Latest United Kingdom government News

6 women are rescued from a refrigerated truck in France after distress call to a BBC reporter

Sep. 28, 2023 16:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Six female migrants trapped inside a refrigerated food truck were rescued by French police after one of the women was able to make contact with a reporter, the BBC and French authorities said Thursday. The women — four Vietnamese and two Iraqis — hid for hours in...

A Sudanese man is arrested in the UK after a migrant's body was found on a beach in Calais

Sep. 27, 2023 15:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British officers arrested a man as part of an investigation into the death of a woman thought to have died attempting to cross the English Channel in a small boat, the U.K. National Crime Agency said Wednesday. The 21-year-old Sudanese man was detained on suspicion...

Ronald Reagan famously spoke of the 'ash heap of history.' So do several GOP candidates today

Sep. 27, 2023 09:50 AM EDT

The words don't stir the collective national memory like, “ Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." But for students of Ronald Reagan's more notable speeches, “the ash heap of history" may ring a bell, one chiming regularly during the 2024 Republican presidential campaign. ...

Scottish officials approve UK's first drug consumption room intended for safer use of illegal drugs

Sep. 27, 2023 08:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities on Wednesday approved a 2.3 million-pound ($2.8 million) pound drug consumption room, the first government-backed place in the U.K. where users can take illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin under the supervision of medical staff. Local...

The UK's hardline immigration chief says international rules make it too easy to seek asylum

Sep. 26, 2023 12:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s immigration minister argued Tuesday that international refugee rules must be rewritten to reduce the number of people entitled to protection, as the Conservative government seeks international support for its tough stance on unauthorized migration. Home...

US aims to create nuclear fusion facility within 10 years, Energy chief Granholm says

Sep. 25, 2023 17:14 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Biden administration hopes to create a commercial nuclear fusion facility within 10 years as part of the nation's transition to clean energy, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Monday. Calling nuclear fusion a pioneering technology, Granholm said...

Britain uses UN speech to show that it wants to be a leader on how the world handles AI

Sep. 22, 2023 20:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain pitched itself to the world Friday as a ready leader in shaping an international response to the rise of artificial intelligence, with Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden telling the U.N. General Assembly his country was “determined to be in the vanguard.” ...

Governments and individuals debate: Are mandates needed to reach climate change targets?

Sep. 21, 2023 15:48 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Governments, organizations and businesses have set ambitious goals to combat climate change. But it is far from clear that those goals can be met without forcing people to do -- or not do -- certain things. And that is causing some consternation, even among...

UK prosecutors have charged 5 Bulgarians with spying for Russia. They are due in court next week

Sep. 21, 2023 09:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British authorities on Thursday charged five Bulgarians living in the U.K. with spying for Russia. The Crown Prosecution Service said it had authorized charges of conspiracy to conduct espionage against three men and two women. The five — Orlin...

UK leader Rishi Sunak delays ban on new gas and diesel cars by 5 years in contentious climate shift

Sep. 20, 2023 21:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced Wednesday that he’s delaying by five years a ban on new gas and diesel cars that had been due to take effect in 2030, watering down climate goals that he said imposed “unacceptable costs” on ordinary people. The move angered...