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Iran Claims to Have Arrested and Executed U.S. Spies

LONDON — Iran said on Monday that it had arrested 17 Iranian citizens on charges of spying for the United States and had already executed some of them, Iranian and Western news media reported. At a news conference in Tehran, an official who identified himself as a director of counterespionage in the Intelligence Ministry described […]

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The Making of Boris Johnson

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher After trying and failing to withdraw Britain from the European Union, Theresa May will resign this week as the country’s prime minister. Here’s how the man expected to succeed her, Boris Johnson, made Brexit — and […]

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The Pound Is a Brexit Barometer. It’s Not Looking Great Right Now.

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Sure, Boris Johnson Is Funny. But Has He Ever Done a Job Well?

LONDON — At the point where the River Thames empties into the North Sea, Boris Johnson wanted to build an airport on an artificial island. It was 2009, and Mr. Johnson was newly in office as London mayor. To study the airport idea, he tried to enlist a leading scientist, Prof. David King, except Professor […]

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U.K. Voters’ Frustration High as 99% Are Sidelined in Prime Minister Election

LONDON — In the 2016 Brexit referendum and the 2017 general election, Henry Pritchard was not eligible to vote. He was too young. Now, having surpassed the legal voting age, 18, and eager for the government to change its course on leaving the European Union, he is desperate for an opportunity to have his say. […]

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On Eve of Her Exit, May Denounces Political Rancor. Some Blame Her for It.

LONDON — With just a week left in power, Prime Minister Theresa May used a valedictory speech on Wednesday to denounce the rancor, divisiveness and “absolutism” of politics both internationally and in Britain, where Brexit continues to tear apart her Conservative Party as it has since she took the job three years ago. In a […]

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As Jeremy Hunt Takes On Boris Johnson to Lead U.K., ‘The Gloves Are Off’

BOURNEMOUTH, England — His shirt sleeves rolled up, Britain’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, bounded into the hall, ignored the lectern and headed straight to the front of the stage to make his pitch that he should lead the country out of its paralyzing Brexit maze. But right from the start, Mr. Hunt was playing catch-up. […]

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Trump Says He Will No Longer Deal With British Ambassador Whose Critical Cables Were Leaked

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out on Monday at Britain’s ambassador to the United States, saying the White House would no longer deal with him after the publication of confidential cables in which the ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, disparaged Mr. Trump’s administration as “clumsy and inept.” Mr. Trump’s criticism, delivered in a pair of midday […]

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The 0.3% of U.K. Voters Who Will Pick the Next Prime Minister

KETTERING, England — Having emptied their bowls of raspberries and cream, the Conservative Party members who had gathered in the garden of this Elizabethan manor house turned to face the dance floor. The smell of sheep grazing nearby drifted into the tent. A pile of raffle winnings — pruning shears, sparkling rosé — waited beside […]

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Ivanka Trump Tests Her Diplomatic Chops and Riles a Legion of Critics

Set against a tense, eerie silence in the landmine-riddled mountains separating South and North Korea, the Demilitarized Zone may be the highest-stakes negotiation site on earth. It’s not the sort of place for mistakes. It is the latest spot where Ivanka Trump has tried her hand at statecraft. On Sunday, Ms. Trump, the president’s elder […]

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Donald Trump Too Tame for You? Meet Britain’s Boris Johnson

The front-runner to become Britain’s next prime minister is a portly white man with unkempt blond hair, an adoring base of supporters, disdain for Europe, a dodgy private life and a loose relationship with truth and principle. There are also differences between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, but the similarities have been much noted in […]

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U.K. Tribute to ‘Windrush’ Generation Draws Criticism

LONDON — Britain on Saturday honored members of the so-called Windrush generation, people from the Caribbean who were encouraged to migrate here to help the country rebuild after World War II, but struggled to prove their citizenship in a recent immigration crackdown. On Saturday, which was declared the first National Windrush Day, Prime Minister Theresa […]

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U.K. Will Cut Net Greenhouse Emissions to Zero, Theresa May Vows

LONDON — Britain would bring its net production of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 under legislation that Prime Minister Theresa May proposed on Wednesday, a move that would make it the first of the world’s major economic powers to commit to ending its contribution to global warming. The plan does not say how the […]

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Michael Gove, a Contender to Succeed Theresa May, Admits to Past Drug Use

LONDON — Michael Gove, a senior official in Britain and one of the top contenders to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister, has admitted to taking illegal drugs in his youth, calling it “a mistake.” The revelation is contained in a biography, “Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry,” by Owen Bennett, […]

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Trump’s U.K. Visit Ends With D-Day Ceremony: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, with European leaders during the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth, England, on Wednesday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times President Trump attended a D-Day commemoration ceremony in Portsmouth, England. World leaders and World War II veterans observed the eve of the 75th anniversary of […]

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For France, a D-Day Ceremony Laced With Paradox

PARIS — President Trump will spend a few hours this week in Normandy, where, 75 years ago on June 6, in Ronald Reagan’s memorable words, “The Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.” Unlike Mr. Reagan, though, Mr. Trump will be hard-pressed to convince skeptical European allies that […]

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Trump, in Interview, Says He Prefers Talk to Military Action on Iran

LONDON — President Trump said in a British TV interview broadcast on Wednesday that there was “a chance” of military action against Iran, after months of threats and an apparent de-escalation of tensions between Tehran and Washington. Mr. Trump made the remarks on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” to Piers Morgan, the show’s co-host who was […]

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President Trump, Unloved in Britain, Still Tries to Play Kingmaker

LONDON — It looked for all the world like a boardroom scene from “The Apprentice,” with President Trump appraising the candidates to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, even as she stood by his side at a news conference on Tuesday. Boris Johnson? “I’ve liked him for a long time.” Jeremy Hunt? “I know Jeremy, I […]

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Trump Says There’s a ‘Chance’ of Military Action Against Iran

LONDON — In a wide-ranging interview broadcast on Wednesday, the third and last day of his state visit to Britain, President Trump said there was “a chance” of military action against Iran, cast his ban on transgender people serving in the military as an economic decision and admitted using the word “nasty” in connection with […]

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Fact-Checking Trump’s London Visit: Trade, Protests, Brexit

What TRUMP Said “We are your largest partner. You’re our largest partner.”— Business round table in London False. When it comes to international trade, the United States’ top partners so far this year are Mexico, Canada and China, with total trade amounting to $150.6 billion, $146.6 billion and $132 billion. Britain ranked seventh at $33.1 […]

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