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Mouse Found Dead in 155-Year-Old Trap

Rodent got caught in Victorian mousetrap on display in museum

(Newser) - When Colin Pullinger & Sons patented its "Perpetual Mouse Trap" in 1861, the company boasted the device would "last a lifetime"—and it wasn't kidding. One of the antiquated models on display at the University of Reading's Museum of English Rural Life ended up trapping... More »

UK Gives Controversial OK for Editing Human Genes

It could help fight inherited diseases—but critics say there's an ethical 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to fight inherited diseases—but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries, reports the AP . The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority announced Monday it has granted a research... More »

Man Ordered to Inform Cops Before Having Sex

British man has to give at least 24 hours notice

(Newser) - A seemingly bizarre court order in the UK has been making news around the world. The court in York, England, granted a police request to order a man to inform police at least 24 hours before having sex, and to "disclose the details of any female including her name,... More »

Child's Spelling Error Leads to Police Questioning

'Terraced house' ended up 'terrorist house'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Muslim boy made a truly unfortunate spelling error at his UK school and ended up getting interviewed by police. The boy meant to write, as part of an English lesson, that he lived in a "terraced house," but accidentally wrote instead that he lived in a... More »

Lawmakers Debate Barring Trump From UK

But don't expect it to actually happen

(Newser) - British lawmakers on Monday will stage an interesting debate: whether to bar Donald Trump from entering the country as a matter of principle. The move comes after more than 500,000 people in the UK signed a petition calling for the ban because of Trump's idea to temporarily ban... More »

Toddler Leads Cop to Mom's Body

Girl found walking alone said she couldn't wake her up

(Newser) - A desperately sad story from Burton-on-Trent, England, could have been even sadder if an alert off-duty cop hadn't passed the scene. Police say the officer and his wife stopped their car when they spotted a 2-year-old girl walking alone at around 11am one day last week, the Guardian reports.... More »

Grandpa IDs ISIS Video Kid; Man Sold Bouncy Houses

London man says daughter is an ISIS figurehead in Syria

(Newser) - A London man says the young boy who threatens unbelievers in the latest ISIS video is the son of his daughter. Henry Dare says Grace "Khadijah" Dare came from a Christian family of Nigerian descent but converted to Islam as a teen. She left Britain for Syria several years... More »

Yes, This Is Apparently the Best Dressed Royal Male

Prince Philip comes out highest on GQ's list

(Newser) - British GQ has named Britain's 50 best dressed men, and the royal who ranks highest on the list this year is Prince Philip. (A choice that prompted Vanity Fair to declare, "The Man Named Best Dressed in the Royal Family Is Probably Not Who You’d Expect.... More »

British Choir Thwarts Bieber, Snags No. 1 Hit

With his blessing

(Newser) - It's a merry little Christmas for Britain's National Health Service Choir, which pulled off something of an upset and snagged the nation's No. 1 holiday hit and in so doing denied the top spot to Justin Bieber—with an assist from Bieber himself. The choir's mashup... More »

Mom Takes Flak for Buying Kids 300 Christmas Gifts

Emma Tapping gets grilled online over holiday photo

(Newser) - What's wrong with giving your family hundreds of Christmas gifts? Quite a bit, according to reaction one mom received on social media. Emma Tapping, a married mother of three, posted a photo of her family Christmas tree nearly buried under more than 300 gifts. She then saw the image... More »

236K Sign Petition to Keep Trump Out of UK

Scot who created the call for the ban has taken on Trump before

(Newser) - First it was a couple of US mayors , now it's the entire United Kingdom: Scottish activist Suzanne Kelly created a request on the British government's petitions website demanding that Donald Trump be denied entry to the UK, CNN reports, and the document has already received more than 236,... More »

Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt

There've been some holdups

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron stopped flights to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort city Wednesday as investigations continued into the crash of Flight 9268 . Now the UK is scrambling to retrieve roughly 20,000 citizens from the Sinai Peninsula—a plan that Reuters says has been "thrown into... More »

UK: Bomb May Have Downed Russian Plane in Egypt

PM Cameron halts flights to Sinai Peninsula until security check is complete

(Newser) - US officials have reported that the heat flash in the area where Metrojet Flight 9268 went down in Egypt may have been from a bomb—and the UK thinks that's an increasingly likely scenario, the AP reports. London is worried enough that it suspended flights to and from the... More »

Britain to Accept 20K Migrants, But Is It Enough?

France is taking 24K over the next 2 years

(Newser) - Austria and Germany have already accepted thousands of migrants fleeing the Middle East—now it's Britain's turn. British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that the UK will house up to 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, the BBC reports. Britain has a "moral responsibility" to help,... More »

7 Dead as Plane Crashes at British Air Show

It came down on a busy highway

(Newser) - A military jet crashed today at an airshow in southern England, and the BBC reports that seven people are dead. Police say the aircraft, a Hawker Hunter fighter jet participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton, came down on a highway and hit several vehicles as it crashed this afternoon.... More »

Zimbabwe Tells Britain: Give Us Our Skulls Back

Robert Mugabe says Brits are keeping human skulls as war trophies

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's president is demanding the return of "decapitated heads" of warriors killed during "the first chimurenga," an uprising against British colonizers at the end of the 19th century, reports the Telegraph . The skulls serve as "war trophies," and keeping them "must rank among... More »

This Massive Site Might Just Put Stonehenge to Shame

Archaeologists excavating henge 10 times larger than its neighbor

(Newser) - You think Stonehenge is impressive? Archaeologists in Britain are excavating a monument ten times larger than the iconic structure, though it appears to the naked eye to be little more than farmland. A henge is a circular earthwork, and the one in question is Marden Henge, which sits a few... More »

Lawmaker Defends His 14-Cent Travel Expense

UK's Rob Wilson wants reimbursement for trip that would've taken 4 minutes to walk

(Newser) - A British lawmaker is defending claiming $0.14 (yes, 14 cents) on expenses for a short car journey, saying such claims may look "odd" but that the mileage adds up. Conservative lawmaker Rob Wilson said the 352-yard journey in March 2014 was a "constituency engagement." He also... More »

UK Says One of Its Own Plotted Attack on Americans

Junead Khan has been arrested

(Newser) - "We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Junead Khan and Shazib Khan with the intention of committing acts of terrorism." That from Britain's Crown Prosecution Service, which today alleged Junead was plotting an attack on US military... More »

Badly Injured Roller-Coaster Riders Stuck for Hours

This isn't the first incident for the 'Smiler'

(Newser) - The "Smiler" at the UK's Alton Towers theme park is billed as the world's first 14-loop roller coaster—but after a horrific accident yesterday, it isn't clear whether anybody will experience them again. Some 16 riders, four of whom suffered what the Guardian calls "life... More »

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