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46 US college students awarded scholarships to study in UK

Dec. 8, 2019 2:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Forty-six U.S. students have been awarded the 2020 Marshall Scholarship, the second-largest class of scholars in the program's 66-year history and among the most diverse. The U.K. government mainly funds the scholarships and announced them Sunday. Minority students make up more than...

UK parties in final hunt for votes before Thursday election

Dec. 8, 2019 11:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's political parties embarked Sunday on a final hunt for votes ahead of this week's general election, making last-ditch appeals to shore up support and persuade their backers to go to the polls. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs Thursday when voters will pass...

Reddit bans accounts, suspects possible UK vote interference

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The prospect of Russian interference in Britain's election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British government documents on Brexit trade talks just days before the general U.K. vote. Reddit said in a statement...

Johnson, Corbyn clash in final debate before UK election

Dec. 6, 2019 5:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed Friday night in the last head-to-head debate before a general election in six days — an underpowered showdown that saw both men stick to well-worn phrases and promises about their plans for...

UK Brexit envoy quits, slamming politicians' 'half-truths'

Dec. 6, 2019 1:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit envoy in Washington has quit, saying she no longer wants to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust.” Alexandra Hall Hall resigned as the embassy’s Brexit counselor with a letter slamming the British government’s use of...

Independence not on ballot but on voters’ minds in Scotland

Dec. 6, 2019 6:04 AM EST

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Ask voters in this picturesque university town in eastern Scotland how they're voting in next week's election, and they’re likely to transition seamlessly from talking about which candidate they want to send to Parliament to discussing whether or not they want another...

Independence not on ballot, but on voters’ minds in Scotland

Dec. 6, 2019 6:01 AM EST

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Ask voters in this picturesque university town in eastern Scotland how they're voting in next week's election, and they’re likely to transition seamlessly from talking about which candidate they want to send to Parliament to discussing whether or not they want another...

Farage’s Brexit Party hit by split a week before UK election

Dec. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — One week before Britain votes in a national election, fractures were emerging Thursday within jittery political parties unsure how a volatile electorate will judge them. The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, which became the U.K.’s top party in European elections earlier this year, saw...

UK anti-fraud agency investigating commodities firm Glencore

Dec. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Commodities company Glencore says it’s facing an investigation by the British government’s fraud investigator amid suspicions of bribery. The company and Britain’s Serious Fraud Office confirmed the investigation in two-line statements. The fraud office said Thursday it...

UK election is full of dirty tricks and political clicks

Dec. 5, 2019 4:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is proving a lawless landscape for political mudslingers mining cyberspace for votes in an election that could determine the U.K.'s future relationship with the European Union. Two years after Britain found itself at the epicenter of a global scandal over the misuse of Facebook data...