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The son of Asia’s richest man is set to marry in the year's most extravagant wedding

Jul. 12, 2024 11:57 AM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Global celebrities, business tycoons and politicians began arriving in India’s financial capital on Friday to attend the wedding of the youngest son of Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, highlighting the billionaire's staggering wealth and rising clout. ...

He's derided as dull but Keir Starmer becomes UK prime minister with a sensational victory

Jul. 05, 2024 14:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — For someone often derided as dull, Keir Starmer has delivered a sensational election result. Starmer led Britain's Labour Party to a landslide election victory, and on Friday became the country's 58th prime minister — the first leader from the center-left party to...

Rishi Sunak's campaign in the UK election showed his lack of political touch

Jul. 05, 2024 08:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rishi Sunak's campaign to remain Britain's prime minister showed a lack of political touch. The Conservative Party's problems were grave before Friday's resounding election defeat but missteps by Britain's richest prime minister contributed to its defeat. ...

In the UK election campaign’s final hours, Sunak battles to the end as Labour’s Starmer eyes victory

Jul. 03, 2024 12:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rishi Sunak has covered thousands of miles in the past few weeks, but he hasn’t outrun the expectation that his time as Britain’s prime minister is in its final hours. United Kingdom voters will cast ballots in a national election Thursday, passing judgment on...

The big bet on the UK election is not who will be prime minister

Jul. 03, 2024 09:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In one of the store-front betting shops that are ubiquitous in London, a bookie howls with laughter when asked if anyone is placing bets on Thursday’s election. It’s not that you can’t wager on politics. But the odds on the main event this year have become so...

UK's landmark postwar elections: When Blair won the first of his 3 elections in 1997

Jul. 01, 2024 11:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s upcoming general election is widely expected to lead to a change of government for the first time in 14 years. Many analysts believe it will be one of the country’s most consequential elections since the end of World War II. Ahead of the July 4 vote, The...

Britain's Rishi Sunak struggles with missteps while trying to lift Conservatives ahead of elections

Jun. 27, 2024 13:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has portrayed himself as thorough and evidence-led throughout his relatively brief political career, but there's always been a nagging question over the keenness of his political antenna. The general election campaign over the past...

Kosovo celebrates 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of Serbian forces after NATO bombing

Jun. 10, 2024 05:40 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Monday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of Serbian forces following a 78-day NATO bombing campaign, which opened the way for its independence nine years later. Ethnic Albanian separatists of the Kosovo Liberation Army fought a...

Rishi Sunak's D-Day departure is just the latest in a long line of gaffes in UK election campaigns

Jun. 08, 2024 03:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The decision by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to leave D-Day commemorations in northern France early has caused a political storm that threatens to derail his Conservative Party's general election campaign. Though Sunak apologized for not attending Thursday's...

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...