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UK politicians set off on a 6-week election campaign framed as choice between continuity and change

May. 23, 2024 05:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political party leaders were crisscrossing the country on Thursday, the first day of a six-week election campaign in which voters will decide whether to end the governing Conservatives’ 14 years in power. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, battling to overcome...

Missile splashes into the Red Sea, causing no damage in latest suspected Yemen Houthi rebel attack

May. 23, 2024 03:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A missile splashed down in the waters of the Red Sea on Thursday, but caused no damage to a passing commercial vessel in an attack likely carried out by Yemen's Houthi rebels, officials said. The Houthis did not immediately claim the attack,...

From schools to the Olympics, how France's staunch secularism affects religion in public life

May. 23, 2024 01:42 AM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Walk around multicultural metropolises like Paris or Marseille, or any small village in the French countryside, and signs of faith are everywhere. Many Muslim women wear headscarves and historical Catholic churches anchor nearly every neighborhood. But...

Former UK Post Office boss breaks down in inquiry over scandal that saw hundreds wrongly convicted

May. 22, 2024 23:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The former head of Britain's Post Office Paula Vennells broke down in tears on several occasions as she gave evidence Wednesday to an inquiry into one of the country’s biggest miscarriages of justice that saw hundreds of branch managers wrongly convicted of theft or fraud because...

A UK lawmaker returns to work as 'the bionic MP' after losing his hands and feet to sepsis

May. 22, 2024 22:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fractious politicians shared a rare moment of unity Wednesday, when a Conservative lawmaker returned to work six months after sepsis put him in a coma and forced the amputation of his hands and feet. As Conservative legislator Craig Mackinlay walked unaided...

A UK election has been called for July 4. Here's what to know

May. 22, 2024 18:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s first election in five years is shaping up as a battle for the country’s soul, with some saying it poses an existential threat to the governing Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010. The center-right Conservatives took power...

British prime minister sets July 4 election as his Conservatives face biggest challenge in a decade

May. 22, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday set July 4 as the date for a national election that will determine who governs the U.K., as his divided and demoralized Conservative Party faces its biggest challenge to its 14-year rule. “Now is the moment for Britain...

UK inflation lowest in 3 years. Prime Minister Sunak makes it a focus in election call for July 4

May. 22, 2024 13:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the U.K. fell sharply to its lowest level in nearly three years in April on the back of big declines in domestic bills, official figures showed Wednesday. The drop was widely seen as a trigger for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to call a general election for July 4. ...

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sets July 4 date for national election to determine who governs the U.K.

May. 22, 2024 12:19 PM EDT
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sets July 4 date for national election to determine who governs the U.K.

A man charged with helping the Hong Kong intelligence service in the UK has been found dead

May. 22, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A man accused of assisting Hong Kong authorities gather intelligence in the United Kingdom who was found dead in a park over the weekend had attempted suicide after he was charged, a prosecutor said. Matthew Trickett, 37, was found dead in a park in Maidenhead, west...