UK territories sign on to tax-avoidance crackdown
2013-06-15 16:25:35 UTC
LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron struck a deal Saturday with leaders of Britain's overseas territories to share tax information — a move he heralded as a "positive step forward" on an issue at the forefront of next week's G-8 summit in Northern Ireland.
The prime minister met ...
Widow of poisoned agent threatens to quit inquest
2013-06-11 15:47:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The widow of a former Kremlin agent killed by radioactive poisoning plans to boycott an inquest unless the British government holds a public inquiry examining alleged Russian involvement.
Lawyer Ben Emmerson told a pre-inquest hearing Tuesday that Marina Litvinenko "will consid...
German WWII bomber raised from English Channel
2013-06-11 04:20:17 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British museum on Monday successfully recovered a German bomber that had been shot down over the English Channel during World War II.
The aircraft, nicknamed the Luftwaffe's "flying pencil" because of its narrow fuselage, came down off the coast of Kent county in southeastern...
UK lawmaker denies he broke lobbying rules
2013-06-11 04:15:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker says he will temporarily step down as chairman of a parliamentary committee after undercover reporters appeared to show him claiming he could use his role to help a company.
Tim Yeo, a lawmaker with the governing Conservative Party, was secretly filmed by Su...
Elan rejects Royalty bid, to evaluate other offers
2013-06-10 17:47:14 UTC
The board of directors of the Irish drugmaker Elan Corp. PLC on Monday rejected an increased offer from Royalty Pharma and says it has received unsolicited interest from other parties it didn't name.
Royalty's latest offer last week was for $13 per share plus up to $2.50 per share in pay...
Prince Philip spends 92nd birthday in hospital
2013-06-10 17:12:12 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip is spending his 92nd birthday in a London hospital recovering from abdominal surgery.
Queen Elizabeth II's husband is expected to be hospitalized for two weeks for investigation of an abdominal problem. Details about his symptoms have not been released.
Scottish fiction writer Iain Banks dies at 59
2013-06-10 04:56:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Scottish writer Iain Banks, who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, has died, his publisher said Sunday. He was 59.
Banks, whose writing took readers from rural Scotland to the edge of space, announced in April that he was termi...
London police: Suspicious fire at Islamic school
2013-06-09 17:07:52 UTC
LONDON (AP) — London police say they're investigating a suspicious fire at an Islamic boarding school, an incident which comes at a time of increased anti-Muslim attacks in Britain.
Police say the blaze broke out Saturday night at the Darul Uloom Islamic School in Chislehurst, an affluent s...
Club of rich, powerful meet in secret near London
2013-06-07 16:15:31 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It's a busy weekend at the luxury Grove Hotel, favored haunt of British soccer players and their glitz-loving spouses.
More than 100 of the world's most powerful people are at the former manor house near London for a secretive annual gathering that has attained legendary st...
Guardian making big splash in US with scoops
2013-06-07 16:10:50 UTC
LONDON (AP) — There's a new kid on the block when it comes to breaking big time stories about possible U.S. government abuses — and this time it's a British-based paper that's come up with the goods.
The Guardian newspaper, which started publishing in the English city of Manchester in 18...
UK's Prince Philip faces exploratory surgery
2013-06-07 16:09:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Philip is facing exploratory abdominal surgery after being admitted to a London hospital.
Buckingham Palace says he is in good spirits and is expected to be in the London Clinic for up to two weeks after surgery on Friday.
The 91-year-old was admitted to the...
Russian whistleblower death in UK 'not suspicious'
2013-06-07 16:06:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police said Friday there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of a Russian whistleblower who was a key witness against Russian officials accused of stealing $230 million from a London hedge fund in a money laundering scheme.
Alexander Perepilichny's body ...
UK government getting US spy agency's data
2013-06-07 16:06:04 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has been secretly gathering communications data from American Internet giants with the help of fellow spooks at the U.S. National Security Agency, the Guardian newspaper reported Friday, a demonstration of the international scope of America's top-secret espionage prog...
UK's Prince Philip enters hospital for operation
2013-06-07 04:27:08 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's husband has been admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
The palace said the operation on 91-year-old Prince Philip — which will take place on Friday — was pre-planned and comes after "abdominal inves...
Derelict N.Ireland shops get facelift to charm G-8
2013-06-06 17:58:16 UTC
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Northern Ireland border village of Belcoo has never looked so good. And critics say that's just the problem.
Organizers of the G-8 summit of world leaders June 17-18 in Northern Ireland have spent weeks sprucing up the facades of businesses all arou...
UK PM's former spin doctor denies phone hacking
2013-06-06 17:57:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron's former spin doctor has formally denied charges of phone hacking and bribery.
Andy Coulson entered pleas of not guilty Thursday at London's Southwark Crown Court to conspiring to intercept voice mail messages and conspiring to make illegal ...
BoE keeps interest rates, stimulus program steady
2013-06-06 17:55:50 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has opted not to pump more money into the British economy.
The decision Thursday came after the final Monetary Policy Committee meeting to be chaired by outgoing governor Mervyn King.
The policymakers approved keeping the base interest rate at 0.5 percent...
Kenyan joy: Britain "regrets" colonial abuse
2013-06-06 17:47:13 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The wrinkled faces of the elderly Kenyans who gathered in a downtown Nairobi hotel registered gratitude, relief and joy Thursday as Britain's high commissioner said what many waited decades to hear.
Britain said it "sincerely regrets" the acts of torture a British c...
Rebekah Brooks denies phone hacking charges
2013-06-05 17:12:38 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rebekah Brooks — a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron and once one of the most powerful people in the British media — on Wednesday formally denied charges of phone hacking, bribing public officials and trying to thwart a police investigation into tabloid wrongdoing.
Nikkei weighs on markets as investors mull US data
2013-06-05 17:11:18 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Disappointment at Japan's latest package of measures designed to boost its economy combined with continuing uncertainty over the course of U.S. monetary policy following mixed economic news to weigh on markets Wednesday.
The mood has been fragile all day, especially after...
Chimp's pics snapped up for $76,000 at auction
2013-06-05 16:42:42 UTC
LONDON (AP) — They're askew and out of focus, but a set of photos taken by a talented Russian chimpanzee have sold at auction for 50,000 pounds ($76,680).
The blurry images of Moscow's Red Square by simian snapper Mikki were part of a sale of Russian photography at Sotheby's in London.
Bradley Manning generates more sympathy abroad
2013-06-04 17:03:14 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It's rare for an American to generate more sympathy abroad than at home, but Bradley Manning and his trial are unique in a host of ways.
With Manning's trial heating up in the United States, where he is accused of aiding the enemy by leaking classified material to WikiLea...
Prince Philip unwell, misses palace reception
2013-06-04 05:25:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Royal officials say Britain's Prince Philip has missed a gala reception at the last minute because he has fallen ill.
Buckingham Palace officials say Philip was "unwell," but added that he will attend a service on Tuesday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.
Michael Douglas didn't blame sex for cancer
2013-06-04 05:11:25 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A representative for actor Michael Douglas now says the actor doesn't blame his throat cancer on oral sex.
The Guardian newspaper published an interview Monday saying that Douglas attributed his illness to the HPV virus from oral sex. When asked about his cancer, Douglas said "...
UK loans drop despite flagship credit program
2013-06-04 05:07:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British banks participating in a plan to boost credit to businesses offered fewer loans in the first quarter of the year, raising some doubts over the program's ability to help revive the weak economy.
Data released Monday by the Bank of England shows that net lending by ba...