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Northern Ireland Shuts Schools; Liverpool Slams Revelers

LONDON — Northern Ireland on Wednesday introduced the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom, closing schools, pubs and restaurants to slow the spread of the virus. The move came as England's new three-tiered system of restrictions took effect, with the northwestern city of Liverpool facing the most severe measures....

Brexit Talks Inch Toward Tentative Deal Ahead of Summit

BRUSSELS — The European Union and Britain were inching closer to a tentative Brexit divorce deal that leaders would seek to close at a summit meeting Thursday. Hopes were increasingly turning toward getting a broad political commitment, with the full legal details hammered out later. Negotiators were locked in EU...

UK, Irish Leaders See 'Pathway' to Brexit Deal as Hopes Wane

LONDON — The leaders of Britain and Ireland said they spotted a "pathway" to an elusive Brexit deal Thursday, as hopes for a breakthrough dimmed just three weeks before the U.K.'s deadline to leave the European Union. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish leader Leo Varadkar provided a status...