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Dog Kills Owner in Front of BBC Crew

Cameras were not rolling at the time

(Newser) - A British man was fatally attacked by his own dog while a BBC documentary crew looked on. The incident occurred on March 20 as the crew was interviewing 41-year-old Mario Perivoitos at his London flat, reports the BBC . However, cameras were not rolling as the man's staffordshire bull terrier... More »

This Man Lived 700 Years Ago

His name is Context 958, and studying him sheds light on UK's poor in medieval times

(Newser) - Gizmodo calls his face "haunting," but to UK researchers, seeing the mug of the man known as Context 958 is nothing short of astounding. His visage was revealed at the two-week-long Cambridge Science Festival this month, as were details about who he was: in short, a 13th-century... More »

Embassy: London Attacker Worked in Saudi Arabia

It's not clear when Masood became radicalized

(Newser) - The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the country's UK embassy says. The embassy says Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009.... More »

Utah Man Killed in London Terror Attack

Kurt Cochran, 54, was killed; wife Melissa seriously injured

(Newser) - Not much was initially revealed about the two civilians killed in Wednesday's terror attack in London, which also ended in the death of a British cop and the attacker being gunned down by police, but now there are a few details on at least one of the deceased: a... More »

Britain Identifies 52-Year-Old London Attacker

Theresa May says Khalid Masood was known but 'peripheral' figure to police, intel

(Newser) - Details are still trickling out about Wednesday's terror attack in London , and the BBC and the New York Times report that the attacker was identified Thursday by Metropolitan Police as 52-year Khalid Masood, who had been convicted for a series of non-terrorism-related crimes over a span of at least... More »

7 Arrested After London Attack

PM denounces 'sick and depraved' attack

(Newser) - Police in Britain say they believe the man behind London's deadliest terror attack since 2005 "acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism"—though they've also arrested seven people around the country in connection with the attack. London police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said Thursday that... More »

March 29 Just Became an Important Date in UK History

Brexit to be officially triggered next week, kicking off 2-year EU withdrawal process

(Newser) - Britain's government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation in a generation, the AP reports. Britain's ambassador to the 28-nation EU, Tim Barrow, informed European Council President Donald... More »

Teen Murdered After Being Fined for Wasting Police Time

Ex she accused of stalking now on trial for murder

(Newser) - A British teenager accused of wasting police time with a complaint about her ex-boyfriend was murdered by the same man less than six months later, prosecutors say. Shana Grice, 19, was found dead with her throat cut in her Brighton home in August last year, the Independent reports. In March,... More »

Clothing Retailer Uses Toddler With Down Syndrome as Model

'No limits for our little girl'

(Newser) - A British clothing retailer is featuring a toddler girl with Down Syndrome as a model in its stores across the UK, the AP reports. Britain's ITV reports that Lily Beddall's picture is hanging on the walls of 217 Matalan locations across the the UK. Her mother, Vicki Beddall,... More »

In Unusual Move, British Spies Respond to Sean Spicer

GCHQ issues statement on White House allegation

(Newser) - James Bond was not working with Barack Obama to spy on Donald Trump, or so say British spy chiefs after the White House cited a report that claimed Obama had asked UK intelligence agency GCHQ to carry out surveillance at Trump Tower. The allegations cited by press secretary Sean Spicer... More »

Cops: Tourist Held, Raped Over 2 Months in Australia

Cairns man in custody after traffic stop on Sunday

(Newser) - "Horrific," "catastrophic," and "terrifying" are just a few words police in Queensland, Australia, are using to describe a two-month ordeal during which they say a British woman was held captive, beaten, and raped by a former lover. Authorities say the 22-year-old woman from Liverpool had... More »

Groom Admits Raping Woman Hours Before Wedding

Derry McCann previously served time for rape

(Newser) - A UK woman was almost in sight of her front door in east London when Derry McCann pulled her into bushes at Victoria Park, raped her for two hours—and then left to go get married later that day. McCann, 28, acknowledged what prosecutors called a "sustained and systematic"... More »

Soccer Fans' Mistake Just Cost Their Own Team $50K

They thought Crystal Palace bus was rival Middlesbrough's bus, vandalized it

(Newser) - Fans of a British soccer club in the Premier League may need to take their zeal down a notch after an incident over the weekend that reportedly ended up costing their own team nearly $50,000, reports the Telegraph . Crystal Palace devotees determined to make a literal mark on rival... More »

Cops Raid Nuclear Bunker, Find a Giant Pot Farm

20-room complex was built decades ago in England

(Newser) - The 20-room nuclear bunker was originally intended to protect government officials in case of bombs. Instead, six men were allegedly using it to fill bongs, reports the BBC . During a Wednesday raid on the 1980s bunker known as RGHQ Chilmark in Wiltshire, England, police uncovered a massive marijuana operation with... More »

Author's Joke at Her Home May Have Given Killer an Idea

'Great place to hide a body,' said Helen Bailey

(Newser) - While giving a tour of her $1.6 million home in 2013 with her partner in tow, children's author Helen Bailey noted that the cesspool beneath the garage would be a "good place to hide a body," according to court documents. Prosecutors said that's exactly how... More »

Judge: 'Wretchedly Unhappy Marriage' No Reason for Divorce

UK woman is appealing ruling denying her a divorce

(Newser) - When Tini Owens says she's trapped in a loveless marriage, she means it. Owens, 65, was denied a divorce from her millionaire husband of 39 years after he told a UK judge their "minor" disagreements are simply a part of married life, reports the Times . In a case... More »

London Teen Admits Killing American Tourist

He was suffering 'acute' episode of schizophrenia, lawyer says

(Newser) - A 19-year-old man has admitted killing an American tourist and wounding five other people during a stabbing rampage in London last year. Zakaria Bulhan, a Somali-Norwegian who moved to Britain as a child, had been charged with murder and attempted murder but a court accepted his guilty pleas to manslaughter... More »

The Unidentified Man Who Maybe Should've Stayed That Way

BBC helps solve the mysterious, sad tale of Roger Curry

(Newser) - "Roger Curry" was all that the gentleman with the American accent said when asked his name, and he said it only once. Thus begins the strange story Darragh MacIntyre spins for the BBC , following the mysterious trail of a man found wandering a parking lot in England in late... More »

Man Takes Day Off Running for 1st Time in More Than 52 Years

Ron Hill ran at least a mile for 19,032 straight days

(Newser) - Last Saturday, Ron Hill took a break for the first time in 19,032 days, the Telegraph reports. According to the BBC , the 78-year-old had run at least a mile every day since Dec. 20, 1964—a streak of 52 years and 39 days. Hill kept the streak alive while... More »

Brits Seethe Over Trump Invite, Queen in 'Difficult Position'

Thousands protest proposed state visit

(Newser) - A state visit from President Trump won't just cause uproar in Britain , it will be a royal pain, according to a former senior diplomat. In a letter to the Times of London and an interview with the BBC , former Foreign Office chief Lord Peter Ricketts argues that it was... More »

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