LONDON (AP) — Britain's interior minister said Thursday that he is puzzled about why he wasn't invited to last week's state banquet for U.S. President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace.
3 UK Cabinet ministers may break with PM May over Brexit
LONDON (AP) — Three senior British Cabinet ministers suggested Saturday they may break with Prime Minister Theresa May and back amendments to delay Brexit unless a deal is agreed to in the next...
Is there a Brexit ‘Plan B?’ UK minister offers alternatives
LONDON (AP) — Britain could consider a "Norway-plus" deal with the European Union if British Prime Minister Theresa May fails to win lawmakers' approval next week for her unpopular Brexit deal, a senior minister said Saturday.
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd was the first minister to publicly discuss a "Plan B" should May's Brexit divorce deal with the EU be defeated in a parliamentary vote on Tuesday.
The Latest: UK’s May fills Brexit-related Cabinet vacancies
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May has filled two vacancies in her Cabinet left by ministers who quit over Brexit.
Little-known lawmaker Stephen Barclay was named Brexit secretary. He replaces Dominic Raab, who quit Thursday because he opposed May's draft Brexit agreement with the European Union.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's new interior minister vowed Monday to sort out an immigration scandal shaking the government, saying that as the child of immigrants he was angered by the mistreatment of long-term residents from the Caribbean.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he would do "whatever it takes" to resolve the status of all those who have become innocent casualties of the Conservative government's tough immigration policies.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's interior minister resigned Sunday amid a scandal over authorities' mistreatment of long-term U.K. residents wrongly caught up in a government drive to reduce illegal immigration.
Prime Minister Theresa May's office said late Sunday that May had accepted the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
The Latest: UK minister resigns over immigration scandal
LONDON (AP) — The Latest as uproar spreads over British authorities' mistreatment of long-term legal residents from the Caribbean (all times local):
Britain has accepted the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd amid countrywide outrage over authorities' mistreatment of long-term legal residents from the Caribbean.
The setting makes it all the more unsettling: a shopping center in a provincial town on a Sunday, the very epitome of humdrum English normality. Not a place for international espionage.
But that was where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were discovered last weekend, apparently poisoned with a nerve agent. Both remain critically ill, and a policeman who came into contact with them is also hospitalized.
Eventually, who was behind it and why will become clear.
UK home secretary: ‘Too early’ to pin blame in spy case
LONDON (AP) — British government security ministers held an emergency meeting Saturday to discuss the poisoning of a Russian who spied for Britain as police backed by soldiers continued to search the English town where he was attacked with a nerve agent.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said after the meeting it was still "too early" to say with certainty who was behind the poisoning that left former Russian military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition.
LONDON (AP) — An ex-Russian spy and his daughter lie in critical condition in a British hospital — poisoned, authorities say, with a nerve agent in a targeted murder attempt.
Sergei Skripal, a former Russian agent who confessed to spying for Britain, and his daughter Yulia were found collapsed on a bench in the city of Salisbury on Sunday. A police officer who treated them at the scene is in a serious condition after being exposed to the same substance.
UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online
LONDON (AP) — The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such content from their platforms.
UK will consider pardons for convicted suffragettes
LONDON (AP) — Britain will consider pardons for suffragettes convicted during the struggle for women's right to vote, the interior minister said Tuesday, a century to the day since some female voters won the right to go to the polls.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she would "take a look at" the cases of women who were prosecuted during the pro-suffrage campaign more than 100 years ago.
UK’s May shuffles Cabinet, but Brexit divisions limit scope
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to re-energize her government with a Cabinet shake-up Monday as Britain prepares for a crucial phase in the negotiations over its departure from the European Union.
But May, who heads a minority government divided over Brexit, had limited room to make changes, and the overhaul could reinforce perceptions that her authority is fragile.
4 arrested in UK suspected of plotting terrorist attacks
LONDON (AP) — British police sent a bomb disposal team to a house in northern England Tuesday after officers carried out pre-dawn raids to arrest four men on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks.
Counter-terrorism police detained the four men at their homes in Sheffield and Chesterfield in the early morning. Officers then cordoned off one of the houses and evacuated local residents as bomb experts arrived and searches were carried out.
UK concert attack might have been stopped, review says
LONDON (AP) — The deadly suicide bombing at Manchester Arena might have been prevented if information had been handled differently, an independent review of the counter-terrorism performance by British police and intelligence services suggested Tuesday.
The review by lawyer David Anderson, ordered by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said the May 22 attack that killed 22 people might have been thwarted "had the cards fallen differently."
The mayor of London on Thursday added his voice to mounting calls for President Donald Trump's state visit to the U.K. to be canceled over his retweets of a British far-right group.
Sadiq Khan said Trump has promoted "a vile, extremist group" and an official visit by him to Britain "would not be welcomed."
Britain reports hate crimes spike after Brexit vote, attacks
LONDON (AP) — U.K. authorities say hate crimes spiked after Britain's vote to leave the European Union and following several extremist attacks this year, raising concerns about a backlash against Muslims, immigrants and others groups.
Data released by the Home Office shows hate crimes rose 29 percent to 80,393 in the year ended March 31. That included the EU referendum in June 2016 and the attack on Westminster Bridge in March 2017.
