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Her Skull Was Open. Still, She Played

Dagmar Turner hopes to return to her orchestra after removal of brain tumor

(Newser) - An orchestra violinist should be able to play under almost any circumstance. In the middle of brain surgery isn't one of them. But Dagmar Turner has managed that feat. The 53-year-old was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor in 2013 after suffering a seizure while playing with the Isle... More »

UK Employers Get Ominous on New Immigration Rules

British businesses worry that keeping 'low-skilled' workers out will adversely affect various industries

(Newser) - Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care. That's the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new UK immigration rules set to be introduced in less than a year, per the AP . Farms, food factories, and care... More »

Love Island Host's Unpublished Instagram Post Made Public

Family of late Caroline Flack releases her last words after reality-TV host's apparent suicide

(Newser) - It was the social media message that was never supposed to see the light of day. Now, the family of late Love Island host Caroline Flack, found dead Saturday of an apparent suicide, has revealed an unpublished Instagram post by the 40-year-old. The release of her words came just before... More »

'Superspreader' Linked to Coronavirus Cases in 3 Countries

British man says he has fully recovered

(Newser) - Through no fault of his own, a British businessman appears to have been a "superspreader" linked to at least 10 coronavirus infections in three countries, authorities say. Officials say the man was at a business conference in Singapore from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, where he apparently caught the... More »

Boris Johnson Revives 'Bonkers' Bridge Idea

British government considering $25B bridge between Scotland, N. Ireland

(Newser) - With Scotland talking about independence post-Brexit and Sinn Fein calling for a vote on reunifying Ireland after its election success , Boris Johnson is talking about building bridges. The British prime minister has revived what critics call a "bonkers" idea to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, the... More »

Prince Andrew's Birthday Just Keeps Getting Sadder

British government changes policy on nodding to royals on their special day after prince steps back

(Newser) - Prince Andrew will turn 60 later this month, but it sounds like it may be among the more depressing birthdays he's had. First his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, downgraded his party from a big bash to a "small family dinner." Now, per the Guardian , the UK government... More »

Evangelist Loses Venues After Blaming Satan for Gay Marriage

Franklin Graham says he's looking for new places to host his summer tour

(Newser) - All seven UK venues that were scheduled to host Franklin Graham this summer have now disinvited the evangelist, though he says the tour will go on. Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield are among the cities that had canceled Graham's appearances before Newcastle Upon Tyne did so Wednesday, CNN reports, after... More »

British MP Rips 'Everyday Sexism' After Outfit Causes Uproar

Rape survivor Tracy Brabin wore an off-the-shoulder dress in House of Commons

(Newser) - "Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder." Tracy Brabin, a UK member of Parliament, certainly knows now. The Labour MP and shadow culture secretary took to Twitter Tuesday to hit back at critics who berated her for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of... More »

UK Fumes After US Refuses to Extradite Anne Sacoolas

State Dept. rep says doing so would 'set an extraordinarily troubling precedent'

(Newser) - The UK is fuming after the US announced Thursday that it would not extradite the diplomat's wife charged with dangerous driving causing the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn. While the government "expresses its sincere condolences and sympathy to the Dunn family," Anne Sacoolas' extradition "would render... More »

Here Are the 10 Best Nations on Earth

According to new rankings out by 'US News & World Report'; the US moves up one spot

(Newser) - This is the fifth year US News & World Report has put out its "Best Countries" report, and one country has dominated every year but one. Switzerland is tops again for 2020, as it was in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The magazine, which worked with the BAV Group and... More »

'Crap' Medicine Cabinet May Sell for Millions of Dollars

Damien Hirst's 'peculiar' work of art hits the auction block in February

(Newser) - It looks like your average well-stocked medicine cabinet. It's the details, and the expected price, that show it's actually a work of art. Bodies , a doorless medicine cabinet created by British artist Damien Hirst in 1989, is expected to fetch as much as $2.3 million when it... More »

Cops: Woman Posed as Boy, Seduced Teen Girls

Gemma Watts, 21, may have sexually assaulted up to 50 victims, police say

(Newser) - A 21-year-old UK woman has been accused of posing as a teen boy, grooming four teen girls online, then meeting up with and sexually assaulting them—and cops say she could have as many as 50 victims all together. Per the BBC , police say Gemma Watts pretended she was 16-year-old... More »

'Britain's Most Prolific Rapist' Is Sentenced

Reynhard Sinaga gets life sentence; authorities says he may have had 200 victims

(Newser) - A mild-mannered student who prosecutors say led a double life as "Britain's most prolific rapist" has just earned another life sentence. Reynhard Sinaga, 36, has so far been convicted of 136 rapes of men in multiple trials, reports the Guardian . Based on evidence from Sinaga's phone, however,... More »

Couple's Christmas Gift: $20K They Unknowingly Threw Out

Dump staffers found the money hidden in a box the couple had dropped off

(Newser) - An employee who found the equivalent of $20,000 in cash at a UK waste facility could've made a claim to the money if its owners weren’t found within six weeks. Instead, the staffer ensured an unwitting couple were significantly richer in time for Christmas. The New York ... More »

$26M Picasso Torn in Museum Attack

20-year-old London man is charged

(Newser) - A 20-year-old is facing charges after he allegedly attacked a Picasso painting hanging on the wall of London's Tate Modern. Picasso's Bust of a Woman , valued at $26.5 million, is being assessed for damage after it was reportedly ripped on Saturday, per the BBC . A museum spokesperson... More »

Even More Xmas Day Tragedy for George Michael's Family

Sister Melanie Panayiotou dies at age 55 on 3-year anniversary of pop star's death

(Newser) - Christmas will never feel the same again for George Michael's family after the pop star died on that day in 2016 at the age of 53. Now, even more tragedy associated with the holiday for the Panayiotou clan: Melanie Panayiotou, the 55-year-old sister of the singer (birth name: Georgios... More »

Queen Admits It Has Been a 'Bumpy' Year

Setbacks included Prince Andrew's Epstein connection

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II plans to acknowledge that both Britain and her family have endured a difficult year by saying during her Christmas message that it has been a "bumpy" time. The pre-recorded message will be broadcast in Britain and the Commonwealth nations on Christmas Day. It was recorded before... More »

After Landmark Vote, 'Battle to Stop Brexit Is Over'

UK's House of Commons clears the way for exit from European Union

(Newser) - Britain took a big step toward the European Union exit door on Friday: Lawmakers gave preliminary approval to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s EU divorce bill in a decisive vote that broke years of political deadlock over Brexit, per the AP . The House of Commons, with its Conservative ranks swollen... More »

Harry Dunn's Mom: New Development 'Means Everything'

Anne Sacoolas charged, may face extradition

(Newser) - Charges have been filed against the US diplomat's wife involved in a car crash that killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn in the UK. But whether 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas will ever return to Britain to face trial remains very much up in the air. The Crown Prosecution Service says extradition proceedings... More »

'Fantastic Achievement' at World Darts Championship

Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman ever to win match against a guy

(Newser) - History was made at the world darts championship Tuesday as, for the first time, a woman beat a man. Only two spots in the 96-player tournament, played in London, are reserved for women. Mikuru Suzuki of Japan, winner of the women's world championship, lost her first-round match against James... More »

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