Pioneering British designer Terence Conran dies at 88

LONDON (AP) — Terence Conran, the British designer, retailer and restaurateur who built a furniture empire around the world, founded The Design Museum in London and modernized the everyday lives of British people, has died at 88. In the family statement released by The Design Museum, his family described Conran as a “visionary” who “revolutionized […]

8 Italians suspected in sexual assault of British girls

MILAN (AP) — Police in southern Italy have arrested four men and are investigating another four on suspicion of sexually assaulting two British girls at a villa where a party was being held, authorities said Friday. The vacationing 15-year-old girls, who spoke no Italian, met the male suspects at the party they attended with the […]

British Academy Film Awards change rules to boost diversity

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s film academy is shaking up its membership and its awards voting rules in a review prompted by the glaring lack of diversity in the nominations. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts promised to change after contenders for the 2020 awards were announced last January. No women were nominated as […]

Iranian TV: British Iranian dual national faces new charge

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British Iranian dual national held in Tehran in an internationally criticized espionage case faces a new charge, Iranian state television announced Tuesday, raising fears she could be forced to return to prison following her temporary release. The report, citing an unnamed official, did not elaborate beyond saying that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe […]

Popov, ranked 304th, wins Women’s British Open for 1st major

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov marked her ball a few inches from the hole on the 18th green, pulled the brim of her cap over her face and began to cry in the arms of her caddie. The realization had finally hit her. Against all the odds, she was about to become a major […]

Kang the form player heading into Women’s British Open

A self-confessed “control freak” on the golf course, Danielle Kang likes her ball to end up where she intended it to go. That likely explains her underwhelming career record at the Women’s British Open, given the bumps, hollows and undulations on the event’s old links courses. Maybe this year will be different for the form […]

Injured Holmqvist leads British Open, only player under par

TROON, Scotland (AP) — As if Royal Troon isn’t playing hard enough for the world’s top female golfers this week, Dani Holmqvist is going around the wind-swept Scottish links carrying a nagging back injury from a cart crash in 2018. It’s not stopping the Swede leading the Women’s British Open after two rounds. On another […]

Olson leads Women’s British Open, only 3 players under par

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Fences blew over behind Alena Sharp as she warmed up for her 6.30 a.m. start. Nelly Korda’s opening drive went 187 yards and the fierce wind meant she had a hard time just walking the first three holes. Buffeted by a gust on the 11th green, Lexi Thompson stepped back from […]

Jessica Korda withdraws late from Women’s British Open

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Jessica Korda, one of the top U.S. hopes at the Women’s British Open, withdrew from the first major of the year because of medical reasons before the first round started Thursday. Organizers said Korda’s issues were “unrelated to COVID-19.” Katja Pogacar of Slovenia replaced Korda in the field at Royal Troon […]

Mother of IS member loses bid to block UK evidence transfer

LONDON (AP) — The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group lost a court challenge Tuesday to the British government’s decision to share evidence about her son with American authorities. El Shafee Elsheikh and another British man who admitted joining IS, Alexanda […]

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