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Has rule-breaker Boris Johnson met his match in 'partygate'?

Jan. 21, 2022 10:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — For Boris Johnson, facts have always been flexible. The British prime minister’s career is littered with doctored quotes, tall tales, exaggerations and mistruths. When called out, he has generally offered an apologetic shrug or a guilty grin, and moved on. Plenty of...

UK lawmaker says Johnson critics face government 'blackmail'

Jan. 20, 2022 12:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A lawmaker from Britain’s governing Conservatives accused the government on Thursday of blackmailing opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as the party's internal rifts over its beleaguered leader deepened. William Wragg, a Conservative member of Parliament,...

EXPLAINER: How UK Conservatives can change their leader

Jan. 20, 2022 03:11 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Some Conservative lawmakers in Britain are talking about ousting their leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been tarnished by allegations that he and his staff held lockdown-breaching parties during the coronavirus pandemic. If Johnson does not heed calls to...

Review: Europe on the precipice in 'Munich — Edge of War'

Jan. 19, 2022 18:39 PM EST

When we last we saw George MacKay running, he was sprinting full-tilt across a World War I battlefield. In “1917,” the British actor played a soldier tasked with delivering a message that a soon-to-be-launched offensive is doomed to fail. In “Munich — Edge of War," the year...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 19, 2022 15:52 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 16 The Washington Post on “Martin Luther King, Jr. did not give up. Those fighting for democracy must follow his example”: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is perhaps more...

UK lifts COVID restrictions, says omicron wave 'has peaked'

Jan. 19, 2022 13:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in most parts of the country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson told lawmakers that the restrictions were...

UK's Johnson defies calls to quit as ouster bid gathers pace

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance Wednesday in Parliament — but it may be too little to prevent a push by his Conservative Party's lawmakers to oust him over a series of lockdown-flouting government parties. Pressure...

Under-fire Boris Johnson denies lying about lockdown parties

Jan. 18, 2022 17:35 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday denied misleading Parliament about lockdown-breaching parties, and confirmed he has given an account of events to an inquiry probing alleged violations of coronavirus rules by the government. Senior ministers in...

UK plan to curb protests faces opposition in Parliament

Jan. 18, 2022 06:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Conservative government has suffered a setback in Parliament in its attempt to give authorities stronger powers to curb peaceful but disruptive protests. Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, late Monday rejected some of the most contentious...

UK's Johnson, and his foes, await key 'partygate' report

Jan. 17, 2022 16:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As he fights for his career, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has one constant refrain: Wait for Sue Gray. Gray is a senior but previously obscure civil servant who may hold Johnson’s political future in her hands. She has the job of investigating allegations...