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Scotland to make period products freely available to all

Nov. 25, 2020 9:40 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scottish lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation that will make period products freely available to anyone who needs them - a move that leader Nicole Sturgeon says makes Scotland the first country in the world to do so. Lawmakers in the Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill...

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,...

Convicted Lockerbie bomber's family in new bid to clear name

Nov. 24, 2020 1:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The family of a Libyan man convicted of blowing up an American airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988 began a new posthumous appeal against the conviction on Tuesday, saying he was found guilty based on unreliable evidence. The appeal at the High Court in Edinburgh is the third...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 file photo, Douglas Stuart speaks at The 2020 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony, at the Roundhouse in London. Fittingly in this year of work-from-home and lockdowns, Douglas Stuart’s life-changing moment came to him on his sofa. The Scottish writer was at home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side when he was announced as the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize last week. (David Parry/PA via AP, File)

Douglas Stuart hopes Booker win helps working-class writers

Nov. 24, 2020 11:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Fittingly in this year of work-from-home and lockdowns, Douglas Stuart’s life-changing moment came to him on his sofa. The Scottish writer was at home in Manhattan when he was announced as the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize last week. Stuart won the 50,000-pound ($66,000) literary...

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'Shuggie Bain' writer Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize

Nov. 19, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scottish writer Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for fiction Thursday for “Shuggie Bain,” a novel about a boy’s turbulent coming of age in hardscrabble 1980s Glasgow that was turned down by 32 publishers before being picked up. Stuart, 44, won the prestigious 50,000...

The Regent Street Christmas lights entitled 'The Spirit of Christmas' stand illuminated after being switched on yesterday without a ceremony as shops on the street lie temporarily closed due to England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. This week saw Britain on Wednesday become the fifth country in the world to record more than 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths and on Thursday to record 33,470 people testing positive for COVID-19, the highest daily number of new cases since the virus first struck. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Give us a week: Businesses urge clarity on England lockdown

Nov. 17, 2020 11:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Business leaders urged the British government on Tuesday to give them at least a week's notice over what restrictions they will face when the lockdown in England expires in early December. With the four-week lockdown due to end on Dec. 2, businesses forced to shut during November are hoping...

FILE - In this Monday. July 29, 2019 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, right, sits with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Bute House, ahead of their meeting, in Edinburgh, Scotland.   Johnson has inflamed Scottish discontent with his Conservative government by reportedly saying that giving governing powers to Scotland had been a “disaster.” British media reported that Johnson made the remarks during a video meeting with Conservative Party lawmakers on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in which he also said Scottish devolution had been former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “biggest mistake.” (Duncan McGlynn/Poo Photo via AP, File )

UK's Johnson allegedly brands powers for Scotland a disaster

Nov. 17, 2020 6:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has inflamed Scottish discontent with his Conservative government by reportedly saying that giving governing powers to Scotland had been a “disaster.” British media reported that Johnson made the remarks during a video meeting with...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, spectators wear face masks to protect against COVID-19 during the first half of an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Baltimore. A new set of rules are coming in just about every sport, almost all with enhanced health and safety in mind. If they work, games could get out of bubbles and return to arenas and stadiums with some fans in attendance sometime soon. Perhaps more importantly, they could also provide some common-sense solutions to virus issues in the real world.(AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

The Latest: German club Hoffenheim puts team in isolation

Nov. 11, 2020 9:52 AM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ German soccer club Hoffenheim has put its entire team in isolation after three new coronavirus cases added to a recent spike in infections. Hoffenheim says midfielder Sebastian Rudy, forward Ishak Belfodil and an unnamed staff...

An Aston Villa member of staff wearing a mask holds a soccer ball as he walks by the pitch ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday night that England will have further restrictive measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic starting Thursday, though the Premier league and other elite sport would continue. (Nick Potts via AP)

The Latest: Arkansas coach Pittman tests positive for virus

Nov. 10, 2020 12:09 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arkansas coach Sam Pittman will miss the Razorbacks’ game at No. 6 Florida on Saturday after having two positive COVID-19 tests. The school made the announcement in a news release on Tuesday. Pittman was tested Sunday as...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London.  Former governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, who is the U.N.’s special envoy for climate change, laid out a strategy for financing efforts to cut carbon emissions, on Monday Nov. 9, 2020, calling on companies to be more transparent about their efforts. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

UN envoy lays out strategy for financing climate battle

Nov. 9, 2020 2:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.N.’s special envoy for climate change on Monday laid out a strategy for financing efforts to cut carbon emissions, calling on companies to be more transparent about their efforts and the impact rising temperatures will have on their operations. Mark Carney, the former governor of...