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Greenpeace Stages Sit-In on Rishi Sunak's Roof

Activists against oil drilling draped UK PM's country home in Richmond in black fabric

(Newser) - Greenpeace demonstrators draped the country estate of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in black fabric Thursday to protest his plan to expand oil and gas drilling in the North Sea. Video posted by the group showed a crew dressed in bright red jumpsuits, helmets, and safety harnesses carrying ladders and...

Biden, Sunak Recommit on Ukraine, Agree to Address AI

President says two nations are 'leading together'

(Newser) - President Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday reiterated their commitment to help Ukraine repel Russia's ongoing invasion, while agreeing to step up cooperation on clean energy and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. In wide-ranging talks at the White House, the leaders said they agreed on a...

UK's Deputy Prime Minister Quits After Bullying Probe

Dominic Raab complains that threshold for bullying was 'set low'

(Newser) - UK Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab grudgingly resigned Friday after an independent investigation found he bullied civil servants, though he criticized the findings as "flawed." Raab's announcement came the day after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak received the investigation report into eight formal complaints that Raab, who is...

China Isn't Thrilled With US' Nuclear Sub Deal
China Isn't
Thrilled With
US' Nuclear
Sub Deal

China Isn't Thrilled With US' Nuclear Sub Deal

US and UK teaming up to provide nuclear subs to Australia in move to counter China in Indo-Pacific

(Newser) - Three Western allies came together Monday to announce details on what Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is calling the "biggest single investment in Australia's defense capability in all of its history." It's the AUKUS pact, a deal in which the US and Britain will provide Australia...

Amid UK Energy Crisis, a Wild Story About PM's Pool

Rishi Sunak is paying for the electrical grid update required for his pool, sources say

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently had a new gym, tennis court, and heated 40-foot pool installed at his weekend manor home, and the pool requires so much energy that an update to the electrical grid was required. According to the Guardian's sources, Sunak is paying for the tens...

It's Another Brexit Story. This One's a Big Deal
It's Another
Brexit Story.
This One's
a Big Deal
the rundown

It's Another Brexit Story. This One's a Big Deal

UK's Rishi Sunak strikes deal to wrap up a 'toxic' detail involving Northern Ireland

(Newser) - Yes, it is in one sense a not-so-sexy trade deal. And yes, it involves Brexit and "the numbingly dense language of trade rules," per the New York Times . But a breakthrough on Monday engineered by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is nonetheless being hailed as a major accomplishment....

The UK Appears to Soften to Zelensky's Big Ask

The Ukrainian president wants fighter jets

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky's latest surprise visit took him to the UK on Wednesday, where he spoke before Parliament and met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. One of the top headlines emerging: the Ukrainian president's push for fighter jets. BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Beale sees a shift underway. He writes...

Strikes Hit Ukraine Cities as UK Promises Tanks

Nine people are killed in one city in missile attack

(Newser) - UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday promised to provide tanks and artillery systems to Ukraine, as renewed missile attacks by Moscow targeted multiple Ukrainian cities for the first time in nearly two weeks. Nine people were killed and 64 wounded in the southeastern city of Dnipro, where a Russian...

Sunak Won't Say Whether He Has a Private Doctor

Rishi Sunak receives criticism for his answer in a time when the NHS is in crisis

(Newser) - With the National Health Service in crisis, the UK's prime minister refuses to say whether his care is affected. Interviewed Sunday on the BBC , Rishi Sunak avoided providing a direct answer when asked whether he uses private health care, saying that's "not really relevant." Reminded that...

Court: Sturgeon Can't Call Scottish Independence Vote

Leader says she'll make the next general election a proxy

(Newser) - Scotland is not allowed to hold another referendum on independence unless the UK government agrees, the British Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak opposes the idea. Nevertheless, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon, who wanted a vote next October, said she respects the ruling—though she's not...

Biden Calls UK PM Rishi Sunak 'Rashee Sanook'


(Newser) - President Biden had his own " Adele Dazeem " moment Monday night at a Washington, DC, event to mark the beginning of Diwali, a Hindu religious festival. Referring to new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak , who is of Indian descent and the first Hindu to hold the PM role, Biden...

These 2 Photos Were Taken Only 7 Weeks Apart

A lot has happened in Britain in the interim

(Newser) - They're two photos taken exactly seven weeks apart, capturing the traditional and ceremonial rites of the monarch meeting the British prime minister-in-waiting to ask them to form a new government. They're also bookends, per the AP . Between the taking of the first and of the second, much elapsed,...

Truss Is Unapologetic as She Says Goodbye

BBC describes her as 'defiant' about her policies as she hands over reins to Rishi Sunak in Britain

(Newser) - She may have lasted in office for only six tumultuous weeks, but Liz Truss did not exactly offer a mea culpa as she formally stepped down as Britain's prime minister on Tuesday. The BBC describes her short farewell address as "unapologetic" and "defiant" as she stood by...

Rishi Sunak's Wealth Puts Him in League of His Own

'Rishi Rich,' as British tabloids call him, is nearly a billionaire

(Newser) - Rishi Sunak will be the first person of color to be Britain’s prime minister, but his wealth is stealing plenty of headlines, too. The former finance minister and hedge fund manager is worth about $828 million, per Newsweek, though it’s mostly thanks to his wife, Akshata Murthy, heir...

Victory for UK's Likely PM May Come on a Fitting Day
UK's Next Leader
Is a Historic One

UK's Next Leader Is a Historic One

Former finance minister Rishi Sunak will be first minister of color in the UK

(Newser) - (This file has been updated throughout with new details.) Britain's next prime minister will be 42-year-old Rishi Sunak. The former finance minister's path to victory improved dramatically on Sunday when Boris Johnson dropped out , then became a lock on Monday when his last challenger—fellow Conservative Penny...

UK Conservatives Hit Historic Low in Polls

Truss's successor could face 'extinction level event' in next election

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned on Thursday, her 45th day in office—and whoever her successor is, they will have a tough task rebuilding support for the country's Conservative Party. With Boris Johnson at the helm, the party swept to its biggest victory in decades in the December...

Britain Has Chosen Its New Prime Minister

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss chosen to lead Conservative Party over Rishi Sunak

(Newser) - Britain's Conservative Party has chosen Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as the party's new leader, putting her in line to be confirmed as prime minister. Truss' selection was announced Monday in London after a leadership election in which only the 180,000 dues-paying members of the Conservative Party were...

UK Candidates' Debate Halted After Host Faints

A loud crash was heard as Liz Truss spoke

(Newser) - A loud crash was heard—and then the debate was canceled. The second head-to-head debate between the two Conservative Party lawmakers seeking to become Britain's next prime minister came to an abrupt end Tuesday night when the host fainted off-camera, the Guardian reports. Video shows candidate Liz Truss's...

Johnson's Final Words to Parliament: 'Hasta la Vista, Baby'

Also on Wednesday, the final 2 candidates to replace Johnson as PM are chosen

(Newser) - After five rounds of voting, the race to replace Boris Johnson is down to the final two candidates: Rishi Sunak, whose resignation as finance minister helped trigger an avalanche of resignations that led to Johnson's downfall, and Liz Truss, the Johnson administration's foreign minister. Trade minister Penny Mordaunt...

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