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Escape After 30 Years as an 'Unperson'

'New Yorker' tells horrifying story of 'Rosie,' who grew up in dad's South London cult

(Newser) - In 2013, a 30-year-old woman named Rosie escaped from a life of captivity—and her story, as told by Simon Parkin in the New Yorker , is a terrifying one of human imprisonment, beatings, and mind games. She grew up shuttled from one rundown South London home to another, always with... More »

Country Sues Supermarket With Same Name

It's Iceland versus Iceland

(Newser) - It's Iceland vs. Iceland. The island nation of Iceland says is taking legal action against British frozen-food chain Iceland over the right to use their shared name. Iceland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has challenged Iceland Foods at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. It says it... More »

Neo-Nazi Hears Fate for 'Brutal' Killing of UK Lawmaker

White supremacist Thomas Mair murdered Jo Cox

(Newser) - A white supremacist who shot and stabbed a pro-European UK lawmaker while shouting "Britain first" was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a crime prosecutors called an act of far-right terrorism. Jurors at London's Central Criminal Court deliberated for less than two hours before unanimously finding 53-year-old... More »

Dying Teen Wins Right to Have Body Frozen

'I don't want to be buried underground,' she told judge before death

(Newser) - "I'm only 14 years old and I don't want to die, but I know I am going to," a girl dying of cancer wrote to a judge in Britain, asking to be allowed to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope of being "cured... More »

Women Swear More Than Men —and That's F---ing Great

It's a sign of equality, say researchers

(Newser) - Men will now have the perfect response the next time someone tells them to watch their language around ladies. A new study finds women—British women, at least—are more likely to utter the F-bomb than men. Surprised? Researchers aren't. As part of a larger study of the English... More »

This Medieval Well May Be Both Blessed and Cursed

Archaeologists think they've found St. Anne's Well near Liverpool

(Newser) - In medieval times, pilgrims flocked to England in quest of St. Anne's Well, which was said to cure ailments and wash away sins. Archaeologists now say they've rediscovered that large sandstone well on a private farm near Liverpool using only a 1983 photo and a description, reports the... More »

Italian Prince Dies in Horrific Cycling Accident

He was pinned beneath a truck in London

(Newser) - An Italian prince has died in a tragic accident on the streets of London. Filippo Corsini, 21 and "the heir to one of Florence's oldest and most illustrious families," per the Guardian , was cycling in the city around 12:30pm Monday when he was hit by a... More »

Waiter Learns the Hard Way to Be Careful Around Ancient Art

Venus statue at London's British Museum had thumb knocked right off by catering server

(Newser) - A waiter who was all thumbs cost a priceless Roman sculpture one of its own. The BBC reports on the incident at London's British Museum, which the Art Newspaper says took place in December, in which the unfortunate unnamed server from an outside catering vendor was setting up for... More »

'Psycho' Gorilla Escapes Zoo Pen, Heads for Hooch

Kumbuka guzzled a gallon of nonalcoholic sugary syrup, but still

(Newser) - David Field, director of the ZSL London Zoo, is trying to dismiss an animal escape earlier this month as "less dramatic than some would have you believe," as he writes in a blog post . But as the Guardian reports, the security breach ended up with an evacuation, armed... More »

One Klutz, 4 Big-Screen TVs, and a Retail Disaster

UK's HBH Woolacotts simply labels this video 'Customer Fail!'

(Newser) - A guy browsing in a British electronics store has now been gawked at by millions of people for what the retailer is calling the ultimate "customer fail," per CBS News . HBH Woolacotts uploaded a video to YouTube (currently boasting more than 3.3 million views) on Thursday that... More »

Nobel Economics Winner: CEO Bonuses Are 'Too Complicated'

Oliver Hart of the UK and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland are pioneers in contract theory

(Newser) - British-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to contract theory, shedding light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their theories "are valuable to the understanding of real-life... More »

Creepy Clowns Spread to the UK

Police say there have been multiple sightings

(Newser) - British police have warned about people in clown outfits acting suspiciously and sometimes wielding knives as they follow people. The warning Saturday follows a string of incidents in recent days in an apparent effort to copy clown-related threats in the United States, the AP reports. Police in Gloucestershire said there... More »

Party 'Altercation' Puts UK Pol in Hospital

But Steven Woolfe is apparently improving after apparent face punch in UKIP fracas

(Newser) - A UK politician said by the Telegraph to be the favorite in the race for leadership of Nigel Farage's UKIP party is in the hospital after sources tell Sky News he was punched in the face during a skirmish with UKIP members Thursday. "I deeply regret that following... More »

Prosecutor: Book Dealer Murdered Over Children's Classic

Michael Danaher allegedly killed him and stole Wind in the Willows

(Newser) - A British murder over a rare copy of The Wind in the Willows sounds like something out of Agatha Christie: Prosecutors say Michael Danaher plotted for months to kill book dealer Adrian Greenwood and steal his $64,000 first edition of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 children's classic, the Los ... More »

Woman Dies After Gardening Scratch Leads to Sepsis

Blood test finally revealed problem, but it came too late

(Newser) - Lucinda Smith, a 43-year-old attorney and mother of two in the United Kingdom, was gardening in March of last year when she suffered a minor scrape on her hand. After feeling pain in her shoulder she visited her general practitioner, who diagnosed a pinched nerve and sent her home with... More »

Trio 'Opened Door' to Secret World, Win Nobel in Physics

Congrats to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz for topology work

(Newser) - British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for work that "revealed the secrets of exotic matter," the prize committee said, per the AP . The three "opened the door" to an unknown world where matter... More »

Police Arrest Elderly Suspect in 51-Year-Old Murder

78-year-old man suspected in murder of Elsie Frost in the UK

(Newser) - When 14-year-old Elsie Frost was found dying of multiple stab wounds in a tunnel under a West Yorkshire train overpass in October of 1965, the news of her vicious murder "caused widespread shock and revulsion" across England, reports the Telegraph . But in spite of police questioning 12,000 men,... More »

Harry Potter's 4 Privet Drive Could Be Yours

Expect visitors (no, not Dumbledore)

(Newser) - A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter's childhood home is on the market—complete with a cupboard under the stairs. Fans of the boy wizard will recognize 12 Picket Post Close as 4 Privet Drive, home of Harry's dastardly aunt and uncle, who took Harry in... More »

Ex-British PM Pulls Surprise, Quits Politics

David Cameron says he doesn't want to be a distraction to new PM's government

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister David Cameron is standing down from his position in Parliament because he doesn't want to be a distraction to the new government headed by Theresa May. Cameron's unexpected announcement Monday will trigger a by-election for his seat in Oxfordshire, the AP reports. Cameron had earlier... More »

London Burns Mini-London to Commemorate Great Fire

394-foot model was torched in the Thames

(Newser) - In a quintessentially British celebration, London commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London by burning the whole city down all over again—this time in miniature. Spectators packed the banks of the River Thames to watch as a 394-foot wooden replica of 17th-century London was set alight... More »

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