UK News & Politics

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK - A woman who accused Britain's Prince Andrew of hiding from her sexual assault lawsuit can try an alternative means of serving her legal papers so Queen Elizabeth's second son can address her claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday night. ...
LONDON - Britain's Prince William will on Friday announce the first finalists of his multi-million-pound environmental prize, which he said he had set up in response to world leaders' uninspiring response to the climate change crisis. William, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, announce...
BELFAST - Northern Irish police said on Thursday they had charged two men with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province. The men, aged 21 and 33, were also charged with rioting and possession of a firearm with...
- British finance minister Rishi Sunak is planning to set out new rules that will commit him to stop borrowing to fund day-to-day spending within three years, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on his thinking. Sunak’s fiscal rules will also require underlying debt to st...
- Manchester City defender Nathan Ake said his father died a few minutes after he scored in Wednesday's 6-3 Champions League win over RB Leipzig. Ake, 26, opened the scoring with a powerful header in the 16th minute, netting his first goal in the Champions League and second overal...
LONDON - Travellers returning to England from Turkey will not have to quarantine as the government is set to remove dozens of countries from the so-called COVID red list for travel, The Times newspaper said on Thursday. Ministers will also announce on Friday that they will scrap ...
By Mary Milliken and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said a critical meeting on climate change later this year in Scotland is at risk of failure due to mistrust between developed and developing countries and a lack of ambitious goals among some emerging econom...
- Britain's National Grid said a fire at its IFA interconnector site in Sellindge in Kent, part of the connector that links the French and British power grids, was extinguished on Thursday. "We are completely focused on getting IFA safely returned to service as soon as possible," ...
LONDON - British model Naomi Campbell is joining international development charity the Queen's Commonwealth Trust (QCT) as a global ambassador to support young leaders. The trust, founded in 2018, supports young people pushing for change in their communities across sectors includi...
By Paul Sandle LONDON -Piers Morgan, the outspoken British journalist and broadcaster, has joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Fox News Media in a global deal that includes a new TV show in early 2022, newspaper columns and a book contract. Murdoch said in a statement on Thursday Morgan was "the b...
LONDON - Britain reported 26,911 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 158 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test, official data showed. The figures compared to 30,597 cases and 201 deaths recorded on Wednesday. However, the government said the latest figures did not include statistics from Scot...
By Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG - Britain's envoy to the U.N. Climate Change Conference plans to visit South Africa ahead of the November talks, a spokesman in Pretoria said, to discuss helping it end an over-reliance on coal that makes it one of the world's leading carbon emitters. South African Environm...
By Trevor Hunnicutt, Nandita Bose, David Brunnstrom and Colin Packham WASHINGTON/CANBERRA -China on Thursday denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning of an in...
LONDON -Piers Morgan, the outspoken British journalist and broadcaster, has joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Fox News Media in a global deal, including launching a new TV show in early 2022, the company said on Thursday. He will also join Murdoch's tabloids The Sun and the New York Post as a co...
LONDON - Britain is to begin replacing or scrapping European Union regulations that were copied into British law before the country's exit from the bloc, Brexit minister David Frost said on Thursday. To avoid uncertainty and confusion as Britain untangled itself from the EU after 40 years, the gover...
LONDON - England launched its COVID-19 booster vaccination campaign on Thursday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after officials and the government gave the go-ahead for the programme earlier in the week. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday outlined how the boo...
By Kate Holton and Sachin Ravikumar -Online fashion retailer ASOS set out plans to cut its environmental impact and improve worker rights on Thursday, tying its success in cutting waste and carbon levels to future management pay. Joining a growing list of fast-fashion companies to open up its supply...
By David Milliken LONDON - British businesses have reported a sharp rise in recruitment difficulties within the space of just a few weeks - partly as a result of a continued lack of European Union workers, official figures showed on Thursday. Some 41% of companies with 10 or more staff reported grea...
LONDON - Elton John has delayed his European "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour until 2023 due to hip problems. The 74-year-old British singer said he had been advised to have an operation as soon as possible. "At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard ...
NICOSIA - A British woman convicted for falsely claiming gang rape in Cyprus has filed an appeal to the island's Supreme Court, seeking to clear her name. The woman received a suspended four-month prison sentence in January 2020 in a case which sparked concern from Britain and act...