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Author of Brexit Rules: Yes, This Is Reversible

Author of Article 50 says Britain can halt the process at any time

(Newser) - An interesting wrinkle in Britain's move toward a Brexit: The guy who wrote the rulebook on the process says it can be reversed at any time. "While the divorce talks proceed, the parties are still married. Reconciliation is still possible," said John Kerr, British ambassador to the... More »

After Man's Suicide, Ex Accused of His Murder

Prosecutors say she threw sulfuric acid on him, leading him to want to die

(Newser) - In September 2015, Berlinah Wallace, upset that her five-year relationship with Mark van Dongen was ending, allegedly threw sulfuric acid over him as he lay in bed at her apartment in Bristol, England. Fifteen months later, van Dongen, 29—who lost a leg, ear, and eye (as well as most... More »

'Beast Finally Defeated:' London's Fatberg Is No More

A 140-ton fatberg is gone from the city's sewer

(Newser) - It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses , and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team," says Alex... More »

Great British Bake Off Judge 'Mortified' by Her Own Tweet

Prue Leith prematurely gave away winner of show, with no spoiler alert

(Newser) - A judge on The Great British Bake Off has been forced to apologize after revealing the winner hours before the final episode was scheduled to air. Prue Leith posted the name of the winner on her Twitter feed while traveling in Bhutan, which is six hours ahead of Britain, thinking... More »

UK Minister Embroiled in Sex Toy Scandal

Mark Garnier admits he asked ex-assistant to buy vibrators, but it was just 'good-humored high jinks'

(Newser) - The Harvey Weinstein case may even be making waves across the pond, with a Tory trade minister facing investigation for allegedly sexually harassing his ex-assistant. Among Caroline Edmondson's accusations, which Mark Garnier doesn't deny: asking her to buy sex toys for him and calling her "sugar tits,... More »

British PM's Speech: Almost Inspirationally Disastrous

She had to deal with prankster, coughing, technical difficulties

(Newser) - Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May promised to restore the "British Dream" Wednesday, in a nightmare speech that saw her plagued by a cough and interrupted by a prankster, while parts of the backdrop fell down as she was speaking. In a mishap-prone Conservative Party conference address, May vowed... More »

He 'Lost' a Toy When He Was 7. 40 Years Later, It's Found

Playmobil cone sat in man's lung for decades, until docs extracted it

(Newser) - For more than a year, he had a nagging cough. Finally, the 47-year-old from the UK went to a clinic—and got the surprise of his life. The BBC reports that X-rays showed a spot on the man's lung, but it wasn't a tumor. It was a "... More »

London: Uber Unfit to Operate Here, So It Can't

Company's license expires Sept. 30

(Newser) - London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a... More »

18 Hurt in Terror Attack on London Underground

Blast caused panic during rush hour

(Newser) - An explosion and fire on a London Underground train caused panic and injuries during rush hour Friday morning. Police, ambulances, and firefighters were called to the Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city after the blast, which authorities are now calling a terrorist attack, the Guardian reports. Photos... More »

London Officials Battling 'Total Monster' in Sewer

A 143-ton 'fatberg' isn't proving easy to deconstruct

(Newser) - British engineers say they've launched a "sewer war" against a giant blob clogging London's sewers, reports the AP . Thames Water officials said Tuesday it will likely take three weeks to dissolve the outsize "fatberg." They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 275... More »

'ET' Dust Extracted From White Cliffs of Dover

Cosmic particles could offer clues to past major events like asteroid collisions

(Newser) - The White Cliffs of Dover serve as both a stunning photographic subject and as an iconic British symbol of defense during war. Now they're also a geological museum of sorts: Scientists from Imperial College London have discovered 76 particles of fossilized cosmic dust in the chalky limestone, which could... More »

Organs From 13-Year-Old Girl Save 8 Lives

Jemima Layzell, who died of a brain aneurysm, breaks a UK record

(Newser) - Eight people, including five children, have a 13-year-old organ donor to thank for their lives—and that donor has entered the UK record books. The Guardian reports on Jemima Layzell, who collapsed from a brain aneurysm while helping prep for her mom's birthday party in March 2012. Jemima died... More »

Hopes for Future Novels From Terry Pratchett Literally Crushed

Late fantasy author's hard drive flattened by steamroller

(Newser) - Fans' hopes for future novels from the late Terry Pratchett were literally crushed last week as the fantasy author's old hard drive fell victim to a steamroller, the Guardian reports. Following Pratchett's death from Alzheimer's in 2015, friend and fellow author Neil Gaiman told the Times that... More »

A Lovely Day at the Beach, Until the Gas Cloud Came

British hospital treats about 130 people; source of 'chemical haze' still unclear

(Newser) - A mysterious chemical haze that left scores of people on the English coast with streaming eyes, sore throats, and breathing problems has dissipated, but its cause remains a mystery. The gas cloud appeared Sunday, sending people fleeing from the beach and cliffs at Birling Gap, a coastal beauty spot about... More »

Buckingham Palace Locked Down After Knife Attack

Two police officers were injured and a man was arrested

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace was put on lockdown Friday after police say a man attacked officers with a knife, the Telegraph reports. The suspect was tackled by officers and arrested shortly after 8:30pm near the palace gates in London, with two officers suffering minor injuries in the scuffle. "I was... More »

Firefighters Rescue 18 Piglets—Then Eat Them

The sausages were 'fantastic'

(Newser) - Back in February, British firefighters rescued 18 piglets and two sows from a burning barn where more than 60 tons of hay had caught fire. Almost exactly six months later, the Telegraph reports the firefighters reconnected with the pigs—in the form of sausages. After the two-week-old piglets were saved,... 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 »

Suspect Complains About Bad Mugshot, Is Arrested

'Not a very flattering mugshot; I'd appreciate it if you'd take this post down'

(Newser) - Vanity, thy name is Wayne. The BBC reports police in Wales arrested a man after he asked them to take down his mugshot because it wasn't a good photo of him. According to the Telegraph , 35-year-old Wayne Esmonde was wanted in connection with a July 18 assault, and the... 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 »

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 »

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