UK Conservatives lose 2 elections in blow to PM Johnson

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a double blow as voters rejected his Conservative Party in two special elections dominated by questions about his leadership and ethics. The party’s chairman quit after the results early Friday, saying the party “cannot carry on with business as usual.” The centrist Liberal Democrats overturned a large … Read more

Russians advance on war’s front line in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine– The Russian military extended its grip on territory in eastern Ukraine as it seeks to cut supply lines and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, while the Ukrainian military announced Thursday the arrival of powerful US multiple-launch rocket systems it hopes will offer a battlefield advantage. Ukrainian forces withdrew from some areas near the city … Read more

UK gov’t approves extradition of Assange; possible appeal

LONDON — The British government has ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges. He is likely to appeal. Home Secretary Priti Patel signed the extradition order on Friday, her department said. It follows a British court ruling in April that Assange could be sent to the … Read more

Ethics adviser to scandal-hit UK leader Boris Johnson quits

LONDON — The ethics advisor to scandal-hit Prime Minister Boris Johnson has quit and accused the Conservative government of seeking to flout conduct rules, weeks after an investigator’s report criticized the British leader for overseeing a culture of government rule-breaking. Christopher Geidt stepped down late Wednesday with a terse statement saying “with regret, I feel … Read more

Refugees in Rwanda warn of challenges for arrivals from UK

KIGALI, Rwanda — As Britain plans to send its first group of asylum-seekers to Rwanda on Tuesday amid outcries and legal challenges, some who came to this East African country under earlier arrangements tell The Associated Press the new arrivals can expect a difficult time ahead. “Sometimes I play football and in the evening I … Read more

UK judge rejects bid to ground Rwanda deportation flight

LONDON — A British judge on Friday rejected a bid to ground a flight due to take more than 30 asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda next week, but gave the migrants permission for a last-minute appeal. The flight leaving Tuesday is the first under a controversial deal between the UK and the East … Read more

Doubts hang over UK’s Johnson though bid to oust him fails

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrambled to patch up his tattered authority on Tuesday after surviving a no-confidence vote that exposed his shrinking support in a fractured Conservative Party and raised serious doubts about how long he can stay in office. The fact that the vote was held at all highlighted concerns that … Read more

British Prime Minister Johnson to face confidence vote

LONDON — Britain’s governing Conservatives will hold a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday that could use him as Britain’s leader. Party official Graham Brady says he has received enough letters from lawmakers demanding a vote on Johnson’s leadership to trigger one. That happens if 54 Tory lawmakers — 15% of the … Read more

World War II veterans honored a day before D-Day anniversary

RANVILLE, France– More than 20 British World War II veterans gathered on Sunday near Pegasus Bridge, one of the first sites liberated by Allied forces from Nazi Germany’s control, as part of commemorations honoring the nearly 160,000 troops from Britain, the United States, Canada and other nations who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944. … Read more

Judgment day for UK’s Johnson as ‘partygate’ report arrives

LONDON — The British government says a long-awaited report into lockdown-breaching parties in government offices has been handed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It is due to be published later Wednesday, and Johnson will address Parliament on its findings. Johnson’s future may hinge on the conclusions of senior civil servant Sue Gray. She investigated 16 … Read more