UK criticized for slow testing, lack of protective gear

LONDON (AP) — The British government came under sustained criticism Wednesday for being slow in ramping up its testing for coronavirus and for failing to deliver enough personal protective equipment t...

Surge in UK benefits applications reinforces jobless fears

LONDON (AP) — The number of people seeking benefits in the U.K. is rising at the fastest pace on record and reinforcing fears that the country could see a surge in unemployment from its near 45-year l...

'It made a world of difference:' UK doctor hails ex-students

LONDON (AP) — At his darkest moment with the coronavirus, Dr. Poorna Gunasekera glimpsed three rays of light. Following a severe deterioration in his COVID-19 symptoms, Gunasekera wa...

With a bike and loudspeakers, London vicar spreads the word

LONDON (AP) — Pat Allerton, the vicar of an Anglican church in London's fashionable Nothing Hill district, isn't one to let a nationwide lockdown get in between him and a message of hope. ...

Assange's partner reveals they had 2 children and urges bail

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's partner revealed Sunday that she had two children with him while he lived inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and she issued a plea for the WikiLeaks founder to be r...

'I owe them my life': Boris Johnson hails hospital staff

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he owes his life to the National Health Service staff who treated him for COVID-19, ahead of figures Sunday in which the U.K. is expected to sur...

UK boosts help for abuse victims during virus lockdown

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Saturday launched a campaign to help domestic violence victims during the coronavirus lockdown following an increase in the number seeking assistance, while fig...

UK government gets a bigger overdraft to help pay the bills

LONDON (AP) — The British government is getting a bigger overdraft at the Bank of England, a further sign of the severe strains on its finances caused by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandem...

Half billion more people face poverty due to virus - report

LONDON (AP) — Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take “urgent action” to help developin...

Prince Charles opens fast-tracked London hospital

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles on Friday remotely opened the new Nightingale Hospital at London's main exhibition and conference center, a temporary facility that will soon be able to treat 4,000 people...

Not so funny: Edinburgh festivals canceled for first time

LONDON (AP) — Every August, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh plays host to some of the funniest and most talented — not to forget strangest — performers from the U.K. and the wider world. Not this ye...

Virus slump expected to rival big recessions in history

LONDON (AP) — The coronavirus-related recessions around the world are going to be bad — and for some of the world's major industrial nations the worst that anyone alive has experienced, according to a...

Long-standing UK restaurant chain goes bust as sector reels

LONDON (AP) — Well-known food and retail chains in Britain are calling in bankruptcy administrators and struggling to pay bills after the government ordered shops and restaurants closed to fight the c...

UK government under pressure to toughen virus restrictions

LONDON (AP) — The British government warned Monday that it may introduce more draconian measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus if people persist in ignoring social distancing recommendations a...

UK pubs shut, state steps in to pay wages in face of virus

LONDON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has turned everything on its head in the global economy, not least in Britain where the center-right Conservative government effectively socialized large chunks ...