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People wearing face masks to try to curb the spread of coronavirus walk past the temporarily closed Topshop flagship store on Oxford Street, during England's second coronavirus lockdown, in London, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Arcadia Group, the retail empire of tycoon Philip Green, which owns well-known British fashion chains like Topshop and employs around 15,000 people, appears to be on the brink of collapse following the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Philip Green's retail empire Arcadia calls in administrators

Nov. 30, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Arcadia Group, the sprawling British retail empire that includes Topshop and has been run by billionaire Philip Green since 2002, was placed into a type of bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that effectively puts around 13,000 jobs at risk. In another blow to the country's retail...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. As the summer coronavirus spike in Sunbelt states subsides, Florida has gone the furthest in lifting restrictions, especially on restaurants where the burden of ensuring safety has shifted to business owners and residents _ raising concerns of a resurgence. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

The Latest: Florida governor requires schools to remain open

Nov. 30, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI — Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that schools will be required to remain open despite the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, arguing lockdowns and closures have not worked. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,...

UK not to hold inquiry into Belfast lawyer's murder in 1989

Nov. 30, 2020 2:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government said Monday that it has decided against holding a public inquiry into the murder more than three decades ago of a Belfast attorney who specialized in defending Irish Republican Army suspects. Patrick Finucane, a 39-year-old attorney, was shot 14 times at his...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event in Brussels. Scotland’s pro-independence leader said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 that she hopes to hold a referendum on independence from Britain as early as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance a secession vote. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

Scottish leader says she could seek 2021 independence vote

Nov. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Monday that she hopes to hold an independence referendum as soon as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance another secession vote. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would campaign in the May 2021...

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed

Charging the 'Beatles': Inside the case against IS militants

Nov. 30, 2020 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As two Islamic State militants faced a judge in Virginia last month, Diane Foley listened from home through a muffled phone connection and strained to make out the voices of the men prosecutors say kidnapped her son before he was murdered. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh stand...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Merkel and the country's 16 state governors have agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of coronavirus infections ahead of the Christmas period. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany's Merkel: Brexit no-deal would set bad example

Nov. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that Britain and the European Union would set a bad example if they fail to reach a deal on their future relationship, but again insisted that the EU doesn't want a deal at any price. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, but remained part of the...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 file photo, singer Rita Ora poses for photographers upon her arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London. British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday Nov. 30, 2020, for breaking lockdown rules by holding a birthday party, saying it was “a serious and inexcusable error of judgment.” (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Rita Ora says sorry for lockdown-breaching birthday party

Nov. 30, 2020 9:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday for breaking lockdown rules by holding a birthday party, saying it was “a serious and inexcusable error of judgment.” The Sun newspaper ran photos of Ora and others, including models Cara and Poppy Delevingne, arriving at the Casa Cruz...

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna Inc. says it will ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Nov. 30, 2020 9:01 AM EST

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens. Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed...

Players gesture to medical staff after a head clash between Arsenal's David Luiz, bottom left, and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (John Walton/Pool via AP)

Jimenez has surgery for fractured skull after clash of heads

Nov. 30, 2020 6:38 AM EST

WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jiménez had surgery to treat a fractured skull after a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz during a Premier League game, the club said Monday. Jiménez and Luiz collided while jumping for the ball at a corner early in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020 file photo, a worker wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus speaks on the phone near the Huawei logo in a store in Beijing. U.K. telecom companies won't be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday Nov. 30, 2020, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

UK to ban new Huawei gear installations after Sept

Nov. 30, 2020 5:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company. The deadline is part of a roadmap the British government is...