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, cheering on a soldier who had stepped on a mine in Afgh...
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 took refuge inside the embassy on Tuesday and r...
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, where he was holed up Wednesday while diplomats di...
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 calling the social media Olympics, or the "socialy...
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, the MV Alaed, changed course in Europe after news ...
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 questioning about alleged sex crimes.
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 passed on to generations too young to have seen him ...
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 tickets on the black market for profit.
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 parents after they realized she was missing. But Cameron...
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 effort in Afghanistan.
In an often bitter atta...
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, which Cameron set up to examine malpractice in the ...
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 summit in Mexico later this month, when world leade...
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, who will turn 91 on Saturday, was taken to the K...
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.
Later in the weekend the queen will make a trip down th...
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 parties, flotillas, outdoor concerts and finally the ap...
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 Heathrow build an expensive special terminal whose ...
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 the tycoon's media empire were well known to the Bri...
UK minister faces questions over ties to Murdoch
2012-05-31 09:38:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British Cabinet minister is giving evidence to the country's media ethics inquiry amid sharp questions about his handling of a take-over deal launched by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who was scheduled to testify Thursday, has faced...
Britain's Supreme Court to rule on WikiLeaks chief
2012-05-30 06:55:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to approve the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, a potential turning point in the Internet activist's controversial career.
Assange, 40, has spent the better part of two years fighting attempt...
TV presenter: Piers Morgan told me how to hack
2012-05-23 19:19:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A prominent British TV presenter said Wednesday that CNN talk show host Piers Morgan gave him a primer on phone hacking, a revelation that suggests he knew a fair amount about how the shady practice was carried out.
BBC quiz show host and television news presenter Jeremy Paxman t...
Wanted: Bigfoot hair samples for European study
2012-05-23 18:20:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — European researchers are planning to use new techniques to analyze DNA that could help crack the mystery of whether Bigfoot exists.
In a project announced this week, Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology scientists appealed to museums, scientists and Yeti aficionados t...
French autistic kids mostly get psychotherapy
2012-05-18 22:11:22 UTC
LONDON (AP) — In most developed countries, children with autism are usually sent to school where they get special education classes. But in France, they are more often sent to a psychiatrist where they get talk therapy meant for people with psychological or emotional problems.
Things are slowl...
UK surveillance program could expose private lives
2012-05-18 18:58:34 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British officials have given their word: "We won't read your emails."
But experts say the government's proposed new surveillance program will gather so much data that spooks won't have to read your messages to guess what you're up to.
The U.K. Home Office stresses it won't be ...
Ahmadinejad wants to attend London Olympics
2012-05-17 20:07:33 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he is eager to attend the Olympic Games in London to support Iranian athletes but that Britain doesn't want to host him.
Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying he would like to be "beside Iranian at...
City wins English title for 1st time in 44 years
2012-05-14 03:38:49 UTC
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — In the closing moments of the Premier League's most dramatic season, Manchester City had just enough time for one final, breathtaking twist.
With the club's title hopes fading by the second, its anguished fans in disbelief in the stands, relegation-threatened Queens ...