Diamond in the rough; Banker Bob falls on sword
2012-07-03 18:52:58 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He was a poster boy for corporate arrogance, telling Parliament last year that the time for bankers to apologize had passed.
Now Bob Diamond is just the latest victim of growing public anger at a British establishment they regard ...
Publisher: Here's cover of new J.K. Rowling novel
2012-07-03 17:29:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Publishers have released the cover of the J.K. Rowling novel set for worldwide release in September.
"The Casual Vacancy" will be the Harry Potter author's first offering aimed primarily at adults.
The novel is set in the ficti...
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange not leaving embassy
2012-07-03 02:19:08 UTC
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has defied a British police summons and won't be leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London until he hears about his asylum bid, a member of his defense fund said Friday.
British police had demanded th...
Mood pessimistic on Syria peace plans
2012-06-30 12:59:35 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — A conference called by special envoy Kofi Annan to end the Syria crisis appeared on the brink of failure as it opened Saturday, with the U.S. and Russia still divided over a role for President Bashar Assad in a transition government....
British police demand Assange report to station
2012-06-29 06:17:32 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police served Julian Assange on Thursday with a demand that he report to a police station as the first step in his extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations.
The WikiLeaks founder said he was unlikely to obey the...
Will Britain finally replace the House of Lords?
2012-06-27 15:45:38 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Can Britain's government ditch the dukes, eject the earls and kick out the cronies?
Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday set out ambitious plans to replace Britain's 700-year-old House of Lords, the country's unelected upper ...
Queen, ex-IRA chief plan symbolic Belfast meeting
2012-06-27 09:08:31 UTC
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander are about to meet for the first time in a symbolic milestone for Northern Ireland's peace process, but journalists wanting to record the moment are be...
Ecuador studying asylum bid by WikiLeaks founder
2012-06-26 02:08:38 UTC
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's foreign minister says lawyers convened by the government are studying the political and legal implications of granting exile to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Minister Ricardo Patino did not indicate when a de...
Olympic torch becomes cultural happening in UK
2012-06-24 10:19:58 UTC
BLACKPOOL, England (AP) — Sgt. Richard Clement plowed up Dickson Road on Friday, the Olympic torch attached to the side of his wheelchair, flame burning despite pouring rain.
The crowd clapped solemnly, water slapping against their hands, cheer...
Ecuador's envoy heads to Quito for Assange talks
2012-06-23 17:36:42 UTC
LONDON (AP) - Ecuador's embassy in London said Saturday that ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country's capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the bizarre request for political asylum made by Wikileaks chief Julian Assange.
Assange faces arrest if he leaves Ecuador embassy
2012-06-20 22:06:53 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange has spent years on the move, trying to keep ahead of authorities who want to stop his secret-spilling mission.
Now the WikiLeaks founder finds himself confined in the surprising setting of Ecuador's London embassy, ...
London Games to be first social media Olympics
2012-06-20 06:00:48 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Tweet this: The London Games will be the first Olympics told in 140 characters or less.
The London Games will be the most tweeted, liked and tagged in history, with fans offered a never before seen insider's view of what many are ...
UK: 'Arms' ship for Syria heading back to Russia
2012-06-20 05:18:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A Russian-operated ship said to be carrying military helicopters to Syria appears to have turned back after its British insurer removed coverage for the vessel, U.K. officials said Tuesday.
Britain's Foreign Office said the ship, ...
WikiLeaks founder seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy
2012-06-20 05:06:07 UTC
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has made a run for the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, seeking asylum in a long shot move that, if successful, would place him in a small, friendly South American country rather than in Sweden facing ques...
McCartney turns 70, shows no sign of slowing down
2012-06-18 19:38:18 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney can still rock at 70. What more could a former Beatle want?
He celebrated his birthday in private Monday, perhaps resting up between gigantic gigs this summer. But he shows no sign of slowing down as his music is pa...
IOC probes black market Olympic ticket scandal
2012-06-17 23:47:23 UTC
LONDON (AP) — International Olympic officials have opened a high-level investigation into allegations that authorized representatives in more than 50 countries — including a national Olympic committee — were involved in selling London Olympics tic...
Whoops! UK PM leaves 8-year-old daughter in pub
2012-06-11 22:15:36 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife got home from lunch with friends at a pub in the English countryside to discover they forgot something: 8-year-old daughter Nancy.
Nancy was fine — she was quickly reunited with her parent...
Ex-UK PM Brown: Murdoch lied under oath to inquiry
2012-06-11 18:47:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lambasted Rupert Murdoch before Britain's media ethics inquiry on Monday, claiming the media mogul had lied under oath to the inquiry and saying that a Murdoch tabloid had undermined the British war...
UK's Cameron to face media ethics inquiry
2012-06-08 19:07:17 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British media ethics inquiry said Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron will give evidence next week, amid questions over his ties to a number of suspects in the country's tabloid phone hacking scandal.
The judge-led inquiry, w...
UK's Cameron, Obama urge action on eurozone crisis
2012-06-06 23:32:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have agreed on the need for immediate action to resolve the eurozone crisis.
Downing Street said the two leaders spoke on the phone late Tuesday ahead of the G20 s...
Queen's husband in hospital with bladder infection
2012-06-04 18:39:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) -- Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was hospitalized Monday with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of the celebrations of the monarch's 60 years on the throne, Buckingham Palace said.
The palace said the prince...
Queen spends day at races as jubilee events begin
2012-06-03 05:24:10 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It was a royal day at the races, as Queen Elizabeth II watched a horse with the courtly name of Camelot win the Epsom Derby on Saturday — the kickoff to a four-day celebration of the British monarch's 60 years on the throne.
Diamond Jubilee: Britain marks Queen's reign
2012-06-01 07:02:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The patriotic bunting is ready, the golden carriage on standby, the boats freshly painted, the shops filled with royals souvenirs.
The normal ebb and flow of British life gives way in the next four days to a series of street parti...
Now you see it: Temporary terminal for Olympics
2012-05-31 20:52:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The project will cost 20 million pounds ($31 million), process 37,000 bags and deal with 10,000 or so athletes. But don't blink, because you might miss Heathrow's Games Terminal: After three days, it will disappear.
So why would H...
UK minister faces questions over ties to Murdoch
2012-05-31 20:24:05 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal faces new criticism after a minister assigned to make an impartial decision on a takeover deal by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said his cozy ties to th...