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Queen accepts medical advice to rest, cancels N Ireland trip

Oct. 20, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days and has canceled a trip to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. The palace didn't offer specifics on the decision, but says the 95-year-old monarch is “in...

Aging UK soldier dies while on trial for Troubles shooting

Oct. 19, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An 80-year-old British army veteran has died while on trial for a shooting that occurred during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, fueling debate over the prosecution of soldiers for alleged crimes committed decades ago. Dennis Hutchings died Monday...

Belfast closer to goal of planting a million flowers

Oct. 17, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The town of Belfast is inching toward a goal of planting a million flowers. Elisabeth Wolfe, who launched the effort, said this is the fourth year people have worked to plant bulbs through the Belfast Daffodil Project. The goal of a million bulbs...

EU-UK talks, fishing threat kick Brexit back into high gear

Oct. 15, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit brawl kicked into high gear Friday on sticking points over Northern Ireland and French fishing, coming almost a year after a deal on a free trade agreement was supposed to have officially sealed the separation between the European Union and the United Kingdom. ...

Great Brexit brawl: EU offers to improve N Ireland deal

Oct. 13, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The great Brexit brawl headed into its next standoff Wednesday when European Union concessions to improve trade in Northern Ireland were likely to be deemed insufficient by the United Kingdom. The EU’s top Brexit official, Maros Sefcovic, proposed...

EXPLAINER: Why are UK and the EU still fighting over Brexit?

Oct. 13, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — “Get Brexit done” was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s slogan when he ran for election two years ago. Since then, the U.K. has pulled out of the European Union after more than four decades of membership and several years of wrangling over divorce terms. ...

Divorced UK and EU head for new Brexit fight over N Ireland

Oct. 12, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It was late last Christmas Eve when the European Union and Britain finally clinched a Brexit trade deal after years of wrangling, threats and missed deadlines to seal their divorce. There was hope that now-separated Britain and the 27-nation bloc would...

Irish foreign minister warns of breakdown in EU-UK relations

Oct. 10, 2021 07:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s foreign minister has warned that British demands risk a “further breakdown in relations” with the European Union ahead of talks this week aimed at resolving the impasse over the Brexit agreement. Simon Coveney posted the remarks on Twitter...

Northern Ireland police to probe abuse at church-run homes

Oct. 06, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland on Wednesday announced an investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse at church-run institutions that housed unmarried women and their children. The announcement came a day after an independent panel recommended a...

Maine triple homicide trial moves to avoid jury bias

Oct. 05, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — An upcoming trial of a man accused of killing three people last year is being moved from Washington County to Belfast after the defendant's lawyers raised concerns the jury could be tainted by publicity. Thomas Bonfanti, 64, was charged with murder...