UK plans jail sentences for streaming extremist content
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The British government says it will make streaming extremist content an offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Currently it's illegal to download or store material that encourages violent attacks. But Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the law should be toughened to include "people who repeatedly view terrorist content online."
UK lowers terror threat level as subway bomb probe advances
LONDON (AP) — British police made progress Sunday in their frantic pursuit of suspects and evidence connected to the bomb that partially exploded on a packed London subway, leading counter-terrorism officials to lower the country's threat level because they no longer considered a fresh attack to be imminent.
The Latest: UK lowers its national threat level to “severe”
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bombing attack on a London subway train (all times local):
British officials have lowered the country's official terrorist threat level from "critical" to "severe" following the arrest of a second man in the London subway bombing.
The Latest: UK police search home in bomb probe after arrest
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the London subway attack and manhunt for suspects (all times local):
British police have made an apparent breakthrough in subway bombing investigation with what they are calling a "very significant" arrest, but the country remains on a "critical" alert, meaning that another attack is judged imminent.
UK makes ‘significant’ bomb arrest but attack seen imminent
LONDON (AP) — British police made an apparent breakthrough Saturday in the race-against-time subway bombing investigation with what they called a "very significant" arrest, but the country remained on a "critical" alert, meaning that another attack is judged imminent.
UK Holds Emergency Cabinet Meeting After Attack
UK presses tech firms to choke off online extremism
LONDON (AP) — Britain's interior minister is traveling to California to press Internet firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google to stem the flow of extremist content online.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd wants the companies to do more to remove hate speech and terrorist propaganda.
Officials say she will tell the first meeting of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism in San Francisco on Tuesday that governments and industry must work together to start "turning the tide."
LONDON (AP) — The British government on Thursday ordered an assessment of the contribution of European Union citizens to the economy, as the U.K. ponders how to structure its immigration system after leaving the bloc.
More than 3 million citizens of other EU countries live in Britain, and many sectors of the economy rely on foreign workers.
LONDON (AP) — British officials say they will not publish a government-commissioned report on extremism funding because its contents are too sensitive.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd says she has decided against publishing the report "because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons."
She released a summary Wednesday of findings of the review, commissioned in 2015 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's interior minister says the country has entered a new phase of global terrorism.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the House of Commons on Thursday that 13 plots linked to or inspired by Islamist extremists were foiled between June 2013 and the Westminster Bridge attack in March this year. She says five plots have been prevented since March.
Rudd says that "we now believe we're experiencing a new trend in the threat we face."
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May has named a Cabinet to lead her Conservative minority government after last week's humbling election result. Some of the key players:
Prime Minister — Theresa May
First Secretary of State — Damian Green
Chancellor of the Exchequer (Treasury) — Philip Hammond
Chief Secretary to the Treasury — Liz Truss
Foreign Secretary — Boris Johnson
Home Secretary — Amber Rudd
Exiting the European Union — David Davis
Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor — David Lidington
LONDON (AP) — Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her — and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's parliamentary election (all times local):
British media are reporting that Conservatives can no longer win an outright majority in Parliament.
Sky News reported early Friday that Labour held the seat of Southampton Test, guaranteeing that no party will reach the 326 seats necessary for an overall majority in the 650-seat Parliament.
LONDON (AP) — He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.
UK criticizes US leaks about concert bombing
LONDON (AP) — Britain's home secretary criticized U.S. officials on Wednesday for leaking sensitive information about the inquiry into the extremist attack that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert arena.
Legislators target British citizenship of Assad’s wife
LONDON (AP) — A group of British legislators is urging the government to remove the citizenship of Syrian President Bashar Assad's British-born wife.
Some Liberal Democrats in Parliament sent a letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Sunday, saying Asma Assad should not be able to represent her husband and retain British nationality.
Lawmaker Tom Brake said: "The first lady of Syria has acted not as a private citizen but as a spokesperson for the Syrian presidency."
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's presidency says people's privacy must be protected following British calls for police access to encrypted messages in case of attacks.
Maltese Interior Minister Carmelo Abela said Monday "there is a fine line here. We need to of course protect the privacy of the people but we also have to protect the security of the people."
LONDON (AP) — Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday.
British press reports suggest Masood used the messaging service owned by Facebook just minutes before the Wednesday rampage that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded.
UK appoints 1st female Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
LONDON (AP) — Senior officer Cressida Dick was named the new commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history.
Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force, succeeds Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is stepping down next week.
The Met is Britain's biggest and oldest police force, with more than 43,000 officers and staff.
Britain limits lone child refugees to 300, sees criticism
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative government has placed a limit on the number of lone child refugees it will accept into the country, citing fears that people traffickers were exploiting the system.
About 350 children will be allowed in — far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected under the law that had been aimed at helping some of the tens of thousands of migrant children across Europe. Around 200 children have been brought in thus far.
UK approves the extradition of an alleged hacker to US.
LONDON (AP) — Britain has approved the extradition of an alleged computer hacker who is accused of snatching data from the U.S. Defense Department, the U.S. Army and the FBI.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has authorized the extradition of 31-year-old Lauri Love, who faces 99 years in prison if found guilty on cyber-hacking charges for allegedly compromising networks between October 2012 and October 2013 and stealing data. He has 14 days to appeal the decision.