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Trump Will Do 'Most Important Thing' on Visit to UK

US ambassador says president will meet with Queen Elizabeth in July

(Newser) - Donald Trump will make his first "working visit" as president to the UK next month, and it looks like he'll be doing a meet-and-greet with Queen Elizabeth after all. US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson tells Sky News not all the kinks have been worked out, but that even... More »

Demonstration of 'Stab-Proof' Vest Goes Horribly Wrong

22-year-old UK man is dead

(Newser) - A 22-year-old UK man is dead, and a quote from the local assistant coroner sums up the sad and bizarre tale: "While in the kitchen, he took hold a knife to demonstrate it was stab-proof and sadly realized it wasn't the case." Authorities in Teesside say that... More »

One UK Lawmaker Vetoes 'Upskirting' Ban

The law would have made it illegal to take a photo under someone's clothing without consent

(Newser) - A law that would make it a criminal offense in the UK to take "upskirting" photos was blocked Friday in Parliament despite receiving backing from the British government, reports the AP . Upskirting involves taking a photo or video under someone's clothing without their consent. The initiative was stopped... More »

Plastic Straws on Their Way Out at McDonald's

UK, Ireland locations will switch to paper straws; other countries like US to do test runs

(Newser) - "A move on straws" is afoot across the pond, and McDonald's is driving the push. The fast-food chain is nixing plastic straws and moving to paper in all of its Ireland and United Kingdom restaurants in what the UK's environment secretary calls a "significant contribution" to... More »

Pippa Middleton Is Following in Kate's Footsteps

She reveals 'happy news' of pregnancy

(Newser) - Pippa Middleton is following in her sister's footsteps—she's about to be a mother. The younger sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, revealed in the publication Waitrose the "happy news" of her pregnancy and says she has passed her first trimester. She is photographed working out... More »

She Needed Someone to Kill a Spider, So She Ordered KFC

Delivery guy 'Joe' got the job done

(Newser) - You can't say millennials aren't resourceful. Take Demi Sweeney, a 22-year-old student in the UK, who ordered $17 worth of KFC grub just so the delivery driver would kill an inch-wide spider. Afraid of the spider "blocking" the stairway from her room to the downstairs (the spider... More »

After Much Anticipation, the World Sees Meghan's Dress

A Givenchy boat-necked silk gown designed by Clare Waight Keller

(Newser) - British designer Clare Waight Keller is the master designer behind the silk boat-necked gown and long veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the flower-bedecked nave of St. George's Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry. Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of French fashion house... More »

All Questions on the Royal Nuptials, Answered Here

The basics, the minutiae, and the drama

(Newser) - If you just woke up to the realization that there's a major media event going on—i.e., the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry wedding on the other side of the pond—and also to the realization you really don't know much about the ins and outs of royal weddings,... More »

Poisoned Ex-Spy Enters 'Important Stage in Recovery'

Sergei Skripal is out of the hospital

(Newser) - The former Russian spy targeted in a nerve agent poisoning has finally left a UK hospital. Sergei Skripal, 66, was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital more than two months after he and his daughter, Yulia, were found slumped on a park bench on March 4. "This is an important... More »

Meghan Markle Opts for Very Young Bridal Party

George will be a page boy, Charlotte a bridesmaid in wedding

(Newser) - Prince George and Princess Charlotte will have prominent roles in Saturday's royal wedding. Kensington Palace said Wednesday that 4-year-old George will be a page boy and 3-year-old Charlotte will be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, per the AP . The third child of Prince... More »

Meghan Markle Won't Have a Maid of Honor

And more details on the May 19 royal wedding

(Newser) - Prince Harry will be missing his mother on his wedding day, just two weeks away, but his aunt will be standing in. Lady Jane Fellowes will represent her sister, the late Princess Diana, at the May 19 ceremony at Windsor's St. George's Chapel, where she'll also do... More »

US Spends More on War Than Next 7 Nations Combined

China is a distant 2nd

(Newser) - A "near-constant state of war" is just one of the reasons the US spends more than any other country in the world on its military—by a long shot. If the next seven major military spenders combined their funds, they still wouldn't measure up, according to a list... More »

Alfie Evans Dies in Midst of Legal Battle

Parents of sick UK toddler wanted to bring him to Italy for further treatment

(Newser) - Alfie Evans, the sick UK toddler whose parents fought a protracted legal battle over his treatment, died early Saturday. He was 23 months old. Kate James and Tom Evans made the announcement on social media, saying they were "heartbroken." The death of Alfie, who had a rare degenerative... More »

Royal Baby's Name 'Confounds Expectations'

Meet Louis Arthur Charles, aka 'His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge'

(Newser) - George, Charlotte, and … Louis. A name has finally been bestowed upon the youngest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, reports People , ending four days of suspense since the baby's birth on whether the couple would go traditional or adventurous. Louis Arthur Charles is the boy's full... More »

Judge Rules Tiny 'Warrior' Can't Go to Rome for More Treatment

UK High Court judge says nothing else can help Alfie Evans; his parents are appealing

(Newser) - A UK High Court judge may have deemed his decision Tuesday "the final chapter" in the case of little Alfie Evans, but Alfie's parents aren't ready to accept that ending. The BBC and Guardian report on the court's ruling that the seriously ill 23-month-old—who suffers... More »

Her Ex Tried to Hide a $500M Superyacht. It Didn't Work

Tatiana Akhmedova will get 380-foot luxury Luna in her divorce settlement with Russian oligarch

(Newser) - Persistence and a little detective work has paid off for Tatiana Akhmedova, in the form of a $500 million superyacht to be handed over to her by her soon-to-be ex-husband. Reuters and the South China Morning Post report that UK judge Charles Haddon-Cave has ordered Russian oligarch Farkhad Akhmedov to... More »

Nerve Agent in Poisoning of Skripals Was Liquid

Investigators say full cleanup will take months

(Newser) - The nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered in liquid form, British officials said Tuesday, per the AP , revealing it will take months to clean up the toxic trail the poison left around the city of Salisbury. The UK Environment Department said... More »

WhatsApp Photo Secures 'Groundbreaking' Conviction

British cops sent it to fingerprint lab

(Newser) - Fingerprinting is an "old-fashioned technique," says Dave Thomas of the South Wales police. Convicting a drug dealer on the basis of a partial fingerprint from a photo in a WhatsApp message, however, is groundbreaking stuff. The image of a hand holding ecstasy pills was the key evidence in... More »

Russia: Britain Staged Syrian Chemical Attack

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says whole thing was set up as part of 'Russophobic campaign'

(Newser) - As the world watches to see what US President Trump will do in the wake of a suspected chemical attack widely believed to have been carried out by the Syrian government against its own people, there's another theory floating around courtesy of Russia. The BBC reports that, according to... More »

Russia Tries to Join Spy Poisoning Probe, Gets Rejected

Brits call proposal 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of an ex-spy and his daughter in England. But Russia said the number of countries that abstained from the vote suggested many have doubts about Britain's allegations that... More »

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