World briefing

Is Labour party ‘on threshold’?

LONDON (AP) — British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party is ready to govern and to take over the task of negotiating the country’s exit from the European Union.

Corbyn’s office says he will say the Labour Party is “on the threshold of power” in a speech today to the party’s annual conference.

Labour stunned pundits and pollsters in June’s snap election by reducing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives to a minority administration. Its plans to boost public spending struck a chord with many austerity-weary voters.

But Labour remains divided over Europe. Some members want to keep Britain inside the bloc’s single market after Brexit, but Corbyn is cool to that idea.

In his speech he’ll tell May’s government to “pull yourself together or make way” for others to negotiate Brexit.


German nationalists lose leader

BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of the nationalist and anti-migrant Alternative for Germany say they’re not concerned that its newly-departed figurehead Frauke Petry might form a new party.

The party’s co-chairwoman since 2015 abruptly left Alternative for Germany, or AfD, after Sunday’s election in which it won 12.6 percent of the vote.