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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 »

Teen Kills Herself After Uploading 'Racist' Image

Phoebe Connop's Instagram photo spread further than she meant it to

(Newser) - A photo that started out as an Instagram joke meant to be shared among a few friends led a British teen to kill herself after more people saw it than she intended, the Telegraph reports. The problem with the pic taken by Phoebe Connop: She was afraid it would be... More »

Hiker Dies Because Husband Used App Instead of Map

Jane Wilson fell to her death in March

(Newser) - A hiker's fatal fall in March has been blamed on using a smartphone app map instead of an actual map. The BBC reports Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were hiking on Tryfan in Wales when it started to get dark and they decided to skip the summit. While... More »

'Flying Bum' Crashes —Ever So Slowly

Airlander 10, world's longest aircraft, went down after tangle with telephone pole

(Newser) - The world's longest aircraft is likely going to have a similarly lengthy repair bill after a bit of a bumpy landing on Wednesday during its second test flight in the UK, the BBC reports. The $33.1 million, 302-foot-long Airlander 10—officially named the Martha Gywn, but called "... More »

1st Same-Sex Olympic Couple Wins Gold

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh are members of Great Britain's field hockey team

(Newser) - Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were already the first same-sex married couple to compete in the Olympics, Advocate reports. On Friday, they added a gold medal to that historic first. "To win a gold medal is a dream come true—to win it standing next to my wife is really... More »

Best Man's Bachelor Party Turns Out to Be 'Nastiest' Scam

With friends like these ...

(Newser) - Before Dino Carter even proposed to his girlfriend, he asked Martyn Galvin to be the best man at his wedding. Galvin repaid his pal of 18 years by setting up the bachelor party, collecting money from the groom and his friends for a big bash in Prague and a horse-racing... More »

Radar Found a 'Superhenge' of Stones. Then the Digging Began

Actual excavation revealed holes once filled with timber

(Newser) - Remember the huge stone monument archaeologists found buried two miles from Stonehenge in the UK last year? Well it turns out that the so-called "Superhenge" that radar suggested was made of 100 or so large stones was actually stoneless. "The response from the radar was so good that... More »

UK Schoolgirl Who Joined ISIS Killed in Airstrike: Report

Kadiza Sultana reportedly killed in Raqqa in May

(Newser) - One of three British schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join ISIS in February 2015 has been reportedly killed in an airstrike—in the midst of her efforts to flee the country. ITV News reports the unverified news that Kadiza Sultana, 17, died when the home she occupied in Raqqa... More »

Study Names Man Behind One of Great Scientific Hoaxes

Charles Dawson was apparently the sole perpetrator behind Piltdown Man

(Newser) - In 1912, an ambitious lawyer named Charles Dawson discovered a fossilized skeleton with the skull of a man but the jaws of an ape in a British gravel pit, the Telegraph reports. For the next three decades, Eoanthropus dawsoni—better known as Piltdown Man, named for the location it was... More »

Teen Charged in London Murder of US Woman

No terror links uncovered after stabbing rampage

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Somali-Norwegian man accused of carrying out a stabbing rampage in London's Russell Square was remanded into custody Saturday after a court appearance in the British capital. Zakaria Bulhan, a London resident, is accused of slaying 64-year-old American Darlene Horton, a retired teacher. Bulhan also faces five counts... More »

Woman 'Caged' by Dad Scores Legal Win in Britain

But it might not mean much, because Amina Al-Jeffery is now in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - A British judge says a woman who claims to have been effectively imprisoned by her father in Saudi Arabia must be allowed to return to the UK—though he said there's "little or nothing" the High Court can do to ensure that happens. A judge on Wednesday ruled... More »

Britain Cuts Rates to Lowest Since 1694

That's when the Bank of England was established

(Newser) - In an attempt to shore up a post- Brexit economy, the Bank of England did something Thursday it hasn't done since 2009: cut interest rates. The rates went from 0.5% to 0.25%, the lowest they've been since the bank's beginnings in 1694, the Atlantic reports.... More »

US Woman Killed in London Mass Stabbing

5 others were injured; suspect arrested

(Newser) - A mass stabbing in a busy part of London late Wednesday has left an American woman dead and five other people injured. The attack occurred in Russell Square near the British Museum, and authorities have arrested a 19-year-old suspect identified only as a Norwegian national of Somali origin, reports the... More »

Hippie Parents Want Your Money to Fund Hippie Parenting

No vaccines, no bedtimes, no shoes, no school

(Newser) - The Allens have become famously unconventional parents, and they want your money to keep it that way. Adele and Matt Allen live in England with their children, 5-year-old Ulysses and 1-year-old Ostara, and practice "off-grid parenting." That means no vaccinations or modern medicine, no formal schooling, no separate... More »

Pippa Middleton Engaged

To hedge fund manager James Matthews

(Newser) - The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and hedge fund manager James Matthews announced their engagement Tuesday, setting the stage for a celebrated society wedding in the coming year, the AP reports. The couple confirmed rumors in a statement to Britain's Press Association, saying they planned to... More »

Britain's New Top Diplomat Has Offended a Lot of People

Critics stunned by Boris Johnson's new job

(Newser) - Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, the people of Papua New Guinea, and many others around the world have something in common: They've all been insulted at one point or another by Boris Johnson, Britain's new top diplomat. The colorful former mayor of London and prominent Brexit supporter... More »

Rival's Interview Helps Settle Britain's Election

Theresa May will become prime minister this week

(Newser) - Last week, we learned that Britain's next prime minister would be a woman , and on Monday we learned which woman that will be: Theresa May. The nation's home secretary secured the position when her only opponent, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the race to lead the ruling Conservative... More »

Chef Brags About Putting Meat in Vegans' Food

He was fired for 'stupid' online remarks

(Newser) - Today's top tip for chefs: Don't boast about sneaking ingredients people don't want to eat into their food. The Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby, England, canned head chef Adam Lambert after he did just that, telling a woman he was arguing with online that she "should... More »

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