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Disgraced former UK minister seeks reality TV redemption

Nov. 27, 2022 17:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Matt Hancock, the U.K’s scandal-prone former health secretary, sought an unlikely form of redemption Sunday: attempting to win “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here” — a grueling, often gruesome reality show set in the Australian jungle. Hancock led...

Why are Man United and Liverpool suddenly on the market?

Nov. 27, 2022 07:06 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — English soccer’s two most storied teams are suddenly in play. Manchester United has joined great rival Liverpool in opening its doors to a potential buyout that could be the biggest in sporting history. Following the sale of Chelsea in May, it...

UK voters warm to new leader Sunak, but not to his party

Nov. 25, 2022 02:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rishi Sunak has been Britain’s prime minister for a month. In the tumultuous world of U.K. politics in 2022, that’s an achievement. Sunak, who took office a month ago Friday on Oct. 25, has steadied the nation after the brief term of predecessor Liz Truss....

Zimbabwe's imposing new Chinese-funded parliament opens

Nov. 23, 2022 11:03 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa hailed “excellent” relations with China as he delivered for the first time a State of the Nation address at a new multimillion-dollar parliament building gifted by the Asian economic giant. China funded and...

UK top court rules against Scottish independence vote plan

Nov. 23, 2022 09:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Scotland does not have the power to hold a new referendum on independence without the consent of the British government. The judgment is a setback for the Scottish government’s campaign to break away from the United Kingdom. ...

Germany rejects former UK PM's claim on Ukraine war stance

Nov. 23, 2022 08:19 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday rejected former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that Berlin initially wanted Ukraine to quickly “fold” following Russia’s invasion in February. CNN Portugal quoted Johnson saying Monday that “the German view...

King Charles III welcomes S. African leader for state visit

Nov. 22, 2022 14:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London on Tuesday for the first state visit of his reign, which will include a formal banquet as well as talks with government leaders focused on investment and green energy. Charles and Camilla, the...

Australia ratifies free trade deals with India and Britain

Nov. 21, 2022 23:40 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Parliament passed bilateral free trade agreements with India and Britain on Tuesday, leaving those partner nations to bring the deals into force. The deals are crucial for Australia to diversify its exports from the troubled Chinese market...

Lawyer: Ex-Islamic State bride was child trafficking victim

Nov. 21, 2022 11:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for a British woman whose U.K. citizenship was removed after she travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group argued Monday that she should have been treated as a child trafficking victim. Shamima Begum, now 23, was 15 when she and two other...

Veterans of UK nuclear weapons tests win battle for medal

Nov. 21, 2022 09:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Seven decades after Britain detonated a nuclear bomb in the Indian Ocean, troops who took part — sometimes unknowingly — in the country’s atomic weapons tests are being recognized with a medal. The U.K. government's announcement on Monday of the Nuclear Test...