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UK's Truss faces Conservative dissent amid policy U-turns

Oct. 04, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Liz Truss should be celebrating her first month as Britain’s prime minister. Instead, she’s fighting for her job. Truss is spending her first Conservative Party conference as leader this week scrambling to reassure financial markets spooked by her...

Ex-judge opens COVID inquiry into UK handling of pandemic

Oct. 04, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A retired judge opened a public inquiry on Tuesday into how Britain handled the coronavirus pandemic, saying bereaved families and those who suffered would be at the heart of the proceedings. Former Court of Appeal judge Heather Hallett said the inquiry would...

UK's Truss sticks by economic plan as her party worries

Oct. 02, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss said Sunday that she could have done a better job “laying the ground” for her package of unfunded tax cuts, but insisted she would push on with an economic plan that has caused turmoil on financial markets and weakened the country’s public...

UK's Truss defends economic plan that sent pound tumbling

Sep. 29, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday defended her divisive economic plan and shrugged off the turmoil it has stirred in financial markets, saying she’s willing to make “controversial and difficult decisions” to get the U.K. economy growing. In her first...

Economic storm tests UK's new leader, alarms Conservatives

Sep. 28, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — New British Prime Minister Liz Truss came under growing pressure Wednesday from opponents — and inside her Conservative Party — to reverse announced tax cuts that are fueling a financial crisis in an already struggling economy. The Bank of England stepped in to...

British pound stabilizes, but turmoil still roils UK economy

Sep. 27, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British pound stabilized Tuesday as U.K. authorities tried to ease investor concerns after the biggest tax cuts in 50 years sent the currency tumbling to a record low and prompted some businesses to predict a devastating combination of a weak currency and rising interest rates....

UK Labour leader accuses government of trashing economy

Sep. 27, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party accused the governing Conservatives on Tuesday of losing control of the economy, and promised to take the U.K. out of an “endless cycle of crisis” if his party regains power after more than a decade. ...

Bank of England fails to reassure markets after pound plunge

Sep. 26, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England sought to reassure financial markets after the British pound touched an all-time low against the U.S. dollar Monday, but its entreaty fell flat for investors concerned about a sweeping package of tax cuts that further jolted a faltering economy that the...

Germany secures more gas shipments as Scholz visits Gulf

Sep. 25, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz planted a tree at a mangrove park in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, a token nod to environmentalism during a two-day visit to the Gulf region focused mainly on securing new fossil fuel supplies and forging fresh alliances against Russia. ...

German leader seeks energy deals, alliances on Gulf trip

Sep. 24, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived Saturday in Saudi Arabia for the first stop of a two-day, three-country visit to the Middle East aimed at striking new energy deals and forging fresh alliances amid the economic and geopolitical turmoil resulting from Russia’s invasion of...