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Message to ISIS on British Bomb Riles Internet

'Love From Manchester,' reads controversial note

(Newser) - A photo circulating online in the wake of the Manchester attack has sparked controversy, and the British Royal Air Force has confirmed it's indeed a real pic, CNN reports. The image, which started proliferating on Thursday, shows what appears to be a bomb with a written message on it... More »

UK Police to Stop Sharing Attack Information With US

Authorities are furious about leaks, insiders say

(Newser) - Police in Britain, angered by repeated leaks of sensitive information , have decided to stop sharing information on the Manchester terrorist attack with American authorities. The decision came after photographs believed to show bomb debris appeared in a New York Times report, sources tell the BBC , which calls the step a... More »

Britain Chastises US Over Leak of Bomber's Name

Meanwhile, authorities say assailant was part of a 'network'

(Newser) - Authorities in Britain are more sure than ever that Salman Abedi didn't act alone when he detonated a suicide bomb at the Ariana Grande concert. But they're also ticked at the US that the world knows Abedi's name. The leak to the media originally came from a... More »

When ISIS Goes After Kids, They're Trying to Bait Us

Terrorists want to instigate a 'holy war,' warns the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - That one of the victims in the Manchester bombing is just 8 years old is no accident: The bomber, whether he was working with ISIS or not, almost certainly knew that children would be at the Ariana Grande concert, writes the New York Times editorial board. It's a calculated... More »

Why Trump Won't Refer to Concert Attacker as 'Monster'

'They would like that term'

(Newser) - President Trump visited the West Bank city of Bethlehem Tuesday, where he condemned the "losers" behind Monday night's horrific terrorist attack in Manchester . "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won't call them monsters because... More »

After One-Star TripAdvisor Review, Restaurant Goes 'Nuclear'

Law firm for UK's High Rocks threatens mom Sarah Gardner with jail time

(Newser) - A British mom says she's a "nervous wreck" after she posted a negative restaurant review on TripAdvisor and is now being threatened with jail time for libel and defamation, per the Mirror . The London Times reports on the situation of 44-year-old nurse Sarah Gardner, who put up a... More »

Charity Shop Slammed With Copies of Da Vinci Code

14 years later, we apparently still have some copies to unload

(Newser) - The Da Vinci Code has sold so many copies—that would be at least 80 million —that it's bound to turn up in book donation piles. But at one charity shop in the UK, it's been donated so heavily that the shop has posted a sign propped... More »

London Overrun With Mystery Bug Swarm

The flying insects descended on Greenwich

(Newser) - Social media users in London are buzzing about an apparent swarm of flying insects that has descended on one part of the city. Videos posted to Twitter Tuesday show people ducking as the insects descend on Greenwich in southeast London, reports the AP . It's not clear what the bugs... More »

At One Private School, Boys Could Soon Wear Skirts

London school is considering gender-neutral uniforms

(Newser) - Last year, a group of boys in the UK made headlines when they wore skirts to school after they were disciplined for wearing shorts on a very hot day. Now the private Highgate School in north London is considering a plan that would allow boys to do just that, reports... More »

Baby Abandoned in Theater Finds Answers 60 Years Later

Thanks to Facebook and DNA evidence

(Newser) - Robert Weston first made headlines at just three weeks of age, when he was found abandoned in a movie theater bathroom in England in March 1956—left in expensive clothes, nestled in blankets, and with his head propped on a cushion. He's now in the news again, this time... More »

Neighbors Killed Woman for Bursting Kid's Ball

Mother, grandfather guilty of manslaughter

(Newser) - A woman who was sick of children's balls landing in her garden was beaten to death by neighbors after she punctured one of them. Prosecutors say Kelly Machin, 34, had long complained about the noise made by neighbor Natalie Bollen's children and about their balls landing in her... More »

Locked in Car, Toddler Can Only Grin

At least he kept his rescuers entertained

(Newser) - If Kirsty Green had to guess, she'd say her 14-month-old son Brandon is likely to be a mischievous adult. That's based on a scary but hilarious incident in a grocery store parking lot in Bude, England, last weekend. After mistakenly locking her car keys in her trunk, Green... More »

Freak Wave Turns Family Vacation Into Nightmare

Father, toddler daughter drown after being pulled into water from beach

(Newser) - A family in England is in mourning after a vacation turned into a horrifying fight for life that both the father and a toddler daughter ultimately lost. The Bruynius family had traveled from London to a resort in Cornwall and were fishing on rocks on the beach on Aug. 19,... More »

Baby Hauled Into US Embassy on Terrorism Suspicions

Grandfather made mistake on travel form, 3-month-old suspected of terror ties

(Newser) - Whether Harvey Kenyon-Cairns was nervous at the US Embassy in London as he was questioned about possible terrorist activities is unclear, but his grandfather tells the Guardian Harvey was "good as gold" and didn't cry once. Which is surprising, as Harvey is a 3-month-old British infant, caught up... More »

Workers Found Hidden Stairs, Then a Crown and Coffins

Remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury found by mistake in former medieval church

(Newser) - The Telegraph calls it the "perfect Easter story," except with ex-archbishops of Canterbury instead of Jesus, and a rather full tomb replacing Jesus' empty one. Workers renovating the Garden Museum (once a medieval-era church) next door to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lambeth Palace stumbled across a vault... More »

In Medieval England, Villagers Chopped Up Their Dead

Scientists think they feared a sort of zombie uprising

(Newser) - We humans can be a superstitious lot, and scientists are revealing yet another example of the extremes we'll go to in the fight to keep evil and danger at bay. In this case, experts report in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports that human bones excavated in 1963 and... More »

Weeks After UK Attack, 31-Year-Old Victim Dies

5th victim Andreea Cristea ended up in Thames after car plowed into pedestrians

(Newser) - The victim death toll from the London terror attack last month is now at five after a woman pulled from the Thames was taken off life support Thursday and died, the New York Times reports. Andreea Cristea, a 31-year-old architect from Romania, had been on the Westminster Bridge on March... More »

London Attacker Made an Unusual Test Run

Attack lasted just 82 seconds

(Newser) - Khalid Masood , the man behind Britain's worst terrorist attack in more than a decade, prepared in advance for last week's London rampage but not in the way a trained terrorist would be expected to, security officials say. According to GPS data from his vehicle, the 52-year-old performed... More »

Teen Boys Found Dead at Scenic Cliffs

UK police don't know what happened

(Newser) - Two teenage best friends are dead, leaving a community in northern England long on sadness but short on answers. Police found the bodies of Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman, both 17, just before 7pm Friday evening at the base of scenic cliffs, the Telegraph reports. Cleveland police said they were... More »

Moviegoers Went to See Moonlight, Got Punked

London theater kicked off showing with 20 seconds from 'La La Land' trailer

(Newser) - The "biggest blunder in Oscars history" is now three days old, but a London movie theater decided to extend the error's 15 minutes of fame on Monday. People have been flocking to see Moonlight since its best picture win on Sunday—after La La Land was mistakenly announced... More »

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