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For 28 Years Something Was Stuck in Her Eyelid. It's Finally Out

UK woman had contact lens stuck in her eyelid for 28 years

(Newser) - Nearly everyone who wears contacts has fallen asleep with their lenses in at one point or another, but very few people can say they've done so for almost 30 years straight. Enter a 42-year-old woman from the UK, who, since one long-ago day when she was 14, had a... More »

Car Slams Into Cyclists, Parliament Barriers in London

Driver arrested on suspicion of terrorism; 2 taken to hospital

(Newser) - A car slammed into barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning, injuring at least two pedestrians, police in London say. The male driver has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, reports the Guardian . Witnesses saw officers surround the car before the man was taken away in handcuffs.... More »

UK Backs Down From Deporting Child Chess Prodigy

Shreyas Royal, 'greatest British chess prospect in a generation,' was to be sent back to India

(Newser) - The UK's Home Office says that 9-year-old Shreyas Royal shows "immense promise." But that didn't stop the country from preparing to deport the chess prodigy—ranked fourth in the world for his age group and said to be the "greatest British chess prospect in a... More »

US Embassy Seeks Buyer for 1.2K Toilet Paper Rolls

Used car, broken vacuums also available at auction

(Newser) - Anyone in need of a lifetime supply of toilet paper should get in touch with the State Department. The US Embassy in London, which recently moved to a new building from the one it kept for more than 200 years, is cleaning house of the usual office gear: tables, chairs,... More »

Parents Go to Jail, Woman Gets 'Uttermost Freedom'

'Monsters' tried to force then-teen to marry her cousin in Bangladesh

(Newser) - A British couple labeled "monsters" by their own daughter, who had to be rescued ahead of a forced marriage to her first cousin , will spend a combined eight years behind bars. A judge on Monday sentenced the father to 4.5 years and the mother to 3.5 years.... More »

Court: Sorry, Stay in Your 'Loveless' 40-Year Marriage

Tini Owens will now have to wait till 2020 to divorce Hugh Owens, who isn't agreeing to the split

(Newser) - "Till death do us part" may have sounded good to Tini Owens in 1978, but the British woman changed her mind on that timeline years ago and has been vying to end what she calls a "loveless," deteriorated marriage. But the UK's Supreme Court has dealt... More »

Royal Find: the 'Most Controversial Chocolate Ever Made'

118-year-old tin ordered by Queen Victoria for soldiers in Boer War found in woman's cupboard

(Newser) - When Eddisons CJM put a tin of World War I chocolates up for auction last month, there was one person who wasn't terribly impressed. "A lady from London wrote and said, 'Hundred-and-three-year-old chocolate is not so special,'" auctioneer Paul Cooper tells the Daily Express . That'... More »

Photos: Queen Welcomes the Trumps

President, first lady visit Windsor Castle

(Newser) - President Trump has caused quite a fuss on his first trip to Britain, thanks to a controversial interview , a taunting blimp , and then a make-nice press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May. His visit with the queen, however, appears to have gone off without a hitch. Queen Elizabeth II welcomed... More »

Trump Changes Tune on 'Incredible' Theresa May

President also denies he criticized the British prime minister in harsh 'Sun' interview

(Newser) - A "deepening political crisis and diplomatic embarrassment" is how the New York Times frames what British Prime Minister Theresa May was left to deal with Thursday after a scathing Sun interview with President Trump in which he faulted May's handling of Brexit and noted she may have "... More »

She Died of Cancer With Debt, So PayPal Threatened to Sue

Company says it has rectified 'insensitive error'

(Newser) - "You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased." That's the very real message a British man received three weeks after informing PayPal of his wife's May 31 death from cancer at... More »

Trump Visit Requires Biggest UK Police Mobilization Since 2011

Massive protests expected during 'working visit'

(Newser) - President Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday for his first visit to the country as president—and although he has boasted that he is "very popular" in his mother's homeland, he won't be receiving a universally warm welcome. The Guardian reports that massive protests are expected during... More »

Why an Old Green Day Song Is Climbing UK Charts

Social media campaign aims to make 'American Idiot' No. 1 single for Trump's arrival

(Newser) - A 14-year-old song by Green Day is climbing various music charts in the UK—and the reason has everything to do with President Trump's arrival there later this week. The song is "American Idiot," and a social media campaign launched by Trump critics aims to make it... More »

Boris Johnson: Britain Flying 'White Flags' of Surrender

In his resignation letter as foreign secretary, he slams Theresa May's Brexit strategy

(Newser) - So how goes British politics Monday? Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit, the second cabinet member to do so in 24 hours, prompting the main BBC story to include phrases such as "full-blown crisis," "meltdown," and "complete and utter chaos." The Guardian prefers "disarray,... More »

British Woman Poisoned by Nerve Agent Dies

Counter-terror chief slams 'outrageous, reckless, and barbaric act'

(Newser) - The latest Novichok case in England is now a murder investigation. Dawn Sturgess, one of two people exposed to the same nerve agent that nearly killed Russian citizens Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal earlier this year, died late Sunday at the hospital in Salisbury where she had been treated since... More »

Quitting Coal Is Hard. Just Ask Britain

How the UK embraced a painful move away from coal energy

(Newser) - While the Trump administration scrambles to save coal , Britain has shuttered its last deep mine and vowed to stop using coal for electricity by 2025. How did two nations take such different paths? Apparently cheap foreign coal and a political willingness to undergo the pain of mine closures fueled Britain'... More »

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 »

Old Scandal Resurfaces: 'Dead' Witness May Be Alive

Police in Britain revisit allegations of attempted murder involving politician Jeremy Thorpe

(Newser) - Police are reopening an investigation into one of Britain's most notorious scandals because a main suspect who was thought to have died may be alive. The decision is the latest twist in the story of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, who was accused of plotting to kill his... More »

'Mother of All Thunderstorms' Hits UK

Up to 20K lightning strikes recorded in overnight storm

(Newser) - British meteorologists say up to 20,000 lightning strikes hit the UK during a powerful overnight thunderstorm, reports the AP , and a London-area airport is reporting flight disruptions after an aircraft refueling system was damaged. London Stansted Airport said Sunday that a lightning strike had rendered the fueling system "... More »

Brits Want 'American' Song to Top Charts for Trump Visit

Anti-Trumpers want Green Day to speak for them

(Newser) - Some Brits may be humming a tune this summer that President Trump isn't too crazy about, the Evening Standard reports. A campaign to make Green Day's song "American Idiot" top the UK charts before Trump's July 13 visit is gaining traction, with its Facebook page surging... 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 »

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