British newspaper demands it simply stop raining
2012-07-14 22:12:15 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Just. Stop. Raining.
That was the unusual plea published in an editorial in The Times of London on Saturday, a measure of Britons' growing frustration with months of miserable weather.
"Let us make our position crystal clear: W...
Vast wealth didn't shield the Rausings from drugs
2012-07-11 19:26:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass through British security, then face an airport-style metal detector so s...
UK police: Heir's wife found dead in London
2012-07-11 07:26:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's richest women, American-born Eva Rausing, was found dead in her west London home and a man was arrested in connection with the case, British police said, adding that an autopsy had failed to uncover a formal cause of...
UK police charge 3 more men with terror offenses
2012-07-11 00:54:44 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Three men were accused in a British court Tuesday of building a makeshift bomb and making other preparations for a terrorist attack against the far-right English Defense League. Hours later, police charged three other men arrested in...
UK factory production up 1 pct in May
2012-07-10 11:00:14 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Factory output in the United Kingdom rose by 1.2 percent in May compared to April, beating the market consensus of a 0.9 percent gain.
The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that the increase was driven by a 3.7 percent g...
Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon title
2012-07-08 17:47:25 UTC
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Once the Centre Court roof was closed, nothing could stop Roger Federer from winning his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.
The 30-year-old Federer finally equaled Pete Sampras' record at the All England Club, and w...
7th person arrested in British terrorism probe
2012-07-07 11:31:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested a seventh person over an alleged plot to launch a terrorist attack.
The Metropolitan Police says the 22-year-old woman was arrested Saturday at a home in east London "on suspicion of the commi...
Federer reaches record 8th Wimbledon final
2012-07-06 15:33:07 UTC
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Roger Federer advanced to his record eighth Wimbledon final on Friday, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets.
The six-time champion defeated Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 under a closed roof on Centre Co...
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...