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'Turing Law' Will Pardon 65K Convicted for Being Gay

Most of the victims of Britain's anti-gay laws are dead now

(Newser) - Approximately 65,000 gay and bisexual men—only 15,000 of whom are still living—convicted under Britain's "gross indecency" and "buggery" laws will be pardoned, USA Today reports. According to the Independent , the pardons, which were announced Thursday, come as an amendment to the Policing and... More »

Old Fire Station Discovered Behind Factory Door

Hoses, uniforms, a pump, and more are all still intact

(Newser) - A surprisingly intact fire station has been found hiding behind a basement door underneath a factory in Britain, Fox News reports. According to the BBC , staff with the Alan Nuttall Partnership, which has been operating out of the factory in Dudley for 30 years, found a set of old keys... More »

Boxer Dies After Losing for 1st Time in Career

'Iron' Mike Towell was stretchered out of the ring on Thursday

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Scottish boxer died Friday night after losing a bout for the first time in his career, the Guardian reports. According to CNN , "Iron" Mike Towell squared off against Dale Evans Thursday in Scotland in a British welterweight title final eliminator. Evans knocked Towell down for a second... More »

Accused British Hacker Can Be Extradited to US

Lauri Love says he'll die in the US prison system

(Newser) - A 31-year-old British man can be extradited to the US for allegedly hacking into the FBI, NASA, Federal Reserve, and Department of Defense, a judge in Britain ruled Friday. Wired reports Lauri Love allegedly hacked the agencies and did millions of dollars worth of damage as a form of protest... More »

Bad Punctuation May Have Hindered Murder Case

Newly discovered error reopens line of inquiry in 1993 British killing

(Newser) - A newly discovered punctuation error regarding a piece of evidence may help British police zero in on accomplices in a notorious murder now 23 years old. The case is that of Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager beaten to death in 1993 as he stood at a bus stop. Two white... More »

Ex-British PM Pulls Surprise, Quits Politics

David Cameron says he doesn't want to be a distraction to new PM's government

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister David Cameron is standing down from his position in Parliament because he doesn't want to be a distraction to the new government headed by Theresa May. Cameron's unexpected announcement Monday will trigger a by-election for his seat in Oxfordshire, the AP reports. Cameron had earlier... More »

MasterCard Sued for $18.6B on Behalf of 46M People

The lawsuit alleges it charged excessive fees

(Newser) - Approximately 46 million people in Britain could one day be $400 richer thanks to a massive $18.6 billion lawsuit filed Thursday against MasterCard, CNN reports. It's one of Britain's first class action lawsuits. Walter Merricks, the former head of Britain's Financial Ombudsman Service who filed the... More »

Best Man's Bachelor Party Turns Out to Be 'Nastiest' Scam

With friends like these ...

(Newser) - Before Dino Carter even proposed to his girlfriend, he asked Martyn Galvin to be the best man at his wedding. Galvin repaid his pal of 18 years by setting up the bachelor party, collecting money from the groom and his friends for a big bash in Prague and a horse-racing... More »

Hospital Home to so Many Bees Honey Was Dripping Down Walls

100,000 bees removed from British hospital

(Newser) - It was a sticky situation. The AP reports a British hospital discovered it had become home to more than 100,000 bees when patients noticed honey dripping down the walls. Beekeepers were summoned to Rockwood Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, after the discovery last month, and found a large colony of... More »

Meet Rio's Golden Couple

Britain's Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have 10 golds between them

(Newser) - Rio saw a different kind of historic night on Tuesday as Laura Trott became Britain's most successful female Olympian ever and the first woman to nab four gold medals in track cycling as she defended her women's omnium title, reports CNN . But her fiancé, Jason Kenny, collected some... More »

Study Names Man Behind One of Great Scientific Hoaxes

Charles Dawson was apparently the sole perpetrator behind Piltdown Man

(Newser) - In 1912, an ambitious lawyer named Charles Dawson discovered a fossilized skeleton with the skull of a man but the jaws of an ape in a British gravel pit, the Telegraph reports. For the next three decades, Eoanthropus dawsoni—better known as Piltdown Man, named for the location it was... More »

Britain Cuts Rates to Lowest Since 1694

That's when the Bank of England was established

(Newser) - In an attempt to shore up a post- Brexit economy, the Bank of England did something Thursday it hasn't done since 2009: cut interest rates. The rates went from 0.5% to 0.25%, the lowest they've been since the bank's beginnings in 1694, the Atlantic reports.... More »

Pippa Middleton Engaged

To hedge fund manager James Matthews

(Newser) - The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and hedge fund manager James Matthews announced their engagement Tuesday, setting the stage for a celebrated society wedding in the coming year, the AP reports. The couple confirmed rumors in a statement to Britain's Press Association, saying they planned to... More »

Britain's New Top Diplomat Has Offended a Lot of People

Critics stunned by Boris Johnson's new job

(Newser) - Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, the people of Papua New Guinea, and many others around the world have something in common: They've all been insulted at one point or another by Boris Johnson, Britain's new top diplomat. The colorful former mayor of London and prominent Brexit supporter... More »

Meet Britain's New Prime Minister

David Cameron is out, Theresa May is in

(Newser) - It's official: Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister, CNN reports. After David Cameron officially tendered his resignation Wednesday, May bowed down before Queen Elizabeth II and accepted the monarch's invite to form a new government, becoming the only woman other than Margaret Thatcher to hold the... More »

Rival's Interview Helps Settle Britain's Election

Theresa May will become prime minister this week

(Newser) - Last week, we learned that Britain's next prime minister would be a woman , and on Monday we learned which woman that will be: Theresa May. The nation's home secretary secured the position when her only opponent, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the race to lead the ruling Conservative... More »

The UK Will Have Its First Female PM Since Thatcher

Last male candidate voted out of the running

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher was the first, but she'll no longer be the only female prime minister the UK has ever had. Michael Gove has been eliminated from the ballot to become the next Conservative Party leader, leaving Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom as the final two candidates. The winner will... More »

Sweeping British Report: Iraq War an Epic Blunder

Government review is a devastating critique of Tony Blair

(Newser) - A sweeping, seven-year investigation by Britain into its decision to join the US in the Iraq War is out, and "scathing" is beginning to sound like an understatement. The report by Sir John Chilcot faults every aspect of the decision by Tony Blair's government, reports the Telegraph . "... More »

Man Forced to Alert Cops Before Sex Plans Hunger Strike

'I cannot and will not live like this'

(Newser) - Think it's ridiculous for someone to face five years in prison for not warning police that he's about to have sex? So does a British man who plans to protest with a hunger strike. The unnamed father of two was cleared of rape but must abide by an... More »

Out of Brexit's Ashes, Could a United Ireland Rise?

Northern Ireland voted against leaving the EU, is now thinking 'the unthinkable'

(Newser) - British politics remain mired in Brexit turmoil , but from the ashes of the UK-EU split a most interesting proposition is starting to emerge: That of a united Ireland, reports Reuters . Like Scotland , Northern Ireland voted against leaving the European Union, with 56% in favor of staying. Now, facing the prospect... More »

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