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Anti Brexit campaigner Steve Bray demonstrates outside Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Britain is due to leave the European Union on Jan. 31. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer

Jan. 18, 2020 4:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result. Sajid Javid told the Financial Times in an...

UK announces plan to mark the Brexit moment on Jan. 31

Jan. 17, 2020 5:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for gala events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union after a prolonged political stalemate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to make a speech that night to mark the occasion after holding a special Cabinet...

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,pool)

UK's Johnson picks Bank of England governor to climate role

Jan. 16, 2020 12:16 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister has appointed outgoing Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to a special advisory role ahead of the U.N. climate change conference to be held in Scotland in November. Boris Johnson said Carney will offer expertise in mobilizing business and investors across the...

Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada Minister of Foreign Affairs, centre, Ukraine Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko, second right, United Kingdoms Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab, second left, Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde, left, and Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman, hold a minute of silence behind candles and in front of a plaque with the names of the victims of flight PS752, at the High Commission of Canada in London, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The Foreign ministers gather in a meeting of the International Coordination and Response Group for the families of the victims of PS752 flight crashed shortly after taking off from the Iranian capital Tehran on Jan. 8, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Nations of Iran crash victims seek compensation for families

Jan. 16, 2020 12:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The governments of five countries that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner demanded Thursday that Tehran accept “full responsibility” and pay compensation to the victims’ families — though they had little to offer besides moral pressure to get...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, soccer fans crowd outside the Cardiff City soccer stadium ahead of the English Championship match against Swansea City, in Cardiff, Wales, as South Wales police are scheduled to test live facial recognition technology to monitor arriving fans for the soccer game.  South Wales police deployed facial recognition surveillance equipment on Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in a test to monitor crowds arriving for this weekend soccer match in real-time, which is prompting public debate about possible aggressive uses of facial recognition in Western democracies, raising questions about human rights and how the technology may enter people's daily lives in the future. (David Davies/PA via AP)

UK police use of facial recognition tests public's tolerance

Jan. 16, 2020 7:55 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — When British police used facial recognition cameras to monitor crowds arriving for a soccer match in Wales, some fans protested by covering their faces. In a sign of the technology’s divisiveness, even the head of a neighboring police force said he opposed it. The South Wales police...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. As part of a surprise announcement distancing themselves from the British royal family, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan declared they will “work to become financially independent” _ a move that has not been clearly spelled out and could be fraught with obstacles. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Documents suggest Thomas Markle may testify in Meghan suit

Jan. 15, 2020 1:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The estranged father of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex could be called to testify against the royals in her lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper, court papers reveal. The prospect of a court battle is more bad news for a British royal family already shaken by Meghan and Prince Harry's...

A Flybe flight departs from Manchester Airport, England, Monday Jan. 13, 2020. Britain's leaders are considering whether to support a rescue deal for the struggling regional airline Flybe, with discussions under way as to whether the carrier should receive tax relief on passenger duty levies. (Pete Byrne/PA via AP)

Downing Street rejects allegations that Flybe got state aid

Jan. 15, 2020 1:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office on Wednesday rejected allegations that state aid had been given to rescue struggling regional airline Flybe, insisting that any support would be on strictly commercial terms. The British government reached a deal Tuesday to save Flybe, whose network...

London pledges contribution to Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation

Jan. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged 300,000 pounds ($390,000) to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in Poland on Monday, arguing that the institution plays a vital role in educating Londoners visiting the site on the horrors of the Holocaust. London joins Paris and dozens of nations in giving...

A Flybe flight departs from Manchester Airport, England, Monday Jan. 13, 2020. Britain's leaders are considering whether to support a rescue deal for the struggling regional airline Flybe, with discussions under way as to whether the carrier should receive tax relief on passenger duty levies. (Pete Byrne/PA via AP)

UK says it has struck deal to save troubled airline Flybe

Jan. 14, 2020 4:16 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Tuesday it had reached a deal to save the struggling regional airline Flybe. Though full financial details were not revealed, shareholders backed a plan to inject an undisclosed cash sum into the airline, whose network includes more than half of British domestic...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018 file photo, scaffolding surrounds the Queen Elizabeth Tower, which holds the bell known as Big Ben, in London. The bell of Britain’s Parliament has been largely silent since 2017 while its iconic clock tower undergoes four years of repairs. Brexit-backing lawmakers are campaigning for it to strike at the moment Britain leaves the European Union -- 11 p.m. (2300GMT) on Jan. 31. Parliamentary officials say it is not worth the cost, which could come to 500,000 pounds ($650,000). The House of Commons Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 that because the clock mechanism has been dismantled and the belfry is currently getting a new floor, arranging for the bell to ring “could result in huge costs to the public purse.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Big Ben, big bucks: Brexit bell plan hits financial hurdle

Jan. 14, 2020 1:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Will Big Ben bong for Brexit? Not unless British taxpayers cough up the bucks. The bell of Britain’s Parliament has been largely silent since 2017 while its iconic clock tower undergoes four years of repairs. Brexit-backing lawmakers are campaigning for it to strike at the moment...