first time since Bryan Robson, Peter Shilton and Glenn Hoddle, an England team finished a World Cup group stage with a 3-0 record. Ellen White scored both goals, and the Lionesses roared into the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory over Japan on Wednesday night to win the group. Phil...