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From left, Labour Members of Parliament, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy and Keir Starmer stand on the stage, during the first Labour leadership hustings at the ACC Liverpool, in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

UK Labour contest down to 4 contenders after Phillips quits

Jan. 21, 2020 10:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — One of the five contenders to lead Britain’s main opposition Labour Party dropped out of the race on Tuesday after struggling to build momentum behind her campaign. Lawmaker Jess Phillips said in a video message that the party needed “a candidate that can unite all parts of our...

From left, Labour Members of Parliament, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy and Keir Starmer stand on the stage, during the first Labour leadership hustings at the ACC Liverpool, in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

Contenders to lead UK Labour Party stress unity after loss

Jan. 18, 2020 11:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Politicians vying to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain's faltering Labour Party pleaded for unity during their first campaign event held Saturday in Liverpool. Most of the leading contenders called for senior party figures to stop attacking one another and to focus on coming up with...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capital

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday. The billionaire founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., Masayoshi Son, hinted at partnering with the Indonesian government to...

Indonesia: UAE crown prince to lead new capital construction

Jan. 14, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Abu Dhabi's crown prince has agreed to lead a committee that will oversee the construction of a new capital city for Indonesia that is estimated to cost $34 billion, an Indonesian official said Tuesday. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said it would be “an...

Labour Party lawmaker Keir Starmer speaks to the media following the launch of his campaign to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, in Stevenage, England, Sunday Jan. 5, 2020.  Starmer criticised the party's recent general election campaign.(Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

5 contenders vie to lead UK Labour back from election defeat

Jan. 13, 2020 1:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Monday that five lawmakers will contend to lead the party as it tries to rebuild support and regain power after last month's electoral drubbing. Labour is choosing a new leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn, who is stepping down after the...

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Beefeater doorman Tom Sweeney points up Powell Street while standing outside the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. Sweeney has opened doors for movie stars and shaken hands with every U.S. president since Gerald Ford, with the exception of Donald Trump. He's taken photos with countless visitors from around the world, often after telling them where to catch the cable car and how to get to Fisherman's Wharf. The man known as a

San Francisco's beloved Beefeater doorman to retire

Jan. 10, 2020 1:33 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another bit of old, quirky San Francisco will be no more when Tom Sweeney finally hangs up his white pressed collar and signature Beefeater jacket this weekend after more than four decades of opening doors at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel downtown. Sweeney has taken the luggage of movie...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, and opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, left, walk through the Commons Members Lobby after hearing the Queen's Speech in Parliament, in London, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Britain's parliament returns following the election, for the State Opening of Parliament. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

UK's Labour Party to replace Jeremy Corbyn on April 4

Jan. 6, 2020 12:18 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party will announce its new leader on April 4, about four months after suffering a bruising defeat in the general election. The party decided the timetable Monday at a meeting of the National Executive Committee. The person chosen will replace Jeremy Corbyn, who...

FILE - In this July 20, 1982 file photo, horses from a detachment of the Queen's Household Cavalry and two soldiers became victims of a nail bomb in Hyde Park, London. A British judge on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019, found that a 67-year-old Irishman was an “active participant

UK judge: 67-year-old took part in 1982 Hyde Park bombing

Dec. 18, 2019 1:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British judge ruled Wednesday that a 67-year-old Irishman was an “active participant" in the 1982 IRA nail bombing attack in London's Hyde Park that killed four soldiers. The decision came in a civil suit that relatives of the dead launched some five years after a criminal case...

In this photo released by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the house on the first day of the new Parliament, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Buoyed by a big new Conservative majority in Parliament, Johnson toughened his Brexit stance on Tuesday, ruling out any extension of an end-of-2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)

What will Boris Johnson do? UK leader to unveil policy plans

Dec. 18, 2019 12:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British voters have given Prime Minister Boris Johnson a commanding majority. But they have little idea what he plans to do with it, apart from taking the U.K. out of the European Union. Johnson won last week’s election with a pledge to “get Brexit done” by leaving the EU...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson pulls a pint with newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell at Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham, north east England, Saturday Dec. 14, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory.  Johnson called on Britons to put years of bitter divisions over the country's EU membership behind them as he vowed to use his resounding election victory to finally deliver Brexit. (Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via AP)

Boris Johnson goes north to celebrate crushing election win

Dec. 14, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Saturday to repay the trust of voters in the working-class heartland of northern England who rejected the Labour Party and helped give him an 80-seat majority in Thursday's election. Speaking to cheering supporters at a cricket club in Sedgefield...