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Dolores O’Riordan, voice of The Cranberries, dies at 46

LONDON — Dolores O’Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46. The singer-songwriter’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed that O’Riordan died in London, where she was recording, “No further details are available at this time,” …

Ireland hopeful of ‘momentum’ on key Brexit border issue

LONDON — Ireland’s foreign minister said Sunday that he’s hopeful Britain’s proposals for managing Ireland’s border after the U.K. leaves the European Union will generate the momentum to push stalled Brexit negotiations to their next phase. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told Ireland’s RTE radio he hopes a crucial U.K.-EU meeting on Monday yields enough progress …

Trump tweets strain US Britain ‘special relationship’

LONDON—A few days after his inauguration, U.S. President Donald Trump stood beside British Prime Minister Theresa May in the White House and proclaimed the strength of the “most special relationship” between their two countries. Ten months later, that relationship looks decidedly strained. As May and Trump traded criticism Thursday over his retweets of a far-right …

UK’s May replaces defence chief as harassment scandal widens

LONDON — The resignation of Britain’s defence secretary amid a growing sexual harassment scandal is a sign the U.K.’s corridors of power are not always a comfortable place for women. As allegations of impropriety and abuse spread to more politicians and officials, many women are expressing hope this will be a tipping point in transforming …

Pro independence Catalans: ‘I’ve never felt Spanish’

GIRONA, Spain — To sense the conflicting currents of identity that have led Spain to the edge of a constitutional cliff, look no farther than Girona, some 60 miles (100 kilometres) northeast of Barcelona. Maps and world governments say it’s in Spain — but many residents consider it part of an independent republic of Catalonia. …

Ophelia to bring hurricane force wind, heavy rain to Ireland

LONDON — Irish authorities ordered all schools in the country to close Monday and warned cyclists and motorists to stay off roads as a storm with hurricane-force winds bore down on Ireland and the United Kingdom. Once a hurricane, Ophelia was classified as a post-tropical cyclone late Sunday but was moving north with sustained winds …

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

NEW YORK — Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British novelist who in “The Remains of the Day,” “Never Let Me Go” and other novels captured memory’s lasting pain and dangerous illusions in precise and elegant prose, won the Nobel Literature Prize. The selection of the 62-year-old Ishiguro marked a return to citing fiction writers following two …

UK lawmakers back key Brexit bill, but fight still looms

LONDON — British lawmakers voted a key Brexit bill past its first big hurdle in Parliament early Tuesday. But many legislators branded the bill a government power grab, and vowed to change it before it becomes law. After a debate that stretched past midnight, the House of Commons backed the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by …

Clooney depicts American dream as nightmare in ‘Suburbicon’

VENICE, Italy — Affable, handsome George Clooney was all charm at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, but don’t be fooled. The actor says his latest directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” is an angry movie for an angry country — his own. It’s a twisted tale of darkness at the heart of the American dream. “A lot …

Big Ben bell to go silent in London for repairs until 2021

LONDON — The British Parliament’s Big Ben bell is due to sound the hour for the last time on Monday before it is silenced for almost four years of repair work that will deprive London of one of its most iconic sounds. After 12 deep bongs at noon (1100 GMT; 7 a.m. EDT), the bell …