High-profile UK political defection highlights Brexit schism

LONDON (AP) — A prominent British lawmaker who quit the Labour Party to try to form a new pro-European political force has moved on again, this time joining the centrist Liberal Democrats. ...

Who are the UK Tories in the race to be prime minister?

LONDON (AP) — And then there were seven. The contest to be Britain's next prime minister lost three of its 10 declared candidates Thursday, as Boris Johnson took a commanding lead in first-round votin...

Maine becomes 8th state to legalize assisted suicide

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication. ...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 11 The Wall Street Journal on Democratic state Attorneys General suing t...

Spain: Ex-Catalonia VP tells trial court voting isn't crime

MADRID (AP) — The former regional vice president of Catalonia's government has told Spain's Supreme Court voting in a banned referendum on breaking away from Spain can't be considered a crime. ...

AP Explains: Catalan trial that gripped Spain draws to close

MADRID (AP) — A dozen politicians and activists on trial for their failed bid in 2017 to carve out an independent Catalan republic in northeastern Spain will deliver their final statements Wednesday a...

Missouri election head rejects petition for vote on abortion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's top election official has rejected a third petition for a public vote on a new law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Republican Sec...

Boris, Jeremy, Sajid: Who is running to be next UK leader?

LONDON (AP) — Britain is set to get a new prime minister, but only members of the Conservative Party have a say in the decision. The Conservatives are holding an election to replace Prime Minister The...

What next for tumultuous UK Brexit path as May steps down?

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down Friday as leader of Britain's Conservative Party after admitting failure in her attempt to withdraw the country from the European Union. She will ...

Court quashes bid to prosecute Boris Johnson over EU claim

LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court has quashed a bid to prosecute Conservative lawmaker Boris Johnson for allegedly lying during the country's 2016 European Union membership referendum. ...

Diligent Theresa May failed to solve the UK's Brexit puzzle

LONDON (AP) — If all had gone to plan, Britain would be starting its first summer out of the European Union and Prime Minister Theresa May would be looking forward to a well-earned vacation. ...

Timeline of Brexit and events leading to May's departure

LONDON (AP) — A timeline of key events in how Brexit unfolded and how the political crisis led up to Theresa May's ouster as British prime minister: May 7, 2015: British voters elect...

UK's Brexit Party narrowly defeated in key electoral test

LONDON (AP) — Britain's upstart Brexit Party failed in its first attempt to win a seat in Parliament, narrowly losing early Friday to the left-of-center Labour Party in a special election. ...

Reforms to Dutch pension system agreed after years of talks

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government, employers and labor unions have after years of discussions hammered out a new pension framework to make it more sustainable as people live longer an...

Change UK, a party formed to shake up UK politics, splits

LONDON (AP) — A pro-European Union political party formed to shake up U.K. politics has split, four months after it was founded. Change UK says it now has five lawmakers, down from 1...