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1st Same-Sex Olympic Couple Wins Gold

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh are members of Great Britain's field hockey team

(Newser) - Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were already the first same-sex married couple to compete in the Olympics, Advocate reports. On Friday, they added a gold medal to that historic first. "To win a gold medal is a dream come true—to win it standing next to my wife is really... More »

What the UK's Late-Night Brexit Googling Reveals

People were trying to learn the basics, but AFTER the vote

(Newser) - So the United Kingdom voted for Brexit , PM David Cameron announced his resignation , and scores of people starting frenetically Googling "What happens if we leave the EU?"—just a few hours after they already voted en masse to do so, the Verge reports. Google Trends tweeted there was... More »

UK Votes for Brexit

'Leave' side hails 'independence day'

(Newser) - The BBC , among others, has called it: The UK has voted to leave the European Union, sending shock waves through the EU and world economies. With almost all results in, the vote stands at 52% for "Leave" and 48% for "Remain," the Guardian reports. Signaling discord ahead... More »

England May Finally Get Its Own National Anthem

God save ' God Save the Queen'?

(Newser) - God may save the Queen, but who will save "God Save the Queen"? A bill introduced Wednesday in British parliament means England will consider replacing "God Save the Queen" as its de facto national anthem for the first time in 200 years, the New York Times reports.... More »

Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

Former prime minister dies 'peacefully' after stroke

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher suffered a stroke and died this morning at the age of 87, the BBC reports. "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announce that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully," spokesman Lord Bell said in a statement today. Thatcher was Britain's first... More »

Libya to Release All Lockerbie Files

...in a year or so

(Newser) - With Moammar Gadhafi gone and a nascent democracy in place, Libyan officials say they will release all their files related to the infamous Lockerbie bombing, reports the BBC . The top Scottish prosecutor has been lobbying Libya's new government for months to release whatever information it has about the bombing... More »

Richard III Might Be Buried Under Parking Lot

Site once held medieval church

(Newser) - British drivers may be parking their cars on top of a king's bones. Archaeologists believe that Richard III, monarch of England from 1483 to 1485, could be buried underneath a parking lot in the city of Leicester. Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, and his corpse was... More »

Mitt Tries to Quash 'Anglo-Saxon' Gaffe

Obama just doesn't get 'special' Anglo-Saxon vibe: adviser

(Newser) - Mitt Romney was backpedaling as fast as he could yesterday after an unidentified adviser derided President Obama for not being able to recognize the depth of the British-American relationship because he can't fully appreciate the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage," the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. "We are part... More »

Manufacturing Orders Slump in Asia, Plunge in Europe

Leading indicator reveals Western economies may be worse than thought

(Newser) - Purchasing Managers' Index reports from Asia and Europe—a critical economic indicator—showed big drops in June, in a strong sign that the economies of Europe and the US could be weaker than thought, the Guardian . Despite European leaders agreeing on a bank bailout scheme last week, Europe's PMI... More »

Cameron: Time for Brits to Figure Out EU Relationship

With euro project affecting sovereignty, PM wants popular mandate

(Newser) - With the eurozone crisis forcing European countries ever closer together—think eurobonds , stimulus transfer payments between countries, and more treaties— Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is broaching the word "referendum," saying Britons might have to go to the polls again to determine what they want. "As... More »

UK Court: Anorexic Woman Should Be Force-Fed

Judge says it's in best interests of woman, who is near death

(Newser) - A 32-year-old suffering from extreme anorexia was ordered yesterday by a British court to be force-fed in order to save her life, reports the Guardian . Several people who know the woman asked that she be left to die a "dignified death," but the judge ruled that she lacked... More »

Anti-Monarchists Gear Up to Derail Queen's Jubilee

Republicans find lavish celebrations fly in face of austerity elsewhere

(Newser) - Not everyone in Britain is thrilled beyond words about Queen Elizabeth's big diamond jubilee on Saturday: Somewhere between 22% and 50% of Britons are estimated to be anti-monarchist, and with a tough austerity program rocking Britain's economy, many anti-austerity protesters are teaming up with republicans to demonstrate against... More »

Yum? Great Lakes Provide Lampreys for Queen's Pie

England needs them for Elizabeth's jubilee dessert

(Newser) - The slimy eel-like creature known as a sea lamprey happens to be the special ingredient in a traditional English pie that will be cooked up for Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her reign in June, reports the Detroit Free Press . But the animals are endangered and... More »

UK a Hotbed of Female Genital Mutilation

Model Waris Dirie says abusive procedure allowed because of racism

(Newser) - Female genital mutilation is illegal in Great Britain, but as many as 100,000 women have undergone the procedure there, according to an investigation by the Sunday Times . What's more, the inquiry unveiled doctors, alternative medicine practitioners, and even dentists willing to perform the procedure on children as young... More »

Groom Gets 6 Years for Starting Fire at Own Wedding

Max Kay lit curtains on fire after being refused more booze

(Newser) - A British groom will be enjoying a six-year honeymoon by himself, in prison. Real estate developer Max Kay, 37, started a fire at his own wedding party after hotel staff refused to let him extend a bar tab, reports SkyNews . Kay waited until the early morning hours after the squabble... More »

Brits Perk Up as Starbucks Doubles Espresso Shots

Tea-drinkers will get strongest Starbucks drinks in the world

(Newser) - Get ready to get your buzz on, Britain. Starbucks is planning to double espresso shots in all its lattes and cappuccinos served in the UK. The move has been brewing since customer requests for extra shots started skyrocketing two years ago, say company officials. The new shots boosting caffeine and... More »

Court Clerk Watches Porn During Rape Trial

He said he was 'bored'

(Newser) - A "bored" London court clerk was busted after looking at hardcore bondage pornography in the middle of a British rape trial. The judge spotted the photos on the clerk's computer as he peered over his bench while the victim described her horrific attack. When the judge "noticed... More »

In Search of Code Breakers, UK Intel Invades Social Media

Launches 'Can You Crack It?' test

(Newser) - Did you ever want to be a code-breaking secret agent? Well, this could be your big chance. One of Great Britain's oldest intelligence services, Government Communications Headquarters, has launched an online test called " Can You Crack It? ," designed to help find new talent, reports the BBC . The... More »

Britain Hacks Queen's Budget

Bill also increases public audits to royal family's expenses

(Newser) - God might save the queen, but not from budget cuts and the government peeking at her checkbook, reports the Telegraph. The belt-tightening and increased transparency will ensure "value for money" for the royal institution, proponents say; others contend the changes will attack the dignity of monarchy. Under the Sovereign... More »

Kate's Wedding Dress to Get Special Treatment

It's going on display, along with the veil, tiara, shoes, and earrings

(Newser) - Kate Middleton's memorable wedding gown will be on display to the public this summer at Buckingham Palace. The dress, designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, will be displayed from July 23 until Oct 3, according to palace officials. And viewers will be able to ogle... More »

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