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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 »

Man Grieved at Wrong Headstone for 30 Years

George Salt visited the wrong plot while grieving the loss of an infant daughter for decades

(Newser) - A man in England who'd always visited the grave of the daughter he lost in her infancy multiple times per year was shocked to learn recently that he'd been visiting the wrong cemetery plot. Per BBC , George Salt lost his daughter, Victoria, just days after her birth in... 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 »

Authorities ID Source of Nerve Agent: a Small Bottle

Novichok found in residence of man poisoned; his girlfriend has died

(Newser) - A British mother of three died last week after she and her boyfriend were exposed to the same nerve agent blamed in the poisoning of a spy. Now investigators have traced the poison in the latest case to a bottle found in the home of boyfriend Charlie Rowley, who was... 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 »

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 »

Nerve Agent That Sickened Former Spy Strikes Again

Two people hospitalized in critical condition in England after exposure to same toxin

(Newser) - For the second time in four months, two people lie critically ill in England's Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, British police confirmed late Wednesday. The country's chief counterterrorism police officer says tests at Britain's defense laboratory... More »

Arrest Made in 'Highly Complex' Probe of 8 Infant Deaths

'Health care professional' is accused of killing newborns in UK neonatal unit

(Newser) - Seventeen newborns died at a UK hospital over a 15-month period, while another 15 suffered "non-fatal collapses"—and police say they've finally taken a "significant step forward" in figuring out what happened. The BBC and CBS News report an arrest has been made of a female... More »

Pro-Brexit Chants Could Mean Trouble at World Cup

FIFA could punish England if fans chant pro-Brexit songs at Thursday's game versus Belgium

(Newser) - England could face punishment if fans at the World Cup chant insulting pro-Brexit sentiments, FIFA has said. Per the Telegraph , rules against “insulting or political slogans” and “uttering insulting words or sounds” at the biggest event in soccer might mean sanctions against the team should fans veer from... More »

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 general 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 »

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