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The Latest: 15,000 Thomas Cook tourists stranded in Cyprus

Sep. 23, 2019 5:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Cyprus' deputy minister for tourism says arrangements are now underway to ferry back home the 15,000 Thomas Cook travelers now on the eastern Mediterranean island nation. Savvas Perdios said after...

UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities

Sep. 23, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the U.K. would consider taking part in a U.S.-led military effort to bolster the Gulf kingdom's defenses, while Iran's president announced...

Tour company Thomas Cook collapses, 150,000 people stranded

Sep. 23, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed early Monday after failing to secure emergency funding, leaving tens of thousands of vacationers stranded abroad. The British government said the return of the 178-year-old firm's 150,000 British customers now in vacation spots across the globe would...

Johnson says he'll tell Trump: Hands off UK health service

Sep. 23, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he'll tell U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.K.'s state-funded health service will be off the table in any future trade negotiations, and that the U.S. will have to open its markets to British goods if it wants to make a deal. Johnson said he...

UK PM Boris Johnson says Iran is responsible for Saudi oil-industry attacks and the UK could join US-led military effort

Sep. 23, 2019 1:01 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — UK PM Boris Johnson says Iran is responsible for Saudi oil-industry attacks and the UK could join US-led military effort.

Fate of travel firm Thomas Cook up in the air after talks

Sep. 22, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday, wondering if they will be able to get home, as one of the world's oldest and biggest travel companies teetered on the edge of collapse. The debt-laden company, which confirmed Friday it was seeking...

Boris Johnson heads to UN, urging world to see beyond Brexit

Sep. 22, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson headed for the United Nations in New York on Sunday to argue that post-Brexit Britain will be a dynamic world power taking the lead on tackling climate change and an unstable Middle East. But he and his country face some big hurdles. He is struggling to strike a...

UK Labour chief Corbyn: I will serve full term if made PM

Sep. 22, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party, insists he would serve a full term as prime minister if his party wins the next general election, which is widely expected to take place in the next few months. Countering speculation that the 70-year-old is considering...

EU's Juncker: Irish border controls needed in no-deal Brexit

Sep. 22, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union will insist that border controls be put up along the Irish border if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal and the British government will be responsible for that, a top EU official said. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, told Sky News in an interview...

UK's Labour Party in turmoil as vote to oust deputy ditched

Sep. 21, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's major opposition Labour Party was trying to defuse a major row Saturday after a close ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn sought to oust his deputy, a move that prompted a furious outcry from many in the party. While the attempt to dislodge Tom Watson was ditched after Corbyn intervened,...