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UK Labour politician defends calling government 'scum'

Sep. 26, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The deputy leader of Britain’s main opposition party refused Sunday to apologize for calling the governing Conservatives “scum.” Labour Party lawmaker Angela Rayner called members of the government a “bunch of scum — homophobic, racist,...

UK counts on vaccines, 'common sense' to keep virus at bay

Sep. 26, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britons are encouraged these days — though in most cases not required — to wear face coverings in crowded indoor spaces. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson regularly appears in the packed, poorly ventilated House of Commons cheek-by-jowl with other maskless Conservative...

UK government seeks injunction against climate protestors

Sep. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is seeking a legal injunction against climate protestors who blocked the entrance to Europe's busiest ferry port Friday to highlight the climate crisis and fuel poverty in the U.K. Vehicles were stuck in lines as more than 40...

French minister: No mystery submarine deal came as 'a shock'

Sep. 24, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — France's defense minister said Friday it was “not a mystery” that the announcement of defense deal among the the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia that killed a multi-billion-dollar French submarine contract came as a shock to French officials. ...

UK's Johnson reaches out to Macron amid submarine dispute

Sep. 24, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to smooth over tensions with France over a geopolitical submarine dispute, promising in a phone call Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron that their countries would cooperate closely together around the world. ...

BP, Exxon warn of supply issues in UK due to driver shortage

Sep. 23, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government sought to ease concerns Thursday of a fuel crisis after oil giants BP and ExxonMobil-owned Esso warned they had to ration supplies and close some gas stations as a result of a truck driver shortage. BP said it was reducing gasoline...

Commander Craig: 007 star made honorary Royal Navy officer

Sep. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The name’s Craig, Commander Craig. Britain’s Royal Navy said Thursday that James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the service — the same rank held by the fictional secret agent. In Ian Fleming’s spy...

Family marks 2,000 days since UK woman's arrest in Iran

Sep. 23, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The husband of detained U.K. charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe appealed to the British government on Thursday to be brave in its dealings with Iran as the family marked 2,000 days since her arrest there. Richard Ratcliffe and the couple’s...

Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

Sep. 23, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A woman with Down syndrome lost a court challenge against the British government Thursday over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a fetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter, 26, and two others took the Department of Health and Social Care to...

'Grow up': UK's Johnson says world must face climate change

Sep. 22, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday night that humanity has to “grow up” and tackle climate change, saying humans must stop trashing the planet like a teenager on a bender. Johnson is due to host a major United...