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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak rallies his Conservatives by saying he's ready to take tough decisions

Oct. 04, 2023 07:47 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Battling gloomy polls and mounting doubts, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday urged skeptical voters, and his own Conservative Party: Keep me in office and I'll offer you change. In his first — and possibly last — speech as leader to the...

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman wows some Conservatives and alarms others with hard-line stance

Oct. 03, 2023 13:36 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — U.K. Home Secretary Suella Braverman railed against unauthorized migrants, human rights laws and "woke" critics of her hard-line policies Tuesday, as she tried to secure her place as the flag-bearer of the Conservative Party’s authoritarian law-and-order wing. ...

Britain's COVID-19 response inquiry enters a second phase with political decisions in the spotlight

Oct. 03, 2023 13:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s inquiry into the response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the nation entered its second phase Tuesday, with political decision-making around major developments, such as the timing of lockdowns, taking center stage. For the first time, the...

UK court says the government's routine housing of unaccompanied child migrants in hotels is unlawful

Oct. 03, 2023 08:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government acted unlawfully when it routinely housed newly arrived unaccompanied child asylum seekers in hotels, the High Court ruled on Thursday. A child protection charity brought legal action against Britain's Home Office and local authorities in Kent,...

Rishi Sunak needs to rally his flagging Conservatives. He hopes a dash of populism will do the trick

Oct. 01, 2023 02:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak heads to the governing Conservative Party’s annual conference on Sunday facing a triple challenge: Cheer up a party that’s trailing in opinion polls, sideline rivals who are eyeing his job and persuade the voting public that a party in power for...

6 women are rescued from a refrigerated truck in France after distress call to a BBC reporter

Sep. 28, 2023 16:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Six female migrants trapped inside a refrigerated food truck were rescued by French police after one of the women was able to make contact with a reporter, the BBC and French authorities said Thursday. The women — four Vietnamese and two Iraqis — hid for hours in...

A Sudanese man is arrested in the UK after a migrant's body was found on a beach in Calais

Sep. 27, 2023 15:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British officers arrested a man as part of an investigation into the death of a woman thought to have died attempting to cross the English Channel in a small boat, the U.K. National Crime Agency said Wednesday. The 21-year-old Sudanese man was detained on suspicion...

Ronald Reagan famously spoke of the 'ash heap of history.' So do several GOP candidates today

Sep. 27, 2023 09:50 AM EDT

The words don't stir the collective national memory like, “ Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." But for students of Ronald Reagan's more notable speeches, “the ash heap of history" may ring a bell, one chiming regularly during the 2024 Republican presidential campaign. ...

Scottish officials approve UK's first drug consumption room intended for safer use of illegal drugs

Sep. 27, 2023 08:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities on Wednesday approved a 2.3 million-pound ($2.8 million) pound drug consumption room, the first government-backed place in the U.K. where users can take illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin under the supervision of medical staff. Local...

The UK's hardline immigration chief says international rules make it too easy to seek asylum

Sep. 26, 2023 12:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s immigration minister argued Tuesday that international refugee rules must be rewritten to reduce the number of people entitled to protection, as the Conservative government seeks international support for its tough stance on unauthorized migration. Home...