Summer getaway can begin: New UK quarantine rules in place

LONDON (AP) — The traditional British summer getaway to the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean Sea is set to pick up steam Friday as U.K. quarantine restrictions are removed from dozens of countr...

UK pays tribute to National Health Service on 72nd birthday

LONDON (AP) — People across the U.K. joined in a round of applause on Sunday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the free-to-use National Health Service, one of the country's most cherished institutions. ...

Naked men and drunks: England assesses the reopening of pubs

LONDON (AP) — It seems to have been more like a typical Saturday night than a drunken New Year's Eve. The reopening of pubs in England does not seem to have overwhelmed emergency ser...

Boris Johnson's father defends trip to Greece via Bulgaria

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father has defended his decision to fly to Greece via Bulgaria in order to “COVID-proof” his property there before he potentially rents it out. ...

English pubs are reopening — they won't be the same

LONDON (AP) — Asking people in English pubs to keep their distance is going to be tough after they’ve had a few of their favorite tipples. Pub managers will have to be resourceful co...

Kissing of Blarney Stone resumes as Ireland eases lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Life became ever so slightly more normal in Ireland on Monday as pints were pulled and locked-down hair was trimmed for the first time since the middle of March. And f...

UK city of Leicester awaits lockdown fate after virus spike

LONDON (AP) — Residents of the central English city of Leicester waited Monday to hear whether lockdown restrictions will persist for their area for two weeks longer following a spike in coronavirus i...

Perfect storm: Mass gatherings in England stoke concerns

LONDON (AP) — In many ways, it's been a perfect storm for illegal gatherings in England as the hot weather, which is set to persist into Friday, and Liverpool Football Club's first league title in 30 ...

On hottest day of year, thousands cram onto English beaches

LONDON (AP) — Police around the southern English coastal town of Bournemouth urged people to stay away Thursday as thousands defied coronavirus social distancing rules and flocked to local beaches on ...

Clashes with police after 'unlawful' street party in London

LONDON (AP) — At least 22 police officers were slightly injured after a street party in the south London district of Brixton that violated coronavirus lockdown restrictions descended into violence. ...

UK's Royal Mail to slash 2,000 jobs in pandemic cost-cutting

LONDON (AP) — Royal Mail, the British postal service, is to slash 2,000 management jobs as part of an overhaul of its operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The group said Thurs...

More stimulus expected as UK inflation drops to 4-year low

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the U.K. fell to its lowest level in four years in May following a big coronavirus-related drop in prices at the pump, official figures showed Wednesday in a development tha...

Queen Elizabeth misses Royal Ascot for first time in reign

LONDON (AP) — Nothing has kept Queen Elizabeth II away from the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting during her 68-year reign as U.K. monarch — not pregnancy, a speech to Parliament or even an outbreak of...

Episode of UK sitcom Fawlty Towers pulled over racist slurs

LONDON (AP) — One of the most memorable episodes of one of the most popular British sitcoms of all-time has been withdrawn from a U.K. streaming service because of numerous racial slurs. ...

Study warns of poverty surge to over 1 billion due to virus

LONDON (AP) — Global poverty is set to rise above 1 billion people once again as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is reducing the income of the world's poorest by $500 million a day, accord...