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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...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2003 file photo Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG, poses outside his office with one of his books in Cleveland. Johnston has the largest collection of golf books in the world, and he' s gifting it to the R&A. (AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak, file)

Column: From 30 books to 30,000, and a gift back to Scotland

Jan. 14, 2020 9:57 AM EST

Alastair Johnston returned home to Scotland after an internship with IMG and brought with him 30 golf books that had been collecting dust in a storage room. That was more than 50 years ago. His next shipment to Scotland is going to be substantially more. What began as a hobby has become the largest golf library...

FILE In this file photo dated Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street for the State Opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.  Charismatic Prime Minister Johnson’s larger-than-expected margin of victory in the December general election may give him a chance to consolidate power during the coming 2020 year. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

Uncharted Brexit waters: UK's Boris Johnson faces 2020 tests

Jan. 3, 2020 4:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — After a remarkable political turnaround, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on the verge of taking Britain out of the European Union with the enthusiastic support of a strong majority in Parliament. After suffering a string of parliamentary defeats over Brexit — plus the ignominy of being...

This image released by Discovery Channel shows Icelandic ocean rower Fiann Paul blowing a horn in a scene from “The Impossible Row,

6 men become 1st to cross perilous Drake Passage unassisted

Dec. 28, 2019 10:46 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As freezing water thrashed their rowboat in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, six men fought for 13 days to make history, becoming the first people to traverse the infamous Drake Passage with nothing other than sheer manpower. They dodged icebergs, held their breaths as...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles walk behind the Imperial State Crown as they arrive in the chamber for the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London, Thursday Dec. 19, 2019. Queen Elizabeth II will formally open a new session of Britain's Parliament on Thursday, with a speech giving the first concrete details of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to do with his commanding House of Commons majority. (Aaron Chown, Pool via AP)

UK's Johnson unveils legislative plan to end Brexit deadlock

Dec. 19, 2019 12:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled an end to Britain’s era of Brexit deadlock Thursday, announcing a packed legislative program intended to take the U.K. out of the European Union on Jan. 31, overhaul everything from fishing to financial services and shore up the country’s...

In this image taken from video, Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons, London, Tuesday Dec. 17, 2019. Buoyed by a Conservative majority in Parliament, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled Tuesday he won’t soften his Brexit stance, ruling out any extension of an end-of-2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union. (House of Commons via AP)

UK's Johnson seeks to rule out Brexit trade pact delay

Dec. 17, 2019 12:29 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Buoyed by a big new Conservative majority in Parliament, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson toughened his Brexit stance on Tuesday, ruling out any extension of an end-of-2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union. As lawmakers assembled for the first sitting of Parliament...

A member of the Brazil delegation during the closing plenary at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. Negotiators from almost 200 nations planned to gather for a final time at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid early Sunday to pass declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering the effects of climate change. But one of the key issues at the talks, an agreement on international carbon markets, has eluded officials even after the Chilean chair extended Friday's talks deadline to allow more time for negotiations. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal

Dec. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another year....

Activists protest outside of the COP25 climate talks congress in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The United Nations Secretary-General has warned that failure to tackle global warming could result in economic disaster. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

AP EXPLAINS: How Madrid talks fell short on climate ambition

Dec. 15, 2019 1:12 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — This year's U.N. climate negotiations in Madrid, the longest in 25 nearly annual such gatherings, ended Sunday with major polluters resisting calls to ramp up efforts to keep global warming at bay. Faced with the tough task of reconciling the demands of scientists, protesters on the streets...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves after addressing the media outside 10 Downing Street in London, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Johnson's Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup

Dec. 14, 2019 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfill his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the United...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves after addressing the media outside 10 Downing Street in London, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Johnson's Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority

Dec. 13, 2019 3:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Friday to heal Britain's divisions over Brexit after his gamble on early elections rewarded him with a commanding majority in Parliament and a new mandate to take his country out of the European Union at the end of January. Johnson's promise to “get...