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Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Antony Sher dies at 72

Dec. 03, 2021 09:00 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Antony Sher, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company said Friday. Sher had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. His husband, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic...

Study: Black, Asian Britons have higher COVID-19 death rates

Dec. 03, 2021 07:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Almost two years into the pandemic, Black and other ethnic minority people in Britain are still dying with the coronavirus at higher rates than white residents, likely because of lower vaccination rates, a government-commissioned report said Friday. The...

Euro 2020 final review finds England fans endangered lives

Dec. 03, 2021 05:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Aggression by England fans at the European Championship final exposed an “embarrassing" part of the national culture that endangered lives and should lead to fans being barred from stadiums if they are chanting abuse and under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an...

UK Conservatives hold Parliament seat by reduced margin

Dec. 03, 2021 04:25 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party has held onto a seat in Parliament in a special election triggered by a lawmaker’s death. But the party saw its margin of victory slashed after weeks of headlines about politicians’ ethics breaches and an uncertain coronavirus...

Shell pulls out of controversial Cambo project in Scotland

Dec. 03, 2021 04:09 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of a controversial oil project near Scotland’s Shetland Islands, saying the project no longer makes economic sense for the company. Shell had a 30% stake in the Cambo project, which is opposed by environmental groups who...

Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions

Dec. 02, 2021 23:54 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes hands in elections early next year, the opposition leader said on Friday. Center-left Labor Party...

US government sues to block $40 billion Nvidia-Arm chip deal

Dec. 02, 2021 17:47 PM EST

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block graphics chip maker Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm, saying the deal would create a powerful company that could hurt the growth of new technologies. Nvidia Corp., based in Santa Clara,...

US, EU and allies hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions

Dec. 02, 2021 13:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions Thursday on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim at those accused of participating in a “hybrid attack” on the bloc using migrants. ...

UK court backs Meghan in dispute over privacy with publisher

Dec. 02, 2021 12:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex won the latest stage in her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper on Thursday, when three senior judges ruled its publisher breached her privacy by reproducing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father. The duchess...

Variants, boosters turn rich-poor vaccine gap into chasm

Dec. 02, 2021 12:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The global initiative to share coronavirus vaccines fairly already scaled back its pledge to the world's poor once. Now, to meet even that limited promise, COVAX would have to deliver more than a million doses every hour until the end of the year in some of the world's most...