Europe


Growing bill to fix Britain’s Big Ben Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): The bill to repair London's iconic Big Ben clock tower has increased by millions of pounds after the discovery of World War II bomb damage, pollution and asbestos, Britain's parliament said Thursday. The cost of renovating the Elizabeth Tower housing the famous clock, which began in..

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Ferocious storm in Europe kills 8, causes travel disruptions Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, BERLIN (AP): Ferocious winds, with gusts over 200 kph (125 mph), lashed Corsica and whipped up a forest fire that flared overnight on the French Mediterranean island on Tuesday, after a storm with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains battered northern Europe for days,..

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UK ditches flags for Prince Andrew’s birthday Thursday, February 6th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): The British government said Thursday it had changed the policy of flying flags on royal birthdays, with local authorities no longer required to raise the Union Flag for scandal-hit Prince Andrew. Officials earlier said they were considering how the policy applied "in changing..

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Man wearing fake bomb stabs 2 in London and is shot to death Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

By GREGORY KATZ and DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP): A man recently released from prison after serving time for terrorism-related offenses strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a busy London street Sunday before being shot to death by police, officials said. Deputy Assistant Commissioner..

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Britain embarks on its future outside EU Saturday, February 1st, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Britain began an uncertain future outside the European Union on Saturday after the country greeted the historic end to almost half a century of EU membership with a mixture of joy and sadness. There were celebrations and tears on Friday night as the EU's often reluctant member..

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Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown Friday, January 31st, 2020

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, ONDON (AP):So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu. With little fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to the bloc. The U.K.’s departure became official at 11 p.m...

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The end is nigh: European Parliament to approve Brexit Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

By RAF CASERT, BRUSSELS (AP): European Union leaders and legislators started bidding farewell to the United Kingdom Wednesday, mixing warm words of love with hard-headed warnings to the country not to seek too many advantages during upcoming trade talks on a future relationship. The European..

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UK approves restricted 5G role for China’s Huawei Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Britain on Tuesday gave the green light to a limited role for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in the country's 5G network, in a decision it said was necessary for developing its future digital economy but one that left the United States "disappointed" after it called for a total..

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Prince Harry voices ‘great sadness’ at royal split Monday, January 20th, 2020

LONDON, (AFP): Prince Harry voiced his "great sadness" at bowing out entirely from representing the British monarchy as newspapers said Monday it was the best viable compromise on his desire to step back. Harry said he and his wife Meghan did not want to quit their royal duties but reluctantly..

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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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