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European Parliament President David Sassoli speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long — and so far inconclusive. Gaps and resentments between...

Flood water surrounds the town of Upton-upon-Severn, England, with the normal course of the river Severn running horizontally under the road bridge, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis, in this photo taken with a drone Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The regions of north and west England and Wales already battling with the aftermath of several days of rain have been told to expect further deluges, by the Environment Agency, with severe flood warnings in some areas including the river Severn. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

UK's Johnson under fire for flood response as more rain due

Feb. 20, 2020 9:04 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday that more rain will bring the risk of “significant flooding" in the coming days, as people in central England and Wales kept a close eye on swollen rivers that have already flooded hundreds of properties. Criticism grew of British Prime Minister Boris...

Dave performs on stage on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Rapper cites Meghan at UK music awards, wins album of year

Feb. 19, 2020 3:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Soulful London rapper Dave brought a political edge to the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards, giving a performance alleging racism in Britain's government and in media coverage of the royal family before he won the coveted album of the year prize. Previously an unpredictable and...

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel meets students and staff working on 'carbon capture' at Imperial College London in South Kensington, London, Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020. Britain has announced a new post-Brexit “points-based immigration system” said Patel, that will assess prospective immigrants on a range of skills, qualifications, salaries or professions, starting next year.  (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan

Feb. 19, 2020 10:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care. That’s the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new U.K. immigration rules set to be introduced in less than a year. Farms, food factories and care...

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a statement in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020,, regarding infrastructure disruptions caused by blockades across the country. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trudeau urges patience, warns against force in rail protests

Feb. 18, 2020 5:48 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged patience and warned against using force Tuesday as his government works to end nationwide rail blockades and protests over a British Columbia pipeline project. Demonstrators have set up blockades in British Columbia and Ontario in solidarity with...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London.  Johnson has come under pressure to dismiss adviser Andrew Sabisky, who wrote offensive comments about race and intelligence in 2014, it has been revealed Monday Feb. 17, 2020, while a Downing Street spokesman sought to distance the government from the views expressed by advisor Sabisky. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

UK PM Johnson and estranged wife reach financial settlement

Feb. 18, 2020 7:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his estranged wife Marina Wheeler have reached a financial agreement for their divorce, court records showed Tuesday. Lawyers for Johnson and Wheeler attended a brief private hearing at the Central Family Court in London. Judge Sarah Gibbons barred...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London.  Johnson has come under pressure to dismiss adviser Andrew Sabisky, who wrote offensive comments about race and intelligence in 2014, it has been revealed Monday Feb. 17, 2020, while a Downing Street spokesman sought to distance the government from the views expressed by advisor Sabisky. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

UK govt adviser quits amid furor over comments on IQ, race

Feb. 17, 2020 3:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned on Monday amid fierce criticism of his past comments linking intelligence to race and suggesting contraception should be made compulsory to avoid “a permanent underclass.” Andrew Sabisky said he was quitting because he...

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Global Women's Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Women in politics: Theresa May recounts 'sticky tape' moment

Feb. 17, 2020 8:38 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that early on in her political career, she vowed never to think that being a woman held her back. “Don't think that you don't get something because you're a woman,” she told an audience of mostly women...

This photograph provided by Harpreet Upal, an accompanying aide of British Member of Parliament Debbie Abrahams shows Abrahams at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Indian officials denied the British lawmaker entry on Monday after she landed at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to Harpreet Upal, an accompanying aide. (Harpreet Upal via AP)

British MP who leads Kashmir group denied entry to India

Feb. 17, 2020 4:25 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian officials denied a British lawmaker entry on Monday after she landed at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to an accompanying aide. Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party Member of Parliament who chairs a parliamentary group focused on the disputed region of...

People watch waves and rough seas pound against the harbour wall at Porthcawl in Wales, as Storm Dennis sweeps across the country, Saturday Feb. 15, 2020.  Enormous waves  are churning across the North Atlantic as Britain braces for a second straight weekend of wild winter weather and flooding. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

UK faces another fierce storm; 2 found dead in rough seas

Feb. 15, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rescuers pulled two male bodies from rough seas off the coast of southeast England and military personnel mobilized to help build flood barriers Saturday as a second straight weekend of stormy weather wreaked havoc across Britain. The fourth named storm of the season, dubbed Dennis by...