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Albania: British WWII airman's remains identified, reburied

Oct. 20, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The few mortal remains of a World War II British air gunner were formally buried in a Tirana war cemetery Wednesday, following their discovery last year at the site where his bomber crashed in Albania and their subsequent identification. Sergeant...

Aging UK soldier dies while on trial for Troubles shooting

Oct. 19, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An 80-year-old British army veteran has died while on trial for a shooting that occurred during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, fueling debate over the prosecution of soldiers for alleged crimes committed decades ago. Dennis Hutchings died Monday...

UK military begins fuel delivery amid driver shortage

Oct. 04, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British military personnel have begun delivering fuel to gas stations after a shortage of truck drivers disrupted supplies for more than a week, leading to long lines at the pumps as anxious drivers scrambled to fill their tanks. About 200 service...

UK: Soldiers to start driving fuel tankers in coming days

Sep. 29, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government's reserve tanker fleet was deployed Wednesday to help deliver gasoline to empty pumps across the U.K., and military drivers will begin operating fuel tankers in the coming days to ease the country's fuel-supply crisis, a top official said. ...

With army on standby, Johnson says UK fuel crisis improving

Sep. 28, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to reassure the British public Tuesday that a fuel-supply crisis snarling the country was “stabilizing,” though his government said it would be a while before the situation returns to normal. Johnson's government...

UK readies soldiers to help ease gas shortages at pumps

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government put dozens of soldiers on standby Monday to help easy fuel supply problems caused by a shortage of truck drivers, a situation that has spurred panic buying of gasoline across the country. As unions called for emergency workers to be...

Commander Craig: 007 star made honorary Royal Navy officer

Sep. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The name’s Craig, Commander Craig. Britain’s Royal Navy said Thursday that James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the service — the same rank held by the fictional secret agent. In Ian Fleming’s spy...

Ex-UK Marine leaves Kabul with dogs, cats but no local staff

Aug. 29, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former U.K. Royal Marine who waged a high-profile campaign to leave Afghanistan with almost 200 rescued dogs and cats has flown to safety — with the animals, but without his charity’s Afghan staff, who were left behind in Kabul. A privately funded...

As troops return, UK under pressure over Afghans left behind

Aug. 29, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday praised the “colossal” effort to airlift civilians from Kabul, as U.K. troops and diplomats flew home after the two-week mission, ending 20 years of British military involvement in Afghanistan. In a video...

The Latest: Last UK troops begin arriving from Afghanistan

Aug. 29, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

LONDON — Military planes carrying British troops and diplomats from Kabul are landing at a U.K. air base after the U.K.’s two-week evacuation operation ended. The U.K. ambassador to Afghanistan, Laurie Bristow, was among those who arrived Sunday at RAF Brize Norton...