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UK lawmakers seek reassurances about nuclear deterrent after reports of a failed missile test

Feb. 21, 2024 05:09 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are seeking reassurances about the nation’s nuclear deterrent after reports that a test of the system failed dramatically last month when an unarmed missile crashed into the sea near the submarine from which it was launched. The Sun newspaper...

Timeline of the Assange legal saga as he makes a final bid to avoid extradition to the US

Feb. 20, 2024 18:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been fighting for more than a decade to avoid extradition to the United States to face charges related to his organization's publication of a huge trove of classified documents. He has been in custody in a high-security London prison since 2019,...

WikiLeaks founder Assange faces his last legal roll of the dice in Britain to avoid US extradition

Feb. 20, 2024 15:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. government. ...

Ransomware group LockBit is disrupted by a global police operation that includes 2 arrests

Feb. 20, 2024 14:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have infiltrated and disrupted the prolific ransomware syndicate LockBit that has extracted $120 million from thousands of victims around the world, with two people arrested, British, U.S. and European officials said Tuesday. Britain's...

Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns

Feb. 20, 2024 12:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Russia is rebuilding its capacity to destabilize European countries and extend its influence in the Middle East and Africa, posing a strategic threat to NATO as its members focus on the war in Ukraine, a U.K.-based think tank said Tuesday. In a sweeping report,...

The UK's Prince William appeals for an end to the fighting in Gaza as soon as possible

Feb. 20, 2024 11:08 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince William, the heir to the British throne, called Tuesday for an end to fighting in the Gaza Strip as soon as possible. William stopped short of calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza as the House of Commons prepares for a vote on that issue on Wednesday....

Bank of England says UK recession is modest in historical terms and that upturn is probably underway

Feb. 20, 2024 10:42 AM EST

Bank of England Gov. Andrew Bailey said Tuesday that the U.K.’s economic recession that was confirmed last week is modest by historical standards and is probably over. In testimony to lawmakers, Bailey said the two successive quarters of negative growth recorded in the second half...

UK appeals court asked to assess whether sentencing of killer of 3 in Nottingham was too lenient

Feb. 20, 2024 08:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government's top lawyer has referred to the U.K.'s Court of Appeal the sentence handed to a 32-year-old man with paranoid schizophrenia who fatally stabbed two college students and a man in the central English city of Nottingham last summer, arguing that it was “unduly...

Houthi rebels' attack severely damages a Belize-flagged ship in key strait leading to the Red Sea

Feb. 19, 2024 21:37 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels that damaged a Belize-flagged ship traveling through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden has forced the crew to abandon the vessel, authorities said Monday. Another ship reportedly...

Britain's top diplomat says he hopes the Falkland Islands will wish to stay in the UK family forever

Feb. 19, 2024 17:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary David Cameron on Monday toured battle sites of the Falklands War during a visit meant to underline that the Falkland Islands are a “valued part of the British family." The visit by Cameron — the first British foreign secretary to make the...