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Egypt's president defends sweeping security laws ahead of UK meetings on terror, trade

November
4
,
2015
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LONDON — Egypt's leader has defended anti-terror legislation enacted in August, arguing that the country needs stability and time to achieve a democratic future for his nation. In a BBC interview before his first official visit to...

APTN Interview: N. Korean official says bold action by US could end peace treaty impasse

November
4
,
2015
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LONDON — North Korea says the United States needs to end its "nuclear-based threats and blackmail" and respond to the North's recent diplomatic overture to formally end the decades-old Korean conflict. Fighting ended in 1953...

British PM Cameron faces revolt from unelected House of Lords over tax credit cut plans

October
26
,
2015
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LONDON — With a majority in the British parliament's lower chamber, the House of Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron should have no problem implementing his policies. But Cameron is facing rebellion from the unelected House of Lords...

Britain to seize passports of 16- and 17-year-olds at risk of travelling to join IS group

October
19
,
2015
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LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron is to unveil new plans to combat extremism Monday, expanding the government's power to seize passports from young people at risk of travelling abroad to join groups like Islamic State. The measures...

UK court ruling deals blow to legions of bridge fans, endorses view that card game not a sport

October
15
,
2015
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LONDON — Legions of bridge players in Britain may feel they've been dealt a rotten hand after a court decision endorsed an earlier ruling that the popular card game is not a sport. A High Court judge on Thursday backed Sport...

London Zoo meerkat expert fined for assaulting monkey handler in dispute over llama trainer

October
14
,
2015
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LONDON — A former meerkat expert at London Zoo has been ordered to pay compensation to a monkey handler she attacked with a wine glass in a love spat over a llama-keeper. A judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court said Wednesday that...

UK Labour Party rocked by 'Corbynmania' as old-school socialist dominates leadership campaign

September
6
,
2015
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LONDON — Britain's surprising new political star is a rumpled 66-year-old with a set of socialist ideas many thought had faded with the Cold War. Jeremy Corbyn, the runaway favourite in a contest to lead the opposition Labour Party,...

UK counterterrorism police arrest 5 members of same family, including 3 teenage girls

August
12
,
2015
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LONDON — British police say they have arrested five members of the same family, including three teenage girls, as part of a counterterrorism investigation. Scotland Yard said the suspects were held on suspicion of "possessing...

UK reverses stance on Ai Weiwei visa, grants Chinese artist 6-month stay.

July
31
,
2015
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LONDON — Britain performed an about-face Friday and granted a six-month visa to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, apologizing for rejecting his application over an alleged criminal conviction. On Thursday Ai disclosed that the British...

UK prime minister pledges to send dogs and fencing to France to help control migrant surge

July
31
,
2015
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LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron offered Friday to send sniffer dogs and fencing to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain, pledging to work closely with French authorities to get a grip on the crisis. Cameron...