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The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

Wembley capacity increased for Euro 2020 semifinals, final

Jun. 22, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — More than 60,000 fans will be allowed into the semifinals and final of the European Championship at Wembley Stadium after UEFA secured an agreement Tuesday with the British government on an increased capacity. No details have been provided yet on how fans...

Merkel hopes UEFA will act 'responsibly' on Wembley capacity

Jun. 22, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she hopes UEFA will act “responsibly” on the issue of staging Euro 2020 matches in Britain given the spread there of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. UEFA is discussing with the...

UK pushes Pacific trade talks amid broader new focus on Asia

Jun. 22, 2021 06:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.K. launched negotiations Tuesday to join a trans-Pacific trade bloc as it looks to explore new opportunities following its departure from the European Union and strengthen its strategic interests in Asia. The start of talks to join the Comprehensive...

U.K.'s newest carrier joins IS fight, stirs Russian interest

Jun. 21, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — Britain's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is helping to take on the “lion’s share” of operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq, U.K. naval commanders said. It has also piqued the interest of Russian warplanes, who try to keep...

Donaldson bids to lead N. Ireland's biggest unionist party

Jun. 21, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed Monday that he will stand again for the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party, just five weeks after narrowly losing the election to lead the senior party in Northern Ireland’s government. Donaldson, a lawmaker in the...

British FM heads to Southeast Asia looking for closer ties

Jun. 21, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Britain's top diplomat arrived in Southeast Asia late Monday on a three-nation visit as his country looks to promote closer ties and trade with the region following the U.K.'s exit from the European Union. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's trip to...

Ex-UK Speaker Bercow, scourge of Brexiteers, joins Labour

Jun. 20, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, a longtime Conservative lawmaker who gained international fame refereeing the country’s bruising political drama over Brexit, said Sunday he has switched allegiances and joined the opposition Labour Party. ...

UK's Conservatives suffer defeat in 'blue wall' seat

Jun. 18, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a surprising result, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has been easily defeated in a special election for a seat that it has held for decades. The Liberal Democrats, which was in a coalition government with the Conservatives...

Virus rule extension endangers Euro 2020 final at Wembley

Jun. 18, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — UEFA is in talks with the British government about allowing foreign soccer fans to fly into London for games in the latter stages of the European Championship to avoid moving them from Wembley Stadium. The competition's organizers have a contingency plan...