IAG mulls bid for Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling
2012-11-08 09:45:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Iberia, is considering a bid to take full control of Spanish low-cost airline Vueling.
IAG already owns nearly 46 percent of Vueling through a stake held by Iberia.
IAG said late-Wednesday that its board would cons...
End of perfume pact depresses Burberry H1 profit
2012-11-07 09:55:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Costs associated with the end of a perfume licensing agreement dented first-half profits at luxury fashion company Burberry.
For the six months ending Sept. 30, Burberry saw its net profit fall to 85 million pounds ($136 million) from 117 million pounds a year earlier. The big ...
Anonymous movement protests on Guy Fawkes night
2012-11-06 07:47:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Several hundred protesters wearing masks have gathered outside the British Parliament to mark Guy Fawkes night.
The protesters Monday were supporters of Anonymous, a loosely-organized movement of cyber rebels and activists.
Anonymous draws much of its iconography from the stor...
Newspaper discloses new Cameron text messages
2012-11-04 17:23:12 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker called Sunday for the country's media ethics inquiry to publish all the text messages it has between Prime Minister David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks, the ex-chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, who now faces charges over the country's ta...
3 British men go on trial over alleged terror plot
2012-10-22 15:51:18 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Three young British Muslim men went on trial in London on Monday, accused of plotting to set off multiple bombs in terrorist strikes that prosecutors say could have been deadlier than the 2005 London transit attacks.
Prosecutors say the men, fired up by the sermons of a US.-born ...
2 extradited to US to appear in Conn. court
2012-10-06 10:55:57 UTC
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Five terror suspects were extradited from Britain after losing their lengthy fight to avoid facing charges in the U.S., and officials say at least two of the men are expected in court Saturday.
Radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terror suspects were extr...
Scottish man dies, taking town's dialect with him
2012-10-05 08:21:46 UTC
LONDON (AP) — In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has passed away, taking with him a little fragment of the English linguistic mosaic.
Academics said Wednesday that Bobby Hogg, who was 92 when he died last week, was the ...
Xstrata board recommends Glencore merger
2012-10-01 10:40:14 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The board of Anglo-Swiss mining company Xstrata PLC said Monday it is recommending shareholders accept merger terms with Swiss commodities trader Glencore PLC — a deal that would create an industry behemoth with revenues of around $175 billion.
Xstrata said in a statement it was ...
Ex-Credit Suisse trader arrested in Britain
2012-09-27 12:01:56 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A former Credit Suisse executive wanted in the U.S. on fraud charges linked to distorting the value of mortgage securities during the financial crisis has been arrested in Britain, authorities said Thursday.
U.S. Federal prosecutors have alleged that Kareem Serageldin conspired w...
Rowling's first novel for adults goes on sale
2012-09-27 10:53:22 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British bookshops opened their doors early Thursday and some grown-up Harry Potter fans lined up overnight as J.K. Rowling launched her long-anticipated first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy."
The lines were shorter and the wizard costumes missing, but the book was published...
UK soldier unexpectedly gives birth in Afghanistan
2012-09-20 21:08:22 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Hours after a British soldier in Afghanistan told medics she was suffering from stomach pains, the Royal Artillery gunner unexpectedly gave birth to a boy — the first child ever born to a member of Britain's armed forces in combat.
Britain's defense ministry said Thursday the s...
UK military: No plan to end Harry's Afghan tour
2012-09-16 05:22:08 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain says it doesn't plan to cut short Prince Harry's deployment to Afghanistan, despite the Taliban attack on the base where he is stationed.
Two U.S. Marines died in the assault on Camp Bastion in Helmand Province Friday, and Taliban claimed it carried out the attack to aven...
Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' Pop Up Gallery is not exactly a masterpiece
2013-11-12 21:34:39 UTC
“My art could mean anything,” sings Lady Gaga in the title track of her new “ARTPOP” album.
And her new pop-up store in the Meat Packing District proves it.
While it’s titled “ARTPOP Pop Up: A Lady Gaga Gallery,” it ends up looking less like an art show than a fancy merch table, crossed with ...
Topless tempest: Kate photos spark palace fury
2012-09-15 08:54:30 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Paparazzi, French media and a British royal: The publication of topless photos of Prince William's wife Kate has reunited the same players whose clash ended with the untimely death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a Parisian car crash.
William, who has long harbored a grudge aga...
Ex-UBS trader goes on trial accused of $2.3B fraud
2012-09-14 16:18:46 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A senior trader at the Swiss bank UBS was a "master fraudster" who lost his bank $2.3 billion — and risked a $12 billion loss that threatened its very existence — through more than two years of risky deals and deceit, prosecutors said Friday.
Prosecution lawyer Sasha Wass told a ...
Hillsborough papers: Cameron apology over 'double injustice'
2012-09-13 11:59:51 UTC
LONDON ( BBC ) - David Cameron has said he is profoundly sorry for the "double injustice" of the Hillsborough football disaster.
Speaking after an independent report into previously unseen documents about the tragedy, the prime minister said police had failed to do enough and had also tried to...
British leader Cameron to shake up his UK gov't
2012-09-03 17:02:04 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is making the first radical overhaul of his Cabinet since taking office in 2010, amid a stalled economy and after a series of humbling policy reversals.
Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, whose Conservative and Liberal Democrat part...
Barclays appoints retail head as new CEO
2012-08-30 12:30:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Barclays PLC on Thursday named the head of its retail and business banking operations as its new chief executive, as shares in the crisis-hit group dropped following news of a new investigation into the bank's deals.
The bank announced that Antony Jenkins, 51, would fill the po...
Watchdog: 3,600 complaints over naked prince pics
2012-08-28 18:42:58 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A press watchdog says it has received some 3,600 complaints over The Sun's decision to publish nude photos of Britain's Prince Harry.
The tabloid was the only national newspaper to carry the pictures, which first appeared online and quickly became an international talking point.
Hopes for European rescue plan underpin markets
2012-08-21 16:11:17 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Hopes that the European Central Bank will reach a deal to help Spain and Italy borrow at cheaper rates nudged financial markets higher on Tuesday.
Investors are increasingly convinced that the ECB will buy some eurozone countries' government bonds to help reduce their borrowing...
Billionaire Soros takes piece of Manchester United
2012-08-21 13:16:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire financier George Soros is getting in on the game, taking a minority stake in soccer club Manchester United.
Soros disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday that he owns 7.85 percent of Manchester United's Class A shares. The filing with the U.S. Securities and E...
Assange urges US to end Wikileaks 'witch hunt'
2012-08-19 19:16:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged President Barack Obama to end a so-called "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, appearing in public Sunday for the first time since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador's Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on s...
Appeal to the International Court of Justice in the Hague
2012-08-19 13:53:28 UTC
WikiLeaks Julian Assange to make 1st public appearance in 2 months
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange planned to make his first public appearance Sunday since he took refuge inside Ecuador's Embassy in London two months ago, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning...
British lawmakers criticize ex-Barclays CEO
2012-08-18 17:58:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond offered a "highly selective" account to a parliamentary hearing on the banking rate-fixing scandal, British lawmakers said Saturday in a highly critical report.
In its report regarding manipulation of a key inter-bank interest rate, Parliament's Tr...
In UK threat to Ecuador, experts see mistake
2012-08-18 16:46:44 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It was a warning meant to remind Ecuador that Britain's patience has limits. But as the stalemate over Julian Assange settled, it appeared London's veiled threat that it could storm Ecuador's embassy and drag Assange out has backfired — drawing supporters to the mission where the Wi...