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He's 39 and Unemployed —and Blames Oxford

Court win for Faiz Siddiqui could 'open the floodgates'

(Newser) - Seventeen years later, Faiz Siddiqui is still peeved about a poor grade he got in university—so peeved, in fact, that he's suing his former school for $1.3 million. At the High Court in London on Tuesday, a lawyer described how Siddiqui's dream of becoming an international... More »

After Man's Suicide, Ex Accused of His Murder

Prosecutors say she threw sulfuric acid on him, leading him to want to die

(Newser) - In September 2015, Berlinah Wallace, upset that her five-year relationship with Mark van Dongen was ending, allegedly threw sulfuric acid over him as he lay in bed at her apartment in Bristol, England. Fifteen months later, van Dongen, 29—who lost a leg, ear, and eye (as well as most... More »

'Beast Finally Defeated:' London's Fatberg Is No More

A 140-ton fatberg is gone from the city's sewer

(Newser) - It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses , and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team," says Alex... More »

Great British Bake Off Judge 'Mortified' by Her Own Tweet

Prue Leith prematurely gave away winner of show, with no spoiler alert

(Newser) - A judge on The Great British Bake Off has been forced to apologize after revealing the winner hours before the final episode was scheduled to air. Prue Leith posted the name of the winner on her Twitter feed while traveling in Bhutan, which is six hours ahead of Britain, thinking... More »

UK Minister Embroiled in Sex Toy Scandal

Mark Garnier admits he asked ex-assistant to buy vibrators, but it was just 'good-humored high jinks'

(Newser) - The Harvey Weinstein case may even be making waves across the pond, with a Tory trade minister facing investigation for allegedly sexually harassing his ex-assistant. Among Caroline Edmondson's accusations, which Mark Garnier doesn't deny: asking her to buy sex toys for him and calling her "sugar tits,... More »

Magician David Blaine Accused of Rape in UK

Ex-model says he attacked her in 2004

(Newser) - Magician David Blaine is being accused of rape by a British woman who says the 2004 incident left her suffering from anxiety and low self-esteem. Former model Natasha Prince tells the Daily Beast that she was 21 years old when Blaine invited her to his London residence the day after... More »

Fisherman Nearly Dies After Freak Fish Accident

The sole left his body

(Newser) - A bizarre fishing incident in England left a sole survivor—a 28-year-old fisherman who almost died when a Dover sole he had caught jumped down his throat when he kissed it. With the 6-inch fish stuck in his throat, the man stopped breathing and had a cardiac arrest on the... More »

Wife Plunged 4K Feet After Hubby Allegedly Messed With Chute

It wasn't the first time he tried to kill her, prosecutors allege

(Newser) - On a cloudy day in 2015, British army sergeant Emile Cilliers offered to take his wife skydiving as a treat. It turned out to be anything but. Victoria Cilliers, who'd previously taken part in 2,600 skydives, was helpless when both her main and reserve parachutes failed, sending her... More »

Plumber Called for Toilet Problem Makes Terrible Find

UK woman jailed for concealing death of her newborn son years earlier

(Newser) - Plumbers called to a UK home that had been having toilet trouble found a terrible reason for the issues: the body of a newborn boy. Sinead Connett, now 29, was recently sentenced to 12 months in prison following the plumber's discovery last year. She told cops she was "... More »

British PM's Speech: Almost Inspirationally Disastrous

She had to deal with prankster, coughing, technical difficulties

(Newser) - Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May promised to restore the "British Dream" Wednesday, in a nightmare speech that saw her plagued by a cough and interrupted by a prankster, while parts of the backdrop fell down as she was speaking. In a mishap-prone Conservative Party conference address, May vowed... More »

US Jet Tariff May Lead to a 'Trade War'

Canada, UK peeved by proposed 219% tariff on Bombardier jets

(Newser) - After a complaint from US aviation giant Boeing, the Department of Commerce has proposed slapping a 219% tariff on the import of C-Series jets from Canadian-owned Bombardier. The move—which still needs approval from the US International Trade Commission—would be in keeping with President Trump's goal of promoting... More »

He 'Lost' a Toy When He Was 7. 40 Years Later, It's Found

Playmobil cone sat in man's lung for decades, until docs extracted it

(Newser) - For more than a year, he had a nagging cough. Finally, the 47-year-old from the UK went to a clinic—and got the surprise of his life. The BBC reports that X-rays showed a spot on the man's lung, but it wasn't a tumor. It was a "... More »

Wife of Long-Missing British Aristocrat Found Dead

Lord Lucan vanished after 1974 murder of nanny

(Newser) - The estranged wife of a famously missing British aristocrat has died, more than 40 years after he allegedly tried to murder her. Police say they found the body of Lady Lucan in her London home after she was reported missing, the BBC reports. The death is not believed to be... More »

London: Uber Unfit to Operate Here, So It Can't

Company's license expires Sept. 30

(Newser) - London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a... More »

Arrest Made in Hunt for London Attack Suspects

Threat level still at critical after 'significant arrest'

(Newser) - British police have made a "significant" arrest in the urgent manhunt for suspects a day after the London subway blast that injured more than two dozen people, authorities say. Police say that an 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent police Saturday in the port of Dover on the English... More »

Trump's Call After London Attack: Get 'Proactive & Nasty!'

Attacks shows need for tough travel ban, he says

(Newser) - Rarely reticent after overseas incidents, President Trump spoke up early Friday after news streamed across the pond of a rush-hour explosion in the London Underground that injured at least 18 people. He railed on Twitter against the "loser terrorists," calling those responsible "sick and demented people who... More »

18 Hurt in Terror Attack on London Underground

Blast caused panic during rush hour

(Newser) - An explosion and fire on a London Underground train caused panic and injuries during rush hour Friday morning. Police, ambulances, and firefighters were called to the Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city after the blast, which authorities are now calling a terrorist attack, the Guardian reports. Photos... More »

London Officials Battling 'Total Monster' in Sewer

A 143-ton 'fatberg' isn't proving easy to deconstruct

(Newser) - British engineers say they've launched a "sewer war" against a giant blob clogging London's sewers, reports the AP . Thames Water officials said Tuesday it will likely take three weeks to dissolve the outsize "fatberg." They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 275... More »

'ET' Dust Extracted From White Cliffs of Dover

Cosmic particles could offer clues to past major events like asteroid collisions

(Newser) - The White Cliffs of Dover serve as both a stunning photographic subject and as an iconic British symbol of defense during war. Now they're also a geological museum of sorts: Scientists from Imperial College London have discovered 76 particles of fossilized cosmic dust in the chalky limestone, which could... More »

Organs From 13-Year-Old Girl Save 8 Lives

Jemima Layzell, who died of a brain aneurysm, breaks a UK record

(Newser) - Eight people, including five children, have a 13-year-old organ donor to thank for their lives—and that donor has entered the UK record books. The Guardian reports on Jemima Layzell, who collapsed from a brain aneurysm while helping prep for her mom's birthday party in March 2012. Jemima died... More »

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