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NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

Mayor Who OKed Trump Blimp Gets Own Balloon

Khan OKs 29-foot bikini balloon

(Newser) - Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan have been given permission to fly a giant balloon over London that depicts him dressed in a bikini. Organizer Yanny Bruere has raised more than $75,000 through the Crowdfunder website for the 29-foot blimp as part of a campaign to oust Khan from... More »

Behold, the Famous Fatberg, Now on Livestream

Lower your expectations for excitement

(Newser) - London's 140-ton fatberg was finally pulled from a sewer last year, but it didn't disappear. Samples of the mass of fat, oil, wet wipes, and feminine hygiene products have found a comfortable home in the Museum of London's permanent collection , and you don't need to visit... More »

London Crash Being Treated as Terrorist Attack

Suspect wasn't known to security agencies

(Newser) - The crash that injured three people outside Britain's Houses of Parliament on Tuesday is being treated as a terrorist attack, police in London say—but the suspect does not appear to have been on authorities' radar. The 29-year-old man isn't known to counterterrorism or spy agencies and is... 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 »

Male Model Guilty of Murdering Rival

It started with an online feud, London police say

(Newser) - A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute. A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka's London home, the AP reports. The 25-year-old victim was signed to London's Premier... 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 »

Yes, This Is a Giant Statue of Jeff Goldblum

It's up in London, at least temporarily

(Newser) - It is ... spectacular? The opposite of spectacular? Too weird to be true? The "it" in question is a 25-foot bare-chested statue of Jeff Goldblum now gracing a field in front of London's Tower Bridge. As USA Today explains, the statue is a publicity stunt by the UK's... More »

Trump 'Quite Stung' by London's Blimp

Inflatable depicting president as baby rises over Parliament

(Newser) - London has seen countless strange sights over the centuries—but a blimp depicting President Trump as an angry orange baby rising outside the Houses of Parliament is a new one. The blimp—part of protests against Trump's visit that are planned in dozens of British cities—went up Friday... More »

Anti-Trump Protests in London Likely Won't Be Seen by Trump

His itinerary next week will largely keep him out of the city

(Newser) - President Trump may not see much of a blimp that plans to soar over London next week to mock him. The president arrives in Britain Thursday, but his itinerary will largely keep him out of the capital city and away from protesters, reports the Guardian . Trump will spend one night... More »

It Was England's Biggest Burglary Ever. Now, an Arrest

Man linked to 2015 heist arrested following London raid

(Newser) - A new arrest in what prosecutors have dubbed the largest burglary in English history comes almost three years to the day after thieves stole more than $20 million in cash and jewels in a brazen heist in London. Several men were convicted in the 2015 crime and sentenced to six... More »

Hawking's Ashes Will Rest Next to a Scientific Great

His ashes will be kept at London's Westminster Abbey

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking's final resting place will be among other famous scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Hawking's ashes will be interred at London’s Westminster Abbey, next to Newton's grave, at a Thanksgiving ceremony later this year, the Abbey has revealed . The Dean of Westminster... More »

3 Billboards Driven Through London Demand Justice

'71 dead. And still no arrests? How come?'

(Newser) - Activists for victims of a deadly London high-rise fire have taken inspiration from an Oscar-nominated film to press for more action by police. Three mobile billboards were driven through the British capital Thursday on behalf of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign, the AP reports. The group was set up after... More »

Elite Charity Dinner Exposed as Grope-Fest

2 female reporters for 'Financial Times' work as hostesses

(Newser) - On the surface, it was a respectable event that raised $2.8 million for charities including a world-renowned children's hospital. But a bit of digging reveals London's men-only Presidents Club Charity Dinner is the opposite of respectable, reports the Financial Times . The newspaper sent a pair of undercover... More »

Trump Calls Off London Visit, Blames Obama

He says embassy sale was a 'bad deal'

(Newser) - President Trump says he has scrapped plans to visit London—and it's former President Obama's fault. In a tweet late Thursday, Trump said he will not be unveiling the new American embassy in the city because his predecessor made a "bad deal," reports Reuters . "Reason... More »

At Least 1 Animal Dead, Others Missing in Zoo Fire

Cause of Saturday's fire at London Zoo is unknown

(Newser) - A beloved aardvark is dead and four meerkats are missing after a fire tore through part of the London Zoo on Saturday, Reuters reports. The fire mostly damaged a cafe and gift shop but impacted an animal petting area, as well. Misha, a 10-year-old aardvark and one of the most... More »

Grisly Death Has Some Talking Spontaneous Human Combustion

Retiree dies after mysteriously bursting into flames in London

(Newser) - A grisly mystery in London has police searching for answers. The Independent reports a 70-year-old man named John Nolan was walking near his home Sept. 17 when he burst into flames. Emergency services were called for a "man ablaze" while bystanders tried to put out the fire. The retired... More »

Most Expensive US Embassy Has No Perimeter Fence

$1B London building was designed to be welcoming

(Newser) - The most surprising aspect of the pricey new US Embassy in London is what isn't there: a perimeter fence. There is no imposing security barrier to protect the highly visible embassy in a city that has this year been targeted repeatedly by extremists. Instead there are some public gardens... More »

Top Restaurant on TripAdvisor Was Just Some Guy's Shed

Vice writer takes fake restaurant to top of TripAdvisor's rankings in just 6 months

(Newser) - For a brief shining moment in November, the best restaurant in London, as rated by TripAdvisor, featured TV dinners, live chickens, and a DJ playing kitchen noises in lieu of an actual kitchen. Oobah Butler used to be paid by restaurants to leave good reviews on TripAdvisor without actually visiting... More »

'Beast Finally Defeated:' London's Fatberg Is No More

A 140-ton fatberg is gone from the city's sewer

(Newser) - It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses , and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team," says Alex... More »

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