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Queen marks official birthday with scaled-back parade at Windsor

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Queen Elizabeth II watches a smaller military parade in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she has been staying during the COVID-19 outbreak, in her first official public appearance since the country's virus lockdown began in late March

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. The Queen views a military ceremony by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, to mark the official birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on June 13, 2020. Photo by Joanne Davidson/Pool/AFP

Britain to reopen places of worship on June 15 'for private individual prayer'

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:41 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office says services and worship groups will still be banned for the time being

SET TO REOPEN. A pedestrian walks along an empty street outside York Minister in the center of York, northern England, as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Britain's Iran envoy denies attending demo before arrest

Jan 12, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) The British government calls Ambassador Rob Macaire's arrest a 'flagrant violation of international law'

ARRESTED. UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of

Thatcher approved Corazon Aquino asylum request – archives

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:36 AM

But Britain's protection was ultimately not needed after the deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino's rival in the 1986 snap presidential elections, steps down

REMEMBER CORY. Corazon Aquino, the wife of the slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., is cheered by her advisers after announcing on December 03, 1985 in Manila, that she will run against President Ferdinand Marcos in the presidential snap poll February 7. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:56 PM

London stocks and the British pound jump on hopes of an end to years of uncertainty, which has hurt investment and economic growth

STILL THE PM. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Protesters call on UK to protect Hong Kongers from China

Sep 15, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Britain has walked a careful path on the protests, but it has also expressed concerns about the direction Hong Kong has headed

PROTEST. Pro-democracy demonstrators gather outside the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on September 15, 2019, as they called on Britain to ramp up pressure against Beijing following three months of anti-extradition protests that has snowballed into wider calls for democracy and a halt to sliding freedoms in the city. Photos by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Britain's Johnson vows to fight on despite Brexit blows

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Boris Johnson now sees himself outflanked by pro-European Union opponents and the country barrelling toward a chaotic October 31 breakup with its closest neighbors after 46 years

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London, on July 31, 2019.  Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

Johnson seeks to push Trump at fractious G7

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

British Prime minister Boris Johnson urges US President Donald Trump to remove 'considerable barries' for UK companies seeking to export to the American market

OUT TO PUSH TRUMP. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

French boat seller jailed for helping migrants cross English Channel

May 25, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Emmanuel Desreux is given 18 months behind bars and another 18 months suspended sentence for selling inflatable boats with motors to migrants to navigate across the busy waterway from France to Britain.

REFUGE. A migrant kneels outside a tent in a make shift camp in the vicinity of the former 'Jungle' camp site, near the northern French port city of Calais on February 18, 2019. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Tomb of Karl Marx vandalized in London

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A marble plaque with the names of Marx and his family – the monument's oldest and most fragile part – was repeatedly hit with a blunt metal instrument

Image of Karl Marx memorial at Highgate Cemetery by Tony Baggett/Shutterstock

Britain's battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The stakes could hardly be higher as the clock ticks down to the moment the world's fifth-biggest economy splits from its main trading partner on March 29

THERESA MAY'S BREXIT. In this file photo taken on January 02, 2019 A worker sweeps the street outside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, in central London on January 2, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Merkel says it's still unclear what Britain wants in Brexit talks

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Success in the upcoming negotiations depends 'largely on what it is Britain really wants, and on this the discussion has still not been entirely clear,' Merkel told a business conference in Berlin.

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Ruling in the case of Big Brother Watch and Others versus the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, says the interception of journalistic material also violates the right to freedom of information

Britain likely to leave EU without deal – minister

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

'I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us towards no deal,' International Trade Secretary Liam Fox says

NO GO? A minister says Great Britain will have to wait for a deal. File photo from AFP

British PM wins cabinet backing for UK-EU free trade area

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Less than 9 months before Britain leaves the EU, May's government is finally setting out exactly what it wants following public splits about how aligned it will remain with the regional bloc

CABINET MEETING. In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photo by Crown Copyright (Joel Rouse)/AFP

From East End to Markle village, divided Brits unite for wedding revelry

May 20, 2018 - 1:10 AM

Families, friends, and neighbors converge to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows in the last major royal wedding for a generation

VIEWING PARTY. A royal well-wisher wrapped in a Union Flag watches the Royal Wedding of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and US actress Meghan Markle on a big screen at the Pear Tree in Edinburgh on May 19, 2018. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Alfie Evans, British toddler at center of legal battle, dies

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:01 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Doctors have withdrawn life support for the baby with a degenerative medical condition. His case has attracted attention from people around the world, including Pope Francis.

