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Today in History: FEB 4, Rosa Parks is born

Feb. 04, 2023 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2023. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American...

Gibraltar and Spain in dispute over sovereignty 'violation'

Feb. 03, 2023 16:48 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Gibraltar's top leadership accused Spanish customs agents Friday of “a grave breach of sovereignty and jurisdiction,” alleging they landed on a beach of the British territory while chasing smugglers. The Spanish foreign ministry rejected Gibraltar’s description...

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

Feb. 03, 2023 12:46 PM EST

BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine (AP) — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units...

Ex-UK leader Truss to urge tougher China stance in Tokyo

Feb. 03, 2023 00:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss will join the former leaders of Australia and Belgium at a conference in Tokyo later this month to call for a tougher international approach to China. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, an international group of...

Australia is removing British monarchy from its bank notes

Feb. 02, 2023 19:46 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its bank notes. The nation's central bank said Thursday its new $5 bill would feature an Indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III. But the king is still expected to appear on coins that...

Bank of England rate hike says 'too soon to declare victory'

Feb. 02, 2023 12:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England announced another “forceful” increase in interest rates Thursday, saying it was too soon to declare victory against inflation that has slowed slightly but is still fueling a cost-of-living crisis, public-sector strikes and fears of recession. ...

UK to probe whether 1998 Omagh bomb could have been stopped

Feb. 02, 2023 12:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Thursday it will hold a public inquiry into whether the deadliest bombing in Northern Ireland’s decades of violence could have been prevented. Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris announced a judge-led independent probe of the 1998...

Syria slams chemical watchdog report on 2018 attack

Feb. 02, 2023 10:55 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria on Thursday dismissed the global chemical weapons watchdog's statement, which said that investigators had found “reasonable grounds to believe” the Syrian air force dropped two cylinders of chlorine gas in 2018 on then-rebel-held town of Douma. The...

British Gas sorry its agents broke into customers' homes

Feb. 02, 2023 08:00 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Thursday it was responding to “deeply shocking” revelations that debt-collectors working for British Gas broke into customers' homes to install prepay gas meters that left vulnerable people at risk of having their heating cut off. British...

Sunak marks 100 days as UK prime minister as problems mount

Feb. 02, 2023 04:11 AM EST

London (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has angry unions to the left of him, anxious Conservative Party lawmakers to the right and, in the middle, millions of voters he must win over to avert electoral defeat. It’s a daunting situation for Sunak, who on Thursday marks 100...