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He Was Cleared of Girls' Murder in 1987. Now, a Conviction

Witness in Russell Bishop case who flipped in 1987 could face perjury investigation

(Newser) - Nothing can bring back Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, 9-year-old girls murdered in the UK in 1986. "But we know that other children are now safe from the hands of Russell Bishop," family members said Monday as the 52-year-old convicted pedophile was found guilty of sexually assaulting and... More »

'Unbelievable Mistake' in Treating Man's Lung Leads to Suit

Family of the late William Hannah suing UK hospital after lung was washed with detergent

(Newser) - A UK hospital made an "appalling" error right before a 68-year-old died there, says his daughter, and now she and her family are suing the hospital for it. William Hannah passed away in September 2017 at Salford Royal Hospital while being treated after a car accident that had left... More »

Jailed Rapist Told He Could Seek Visits With Victim's Son

The teen's mother is outraged

(Newser) - An eye-popping story out of Northern England, where the Times of London reports a convicted rapist was contacted by the Rotherham Council while incarcerated and invited to seek out visits with the son he fathered through rape. The child's mother was 15 when she became pregnant by Arshid Hussain,... More »

Charles on Why He'll Keep Mouth Shut as King: 'I'm Not That Stupid'

Prince who's vocal on topics like environment says he won't be once he's crowned

(Newser) - When he's not having servants iron his shoelaces , Prince Charles has been accused of "meddling" into hot topics such as the environment by strongly voicing his opinions—not a typical stance for royals to take in public debates. And he's defiant about it, telling a BBC documentary... More »

This Adventurer Just Defied History

Ross Edgley, 33, broke at least three swimming records

(Newser) - A 33-year-old British endurance athlete stepped ashore on an English beach Sunday, becoming the first person to swim around the coast of Great Britain, the AP reports. Ross Edgley spent 157 days in the water and covered 1,791 miles. He swam in six-hour stints, sleeping in his support boat.... More »

'Terrifying' Doll Gets Spotify Ad Banned

Even 'Havana' couldn't keep a UK watchdog group from banning it

(Newser) - Spotify's latest ad features a catchy popular pop tune and "a medley of horror film tropes" in the lead-up to its final tagline, per NPR : "Killer songs you can't resist." But it's just that horror theme, along with what Billboard calls a "terrifying... More »

Pippa Middleton Welcomes First Child

It's a boy cousin for George, Charlotte, and Louis

(Newser) - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have new titles: uncle and aunt. Kate Middleton's younger sister, Pippa, gave birth to her first child , a son, with husband James Matthews on Monday at St. Mary's Hospital in London. There's no word yet on a name, though "everyone... More »

The Unusual Reason Behind Newest Royal Wedding Dress

Princess Eugenie purposely picked a backless number to show off a childhood scar

(Newser) - Britain's Princess Eugenie married tequila executive Jack Brooksbank in a star-studded royal wedding Friday at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The 28-year-old bride, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and ninth in line to the British throne, wore a long-sleeved gown with a fitted... More »

One of Britain's Top Snowboarders Dead at 18

Ellie Soutter, on track for Olympics, dies on her birthday

(Newser) - A snowboarder on track to represent Great Britain at the 2022 Olympics died unexpectedly on her 18th birthday. Ellie Soutter, whom British Ski and Snowboard named as "one of the country's best up-and-coming snowboarders," was found dead Wednesday, though it's unclear how she died or where:... More »

Irish Border Problem Holds Up Brexit Talks

Deal slips away after talks in Brussels

(Newser) - The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of top-level diplomacy on Monday without a deal on the terms of their divorce, as agreement on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit slipped out of the negotiators' grasp, the AP reports. British Prime Minister Theresa May went to... More »

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 »

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