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WWII Wreck of US Fighter Plane Now Protected

Lockheed P-38 Lightning surfaces occasionally off Welsh coast

(Newser) - The wreck of a US fighter plane that crashed off the coast of Wales in World War II should be around for years to come thanks to new protections. The site of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning has been given protected status by the Welsh historic environment service, Cadw. It's... More »

Irate Patrons: Harrods Is 'the Grinch Who Stole Christmas'

Customers are miffed that only big spenders can visit the store's Christmas Grotto

(Newser) - Starting on Friday, Harrod's department store in London will open the doors to its Christmas Grotto, a "snow-covered woodland filled with sparkling surprises that will leave little ones mesmerized" through Christmas Eve, including a visit with Father Christmas himself. But those little ones will need caretakers with fat... More »

EU Agrees to Delay Brexit

UK asked for a 'flextension' to Jan. 31

(Newser) - Looks like no Brexit this year: The European Union agreed Monday to delay Brexit until Jan. 31—making the concession just three days before Britain was due to become the first country ever to leave the 28-nation bloc. After a short meeting of diplomats in Brussels, European Council President Donald... More »

'I Am Sorry, Mom ... I'm Dying'

Family of missing Vietnamese woman fears she was on UK truck

(Newser) - When authorities in England made the horrific discovery of 39 bodies in a container truck this week, they initially thought all the victims were Chinese. Now, however, that is changing, thanks in part to the emergence of a wrenching text sent by a missing 26-year-old Vietnamese woman. “I’m... More »

Police Trace Final Journey of 39 Found Dead in Truck

'To put 39 people into a locked metal container shows a contempt for human life that is evil'

(Newser) - Authorities found 39 people dead in a truck in an industrial park in England on Wednesday and arrested the driver on suspicion of murder in one of Britain's worst human-smuggling tragedies. All 39 were Chinese citizens. Police are reconstructing the final journey of the victims and trying to piece... More »

Man Arrested After 39 Found Dead in Back of UK Truck

Police believe truck came to UK from Bulgaria

(Newser) - Police in southeast England say 39 people were found dead Wednesday inside a truck container believed to have come from Bulgaria. The truck, which is said to have entered Britain via the Welsh port of Holyhead on Saturday, was found by ambulance workers at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex,... More »

UK Cops to Get New Crack at US Diplomat's Wife

Anne Sacoolas requested interview 'under caution' in US

(Newser) - British police will get another interview with the US diplomat's wife involved in the car crash that killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn—just not in the UK. Anne Sacoolas requested to be interviewed by Northamptonshire Police in the US, where officers are now traveling, Sky News reports. The outlet notes... More »

He Lost His Wallet. Then He Noticed His Bank Account

A stranger got creative and made 4 separate penny deposits to contact him

(Newser) - When Tim Cameron lost his wallet on the way home from work on Monday, the London resident assumed it was gone for good, particularly as it contained little identifying information. Then he looked at his bank account. Enter an ingenious Good Samaritan by the name of Simon. As Mashable reports,... More »

Markle Says She's Not OK, Internet Rallies to Her Side

Markle reveals in interview she's been struggling with the pressure of being a royal, new mom

(Newser) - Meghan Markle has had an eventful year, most notably with the birth of her son, Archie, and People reports she's now "getting real" about all of the pressures that go along with that. Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, an ITV documentary on Markle and Prince Harry, is... More »

Feds: Detained Brits Deliberately Crossed Border

2 of them had previously been denied entry to the US

(Newser) - American authorities are disputing the account of a British couple who say they were taken into custody after accidentally crossing into the US from Canada. Customs and Border Protection's Northwest Division released a video Wednesday that it says shows the couple "slowly and deliberately driving through a ditch"... More »

Harry Dunn's Parents: Trump Made Inappropriate Offer

They refused Tuesday meeting with Anne Sacoolas at White House

(Newser) - The parents of a British teen killed in an Aug. 27 crash involving a US diplomat's wife said they had no plans to meet the woman during their visit stateside. Indeed, they said they'd been advised against such a meeting unless Anne Sacoolas returned to the UK for... More »

He Tried 'to Kill as Many People as Possible.' Now, His Fate

Salih Khater gets life in prison after plowing his car into crowd outside UK Parliament, injuring 3

(Newser) - A man who deliberately drove his car into several people outside Britain's Parliament in a bid "to kill as many people as possible" was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment for attempted murder. During a hearing at London's Central Criminal Court, Judge Maura McGowan said Salih Khater must... More »

Trump on UK Crash: Wrong-Way Driving 'Happens'

Notes suggest Anne Sacoolas will not return to UK

(Newser) - Anne Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of a US diplomat who fled the UK after a fatal Aug. 27 crash in which she claims diplomatic immunity, has no plans to return, according to notes provided to President Trump. A Washington Post photographer got a look at briefing notes given to Trump... More »

210-Foot-Long Fatberg Literally Had Teeth

Fake ones, but still

(Newser) - Fatbergs are mostly made up of, you guessed it, fat. But the waste materials mixed in make each mass unique, and tell a lot about the people abusing a city's sewers. So say scientists from England's University of Exeter, who analyzed samples taken from a 210-foot-long fatberg discovered... More »

Boris Johnson's Ties to US Businesswoman Under Fire

Tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri won't talk about their personal relationship

(Newser) - The British press remains very much interested in a recent Boris Johnson controversy , but this one has nothing to do with Brexit. Instead, it involves an American tech entrepreneur named Jennifer Arcuri, reports Reuters . The British prime minister is under fire for not disclosing his personal relationship with Arcuri when... More »

Cops: Woman Who Killed Teen Used Diplomatic Immunity to Flee

Woman said to be wife of US diplomat had told UK police she had no plans to leave country

(Newser) - She told UK police she wasn't planning on leaving the country after a car crash in which a teen was killed. Now, the parents of Harry Dunn are pleading with the wife of a US diplomat to return to England so they can "get some peace" after cops... More »

In the UK, a First on Child Discipline

Scotland bans smacking children

(Newser) - In Scotland, adults are more protected against assault than children are, as parents and caregivers are allowed to use "reasonable" physical force for disciplinary purposes. That's about to change: On Thursday, the country's Parliament voted 84-29 to ban all physical punishment for kids, including spanking, slapping, smacking,... More »

A Win for Parents of Girl Who Reportedly Can't Move, Feel

UK's Tafida Raqeeb to receive life-sustaining treatment in Italy

(Newser) - The UK's high court has sided with the family of a 5-year-old girl with a severe brain injury over doctors who sought to remove her from life support. The parents of Tafida Raqeeb are "thrilled" with the court's decision to allow the girl to be moved from... More »

Boris Johnson's Inaugural UN Speech Was a Doozy

'Terrifying limbless chickens,' 'pink-eyed Terminators' covered in dystopian address

(Newser) - If anyone was expecting Boris Johnson to speak substantially on Brexit on Tuesday night in his inaugural United Nations General Assembly speech as prime minister, they would've been disappointed. But Johnson delivered in other ways, just hours after the UK's highest court ruled his suspension of Parliament was... More »

UK's Top Court Deals Devastating Blow to Boris Johnson

Court rules that suspension of Parliament was 'unlawful'

(Newser) - In a major blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain's highest court ruled Tuesday that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the crucial countdown to the country's Brexit deadline was illegal. The unanimous Supreme Court ruling declared the order to suspend Parliament "void and... More »

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