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UK leader Sunak shakes up govt to focus on business, energy

Feb. 07, 2023 07:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak shook up his government on Tuesday, moving ministers and merging departments in a bid to assert control amid ethics scandals and sniping from Conservative Party colleagues. Sunak appointed lawmaker Greg Hands to chair the governing...

UK energy company BP's profits double to $27.7 billion

Feb. 07, 2023 03:40 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British energy firm BP reported record annual earnings on Tuesday, fueling demands that the U.K. government boost taxes for companies benefiting from the high price of oil and natural gas after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. London-based BP said underlying...

Britcoin? UK gets closer to launching a digital currency

Feb. 06, 2023 17:35 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britcoin is moving closer to reality. U.K. authorities on Monday said British businesses and consumers are likely to need a digital version of the pound, formally asking for public comment on the idea of introducing a central bank digital currency. ...

ChatGPT bot channels history to pen State of Union speech

Feb. 06, 2023 05:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’ve heard it once in a president's State of the Union speech, you’ve heard it 100 times: There is nothing the American people can’t do when they pull together. But you haven’t heard that thought in a State of Union address from William Shakespeare:...

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames 'system' for her failure

Feb. 05, 2023 07:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss says her failure wasn't her fault. Truss on Sunday blamed a “powerful economic establishment” and internal Conservative Party opposition for the rapid collapse of her government, and said she still believes her tax-cutting...

Today in History: FEB 4, Rosa Parks is born

Feb. 04, 2023 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2023. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American...

Gibraltar and Spain in dispute over sovereignty 'violation'

Feb. 03, 2023 16:48 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Gibraltar's top leadership accused Spanish customs agents Friday of “a grave breach of sovereignty and jurisdiction,” alleging they landed on a beach of the British territory while chasing smugglers. The Spanish foreign ministry rejected Gibraltar’s description...

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

Feb. 03, 2023 12:46 PM EST

BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine (AP) — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units...

Ex-UK leader Truss to urge tougher China stance in Tokyo

Feb. 03, 2023 00:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss will join the former leaders of Australia and Belgium at a conference in Tokyo later this month to call for a tougher international approach to China. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, an international group of...

Australia is removing British monarchy from its bank notes

Feb. 02, 2023 19:46 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its bank notes. The nation's central bank said Thursday its new $5 bill would feature an Indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III. But the king is still expected to appear on coins that...