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BA's 'Queen of the Skies' jumbos bid farewell to rainy London

08 Oct 2020

LONDON British Airways' last jumbo jets bade farewell to London on Thursday but cloud and driving rain prevented a rare synchronised dual take off for the "Queen of the Skies" which brought long-haul flights to the masses.

Independence Day: UK's queen agrees grandson Harry, wife Meghan can exit senior royal role

14 Jan 2020

SANDRINGHAM, England Queen Elizabeth has reluctantly agreed to her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's wish for a more independent future after the British royal family held crisis talks on Monday to resolve a widening rift among the Windsors. | Video

PM Johnson rejects calls for no-deal Brexit in election pitch

03 Nov 2019

LONDON/SWINDON, England British Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew an angry backlash from Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on Saturday after he rejected calls to drop his Brexit deal and embrace a clean break from the European Union, potentially splitting the eurosceptic vote. | Video

'All up': Queen Elizabeth's swans checked and counted

15 Jul 2019

SHEPPERTON, England Royal officials clad in scarlet outfits took to the River Thames in traditional boats on Monday for the annual "Swan Upping" ceremony, an 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. | Video

UK's no-deal Brexit truck 'war game' prompts scorn

07 Jan 2019

MANSTON, England A convoy of nearly 90 trucks rolled through the southeast English countryside to Britain's main port to continental Europe on Monday in a government test-run for a potentially chaotic Brexit that was mocked as a farce by opponents of the split. | Video

UK stages mass truck trip to Dover to 'war game' no-deal Brexit

07 Jan 2019

MANSTON, ENGLAND, Jan 7 Britain began rehearsals on Monday for the upheaval of a no-deal Brexit by lining up 87 trucks at a little-used airport for a trip towards the United Kingdom's most important trading gateway to continental Europe.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 8-London's Gatwick airport reopens after mystery drone saboteur sows chaos

21 Dec 2018

GATWICK, England, Dec 21 London's Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a mystery saboteur wrought 36 hours of travel chaos for more than 100,000 Christmas travellers by using drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army.

Latest glitch for UK's May: botched party app lets public log in as cabinet ministers

29 Sep 2018

BIRMINGHAM, England British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party apologised on Saturday after releasing a phone app for the annual party conference that let members of the public log in as senior government ministers and view their personal details.

Irish emigrants set to flock home for abortion vote

29 Apr 2018

DUBLIN/LONDON Christine Howell planned to spend two years straight travelling and working in Australia from her arrival in Melbourne last December without breaking her trip to return home to Ireland.

Britain says former Russian spy poisoned with nerve agent

08 Mar 2018

SALISBURY, England A nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter, Britain's top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday, in a case that threatens to further damage London's ties with Moscow. | Video

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