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A UK election has been called for July 4. Here’s what to know

A UK election has been called for July 4. Here’s what to know

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s first election in five years is shaping up as a battle for the country’s soul, with some saying it poses an existential threat to the governing Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010. The center-right Conservatives took power during the depths of the global financial crisis and...

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AI companies make fresh safety promise at Seoul summit, nations agree to align work on risks

AI companies make fresh safety promise at Seoul summit, nations agree to align work on risks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leading artificial intelligence companies made a fresh pledge at a mini-summit Tuesday to develop AI safely, while world leaders agreed to build a network of publicly backed safety institutes to advance research and testing of the technology. Google, Meta and OpenAI were among the companies that made voluntary safety commitments...

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Britain slammed in inquiry for infecting thousands with tainted blood and covering up the scandal

Britain slammed in inquiry for infecting thousands with tainted blood and covering up the scandal

LONDON (AP) — British authorities and the country’s public health service knowingly exposed tens of thousands of patients to deadly infections through contaminated blood and blood products, and hid the truth about the disaster for decades, an inquiry into the U.K.’s infected blood scandal found Monday. An estimated 3,000 people in the United Kingdom are...

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What happened in the UK’s infected blood scandal from the 1970s to ’90s?

What happened in the UK’s infected blood scandal from the 1970s to ’90s?

LONDON (AP) — The final report of the U.K.’s infected blood inquiry was published on Monday, nearly six years after it began looking into how tens of thousands of people contracted HIV or hepatitis from transfusions of tainted blood and blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. The scandal is widely seen as the deadliest...

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Belfast judge says parts of the UK’s migrant deportation law shouldn’t apply to Northern Ireland

Belfast judge says parts of the UK’s migrant deportation law shouldn’t apply to Northern Ireland

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s law to deport asylum-seekers shouldn’t apply in Northern Ireland, because parts of it violate human rights protections, a Belfast judge ruled Monday. The Illegal Migration Act was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and undermines rights provided in the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998, High Court...

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What is at stake in UK local voting ahead of a looming general election

What is at stake in UK local voting ahead of a looming general election

LONDON (AP) — Millions of voters in England and Wales cast ballots Thursday in an array of local elections amounting to the last big test before a U.K. general election that all indicators suggest will see the Conservative Party ousted from power after 14 years. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will hope he can point to...

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South Korea considers joining alliance for sharing military technology with Australia, US and UK

South Korea considers joining alliance for sharing military technology with Australia, US and UK

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — South Korea is considering sharing advanced military technology with the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia through the so-called AUKUS partnership, South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said. Shin said the possibility was discussed during two days of meetings between South Korea and Australia’s defense and foreign ministers that ended...

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South Korea considers joining alliance for sharing military technology

South Korea considers joining alliance for sharing military technology

MELBOURNE, Australia — South Korea is considering sharing advanced military technology with the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia through the so-called AUKUS partnership, South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said. Shin said the possibility was discussed during two days of meetings between South Korea and Australia’s defense and foreign ministers that ended in...

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British man charged with acting on behalf of Russia in plot to torch Ukrainian-linked business

British man charged with acting on behalf of Russia in plot to torch Ukrainian-linked business

LONDON — A British man accused of plotting to torch a London business connected to Ukraine has been charged with conducting hostile activity to benefit Russia, prosecutors said Friday. Dylan Earl, 20, is connected to Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which the U.K. government has declared a banned terrorist organization, court documents said. Earl is accused...