ALFIE EVANS. A bus passes balloons and posters left in support of British toddler Alfie Evans, on a bus-stop opposite Alder Hey childrens hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 26, 2018. Alfie Evans, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition which has not been definitively diagnosed. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Ex-champ Tyson Fury to make boxing comeback in June

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'I can't wait to get in there and prove I am the best, even after all this time out,' says Fury

COMEBACK. Former British heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury, (left), with promoter Frank Warren, speaks during a press conference to announce Fury's comeback, in central London on April 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall /AFP

Anthony Joshua eager to face Deontay Wilder in heavyweight unification bout

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Joshua owns the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles, while Wilder holds the WBC crown

Deontay Wilder 'will come to UK' to fight Anthony Joshua, insists manager

Apr 04, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Wilder's co-manager says: 'We are really glad that Anthony Joshua said for the first time 'I will fight Deontay next...' and we believe he is a man of his word. Deontay accepts the challenge.'

HUNGRY. In this file photo taken on March 03, 2018, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the US fights contender Luis Ortiz of Cuba (out of frame) during their WBC heavyweight title fight in New York.  Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

First direct Australia-Europe passenger service takes off

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 17-hour Perth-London flight of Qantas is the first regular service to connect the two continents directly

Photos of Big Ben in London and Kings Park in Perth from Shutterstock

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Egypt on Sunday before his trip to the United Kingdom. He will visit the United States later in March.

SAUDI HEIR. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

British boxer Tyson Fury vows to 'be myself' upon ring return

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The British boxer has been out of action for two years, with a failed drugs test in June 2016 blocking his comeback to professional boxing

UK will not be pressured by EU timetable – Davis

Sep 03, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Brexit negotiator David Davis says Britain will not be forced into accepting unfavorable terms

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UK's May 'not in a different galaxy' over Brexit

Apr 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May rejects claims that her negotiating stance was unreasonable

British FM cancels Moscow visit over 'developments in Syria'

Apr 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

We deplore Russia s continued defense of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians adds Britain s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

FOREIGN MINISTER. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is pictured at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

WATCH: Women's hockey players get engaged after World Championship game

Apr 04, 2017 - 1:58 PM

A sweet proposal after a serious World Championship game between the Netherlands and Great Britain

POST-GAME PROPOSAL. A sweet proposal takes place between Dutch and English hockey players after a World Championship game. Screengrab from Dutch National Women's Icehockey Team Facebook

Thousands march in London against looming Brexit

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:47 PM

On Wednesday Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the EU s Lisbon Treaty starting a two year countdown to Britain s exit

Laptop ban hits Dubai for over 1 million weekend travellers

Mar 25, 2017 - 6:27 PM

Around 1 1 million people are expected to pass through the world s busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break Dubai Airports says

LAPTOP BAN. Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City before boarding a flight to the United States on March 23, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

Britain's Johnson to visit Russia for talks

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:55 PM

A Foreign Office spokeswoman says the visit is not a return to business as usual adding Britain s approach to Russia is engage but beware

RUSSIA VISIT. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is pictured at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

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Jan 27, 2017 - 9:50 PM

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Jan 09, 2017 - 11:21 AM

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DEVOTION. The Black Nazarene procession moves in front of the National Museum as of 9:30 am on Monday, January 9. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler

British PM heads to India with eye on post-Brexit ties

Nov 05, 2016 - 4:29 PM

Observers say PM Theresa May wants to send a message that Britain is already on the lookout for new bilateral accords outside the European Union

