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Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization

Nov. 15, 2019 11:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party's latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who outlined the plan...

Be careful out there: UK police warn candidates about safety

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British police are unveiling new tactics to protect politicians amid the country’s fraught, even hostile political atmosphere, issuing safety recommendations for candidates running in the country’s Dec. 12 general election. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs...

Times, actors are changing as ‘The Crown’ enters 1960s, ’70s

Nov. 15, 2019 3:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Crown” opens with a clever acknowledgment that time has passed for Queen Elizabeth II and taken with it the Emmy-winning actress who played her in the Netflix drama’s first two seasons. In the scene, postage stamp portraits are displayed for the monarch: one...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

Brexit Party fails to clinch voting pact with Conservatives

Nov. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit Party has failed to reach a tactical voting pact with the ruling Conservatives, saying Thursday that it will field 300 candidates in next month's election to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his promise of a clean break with the European Union. Brexit...

White Helmets founder’s wife barred from leaving Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 5:34 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer who founded the White Helmets volunteer group from leaving Turkey pending the investigation into his death. Anadolu Agency reports Thursday that James Le Mesurier's Swedish...

The Latest: UK won’t name new EU commissioner

Nov. 14, 2019 5:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s Brexit-dominated election and its impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 10:10 a.m. With election campaigning in full swing for its Dec. 12 election, Britain has informed its European Union partners that it will not name a new...

The Latest: Tusk: UK to be ‘second-rate player’ post Brexit

Nov. 13, 2019 3:39 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 8:45 p.m. European Union Council President Donald Tusk says that the United Kingdom will be “a second-rate player” once it leaves the bloc, squeezed in between the likes of the EU, the United...

Former Conservative minister urges UK to reject the party

Nov. 13, 2019 1:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A former Conservative Party Cabinet minister said Wednesday that giving the party a majority in next month's election would be ``disastrous'' for the U.K., in the latest example of how the Brexit debate has shattered traditional party alliances in this deeply divided country. David Gauke, who...

Neglected heartland seen as key to Brexit-dominated election

Nov. 13, 2019 5:30 AM EST

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — In Hartlepool, a tough, proud English port town whipped by bitter North Sea winds, people have long felt ignored by politicians in far-off London. But not anymore. Political parties in Britain's Brexit-dominated December election are battling fiercely to win Hartlepool and places...