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Theresa May Wins Confidence Vote

Final tally was 200 to 117

(Newser) - When Prime Minister Theresa May entered a room in the House of Commons to speak to Conservative lawmakers ahead of a no-confidence vote Wednesday, she was greeted by table banging—a customary sign of approval, reports the AP . It ended up being a prescient gesture: The BBC reports she needed... More »

The Hits Just Keep Coming for Theresa May

UK PM to face no-confidence vote on Wednesday, vows to fight it 'with everything I've got'

(Newser) - British politics has been thrown into further chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses. May vowed to fight the challenge "with everything I've got,... More »

He Was Cleared of Girls' Murder in 1987. Now, a Conviction

Witness in Russell Bishop case who flipped in 1987 could face perjury investigation

(Newser) - Nothing can bring back Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, 9-year-old girls murdered in the UK in 1986. "But we know that other children are now safe from the hands of Russell Bishop," family members said Monday as the 52-year-old convicted pedophile was found guilty of sexually assaulting and... More »

As May Postpones Brexit Vote, UK Gov't in 'Complete Disarray'

Prime minister had faced massive defeat in Parliament

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed Parliament's vote on her European Union divorce deal to avoid a shattering defeat—a decision that throws her Brexit plans into chaos. All signs had pointed to a big defeat for the prime minister in the vote planned for Tuesday . But postponing... More »

157 Days Into Race, Her Boat Turned End-Over-End

UK's Susie Goodall is awaiting a rescue

(Newser) - The only woman in a 30,000-mile solo race around the globe saw the "total loss" of her boat—with help two days away. One of 18 skippers, Brit Susie Goodall was in the 4th place 157 days into the Golden Globe Race when her 35-foot vessel was pitchpoled... More »

Boy Sends Card to Dad in Heaven, Gets Reply

'This was a difficult challenge,' Royal Mail says

(Newser) - This is a busy time of year for Britain's Royal Mail, but they were still able to deliver a heartwarming reply when they received an envelope with this request: "Mr. Postman, can you take this to Heaven for my dad's Birthday." It was from Jase Hyndman,... More »

'Unbelievable Mistake' in Treating Man's Lung Leads to Suit

Family of the late William Hannah suing UK hospital after lung was washed with detergent

(Newser) - A UK hospital made an "appalling" error right before a 68-year-old died there, says his daughter, and now she and her family are suing the hospital for it. William Hannah passed away in September 2017 at Salford Royal Hospital while being treated after a car accident that had left... More »

Jailed Rapist Told He Could Seek Visits With Victim's Son

The teen's mother is outraged

(Newser) - An eye-popping story out of Northern England, where the Times of London reports a convicted rapist was contacted by the Rotherham Council while incarcerated and invited to seek out visits with the son he fathered through rape. The child's mother was 15 when she became pregnant by Arshid Hussain,... More »

UK Cops Bust Ross Geller Doppelganger

David Schwimmer in the clear after 36-year-old alleged thief arrested in London

(Newser) - UK police say they've identified the Ross Geller lookalike wanted for an alleged theft from a Blackpool restaurant in September. David Schwimmer's alibi must've proved solid as Lancaster Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 36-year-old man in Southall, west London, per the BBC . "Thank... More »

Charles on Why He'll Keep Mouth Shut as King: 'I'm Not That Stupid'

Prince who's vocal on topics like environment says he won't be once he's crowned

(Newser) - When he's not having servants iron his shoelaces , Prince Charles has been accused of "meddling" into hot topics such as the environment by strongly voicing his opinions—not a typical stance for royals to take in public debates. And he's defiant about it, telling a BBC documentary... More »

Jailed Banker's Wife Could Be Forced to Join Him

Zamira Hajiyeva fighting extradition to Azerbaijan over embezzlement allegations

(Newser) - A woman from Azerbaijan whose fortune has been targeted by British authorities under anti-corruption laws was freed on bail Thursday while she battles extradition to her homeland over embezzlement allegations. Zamira Hajiyeva is the first person to be subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order, a measure introduced this year in... More »

32 Years After Likely Murder, Cops Dig Up Concrete Floor

Search for Suzy Lamplugh takes police to former home of suspect's mom

(Newser) - UK police are digging up a property previously owned by the mother of a convicted killer in the hope of solving a 32-year-old cold case. Real estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, then 25, vanished on July 28, 1986, after leaving her London offices to meet an unknown "Mr. Kipper" at... More »

Narrow Escape for a Precious Document

Man arrested after allegedly smashing glass case holding Magna Carta

(Newser) - A narrow escape for a precious historical document: Police in England say a 45-year-old man is in custody after allegedly using a hammer to smash holes in a protective glass case housing the best preserved of the four surviving original Magna Cartas. The Thursday incident at Salisbury Cathedral was part... More »

David Schwimmer Provides His Alibi

'As you can see, I was in New York'

(Newser) - Police investigating a restaurant theft in England may have given him the benefit of the doubt, but that wasn't enough for David Schwimmer. Given his resemblance to the suspect , the Friends star apparently felt the need to provide his alibi on Twitter . "Officers, I swear it wasn't... More »

UK Police Hunting Ross Geller Lookalike

Or is it Russ?

(Newser) - David Schwimmer is not accused of stealing a phone, wallet, and jacket from an English restaurant on Sept. 20, but that is the case for someone who looks an awful lot like him. Blackpool Police are on the lookout for a thief , spotted on CCTV footage with a case of... More »

Police Investigating Man's Racist Outburst on Flight

Ryanair accused of failing to act

(Newser) - Discount airline Ryanair is facing a backlash over its handling of a man who engaged in what a fellow passenger describes as a "disgusting" outburst of "racial slurs and foul language." Passenger video from the flight shows the man insulting, threatening, and racially abusing a 77-year-old black... More »

'Terrifying' Doll Gets Spotify Ad Banned

Even 'Havana' couldn't keep a UK watchdog group from banning it

(Newser) - Spotify's latest ad features a catchy popular pop tune and "a medley of horror film tropes" in the lead-up to its final tagline, per NPR : "Killer songs you can't resist." But it's just that horror theme, along with what Billboard calls a "terrifying... More »

Pippa Middleton Welcomes First Child

It's a boy cousin for George, Charlotte, and Louis

(Newser) - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have new titles: uncle and aunt. Kate Middleton's younger sister, Pippa, gave birth to her first child , a son, with husband James Matthews on Monday at St. Mary's Hospital in London. There's no word yet on a name, though "everyone... More »

The Unusual Reason Behind Newest Royal Wedding Dress

Princess Eugenie purposely picked a backless number to show off a childhood scar

(Newser) - Britain's Princess Eugenie married tequila executive Jack Brooksbank in a star-studded royal wedding Friday at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The 28-year-old bride, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and ninth in line to the British throne, wore a long-sleeved gown with a fitted... More »

UK Issues First Ever 'Unexplained Wealth Order'

The new law enforcement power targets money laundering

(Newser) - By all accounts, Zamira Hajiyeva has had it pretty good. For instance, the BBC reports, the London resident owns two properties valued at about $29 million and a Gulfstream jet worth more than $40 million, and she's had the resources to spend some $21 million at the London department... More »

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