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote address on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 5, 2016. File photo by Ben Stanstall/AFP

Tennis: Argentina takes commanding lead following Pella's win

Sep 17, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Guido Pella defeats Kyle Edmund while Andy Murray drops to Juan Martin Del Potro

Tennis: Murray hoping to build on best season of career against Argentina

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:10 AM

This past year Murray has already won a second Wimbledon title a second Olympic gold medal and gotten to the final of the Australian and French Opens

CHAMPION AGAIN. Andy Murray wins his second Wimbledon title and his first Grand Slam title in 3 years. Photo by Andy Rain/EPA

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Jul 14, 2016 - 12:29 PM

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Merkel says understands Britain needs time on Brexit

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it is understandable that Britain needs time before triggering its exit from the European Union but warns against dragging out the process

BREXIT. Commuters heading into the City of London walk in the rain across London Bridge, in front of the Shard skyscraper, in central London on June 27, 2016. Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP

Miss Great Britain Zara Holland dethroned for having sex on reality show

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:53 PM

Zara Holland is stripped of her title after she had sex with fellow contestant Alex Bowen on reality show Love Island The Miss Great Britain organization issues a statement

S. Sudan gov't formation delayed as rebels reject new states

Jan 23, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Rebels say President Salva Kiir s near tripling of the number of regional states undermines a fundamental pillar of a power sharing deal to end two years of civil war

Reinforcements rushed to Afghan district under Taliban siege

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:55 PM

The war in Helmand seen as the epicenter of the expanding insurgency underscores worsening security in Afghanistan

British say Trump comments on Muslims 'wrong'

Dec 08, 2015 - 9:47 PM

The British government condemns the Republican frontrunner who said Muslims shouldn t be allowed to enter the US

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, USA, 03 December 2015. The coalition hosted speeches from 14 different presidential hopefuls. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Protest in London as Syria air strikes vote loom

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:48 PM

Around 4 000 people join a protest against Britain potentially joining air strikes against ISIS in Syria

NO STRIKES. Demonstrators hold placards as they protest outside the entrance to Downing Street in central London on November 28, 2015, against the British government's proposed involvement in air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Photo by Leon Meal / AFP

British PM David Cameron will unveil EU demands in November

Oct 15, 2015 - 8:55 PM

So far Britain has only said the demands will cover four general areas: an opt out from the bloc s drive for an ever closer union

File photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Britain plans crackdown on illegal migrant workers

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:28 PM

The Immigration Bill allows for pubs takeaway food outlets to have their licenses revoked

7 killed in British airshow crash as jet hits road

Aug 23, 2015 - 12:20 AM

UPDATED A military jet taking part in the Shoreham Airshow failed to pull up out of a loop and crashed into a major road

At least 8 Britons, one Belgian, one German among Tunisia dead

Jun 27, 2015 - 6:52 PM

Others are yet to be identified

ATTACK. A file picture taken on October 31, 2013, shows tourists enjoying the beach near a four-star hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital. An attack on two tourist hotels in Sousse on June 26, 2015 killed several people, the interior ministry said. Photo by Bechir Bettaieb/AFP

Tourists scramble to leave Tunisia after seaside massacre

Jun 27, 2015 - 5:36 PM

The Tunisian tourism industry is facing a heavy blow after two terrorist attacks

DEADLY ATTACK. A police officer inspects the area of an attack on a beach in the resort town of al-Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 km south of Tunis, Tunisia, June 26, 2015. Photo from EPA/STR

Thousands of Britons to be flown home after Tunisia massacre

Jun 27, 2015 - 4:53 PM

Most of the victims were British according to Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid

ATTACK. A file picture taken on October 31, 2013, shows tourists enjoying the beach near a four-star hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital. An attack on two tourist hotels in Sousse on June 26, 2015 killed several people, the interior ministry said. Photo by Bechir Bettaieb/AFP

Britain sells off postal service stake to cut debt

Jun 05, 2015 - 12:22 AM

The sale of the government s 30 stake in the Royal Mail postal service is expected to earn the state about £1 5 billion