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Ukraine's Zelenskyy urges Britain to help it strike deeper inside Russia as he addresses UK Cabinet

Jul. 19, 2024 07:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Britain’s new government to help Ukrainian forces attack deeper inside Russia to stop deadly missile strikes on his country, as he gave a rare address by a foreign leader to a U.K. Cabinet meeting. Zelenskyy said “long-range...

What to know about Malaysia's coronation of its king, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar

Jul. 19, 2024 05:31 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's billionaire king, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, will officially be installed on Saturday, six months after he was sworn in for a five-year term under a unique rotating monarchy system. The coronation at the national palace will formalize the...

Ursula von der Leyen reelected to a second 5-year term as European Commission president

Jul. 18, 2024 21:22 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Lawmakers at the European Parliament on Thursday reelected Ursula von der Leyen to a second 5-year term as president of the European Union’s executive commission, giving her a comfortable majority and heading off a possible leadership vacuum. Von der...

European leaders discuss migration and Ukraine at a UK summit as concern grows about direction of US

Jul. 18, 2024 17:31 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, England (AP) — Leaders from across Europe expressed support for Ukraine and concern about the direction of the United States on Thursday at a security-focused summit clouded by worries about whether the U.S. will remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump wins a second presidency. ...

British climate protesters who plotted highway shutdown given record harsh prison sentences

Jul. 18, 2024 13:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Five climate activists who planned a protest to cause gridlock and block traffic over four days on a major highway circling London were sentenced Thursday to as much as five years in prison. The sentences were the harshest terms handed down for a peaceful protest in...

Inquiry finds Britain was ill-prepared for COVID-19 pandemic and failed its citizens

Jul. 18, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government was ill-prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic and serious errors in planning failed its citizens, an inquiry found Thursday. Retired judge Heather Hallett, who is leading the ongoing inquiry, said the government wrongly believed in 2019 that it was...

Uncertainty is the winner and incumbents the losers so far in a year of high-stakes global elections

Jul. 18, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Discontented, economically squeezed voters have turned against sitting governments on both right and left during many of the dozens of elections held this year, as global power blocs shift and political certainties crumble. From India to South Africa to Britain,...

Scottie Scheffler is adjusting to links golf and his role as best player in the world

Jul. 17, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

TROON, Scotland (AP) — The first stage of Scottie Scheffler's rise to the top of golf felt like warp speed. He went from No. 15 in the world to No. 1 in the span of five tournaments, and that was before he won the Masters for the first time. Now he's on a level not seen since Tiger...

UK's new government announces legislation for 'national renewal' as Parliament opens with royal pomp

Jul. 17, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new Labour Party government promised to calm the country’s febrile politics and ease its cost-of-living crisis as it set out its plans for “national renewal” at the grand State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday. Stabilizing the U.K.’s public...

Belarus broadens visa-free travel for 35 European countries

Jul. 17, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday expanded visa-free travel for residents of 35 European countries, including members of the European Union and the United Kingdom, as part of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko' s efforts to improve relations with the West. ...