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UK lifts COVID restrictions, says omicron wave 'has peaked'

Jan. 19, 2022 13:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in most parts of the country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson told lawmakers that the restrictions were...

UK's Johnson defies calls to quit as ouster bid gathers pace

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance Wednesday in Parliament — but it may be too little to prevent a push by his Conservative Party's lawmakers to oust him over a series of lockdown-flouting government parties. Pressure...

US, allies pledge unity on Russia; to do what isn't as clear

Jan. 19, 2022 10:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden largely has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine. But when it comes to what exactly the United States and Europe are willing to do, the allies haven't looked as united. ...

UK consumer prices rise at fastest pace in almost 30 years

Jan. 19, 2022 09:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Consumer prices in the United Kingdom have risen at the fastest pace in almost 30 years as higher costs for energy, transportation, food and furniture squeezed household incomes. Inflation accelerated to 5.4% in the 12 months through December, up from November's 5.1%,...

Under-fire Boris Johnson denies lying about lockdown parties

Jan. 18, 2022 17:35 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday denied misleading Parliament about lockdown-breaching parties, and confirmed he has given an account of events to an inquiry probing alleged violations of coronavirus rules by the government. Senior ministers in...

UK's Johnson, and his foes, await key 'partygate' report

Jan. 17, 2022 16:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As he fights for his career, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has one constant refrain: Wait for Sue Gray. Gray is a senior but previously obscure civil servant who may hold Johnson’s political future in her hands. She has the job of investigating allegations...

UK leader's office apologizes for party before royal funeral

Jan. 14, 2022 15:46 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson's office apologized to the royal family on Friday for holding staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral last year — the latest in a catalogue of allegedly lockdown-breaching gatherings that are threatening to topple the British prime...

Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

Jan. 14, 2022 08:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules will help it beat the latest infection surge. Other countries are taking similar...

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office apologizes to palace for holding staff party on eve of Prince Philip's funeral

Jan. 14, 2022 07:29 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office apologizes to palace for holding staff party on eve of Prince Philip's funeral.

UK ministers rally around embattled Boris Johnson, for now

Jan. 13, 2022 17:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With varying degrees of enthusiasm, senior British government ministers on Thursday expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown. Many...