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London's Big Ben Clocks Out Until 2021

'You don't know what you've got till it's gone'

(Newser) - With a dozen deep bongs, Britain's Big Ben sounded the hour for the last time Monday before falling silent for repair work due to last almost four years . The giant bell atop Parliament's clock tower rang out at noon, as it has almost every hour since 1859, becoming... More »

UK: There Must Be No Border Posts With Ireland After Brexit

UK commits to free movement for British, Irish, and EU citizens

(Newser) - The British government has said repeatedly that it will end the free movement of people from the European Union when the UK leaves the bloc in 2019. On Wednesday it acknowledged that, in practice, it won't. Britain said there must be no border posts or electronic checks between Northern... More »

Big News for Manchester Victims' Next of Kin

Families of bombing victims will receive $321K each

(Newser) - The families of the 22 people killed in the bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester in May will each receive $321,000. The payments are made possible by the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which collected donations from the public following the terrorist attack, reports the Guardian . Some... More »

They Ate Their Friend. Then They Made Art

15K-year-old human radial bone shows signs of ritual cannibalism

(Newser) - The radius and the ulna bones of the forearm were separated at the joint, cleaned, and chewed. But that was only the start of a cannibalistic ritual taking place in England some 15,000 years ago, scientists say after analyzing a bone with unusual markings found in a cave in... More »

In 'Shocking' Video, Jogger Knocks Woman in Front of Bus

London police searching for man involved in May incident

(Newser) - London police are searching for a jogger seen knocking a woman into the path of an oncoming bus in "shocking" CCTV footage . According to police, a 33-year-old woman was walking on Putney Bridge in London around 7:40am on May 5 when a man jogging in the opposite direction... More »

A Mother's 'Nanosecond of Nipple,' Then a Tweetstorm

Mom breastfeeding in London museum takes to Twitter after being asked to cover up

(Newser) - Surrounded by stone breasts, one mom was pressured to cover up her own. NPR reports on a breastfeeding mother who was asked by a staffer at London's Victoria and Albert Museum to cover up while trying to feed her 1-year-old in a museum courtyard over the weekend. But instead... More »

FBI Arrests 23-Year-Old Who Stopped Global Cyberattack

Marcus Hutchins had traveled to US for security conference

(Newser) - The British security researcher called an "accidental hero" for helping stop the WannaCry global cyberattack has been arrested after traveling to the US for a cybersecurity conference. According to an indictment released by the Department of Justice, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins is accused of creating and spreading Kronos malware in... More »

Odd New Brexit Glitch: The Border With Ireland

Ireland wants the Irish Sea to be the new boundary, but Britain won't have it

(Newser) - Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom are supposed to exit the European Union in 2019, but the current round of Brexit talks is getting hung up on a geographic snag: how to create a border between Ireland and the UK. The Times of London reports that Ireland wants... More »

Prince William Is Finally Ready to Wear His Crown

He's leaving pilot job to take on more royal duties

(Newser) - With Prince Philip stepping back , Prince William is stepping up. William took off on his final flight as an air ambulance pilot Thursday as he prepares to take on more royal duties, reports NBC News . Writing in the Eastern Daily Press, per the Evening Standard , William said his experiences with... More »

Charlie Gard's Parents Concede He Will Die in Hospital

Connie Yates requests medical team of her choosing for hospice care

(Newser) - The parents of critically ill infant Charlie Gard conceded Wednesday that he will die in a hospice and not at home as they had previously wished, the AP reports. Connie Yates, the mother of the baby at the center of an international medical and legal battle, returned to London's... More »

UK Unveils Big Move in Quest for Cleaner Air

It plans to ban new gas, diesel cars by 2040

(Newser) - Just weeks after France unveiled a plan to ban sales of gas and diesel cars by 2040, its neighbor to the north is following suit. Britain's government on Wednesday unveiled a nearly $4 billion plan to improve air quality that would see sales of new gas and diesel cars... More »

Charlie Gard's Parents Fighting One Last Battle

To bring him home to die

(Newser) - Charlie Gard's death seems inevitable, but what is yet to be decided is how it will occur, with the infant's parents and London's Great Ormond Street Hospital still at odds. A lawyer says Connie Yates and Chris Gard, who on Monday ended their legal battle to move... More »

Farmers Use DNA Tracking to Thwart Sheep Thieves

Sheep rustling has become a serious crime in the UK

(Newser) - Police in England are hoping cutting-edge technology can help deter crime in the country's most pastoral regions. The Westmorland Gazette reports that police in Cumbria in England's Lake District have kicked off a 12-month pilot program with local farmers and forensic marking company SelectaDNA to help prevent sheep... More »

CPR Student Saves Teacher Having a Heart Attack

David Knowles would have likely died without speedy help

(Newser) - David Knowles was leading a class on CPR when he suddenly felt weak and dizzy. As the retired UK nurse lay on the floor, he realized he had little time to tell his students what to do before he passed out, the BBC reports. The group "had asked for... More »

Charlie Gard's Dad on Hearing Latest on Dying Baby: 'Evil!'

Brain scans on little Charlie said to be 'sad reading'

(Newser) - The British parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard have been told by a hospital lawyer that the results of their son's latest brain scans make for "sad reading." Great Ormond Street Hospital lawyer Katie Gollop broke the bad news to Charlie's parents at a pre-court... More »

Harry Potter Actor Aids Victim of Muggle Muggers

Daniel Radcliffe consoled victim hurt in Friday robbery

(Newser) - Actor Daniel Radcliffe has come to the aid of a man who was mugged by moped-riding attackers in London, reports the AP . Former police officer David Videcette told the Evening Standard that two moped riders attacked a man just off the upmarket King's Road in west London, slashing him... More »

Couple Shows Why Not to Try Dirty Dancing Lift at Home

UK couple didn't have the time of their life during practice run for their wedding

(Newser) - A word of warning if you're planning an elaborate wedding dance in the hope that it'll make a splash online. As an engaged couple in the UK recently learned, it might go viral for reasons other than the ones you anticipated—and even result in a trip to... More »

NYC Hospital Says It Has 'Agreed to Admit' Charlie Gard

But 'legal hurdles' have to be cleared first

(Newser) - A New York City hospital says it has "agreed to admit and evaluate" Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby whose case has attracted the attention of Pope Francis and President Trump . New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center says it can admit 11-month-old Charlie, provided... More »

Meanwhile in Britain: Tiegate

Relaxing of parliamentary dress code irks some

(Newser) - There's a new heated battle raging in Britain: In parliament at least, there's a line in the sand between those who don neckties and those who don't. Britain's parliament relaxed its dress code last week so that male parliamentarians are no longer required to wear neckties... More »

'Extremely Dangerous' Man Freed Due to Clerical Error

Court staff may have misheard the man's sentence

(Newser) - A man British police call "extremely dangerous" was accidentally released early from prison, possibly due to court staff mishearing his sentence, the Telegraph reports. Last September in London, 25-year-old Ralston Dodd stabbed a man three times in the back following an argument, nearly killing him. He was arrested three... More »

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