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'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 »

London's Reddish Sky Has Scientific Explanation

It's not pollution, it's Ophelia

(Newser) - The sky over London was looking downright eerie on Monday. The Guardian has an apocalypse comparison, while Ars Technica settles for something more like Blade Runner. The real reason? Ophelia . The hurricane-turned-cyclone has been churning up dust from the African Sahara in the atmosphere, the result being the orange and... More »

Cops: Girl, 17, Separated From Friends Is Assaulted 3 Times

London police say the attacks started just before midnight on Sept. 29

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who became separated from friends after a night out experienced the unthinkable in East London, say police: three sexual assaults within a 60-minute period. The BBC reports the teen was seen on surveillance footage in the area just before midnight on Sept. 29. She was being carried... More »

Injuries Reported After Car Drives Onto London Sidewalk

Police have determined it was a traffic collision, not terrorism

(Newser) - Multiple injuries were reported Sunday afternoon after a car drove onto the sidewalk outside the Natural History Museum in London, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the injuries in an area popular with tourists are said to be minor. Officials say 11 people were treated for injuries with nine... More »

Multiple Injuries in Suspected Acid Attack in London

A suspect has been arrested; police are looking for more

(Newser) - Police say at least six people were injured after being sprayed with "a noxious substance" Saturday night at a popular shopping center in London, CNN reports. According to the Telegraph , witnesses are describing it as an acid attack. Witnesses say the situation at the Stratford Shopping Centre started with... More »

London: Uber Unfit to Operate Here, So It Can't

Company's license expires Sept. 30

(Newser) - London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a... More »

Arrest Made in Hunt for London Attack Suspects

Threat level still at critical after 'significant arrest'

(Newser) - British police have made a "significant" arrest in the urgent manhunt for suspects a day after the London subway blast that injured more than two dozen people, authorities say. Police say that an 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent police Saturday in the port of Dover on the English... More »

Trump's Call After London Attack: Get 'Proactive & Nasty!'

Attacks shows need for tough travel ban, he says

(Newser) - Rarely reticent after overseas incidents, President Trump spoke up early Friday after news streamed across the pond of a rush-hour explosion in the London Underground that injured at least 18 people. He railed on Twitter against the "loser terrorists," calling those responsible "sick and demented people who... More »

18 Hurt in Terror Attack on London Underground

Blast caused panic during rush hour

(Newser) - An explosion and fire on a London Underground train caused panic and injuries during rush hour Friday morning. Police, ambulances, and firefighters were called to the Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city after the blast, which authorities are now calling a terrorist attack, the Guardian reports. Photos... More »

Museum Wants to Display Glob of Congealed Grossness

We are speaking, of course, of the fatberg

(Newser) - Congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat, and oil—not exactly what you'd expect to see behind glass at the Museum of London. But if the museum has its way, that's what will come to pass. The city is in the midst of a three-week "sewer war" against a... More »

London Officials Battling 'Total Monster' in Sewer

A 143-ton 'fatberg' isn't proving easy to deconstruct

(Newser) - British engineers say they've launched a "sewer war" against a giant blob clogging London's sewers, reports the AP . Thames Water officials said Tuesday it will likely take three weeks to dissolve the outsize "fatberg." They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 275... More »

Buckingham Palace Locked Down After Knife Attack

Two police officers were injured and a man was arrested

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace was put on lockdown Friday after police say a man attacked officers with a knife, the Telegraph reports. The suspect was tackled by officers and arrested shortly after 8:30pm near the palace gates in London, with two officers suffering minor injuries in the scuffle. "I was... More »

London's Big Ben Clocks Out Until 2021

'You don't know what you've got till it's gone'

(Newser) - With a dozen deep bongs, Britain's Big Ben sounded the hour for the last time Monday before falling silent for repair work due to last almost four years . The giant bell atop Parliament's clock tower rang out at noon, as it has almost every hour since 1859, becoming... More »

World's Most Famous Clock Falling Silent for 4 Years

London's 'Big Ben' bell needs some renovations

(Newser) - A familiar sound in London won't be heard for four years after next week: Big Ben is going in for renovations. The famous bell in Elizabeth Tower will chime at noon on August 21, then fall largely silent until 2021, reports the Guardian . The bongs, however, will sound on... More »

American Victim of Mistaken Identity in Jogging Assault

Police continue hunt for man who pushed woman into path of bus

(Newser) - London police thought they'd gotten their man in a shocking incident in which a jogger shoved a woman into the path of a bus. On Thursday, they arrested a 41-year-old American investment banker over the May 5 incident on the city's Putney Bridge. Turns out ,he had a... More »

Suspect Eyed in Woman's Near Miss With Bus

The man is in custody, say London police

(Newser) - Police in the UK have arrested a suspect in the shocking assault on a female pedestrian in London. A man was arrested in London's Chelsea neighborhood on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, reports the BBC ; the man's age was originally reported as being 41 but... More »

In 'Shocking' Video, Jogger Knocks Woman in Front of Bus

London police searching for man involved in May incident

(Newser) - London police are searching for a jogger seen knocking a woman into the path of an oncoming bus in "shocking" CCTV footage . According to police, a 33-year-old woman was walking on Putney Bridge in London around 7:40am on May 5 when a man jogging in the opposite direction... More »

Was Jack the Ripper a Wealthy Cotton Merchant?

New evidence suggests a tell-all diary is authentic

(Newser) - In 1992, a 9,000-word diary was found in the floorboards of a home in England containing a detailed confession to murders tied to Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who terrorized London for 10 weeks in 1888. It ended thusly: "I give my name that all know of... More »

A Mother's 'Nanosecond of Nipple,' Then a Tweetstorm

Mom breastfeeding in London museum takes to Twitter after being asked to cover up

(Newser) - Surrounded by stone breasts, one mom was pressured to cover up her own. NPR reports on a breastfeeding mother who was asked by a staffer at London's Victoria and Albert Museum to cover up while trying to feed her 1-year-old in a museum courtyard over the weekend. But instead... More »

Prince William Is Finally Ready to Wear His Crown

He's leaving pilot job to take on more royal duties

(Newser) - With Prince Philip stepping back , Prince William is stepping up. William took off on his final flight as an air ambulance pilot Thursday as he prepares to take on more royal duties, reports NBC News . Writing in the Eastern Daily Press, per the Evening Standard , William said his experiences with... More »

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