Writers warn in open letter against threat to free speech

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of artists, writers and academics have signed an open letter decrying the weakening of public debate and warning that the free exchange of information and ideas is in jeopardy ami...

UK review into NHS hits out at glacial response to concerns

LONDON (AP) — A scathing review into three scandals that have rocked Britain's National Health Service concluded Wednesday that patients suffered avoidable harm because their concerns were ignored by ...

UK Treasury chief plans boost to youth jobs

LONDON (AP) — British Treasury chief Rishi Sunak on Wednesday is set to announce a 2-billion-pound ($2.5 billion) program to create jobs for young people as the government tries to revive an economy b...

UK firms slash jobs to cope with outbreak's long term impact

LONDON (AP) — Companies linked to hospitality, travel and retail in Britain have announced thousands of more job cuts as the longer term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic take hold, choosing to sl...

Businesses chafe in Leicester as UK city faces new lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Shopkeepers pulled down their shutters, cafe owners paused reopening plans and schools prepared to send children home in the English city of Leicester on Tuesday after the British govern...

EasyJet may close 3 UK bases as it slashes staff

LONDON (AP) — Budget carrier easyJet may close bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports in England as it consulted with unions on steps to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Britain's top civil servant steps down from powerful role

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s top civil servant and one of the most powerful people in government announced Sunday that he would step down, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepared to shake up the the count...

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs

LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. The Stones said in...

UK considers first local lockdown in COVID-19 pandemic

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government is considering a lockdown for the central English city of Leicester amid a spike of COVID-19 cases — the first time that a single U.K. area would face such an extrem...

Ireland's Micheál Martin to lead historic govt coalition

LONDON (AP) — Centrist politician Micheál Martin became Ireland’s new prime minister Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status ...

UK police to get tougher on crowds amid pandemic worries

LONDON (AP) — Police in the English city of Liverpool have been given more powers to break up crowds after celebrations to mark Liverpool Football Club’s first league title in 30 years led to disorder...

Police not treating Glasgow stabbings as terrorism

LONDON (AP) — A male suspect stabbed and wounded a police officer before he was shot dead in Glasgow on Friday. Authorities are not treating the incident that left five other men wounded as terrorism,...

UK watchdog gives Amazon-Deliveroo deal tentative approval

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s competition watchdog has provisionally approved Amazon’s plan to buy a stake in food delivery company Deliveroo, saying it would not have a negative impact o...

Scottish grandmother climbs a mountain, one step at a time

LONDON (AP) — In the end, Margaret Payne scaled her mountain, one step at a time. The 90-year-old grandmother who launched an epic climb to raise money for charity completed her fund...

AstraZeneca agrees to make COVID-19 vaccine for Europe

LONDON (AP) — Pharma giant AstraZeneca struck a deal Saturday with Europe’s Inclusive Vaccines Alliance to supply up to 400 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, as efforts to boost manuf...