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UK Treasury chief: Tax cuts must wait for inflation to fall

Jan. 27, 2023 08:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Treasury chief said Friday that taming inflation is more important than cutting taxes, resisting calls from some in the governing Conservative Party for immediate tax breaks for businesses and voters. At a speech in London, Chancellor of the Exchequer...

Watchdog blames Syria's air force for deadly chlorine attack

Jan. 27, 2023 07:10 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that its investigators found “reasonable grounds to believe” Syria's air force dropped two cylinders containing chlorine gas on the city of Douma in April 2018, killing 43 people. A report by a team...

Today in History: JAN 26, Kobe Bryant and daughter killed

Jan. 26, 2023 17:00 PM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2023 There are 339 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling...

Eva Green, producers battle in UK court over collapsed film

Jan. 26, 2023 14:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for Eva Green alleged Thursday that producers of a collapsed film tried to damage the French actress’ reputation by depicting her as a “diva.” The performer, who played Vesper Lynd in James Bond thriller “Casino Royale,” is suing producers for a $1...

Syrian Kurdish forces arrest IS commander in eastern region

Jan. 26, 2023 07:00 AM EST

RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces captured a local commander of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria as part of an ongoing operation targeting sleeper cells in the city of Raqqa, the U.S.-backed forces announced Thursday. The commander served as the chief of the...

Justin Bieber sells rights to 'Baby,' rest of music catalog

Jan. 25, 2023 16:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber's record-breaking pop hits from “Baby” to “Sorry” are no longer his after the superstar sold the rights to all his early career music. The Canadian-American pop star’s six albums, including his most recent album “Justice,” are part of the...

New Zealander killed in Ukraine helped hundreds, parents say

Jan. 25, 2023 15:44 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The parents of a New Zealand scientist who was killed in Ukraine said Wednesday he helped save hundreds of people while volunteering in the dangerous Donbas region. Andrew Bagshaw, 47, a dual New Zealand and British citizen, was killed along with...

London gallery to show McCartney photos from Beatlemania era

Jan. 25, 2023 12:46 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A trove of previously unseen photos taken by Paul McCartney as the Beatles shot to global stardom will go on display in London this year. The National Portrait Gallery announced Wednesday that the exhibition, titled “Eyes of the Storm,” will help mark the...

Iran sanctions Europeans over criticism of protest crackdown

Jan. 25, 2023 12:32 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Wednesday announced sanctions targeting more than 30 European individuals and entities, portraying the move as a response to recent European sanctions against officials linked to a crackdown on nationwide protests. Those targeted with...

Amazon workers hold first UK strike, adding to labor turmoil

Jan. 25, 2023 07:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Amazon warehouse workers went on strike for the first time in Britain on Wednesday because of a dispute over pay and working conditions, adding to a wave of industrial labor action across the country fueled by the soaring cost of living. Union members voted to walk...