More United Kingdom Articles

  • Britain's Co-op posts loss in 'disastrous' year

    LONDON (AP) — The Co-operative Group, Britain's largest mutual society, on Thursday posted a 2.5 billion-pound ($3.04 billion) loss for 2013, a year its chief executive called "disastrous." The Co-op is owned by its 7 million members and is active in everything from food to funerals to...

  • Royal couple visit wildfire-affected Aussie town

    SYDNEY (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have visited a town ravaged by wildfires in the mountains west of Sydney as they continue their tour of Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday stopped in the Blue Mountains town of Winmalee to meet with firefighters...

  • Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004

    LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the tabloid. Coulson told a London jury that he was "shocked" in 2004 when a reporter at the newspaper — owned by magnate...

  • UK: Ex-Co-op Bank chair charged with drug offenses

    LONDON (AP) — Police have charged the former chairman of Britain's troubled Co-operative Bank with drug offenses. Paul Flowers, a Methodist minister, resigned from the bank last year amid claims of drug use and inappropriate expenses payments. He was arrested in November after a tabloid...

  • UK unemployment keeps falling amid recovery

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's unemployment rate has fallen below 7 percent for the first time in five years, with earnings growth narrowly outstripping inflation for the first time since 2010. The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that 2.24 million people were unemployed in the three...

  • UK lawmakers slam lax security in Taliban attack

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say commanders' complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines. The House of Commons Defense Committee said Wednesday that more than half the...

  • Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency

    LONDON (AP) — A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday that Robert Hannigan will take over the organization, whose covert activities were exposed by leaks from...

  • Andy Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged he hadn't known at the time that the practice was illegal. Andy Coulson...

  • Teacher at UK school accused of anti-Semitic slur

    LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's most prestigious all-girl schools is investigating an alleged anti-Semitic comment made by a teacher to a student. The North London Collegiate School and its public relations firm have not denied reports in the Mail on Sunday newspaper that a teacher told a...

  • Fans think Banksy behind artwork mocking UK spies

    LONDON (AP) — Street artist Banksy may have struck again, leaving an espionage-themed graffiti artwork in the hometown of Britain's electronic spy agency. A stenciled artwork has appeared on a wall in the western England city of Cheltenham, depicting three figures in trench coats and trilbys...

  • Ex-editor Coulson: Affair with Brooks was 'wrong'

    LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson took the stand at Britain's phone hacking trial Monday, saying his affair with fellow executive Rebekah Brooks was wrong but didn't lead him to share work secrets with her. Coulson, who is on trial alongside Brooks and five others,...

  • British journalist Patrick Seale dies at 84

    BEIRUT (AP) — Patrick Seale, a veteran journalist and author on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world's leading historians on Syria, has died in London after a battle with cancer, according to family and friends. He was 83. An accomplished reporter, writer and literary agent,...

  • English city probes Islamic influence in schools

    LONDON (AP) — The city of Birmingham in central England has expanded an investigation into an alleged Muslim plot to greatly expand Islamic influence in the city's school system. The probe announced Monday will look into 25 schools after more than 200 complaints were received. The complaints...

  • Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian Mole, dies at 68

    LONDON (AP) — British comic author Sue Townsend, who created angst-ridden teenage diarist Adrian Mole and sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing estate, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Her publisher, Penguin Books said Friday that Townsend died in Leicester,...

  • Kate sails past William in race that's royal fun

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has twice beaten her husband Prince William during friendly racing in America's Cup sailing boats on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Both had some high-powered teammates — Kate was paired with Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker...



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