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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 »

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 »

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 »

Dog Kills Owner in Front of BBC Crew

Cameras were not rolling at the time

(Newser) - A British man was fatally attacked by his own dog while a BBC documentary crew looked on. The incident occurred on March 20 as the crew was interviewing 41-year-old Mario Perivoitos at his London flat, reports the BBC . However, cameras were not rolling as the man's staffordshire bull terrier... More »

UK Wants London Attacker's WhatsApp Message

Khalid Masood sent message just before beginning Wednesday attack

(Newser) - Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday. British press reports suggest Masood used the messaging service just minutes before a rampage Wednesday that left three pedestrians and... More »

Embassy: London Attacker Worked in Saudi Arabia

It's not clear when Masood became radicalized

(Newser) - The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the country's UK embassy says. The embassy says Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009.... More »

Police Release New Details on London Attacker

He was born Adrian Russell Ajao

(Newser) - Khalid Masood, the man responsible for the attack outside Britain's Parliament that killed four people and wounded 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao, London's top counterterror officer said Friday. Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing outside Scotland Yard in which he also announced two more "... More »

Woman Pulled From Thames Following London Attack ID'd

And a fourth victim has died

(Newser) - The woman pulled seriously injured from the Thames following the London terror attack has been identified as 29-year-old Romanian architect Andreea Christea, the Independent reports. She was visiting London with her boyfriend for his birthday Wednesday. Cristea was on the Westminster Bridge when a car drove into pedestrians, according to... More »

Utah Man Killed in London Terror Attack

Kurt Cochran, 54, was killed; wife Melissa seriously injured

(Newser) - Not much was initially revealed about the two civilians killed in Wednesday's terror attack in London, which also ended in the death of a British cop and the attacker being gunned down by police, but now there are a few details on at least one of the deceased: a... More »

Britain Identifies 52-Year-Old London Attacker

Theresa May says Khalid Masood was known but 'peripheral' figure to police, intel

(Newser) - Details are still trickling out about Wednesday's terror attack in London , and the BBC and the New York Times report that the attacker was identified Thursday by Metropolitan Police as 52-year Khalid Masood, who had been convicted for a series of non-terrorism-related crimes over a span of at least... More »

Trump Son Slammed for Response to London Attack

He tweeted months-old remark from mayor

(Newser) - President Trump's oldest son was slammed Wednesday for what was seen as a political attack on London's mayor within hours of a terrorist attack that left five people dead and dozens injured. "You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city,... More »

7 Arrested After London Attack

PM denounces 'sick and depraved' attack

(Newser) - Police in Britain say they believe the man behind London's deadliest terror attack since 2005 "acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism"—though they've also arrested seven people around the country in connection with the attack. London police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said Thursday that... More »

Member of Parliament Being Hailed as Hero in London Attack

Tobias Ellwood tried to save police officer who was stabbed

(Newser) - Tobias Ellwood's brother was killed in a terrorist bombing in Bali in 2002, and on Wednesday, the conservative UK member of parliament found himself in the middle of a terrorist attack on his own home turf. Ellwood was on the scene when a police officer was stabbed in the... More »

Groom Admits Raping Woman Hours Before Wedding

Derry McCann previously served time for rape

(Newser) - A UK woman was almost in sight of her front door in east London when Derry McCann pulled her into bushes at Victoria Park, raped her for two hours—and then left to go get married later that day. McCann, 28, acknowledged what prosecutors called a "sustained and systematic"... 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 »

10 Best Cities for Students

After 5 years on top, Paris is dethroned

(Newser) - A French city has been replaced by a French Canadian one at the top of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking , a list of the best cities in the world for international students, based on university rankings, employment, affordability, and—for the first time this year—student opinions. To be... More »

Gang Steals $3M in Books in Hollywood-Esque Heist

They cut through skylights, rappelled down

(Newser) - It was a heist worthy of Hollywood: Thieves targeted a London warehouse temporarily holding some of the world's rarest books, cut through its skylights, rappelled down, and made off with more than $3 million in bounty, reports the Telegraph . In total, the trio nabbed more than 160 books, and... More »

Squatters Turn $19M London Home Into Homeless Shelter

The nearly 200-year-old home was bought by a Russian oligarch in 2014

(Newser) - A group of squatters has seized an empty property on one of Britain's "most expensive and exclusive streets" and turned it into a homeless shelter, the Telegraph reports. According to the Guardian , the five-story, $19 million home was purchased by a Russian oligarch in 2014 but is believed... More »

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