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Harry and Meghan begin life as (almost) ordinary people Sunday, January 19th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan began a new life Sunday as -- somewhat -- ordinary people with financial worries and security concerns after being stripped of their royal titles and public funding by the Queen. The settlement announced by Buckingham Palace on Saturday saw..

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles Saturday, January 18th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy. The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense..

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EU rebukes Iran over nuclear violations, sanctions possible Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

By LORNE COOK and DAVID RISING, BRUSSELS (AP): Britain, France and Germany ratcheted up pressure on Iran Tuesday to cease its violations of a landmark nuclear deal, stressing that they want to resolve differences through talks while starting the clock on a process that could result in a so-called..

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Harry, William present united front ahead of royal crisis summit Monday, January 13th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Prince Harry and his brother Prince William put on a united front as they were summoned to showdown talks Monday on Harry's future after he and his wife Meghan unilaterally announced they were quitting as front-line British royalty. The brothers, who, at Harry's public admission,..

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Queen prepares for royal family summit over Harry and Meghan Sunday, January 12th, 2020

By JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP): Ensconced with aides at her royal retreat, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II prepared Sunday for a crisis family meeting to work out a future for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, after their dramatic decision to walk away from royal roles. Well-wishers cheered the..

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Harry, Meghan quit royal front line in shock move Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stunned the British monarchy on Wednesday by quitting as front-line members -- reportedly without first consulting Queen Elizabeth II. In a shock announcement, the couple said they would spend time in North America and rip up long-established..

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Six Germans die as drunk driver hits pedestrians in Italian Alps Sunday, January 5th, 2020

Ljubomir MILASIN, ROME, (AFP): A drunk driver ploughed into pedestrians in an Italian Alpine village on Sunday, killing six German tourists and injuring 11 other people, emergency services said. The accident happened at around 1:15 am (0015 GMT) in the village of Lutago near the Austrian border in..

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Johnson’s Brexit deal secures first win in new parliament Friday, December 20th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's new parliament on Friday gave its initial approval to a revised EU divorce deal that sets up a high-stakes clash with Brussels over their future ties. The 358 to 234 vote paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to..

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UK’s Johnson set to unveil plans as Labour opponents wrangle Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP): British voters have given Prime Minister Boris Johnson a commanding majority. But they have little idea what he plans to do with it. Johnson won last week’s election with a campaign pledge to “get Brexit done” by taking Britain out of the..

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French crowds march as government stands firm on pension reform Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

PARIS, (AFP): Tens of thousands of protesters hit French streets on Tuesday in a pensions reform standoff that has sparked nearly two weeks of crippling transport strikes, with the government vowing it will not give in to union demands to drop the overhaul. Teachers, hospital workers and other..

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Johnson’s win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK’s breakup Saturday, December 14th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS, LONDON (AP): Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfill his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the..

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Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit splits Friday, December 13th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Britons on Friday to put years of bitter divisions over the country's EU membership behind them as he vowed to use his resounding election victory to finally deliver Brexit next month. Johnson's Conservatives won their best result for three..

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Boris Johnson claims ‘powerful new mandate’ for Brexit Thursday, December 12th, 2019

By JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and MIKE CORDER, LONDON (AP): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it looks like his Conservative Party has won “a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done” in the country’s general election. He says the work of delivering Brexit will begin as soon as all the..

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Britain votes in ‘Brexit election’ Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain goes to the polls on Thursday to determine the immediate future of Brexit, in a vote described as the most important in a generation. More than 4,000 polling venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including a windmill, several pubs, a hair salon and a..

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UK election campaign enters final rounds with Brexit on the line Sunday, December 8th, 2019

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's general election campaign enters its frenetic final stages on Monday, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn desperately seeking votes ahead of Thursday's crucial poll. Johnson is hoping to regain the Conservative majority lost by his predecessor..

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Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform Thursday, December 5th, 2019

By THOMAS ADAMSON and CLAIRE PARKER, PARIS (AP): Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains came to a standstill and hundreds of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement..

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Will the Coronavirus Cause a Major Growth Slowdown in China? Monday, January 27th, 2020

The panic generated by the new coronavirus, 2019-nCov, which originated in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities and a major domestic transport hub, reminds many of the..