Latest United Kingdom News

UK regulators block Sainsbury's-Asda supermarket merger

Apr. 25, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British competition regulators have blocked J. Sainsbury Plc's 7.3 billion-pound ($9.4 billion) purchase of Walmart's Asda unit, which would have created the U.K.'s biggest supermarket chain. The Competition and Markets Authority says the deal would have increased prices and reduced the...

UK competition and markets authority blocks Sainsbury-Asda merger on grounds it will result in higher consumer prices

Apr. 25, 2019 2:20 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — UK competition and markets authority blocks Sainsbury-Asda merger on grounds it will result in higher consumer prices.

Sri Lanka bans drones, looks for bombs 4 days after attack

Apr. 25, 2019 2:02 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka banned drones and unmanned aircraft and set off more controlled detonations of suspicious items Thursday four days after suicide bombing attacks killed more than 350 people in and around the capital of Colombo. Sri Lanka's civil aviation authority said that it was taking...

The Latest: Body of Japanese victim returned from Sri Lanka

Apr. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 6 a.m. Japan's Foreign Ministry has confirmed one Japanese national was killed and four others injured in the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. The body of the person who died was returned to Japan early Thursday....

Prince William lays Anzac wreath, later to visit NZ mosques

Apr. 24, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain's Prince William laid a wreath at an Anzac Day service Thursday in New Zealand, where he will later visit survivors of last month's mosque attacks. The Duke of Cambridge attended the service in Auckland alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and laid a wreath of red...

UN: No screen time for babies; only 1 hour for kids under 5

Apr. 24, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much, and none at all for those under 1. The U.N. health agency said Wednesday that kids under 5 should not spend more than one hour watching screens every day...

Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings

Apr. 24, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president shook up the country's top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, his office said Wednesday. The capital of Colombo, meanwhile, remained...

Conservatives reject move to topple PM Theresa May, for now

Apr. 24, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May's job is safe, for now, after Conservative lawmakers decided against enabling a new challenge to her leadership. Graham Brady, chairman of a powerful party rules committee, said Wednesday the body had decided not to change the rule that a party leader can...

London climate protesters say they will end their blockades

Apr. 24, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate change protesters who have brought parts of central London to a standstill for days say they will lift their blockades. The group Extinction Rebellion says it will end its remaining demonstrations at Marble Arch and Parliament Square on Thursday. Last week, the protesters blocked...

Lyra McKee: Funeral told death must bring change to NIreland

Apr. 24, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The killing of journalist Lyra McKee must be a turning point for Northern Ireland, a priest said Wednesday at a funeral service attended by British and Irish leaders alongside mourners in superhero T-shirts and colorful Harry Potter scarves. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime...