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School Quotes WWII German General in 'Inspirational' Email

But the University of Exeter has apologized

(Newser) - Quoting a German World War Two general may not be the best way to inspire young people, as a British school learned this month. Now Exeter University in South West England has apologized after sending a mass email to staff and students quoting former Erwin Rommel, USA Today reports. "... 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 »

Little Bugs are Big Annoyance For World Cup Athletes

The little midge is a mighty problem in Volgograd

(Newser) - Little bugs were a big annoyance at the World Cup on Monday. During England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia, midges descended on the Volgograd Arena. Players from both sides, but particularly those from England, spent an undue amount of time trying to ward them off during the match per the... 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 »

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 »

Ariana Grande: I Have PTSD From Concert Attack

Her new tattoo honors Manchester

(Newser) - Ariana Grande says she suffers from PTSD in the aftermath of a bombing that killed 22 people at her concert in Manchester, England, last May. "It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it's a real thing,"... More »

Harry Cursed at the Altar —and Broke a 30-Year Tradition

Read the Royal Wedding highlights

(Newser) - In case you slept in, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had an understated, private get-together Saturday morning and got married among friends at City Hall. Kidding: Their marriage at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, near London, was a major international media event filled with beloved moments that are... 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 »

Inside the Swag Bags: Water, a Fridge Magnet

And other goodies

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, George and Amal Clooney, the Beckhams, and Serena Williams were among the hundreds of celebrities, royalty, and other guests who trickled in Saturday to St. George's Chapel for Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle, per the AP . And what's a party without goodie... 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 »

25K Rage Against Bridge That's to Be Named for Prince Charles

Thousands have signed saying they want someone who's 'accomplished something'

(Newser) - Thousands in the UK are railing against an announcement that a major bridge will be named after the likely future king. The Telegraph reports that some 25,000 have signed an online petition demanding that a bridge that connects England and Wales not be renamed for Prince Charles. Per the... More »

Try Not to Laugh If You See This Man. Also, Call Police

Digital composite of UK burglary suspect with wide grin goes viral

(Newser) - Officers hoped their digital sketch of a suspect would be seen by as many people as possible and, in that sense, they succeeded. A composite depiction of a suspected burglar went viral Tuesday when it was shared on Twitter by Warwickshire Police in the UK. It shows what Mashable describes... More »

3 Boys Saw a Man Attempting Suicide. 'Leave Me,' He Said

English students rewarded for saving man's life

(Newser) - Last year, three schoolboys stumbled on a man trying to hang himself off a bridge. Now they've been awarded by a British charity for saving the man's life, the Sun reports. "If ever there was a story to balance up the bad ones this is it,"... More »

It Was England's Biggest Burglary Ever. Now, an Arrest

Man linked to 2015 heist arrested following London raid

(Newser) - A new arrest in what prosecutors have dubbed the largest burglary in English history comes almost three years to the day after thieves stole more than $20 million in cash and jewels in a brazen heist in London. Several men were convicted in the 2015 crime and sentenced to six... More »

Nerve Agent That Poisoned Ex-Spy More Toxic Than VX

Novichok agents developed in secret in Russia in the 1970s and '80s

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May says the chemical used to poison Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter in England was a Novichok nerve agent, tied to Russia not only through its name. Novichok—meaning "newcomer" in Russian—is a class of chemical agents developed in the Soviet... More »

KFC Suffers Mass Closures Over Lack of Chicken

Some 600 of its 900 UK locations were closed Monday

(Newser) - The chicken has crossed the road, "just not to our restaurants," explains KFC UK in a tweet addressing its weird problem: no chicken. USA Today reports about 900 of the chain's roughly 21,500 locations are in the UK, and only 300 of them were open Monday... More »

If UK Has Its Way, No One Will Be Lonely Again

PM Theresa May announces a minister of loneliness to address this public health issue

(Newser) - There's a rampant health issue in Britain that may be worse for one's health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and PM Theresa May has just appointed a person to address it. "For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life," May... More »

France Wouldn't Loan This to Queen in 1953. Now, a Change

Bayeux Tapestry is expected to be loaned to the UK

(Newser) - As the story goes, before Queen Elizabeth's 1953 coronation, Britain asked France if it might borrow the storied Bayeux Tapestry. The answer was no. Heinrich Himmler was also unsuccessful in transferring it to Nazi Germany. The 220-foot-long tapestry, which is on permanent display in Bayeux, France, has not left... More »

Why Stopping a 150mph Sneeze Isn't Smart

UK patient ruptures throat, researchers warn about other possible damage that could result

(Newser) - It's said to be "exceedingly rare," but a study in the BMJ Case Reports journal documents the case of a 34-year-old UK man who showed up at a Leicester hospital complaining he was having a hard time swallowing, and that he felt a "popping sensation" in... More »

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