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Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Aug. 12, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with...

UK meets energy firms but no help yet for hard-hit consumers

Aug. 11, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and senior ministers held inconclusive talks Thursday with energy companies amid mounting pressure to help residents cope with soaring gas and electricity prices. Johnson, who is in his final weeks as prime minister, joined...

China appears to wind down threatening wargames near Taiwan

Aug. 10, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday repeated military threats against Taiwan while appearing to wind down wargames near the self-governing island it claims as its own territory that have raised tensions between the two sides to their highest level in years. The message in a lengthy...

In race to win, UK Conservatives accused of ignoring crises

Aug. 10, 2022 03:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As Britain swelters through a roasting summer, and braces for a cold financial reckoning in the fall, calls for the Conservative government to act are getting louder. But the Conservatives are busy choosing a new leader, through a prolonged party election whose...

Bank of England predicts recession at the end of the year

Aug. 04, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England announced its biggest interest rate increase in 27 years on Thursday as it forecast that the war in Ukraine would fuel further inflation and tip the U.K. economy into a prolonged recession. Soaring natural gas prices are likely to drive consumer...

England-US women's game at Wembley sells out in one day

Aug. 03, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — England's women's soccer team is continuing to generate unprecedented fan interest following its European Championship victory, with its planned game against the United States at Wembley Stadium in October selling out in less than a day. The game pitting the European...

UK leadership election rules changed over security fears

Aug. 03, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party said Wednesday that it has delayed sending out ballots for the party’s leadership election after a warning from the U.K. intelligence services about the risk of fraud. Ballots had been due to be mailed out early this week to...

UK leadership favorite Truss stumbles over plan to slash pay

Aug. 02, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, front-runner in the race to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was forced into a policy U-turn Tuesday, dropping a proposal to cut some public sector salaries after the idea drew scorn from fellow Conservatives. The blow came...

Sunak tries to close the gap on rival in UK leadership race

Aug. 01, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rishi Sunak, one of the two contenders to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Monday defended his decision to quit the government and help end Johnson’s scandal-tarnished leadership. Allies of Johnson accuse Sunak of treachery for stepping down as U.K....

Maggie's legacy: Divisive Thatcher looms over UK Tory race

Jul. 31, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Two people are running to be Britain’s next prime minister, but a third presence looms over the contest: Margaret Thatcher. The late former prime minister dominated Britain in the 1980s, and has left a large and contested legacy. Critics see her as an intransigent...