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US and British strikes on Houthi sites in Yemen answer militants’ surge in Red Sea attacks on ships

Feb. 25, 2024 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Britain struck 18 Houthi targets in Yemen, answering a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including a missile strike this past week that set fire to a cargo vessel. According to U.S....

UK Conservatives suspend a lawmaker after he accused London's mayor of being controlled by Islamists

Feb. 24, 2024 12:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party has suspended ties with one if its lawmakers after he accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of being controlled by Islamists, as tensions over the Israel-Hamas war roil British politics. The party said on Saturday that Lee Anderson...

WWII-era bomb safely detonated at sea after one of the largest peacetime evacuations in UK history

Feb. 24, 2024 05:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A World War II-era bomb whose discovery prompted one of the largest peacetime evacuations in British history has been detonated at sea, the Ministry of Defense said on Saturday. The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) explosive was discovered Tuesday in the backyard of a home...

IS bride stuck in Syrian refugee camp loses her appeal over the removal of her UK citizenship

Feb. 23, 2024 16:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A woman who traveled to Syria as a teenager to join the Islamic State group lost her appeal Friday against the British government's decision to revoke her U.K. citizenship, with judges saying that it wasn't for them to rule on whether it was “harsh” to do so. ...

UK and EU agree to cooperate on tackling illegal immigration as post-Brexit relations thaw further

Feb. 22, 2024 19:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain and its former partners in the European Union have struck a deal to cooperate more on tackling illegal migration, in the latest sign of a thawing in relations between the two sides following Brexit. The British government said in a statement Friday that U.K....

UK withdraws from Energy Charter Treaty, following similar moves by EU countries

Feb. 22, 2024 17:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government said Thursday it is withdrawing from a controversial international energy treaty after efforts to modernize it ended in stalemate. The U.K.'s move followed similar announcements by France, Germany and other European Union countries to quit the...

UK Parliament is in turmoil after a debate over a Gaza cease-fire raised fears for lawmakers' safety

Feb. 22, 2024 09:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The chaotic debate over a cease-fire in Gaza reverberated through Britain’s Parliament on Thursday as the speaker of the House of Commons faced calls to resign, and lawmakers said they feared for their safety amid pressure from all sides of the issue. After more...

An attempt by UK lawmakers to vote on a cease-fire in Gaza descended into chaos

Feb. 21, 2024 15:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.K. lawmakers called Wednesday for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war — but only after dozens walked out of the House of Commons in protest at how the vote was handled. Lawmakers had been debating three separate resolutions related to the war. All were largely...

UK sanctions officials leading Russian penal colony where opposition leader Navalny died

Feb. 21, 2024 09:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain imposed sanctions Wednesday on six top officials at the Arctic penal colony where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died last week, saying they were responsible for the brutal treatment he suffered in the final months of his life. The six officials,...

UK lawmakers seek reassurances about nuclear deterrent after reports of a failed missile test

Feb. 21, 2024 07:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are seeking reassurances about the nation’s nuclear deterrent after reports that a test of the system failed dramatically last month when an unarmed missile crashed into the sea near the submarine from which it was launched. The Sun newspaper...