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Snowden Elected Rector at Glasgow University

Students show their support for former NSA contractor

(Newser) - Taking office may be a little tricky, but Edward Snowden still supported students at Glasgow University in Scotland who elected him their new rector. The NSA whistleblower said he was "humbled by ... this historic statement in defense of our shared values," the Guardian reports. Indeed, it was a... More »

8 Dead in Horrific Copter Crash

3 people in helicopter, 5 in pub killed in crash

(Newser) - Scottish police say eight people are now confirmed dead following the crash of a police helicopter into a crowded Glasgow pub last night. Chief Constable Stephen House says all those aboard the helicopter—two officers and a civilian pilot—died when the aircraft crashed into the roof of The Clutha... More »

For $1.2K, Club Will Let You Peep Into Ladies' Bathroom

Scotland police investigating

(Newser) - Be careful if you're a woman at Glasgow's Shimmy Club and find yourself having to use the restroom: It's installed with a two-way mirror, and clubgoers who want a look are charged as much as $1,200 to peep in. After complaints, Scotland's police force launched... More »

Glasgow All the Rage After Brad Pitt Stay

Zombie flick helps Glasgow edge out Edinburgh for top Scottish destination

(Newser) - What happens in Glasgow stays in Glasgow—except when Brad Pitt comes to town to film a potential zombie blockbuster, and the city transforms into Scotland's top destination spot so far this year. Calling it the "Brad Pitt effect," the Daily Mail notes that Scotland's No.... More »

Scots Eye Water Bus as Commute Option

'Amfibus' could replace ferry on River Clyde

(Newser) - A $1.1 million amphibious bus is one of the options Scottish authorities are considering to replace ferry service between two towns on the River Clyde near Glasgow. The “amfibus” looks like the average bus on the road, but has a hull and twin jets that power it through... More »

Armstrong Tweets Invite to Ride; Masses Clog Traffic

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong brought Scottish traffic to a standstill today after more than 200 cyclists answered his Twitter invitation for a casual bike ride. The seven-time Tour de France winner issued the invitation while in Glasgow to watch Irish rockers U2 perform tonight. "Hey Glasgow, Scotland! I'm coming your way,... More »

Madonna-Guy Nude Painting Sells, Finally

Exact price is unknown

(Newser) - After failing to sell at auction last month, a painting of Madonna in the buff with ex Guy Ritchie has found a buyer, the BBC reports. An anonymous collector paid more than the $24,000 reserve price demanded by a Scottish house. “We were very confident we would find... More »

UK Set to Name First Female Poet Laureate

Blair had passed Duffy over fearing public wouldn't accept lesbian

(Newser) - The UK looks set to honor a woman as poet for the first time, the Independent reports, and an openly gay woman at that. At 53, Carol Ann Duffy is Great Britain’s most widely read poet, and might’ve already been named poet laureate but for former PM Tony... More »

Aussies Drop Terror Charge Against Doc

"No prospect of conviction' for man who loaned out SIM card

(Newser) - The Australian government today dropped a terrorism charge against an Indian doctor who had been linked to a series of attempted car bomb attacks in Britain. The top prosecutor said the charges against Mohammed Haneef, 27, had been withdrawn because there "was no reasonable prospect of conviction."  More »

UK Tightens Screening of Foreign Docs

PM orders review of recruiting in wake of attempted bombings

(Newser) - The UK is scaling up background checks on foreign doctors and other health workers in response to the revelation that eight suspects in the attempted London and Glasgow car bombings last weekend worked for the National Health Service, the Telegraph reports. PM Gordon Brown, in his first Question Time in... More »

Bomb Plots Hatched in Brit Hospitals

Extremist cell of immigrant doctors linked to UK terror

(Newser) - A secret Al-Qaeda cell of foreign doctors working under cover of British hospitals is being investigated as the key source of the string of car bombing attempts that rocked Britain over the weekend, the Independent reports. Five of of eight people who have been arrested are believed to be doctors,... More »

US Plays Down New Terror Attack Warning

No specific evidence, Homeland Security Chief maintains

(Newser) - Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff has minimized reports of an al-Queda terrorism "spectacular" this summer, described in a secret US law enforcement document. There is no "specific, credible evidence" of an impending attack on the US, Chertoff says, according to the Boston Herald. But one senior official notes... More »

London Security Crackdown Targets Transit

Travelers in for increased delays

(Newser) - British police are cracking down on security at rail services and airports to thwart terror attacks in the wake of a trio of car bomb attempts over the weekend. No specific intelligence warns of an attack on the subway system or the rail network, but the increased patrols and security... More »

Brit Police Raid Al-Qaeda Cells

Doctor among arrested as cops hunt for others

(Newser) - British police raided homes and sealed roads in a nationwide hunt for al-Qaeda terrorists linked to botched car bomb attacks aimed at key London landmarks and the Glasgow Airport, the Guardian reports.  Four men and one woman, including a physician, are  in custody, but detectives continue to search for... More »

5 Arrests in Glasgow Attack

The UK is on highest alert after Glasgow attack linked to attempted London car bombs

(Newser) - The UK is on highest terror alert and five suspects are in custody in the aftermath of yesterday's  attempted attack on the Glasgow airport. Two were the drivers of the flaming car driven into the main terminal building; two were picked up in home searches nearby in Glasgow, and one... More »

Car Rams Glasgow Airport

Jeep Cherokee in flames, with two occupants, crashes at high speed into terminal; all flights suspended

(Newser) - A burning Jeep Cherokee was driven at high speed into the main terminal building at the Glasgow airport today. Two men in the vehicle, described as Asian, survived the crash and were taken into custody, the BBC reports. The airport was evacuated and all flights were suspended. More »

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