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UK's Johnson appoints new chief of staff after aides' exit

Nov. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a former Treasury official and management consultant as his chief of staff, as he tries to restore calm after a tumultuous period for Downing Street. Johnson’s office said Thursday that Dan Rosenfield will take up the post Dec. 7....

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Johnson leaves self-quarantine today after having close contact with a lawmaker who contracted the coronavirus in mid November. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Pubs to stay shut in many areas in new English virus curbs

Nov. 26, 2020 10:20 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Most people in England will continue to face tight restrictions on socializing and business after a nationwide lockdown ends next week, with pubs and restaurants ordered to remain shut in areas that are home to more than 20 million people. The government announced details on Thursday of...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

The Latest: South Korea has most daily cases in 8 months

Nov. 25, 2020 8:29 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time in about eight months as health authorities struggle to contain a third surge of infections. The Asian nation has been experiencing a spike in cases since it relaxed stringent social distancing...

Christmas lights are lit up on New Bond Street in Mayfair, London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UK cuts overseas aid after worst recession in over 300 years

Nov. 25, 2020 3:23 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government faced fury Wednesday after ditching its long-standing target for overseas aid in the wake of what it described as the deepest recession in over three centuries. In a statement to lawmakers, Treasury chief Rishi Sunak said the target to allocate 0.7% of national income...

China accuses Britain of discriminating with tech ban

Nov. 25, 2020 4:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China accused Britain on Wednesday of improperly attacking Chinese tech companies after the British government proposed a law to block market access to telecom equipment giant Huawei and other vendors that are deemed high-risk. The foreign ministry gave no indication whether Beijing might...

Israeli animal rights activists wearing protective gear demonstrate against the spread of coronavirus among mink in Denmark's fur industry ahead of international Fur Free Friday, in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Latest: Tennessee won't mandate vaccines in its schools

Nov. 24, 2020 7:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to “ultimately really be able to handle” the...

Moderate traffic as the sun sets on Piccadilly, in London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UK eases restrictions so families can gather over Christmas

Nov. 24, 2020 2:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British authorities gave the green light Tuesday to holiday reunions, relaxing restrictions on social mixing over Christmas and offering arriving international travelers a way to cut short quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19. The U.K. government and administrations in Scotland,...

Charlotte Charles sits with Tim Dunn, parents 19-year-old Harry Dunn, at their home in Charlton, England, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2020. The parents of the British teen Harry Dunn who was killed in a car crash lost a court battle with the U.K. government Tuesday over whether their son’s alleged killer, an American woman, had diplomatic immunity. (Jacob King/PA via AP)

UK family loses court battle in US diplomatic immunity case

Nov. 24, 2020 9:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The parents of a British teen who was killed in a crash lost a court battle with the U.K. government Tuesday over whether an American woman involved in the collision had diplomatic immunity. The family has been seeking justice for 19-year-old Harry Dunn, who died after his motorbike crashed...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a billboard advertising Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. British telecom companies face hefty fines if they don't comply with strict new security rules under proposed legislation introduced in Parliament Tuesday Nov. 24, 2020, aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China's Huawei. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

Nov. 24, 2020 6:15 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don't comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China's Huawei. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...