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UK politicians set off on a 6-week election campaign framed as choice between continuity and change

May. 23, 2024 04:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political party leaders were crisscrossing the country on Thursday, the first day of a six-week election campaign in which voters will decide whether to end the governing Conservatives’ 14 years in power. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gambled on an...

Missile splashes into the Red Sea, causing no damage in latest suspected Yemen Houthi rebel attack

May. 23, 2024 03:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A missile splashed down in the waters of the Red Sea on Thursday, but caused no damage to a passing commercial vessel in an attack likely carried out by Yemen's Houthi rebels, officials said. The Houthis did not immediately claim the attack,...

A UK lawmaker returns to work as 'the bionic MP' after losing his hands and feet to sepsis

May. 22, 2024 22:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fractious politicians shared a rare moment of unity Wednesday, when a Conservative lawmaker returned to work six months after sepsis put him in a coma and forced the amputation of his hands and feet. As Conservative legislator Craig Mackinlay walked unaided...

A UK election has been called for July 4. Here's what to know

May. 22, 2024 18:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s first election in five years is shaping up as a battle for the country’s soul, with some saying it poses an existential threat to the governing Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010. The center-right Conservatives took power...

British prime minister sets July 4 election as his Conservatives face biggest challenge in a decade

May. 22, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday set July 4 as the date for a national election that will determine who governs the U.K., as his divided and demoralized Conservative Party faces its biggest challenge to its 14-year rule. “Now is the moment for Britain...

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sets July 4 date for national election to determine who governs the U.K.

May. 22, 2024 12:19 PM EDT
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sets July 4 date for national election to determine who governs the U.K.

A man charged with helping the Hong Kong intelligence service in the UK has been found dead

May. 22, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A man accused of assisting Hong Kong authorities gather intelligence in the United Kingdom who was found dead in a park over the weekend had attempted suicide after he was charged, a prosecutor said. Matthew Trickett, 37, was found dead in a park in Maidenhead, west...

UK's Cameron praises progress in joint effort with Albania to stop illegal migration

May. 22, 2024 09:21 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — British Foreign Secretary David Cameron hailed progress in a U.K.-Albania joint effort to cut illegal migration, saying small boat arrivals from Albania to the U.K. fell by over 90% in 2023 as the two countries fought people smuggling gangs, according to a Foreign Office...

WikiLeaks founder Assange wins right to appeal against an extradition order to the US

May. 20, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal an extradition order to the United States on espionage charges, a London court ruled Monday — a decision likely to further drag out an already long legal saga. High Court judges Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson ruled for...

Things to know about an AI safety summit in Seoul

May. 20, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is set to host a mini-summit this week on risks and regulation of artificial intelligence, following up on an inaugural AI safety meeting in Britain last year that drew a diverse crowd of tech luminaries, researchers and officials. The...