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If UK Has Its Way, No One Will Be Lonely Again

PM Theresa May announces a minister of loneliness to address this public health issue

(Newser) - There's a rampant health issue in Britain that may be worse for one's health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and PM Theresa May has just appointed a person to address it. "For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," May... More »

Why Stopping a 150mph Sneeze Isn't Smart

UK patient ruptures throat, researchers warn about other possible damage that could result

(Newser) - It's said to be "exceedingly rare," but a study in the BMJ Case Reports journal documents the case of a 34-year-old UK man who showed up at a Leicester hospital complaining he was having a hard time swallowing, and that he felt a "popping sensation" in... More »

No Jail for Doc Who Burned His Initials Into Patients' Livers

UK's Simon Bramhall, who's still practicing, gets 120 hours community service, nearly $14K fine

(Newser) - A UK surgeon busted for laser-inscribing his initials into the livers of two transplant patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2013 won't go to jail for his "arrogant" act. Sky News reports 53-year-old Simon Bramhall managed to avoid time behind bars for "[betraying] the trust" of his... More »

Trump Calls Off London Visit, Blames Obama

He says embassy sale was a 'bad deal'

(Newser) - President Trump says he has scrapped plans to visit London—and it's former President Obama's fault. In a tweet late Thursday, Trump said he will not be unveiling the new American embassy in the city because his predecessor made a "bad deal," reports Reuters . "Reason... More »

Assange Granted Citizenship, but He's Still in a Snag

Ecuador comes to his aid yet again

(Newser) - Following a "total victory" last spring , Julian Assange has faced a setback in his attempt to extricate himself from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London that's been his home for five and a half years. The British government announced Thursday it had rejected Ecuador's request to grant Assange... More »

1.4K Cars Destroyed in New Year's Eve Blaze

6 dogs were rescued from blaze next to UK horse show

(Newser) - A massive fire New Year's Eve in a multi-story parking garage in Liverpool, England, destroyed around 1,400 cars, with one exploding every few seconds at the height of the blaze, authorities say—but no humans or animals were seriously injured. Horses had been stabled in the garage before... More »

Ex-Beatle's New Title: 'Sir Ringo'

Ringo Starr, Bee Gee Barry Gibb to be knighted by the queen

(Newser) - A Beatle and a Bee Gee are among the celebrated citizens who've been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the name of Britain's monarch. Britain's Cabinet Office publishes a list of people receiving honors for merit, service, or bravery twice a year: just before New... More »

Amazon Pulls Product That May Promote 'Unnecessary Surgery'

British secular group complained about circumcision kits

(Newser) - British people hoping to order circumcision training kits from Amazon as bizarre last-minute Christmas gifts are out of luck. The retailer removed the kits from its British website after a complaint from the country's National Secular Society that it could "encourage unqualified practitioners to carry out unnecessary surgery... More »

Yes, Your Wine Glass Keeps Getting Bigger

Modern wine glasses are 7 times bigger than those of 1700s

(Newser) - If you drink wine, there's a good chance you measure intake by the glass. Here's why that's problematic: Modern wine glasses are seven times larger than those of centuries ago—and notably bigger than glasses that are just two decades old, according to a new study. Researchers... More »

Harry and Meghan Set an Odd Wedding Date

It's May 19, 2018, a Saturday—but royal weddings are usually held on weekdays

(Newser) - Prepare for an onslaught of media buzz each time a bit of minutiae about the upcoming Meghan Markle-Prince Harry wedding emerges. Friday's relevant detail: their actual wedding date. It had previously been noted the ceremony would take place sometime next spring, but now an actual date has been announced,... More »

Most Expensive US Embassy Has No Perimeter Fence

$1B London building was designed to be welcoming

(Newser) - The most surprising aspect of the pricey new US Embassy in London is what isn't there: a perimeter fence. There is no imposing security barrier to protect the highly visible embassy in a city that has this year been targeted repeatedly by extremists. Instead there are some public gardens... More »

British Surgeon Branded Initials on Transplant Livers

Simon Bramhall has pleaded guilty to assault

(Newser) - When you're an artist, it's considered customary to sign your work. When you're a surgeon, it's considered bizarre and illegal. Renowned British surgeon Simon Bramhall, who branded his initials on the livers of at least two transplant patients in 2013, pleaded guilty to assault Wednesday, the... More »

Baby Born With Heart Outside Chest Is 'Beyond a Miracle'

After 3 surgeries, Vanellope Hope Wilkins, said to be first UK baby to survive condition, is 'doing well'

(Newser) - Nine weeks into her pregnancy, Naomi Findlay was told "termination" was the only option. The fetus in her womb was growing a heart—but in a rare case of ectopia cordis, it was outside of the body, as was a portion of the stomach, giving the fetus less than... More »

Britain's Been Wrong for Years About Its Highest Mountain

New measurements show it's Mount Hope in the Antarctic, not Mount Jackson

(Newser) - Adjust your trivia answers: The United Kingdom has a new highest mountain. A high-tech measurement has concluded that Mount Hope, located in Britain's Antarctic Territory, is now No. 1, reports the BBC . With the help of satellite data, cartographers with the British Antarctic Survey concluded that Mount Hope is... More »

'Breakthrough' Made in Brexit Talks

Negotiations ready to move to next phase

(Newser) - Britain and the European Union made a significant step forward Friday in Brexit talks, officials said, after a flurry of overnight diplomacy by phone bridged differences over the Irish border . "I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said... More »

'Prankster' Cements Head in Microwave

Firefighters were 'seriously unimpressed'

(Newser) - There's stupid, there's extremely stupid, and then there's "cementing your head inside a microwave" stupid. Firefighters in Wolverhampton, England, say they were "seriously unimpressed" after five of them had to spend an hour dealing with a case of the latter Thursday, the BBC reports. The... More »

Woman Whose Affairs Rocked Britain Is Dead at 75

Christine Keeler was forever associated with the Profumo affair

(Newser) - "She was the last survivor of a story that gripped Great Britain and the world more than 50 years ago." So says the attorney for Christine Keeler to the Guardian upon news of the 75-year-old's Monday night death. She had been living under the last name Sloane... More »

First There'd Be a Bomb. Next They'd Go After the PM

Theresa May assassination plot foiled in the UK

(Newser) - British authorities say they've foiled a plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May that would have started with a bomb at the gates to Downing Street, the New York Daily News reports. The two suspects would have attempted to kill May in the chaos surrounding the explosion at... More »

Trump Tweeted Himself Out of Planned UK Visit: Report

'I would not expect a Trump visit in January'

(Newser) - President Trump's "working visit" to Britain that was scheduled to take place in January has been scrapped following his tweeting of far-right, anti-Muslim videos and public spat with Prime Minister Theresa May. The Telegraph reports the decision to cancel the trip was made on the American side, quoting... More »

Brits Won't Need Viagra Prescription This Spring

Erectile dysfunction medication will be sold over the counter in UK

(Newser) - For the first time ever, Viagra will be available over the counter and without a prescription. Reuters reports Pfizer plans to start selling an over-the-counter version of the erectile dysfunction medication this spring in the UK. The new Viagra Connect will have the same major ingredient as regular Viagra, according... More »

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