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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend Parliament in London, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Members of Parliament will vote later Tuesday on the proposed tier system as the country prepares to come out of lockdown. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK leader touts local virus rules but pubs are in distress

Dec. 1, 2020 2:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve new coronavirus restrictions in England to take effect within hours, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced substantial opposition from within his Conservative Party over the measures' economic impact. England’s current four-week national...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier walks from his hotel to the Conference Centre in London, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, trade deal talks resume in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

With a month until split, Brexit trade deal hangs in balance

Dec. 1, 2020 10:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government told businesses on Tuesday to make sure they are ready for big changes when the U.K. makes its final Brexit break from the European Union in exactly a month. But with negotiations on a free-trade deal with the bloc stuck, firms say they still don't know key details of...

UK not to hold inquiry into Belfast lawyer's murder in 1989

Nov. 30, 2020 2:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government said Monday that it has decided against holding a public inquiry into the murder more than three decades ago of a Belfast attorney who specialized in defending Irish Republican Army suspects. Patrick Finucane, a 39-year-old attorney, was shot 14 times at his...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event in Brussels. Scotland’s pro-independence leader said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 that she hopes to hold a referendum on independence from Britain as early as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance a secession vote. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

Scottish leader says she could seek 2021 independence vote

Nov. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Monday that she hopes to hold an independence referendum as soon as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance another secession vote. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would campaign in the May 2021...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020 file photo, a worker wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus speaks on the phone near the Huawei logo in a store in Beijing. U.K. telecom companies won't be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday Nov. 30, 2020, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

UK to ban new Huawei gear installations after Sept

Nov. 30, 2020 5:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company. The deadline is part of a roadmap the British government is...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine lab technician processes blood samples from volunteers taking part in testing the NIH funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Miami, USA.  Britain said Sunday Nov. 29, 2020, it has secured 2 million more doses of a promising coronavirus vaccine developed by US firm Moderna, as the country aims to launch an inoculation program within days. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez, FILE)

UK stocks up on vaccines, hopes to start virus shots in days

Nov. 29, 2020 1:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain said Sunday it has secured 2 million more doses of a promising coronavirus vaccine as it gears up to launch within days the country's most ambitious inoculation program in decades. The U.K. has had Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with more than 58,000 confirmed...

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, a man wearing a face mask walks past a billboard advertising 'The Crown' television series about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family, during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London.  Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden in a newspaper interview published Sunday Nov. 29, 2020, said he thinks “The Crown” should come with a disclaimer as it’s a work of fiction with historical liberties taken in the Netflix drama about the British royal family. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

Fact or fiction? UK govt says 'The Crown' should be clear

Nov. 29, 2020 11:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s culture minister thinks the Netflix TV series “The Crown” should come with a disclaimer: It’s a work of fiction. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden weighed in amid criticism of the historical liberties taken by the drama about the British royal family....

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

Nov. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EST

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate. Members of the...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a mask because of the coronavirus,  has a close look at a sample at the Lateral Flow Testing Laboratory during a visit to the Public Health England site at Porton Down science park near Salisbury, southern England, on Friday Nov. 27, 2020. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)

UK appoints vaccines minister to oversee COVID inoculations

Nov. 28, 2020 2:42 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government appointed a vaccines minister on Saturday as it prepares to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus, potentially starting within days. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Conservative lawmaker Nadhim Zahawi will oversee the country’s biggest vaccine...

UK, France agree new plan to curb Channel migrant crossings

Nov. 28, 2020 1:44 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Saturday that it had struck an agreement with France to double the number of French police patrolling beaches in the country's north in an attempt to stop people crossing the English Channel in small boats. Britain’s Home Office said Home Secretary Priti...