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The Latest: Chinese envoy accuses UK, US of interference

Nov. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 9 p.m. China’s ambassador to Britain has accused the U.K. and U.S. of interfering in the internal affairs of China and Hong Kong as authorities in the semi-autonomous territory struggle to contain months of protests. Liu Xiaoming...

UK leader Johnson faces questions about ties to US woman

Nov. 18, 2019 12:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced new questions Monday about his relationship with an American businesswoman who allegedly received favors and public funds while Johnson was the mayor of London. Johnson’s speech Monday to U.K. business leaders ahead of Britain’s Dec. 12...

650 House seats, 74 days to Brexit: UK election in numbers

Nov. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — There's less than a month to go until Britain's Dec. 12 election, and the country's political parties are battling over funding promises, economic priorities and Brexit plans. Here is a look at some key numbers in an election that could determine not only who governs Britain, but when, how...

Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions

Nov. 17, 2019 2:46 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Questions about the British government’s failure to release a report on Russia’s interference in the country’s politics continued to dog Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday as critics said leaks from the document raised concerns about the security of next...

US businesswoman says Johnson ignored her amid controversy

Nov. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The American businesswoman at the heart of a controversy over links to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has cast her aside like a “gremlin.” Jennifer Arcuri has told broadcaster ITV in an interview to be broadcast Sunday that Johnson ignored her when she tried to...

UK’s Labour Party hammering out election platform

Nov. 16, 2019 9:07 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Labour Party leaders are meeting Saturday to hammer out the details of their platform for next month’s U.K. election amid tensions over immigration, which has been central to the debate over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to...

Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization

Nov. 15, 2019 11:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party's latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who outlined the plan...

Be careful out there: UK police warn candidates about safety

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British police are unveiling new tactics to protect politicians amid the country’s fraught, even hostile political atmosphere, issuing safety recommendations for candidates running in the country’s Dec. 12 general election. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs...

Times, actors are changing as ‘The Crown’ enters 1960s, ’70s

Nov. 15, 2019 3:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Crown” opens with a clever acknowledgment that time has passed for Queen Elizabeth II and taken with it the Emmy-winning actress who played her in the Netflix drama’s first two seasons. In the scene, postage stamp portraits are displayed for the monarch: one...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...