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UK warship fends off Iran bid to ‘impede’ its tanker in Gulf Thursday, July 11th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): London said Thursday that armed Iranian boats tried to "impede" a UK supertanker before being warned off by a British warship in a dramatic escalation in the Gulf that jeopardises attempts to salvage a landmark nuclear accord. Iran's Revolutionary Guards denied involvement but also..

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Britain’s US ambassador resigns after Trump spat Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's ambassador to Washington resigned Wednesday after being targeted by US President Donald Trump following the leak of highly critical diplomatic cables. Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May had offered her full support to Kim Darroch after he was revealed to have described..

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Trump hits out at May after leak of damning cables Monday, July 8th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack Monday on outgoing British premier Theresa May, following the leak of diplomatic cables highly critical of his presidency. London has been scrambling to stem the damage caused by the weekend release of confidential telegrams in which..

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New EU chief seeks ‘smart advice’ on first trip to Brussels Thursday, July 4th, 2019

BRUSSELS, (AFP): EU president-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday made her first trip to Brussels since being nominated as senior officials sought to shore up support for her appointment in the European Parliament. After talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, the man she is to replace as European..

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EU top jobs summit in trouble as compromise fails Sunday, June 30th, 2019

BRUSSELS (AFP): European leaders embarked on what could prove a long night of furious debate Sunday as a bid to find compromise on Brussels' top jobs ran into stiff opposition. France's President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel came to Brussels after coming to agreement on..

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Boris Johnson challenges rival to back Brexit deadline Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Boris Johnson challenged his rival for Britain's leadership on Tuesday to deliver Brexit by the end of October whatever happens, only to be accused once again of trying to avoid scrutiny. Johnson, the former foreign secretary and ex-mayor of London, is the favourite to succeed..

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UK leadership race finalists woo Tory grassroots Friday, June 21st, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's leadership contest starts a month-long nationwide tour on Saturday as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt each seek to win over grassroots Conservatives in their bid to become prime minister. After five rounds of secret voting by MPs in the governing Conservative Party, former..

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Far-right motive seen in German pro-migrant official’s murder Monday, June 17th, 2019

Berlin (AFP): German prosecutors said Monday they suspect a far-right motive in the assassination-style murder of a pro-migrant city official that stunned the country two weeks ago. This would make the night-time killing of Walter Luebcke, 65, with a close-range gun shot to the head "a political..

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A sea of purple: Swiss women rise up for equal pay Friday, June 14th, 2019

GENEVA, (AFP): Purple-clad protesters blowing whistles, banging pots and pans and brandishing feminist slogans filled the streets of Swiss towns and cities Friday, as women across the country went on strike for equal pay. "I love badass women" and "Eliminate the patriarchy" figured among the..

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Brexit hardliner Johnson tops first-round vote for British PM Thursday, June 13th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson topped the ballot by a landslide Thursday in a first-round vote for a leader to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May as the deadline for leaving the EU looms. In the ballot of Conservative MPs, former London mayor Johnson secured more than twice..

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Race to replace UK’s May gets underway Sunday, June 9th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Around a dozen British Conservative MPs will formally throw their hats into the ring on Monday in the fight to replace Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister, with her former foreign secretary Boris Johnson seen as the runaway favourite. Nominations to succeed May -- who..

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UK’s May quits as party leader, starting succession race Friday, June 7th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but will make..

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Trump meets queen, escalates feud with London mayor Monday, June 3rd, 2019

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and KEVIN FREKING, LONDON (AP) — Mixing pageantry and political pugilism, President Donald Trump opened a state visit to Britain on Monday by drawing a smile from Queen Elizabeth II and stepping up a long-running feud with London’s anti-Trump mayor before his plane had..

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Trump family to get red-carpet royal treatment on UK visit Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

By GREGORY KATZ, LONDON (AP) — It’s a unique odd couple: A 93-year-old sovereign who has made a point of keeping her opinions to herself during her long reign is hosting a 72-year-old reality TV star-turned-president who tweets his uncensored thoughts daily to 60 million followers. For Queen..

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Has a No-Deal Brexit Become More Likely? Friday, May 31st, 2019

After British Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation announcement, several of the candidates to succeed her have proclaimed their desire for a “no-deal Brexit.” In response, European leaders are ramping up preparations for a total rupture with the United Kingdom, financial analysts are..

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Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

An enduring memory of the 2016 Brexit campaign, so marked by the foppish-haired blusterer, Boris Johnson, was the claim that the European Union was hungrily drawing out from British coffers £350 million a week. It was insufferable, unqualified and dishonest. It was a claim reared in the atmosphere..

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Britain’s Brexit Party triumph raises chances of no-deal Monday, May 27th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Nigel Farage's anti-EU Brexit party topped European Parliament polls in Britain, putting intense pressure on the ruling Conservatives who suffered a historic rout and raising the chances of a no-deal outcome. The populist party, founded just three months ago, capitalised on public..

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Brexit Party leads, UK Conservatives bashed in EU poll Sunday, May 26th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party faced a near-wipeout in the European Parliament election as voters sick of the country’s Brexit deadlock flocked to uncompromisingly pro-Brexit or pro-EU parties. The main opposition Labour Party also faced a drubbing in a..

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The Exploitation Time Bomb Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened. This trend, typically blamed on trade liberalization..