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A key plank in Britain's plan to send migrants to Rwanda is set to become law

Apr. 15, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key plank in the British government’s plan to send some asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda is expected to become law this week, but opponents plan new legal challenges that could keep deportation flights grounded. A bill aimed at overcoming a U.K. Supreme...

The US and UK restrict the trade of Russian-origin metals

Apr. 12, 2024 18:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and U.K. will begin restricting the trade of new Russian-origin metals — including aluminum, copper and nickel — on global metal exchanges and in derivatives trading. The announcement is meant to follow up on the Group of Seven nations' commitment in...

Steelworkers at the UK's largest production plant vote to strike over job losses

Apr. 11, 2024 12:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Steelworkers at Britain's largest steel production plant voted to strike for the first time in around 40 years to protest the planned loss of 2,800 jobs by Indian owner Tata Steel, union officials said Thursday. The Unite trade union said 1,500 of its members at the...

Blinken and Cameron urge Congress to approve aid for Ukraine, calling it critical for world security

Apr. 09, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary David Cameron urged Congress on Tuesday to approve new military aid for Ukraine, saying the stalled funding is critical for U.S., European and world security. Speaking after a meeting at the State...

British, French troops march in historic joint parades in London and Paris in a show of solidarity

Apr. 08, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — French troops joined their British counterparts in the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace for the first time Monday, marching together in a display of solidarity between Britain and France amid the war in Ukraine. At a parallel ceremony...

Even in the age of Google Earth, people still buy globes. Here's why they remain so alluring

Apr. 07, 2024 05:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Find a globe in your local library or classroom and try this: Close the eyes, spin it and drop a finger randomly on its curved, glossy surface. You’re likely to pinpoint a spot in the water, which covers 71% of the planet. Maybe you’ll alight on a place you’ve...

A second UK lawmaker says he was targeted in a sexting scam. Police are investigating

Apr. 06, 2024 09:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A second British lawmaker has acknowledged receiving explicit messages on his phone in what police are investigating as a malicious phishing attempt against politicians, their staff and journalists. Conservative legislator Luke Evans said he had been a victim of...

Aid worker deaths have appalled Israel's European allies. Some are considering a halt to arms sales

Apr. 06, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The words coming from some of Israel’s closest allies have been startling in their vehemence: “appalled,” “outraged,” “no more excuses.” The Israeli military’s killing of seven aid workers in Gaza has triggered unprecedented criticism from European...

Today in History: April 6, first modern Olympics begin

Apr. 06, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 6, the 97th day of 2024. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. On this date: ...

Senior doctors in England agree on a pay deal with the government to end a yearlong dispute

Apr. 05, 2024 15:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Senior doctors in England have accepted a pay offer from the British government that ends a yearlong dispute with unprecedented strike action. The British Medical Association and the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association, which represent the senior...