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Hospital Worker Arrested After Baby's 'Sudden' Death

Person in custody said to be nurse at Birmingham Children's Hospital, suspected of poisoning

(Newser) - Just hours after an infant died in the ICU at a prominent UK medical center, an arrest has been made. The BBC reports that a 27-year-old health worker was suspended from her job and brought into custody "on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life." ITV...

In the UK, It's a 'Big, Big Moment' for Soccer

Blackpool's Jake Daniels, 17, is first professional male player to come out as gay in decades

(Newser) - British soccer player Jake Daniels capped a successful season for Blackpool Football Club's youth team by making his debut on the main team—and by becoming the country's first professional men's soccer player to come out as gay in decades. The 17-year-old, who scored 30 goals for...

Harry, Meghan Won't Be on Queen's Balcony for Celebration

Neither will Andrew at Platinum Jubilee, as all 3 no longer have royal duties

(Newser) - In June, the United Kingdom will celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee , a commemoration of her status as the only British monarch ever to have put in 70 years on the throne. And there will be four very special guests in attendance: Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle, and their...

Boris Johnson Defends Female Lawmaker After Paper's Slam

I 'deplore the misogyny directed at her anonymously today,' PM says of Angela Rayner

(Newser) - Boris Johnson is trying to distance himself from a new controversy in British politics, one revolving around a newspaper article condemned as misogynistic. Over the weekend, the Mail on Sunday quoted anonymous lawmakers from Johnson's Conservative Party who accused opposition lawmaker Angela Rayner of trying to distract Johnson in...

Harry, Meghan Reunite With Queen, Prince Charles

It's been more than 2 years since Markle has set foot in the UK

(Newser) - Earlier this year, Prince Harry, who now lives in California with Meghan Markle and their two children, noted that security concerns were keeping them from visiting the UK. Those fears appear to have been allayed, at least enough to allow him and Markle to make a pit stop outside of...

Lawmaker's Death Was an 'Assassination.' Now, a Verdict

ISIS supporter Ali Harbi Ali, 26, found guilty of stabbing UK lawmaker David Amess to death

(Newser) - A jury deliberated for just 18 minutes Monday before finding a fervent Islamic State supporter guilty of stabbing lawmaker David Amess to death, a slaying that shocked the nation and sparked calls for increased police protection for politicians. Ali Harbi Ali, 26, was found guilty by London's Central Criminal...

Harry RSVPs a No to Prince Philip's Memorial Service

Prince slammed for 'snubbing' queen, whom rep says he hopes to visit soon

(Newser) - Prince Harry said earlier this year he wouldn't be returning to the UK anytime soon, due to a lack of security detail for him and his family, and he apparently meant it—even if it means he'll miss his grandfather's memorial service. Per People , a spokesman for...

After a 'Staggering 13 Centuries,' This Pub Is Closing

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which claims to be UK's oldest pub, could still see new life with new owners

(Newser) - Thousands of pubs, clubs, and restaurants across England have been forced to shutter for good due to the pandemic, but the latest UK watering hole to announce it's closing its doors is an especially devastating blow. After what one YouTube channel calls a "staggering 13 centuries of pulling...

Banker Who Found Witch Hat on Her Desk Awarded $2.8M

It's one of the biggest awards ever handed down by a UK employment tribunal

(Newser) - A female British banker who suffered an "inherently sexist act" involving a witch's hat has been awarded $2.8 million for that and other sexual discrimination. Stacey Macken, a former Deutsche Bank VP, joined the London office of French bank BNP Paribas in 2013 at a salary of...

Boris Johnson Apologizes After Scathing 'Partygate' Report
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British prime minister under fire after scathing report on Downing Street parties

(Newser) - (This file has been updated throughout with new details.) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized Monday after an inquiry concluded that Downing Street parties while Britain was in lockdown represented a “serious failure” of judgment. But Johnson brushed off calls to quit over the “partygate” scandal, promising...

Russia Calls New British Accusation 'Disinformation'

UK on Saturday claimed Russia is trying to replace Ukraine leader

(Newser) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected a British claim that Russia was seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and that former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev was being considered as a potential candidate. The Wall Street Journal reports the allegations of a plot back up "...

Surgeon Loses License for Act of 'Professional Arrogance'

UK's Simon Bramhall had burned his initials into livers of 2 patients in 2013

(Newser) - Update: A British surgeon who burned his initials into the livers of two patients no longer has a medical license. On Monday, the UK's Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found Simon Bramhall, 57, had broken trust with his patients through his actions during the 2013 surgeries, and that the branding...

Energy Company Apologizes Over Its Tone-Deaf Advice

As Brits face a real crisis, it recommended snuggling with your pet for warmth

(Newser) - Pope Francis isn't the only one whose comments about pets have raised eyebrows of late. A British energy firm stepped in it with an email it sent to customers that contained a link to a blog post that advised them on thrifty ways to keep warm this winter, reports...

'Furious Backlash' in UK After New COVID Commotion

PM Johnson allegedly attended Downing Street BYOB garden party in May 2020 amid lockdowns

(Newser) - Boris Johnson and his staff just can't seem to avoid lockdown controversies. Last month, accusations (and evidence) surfaced of two 2020 gatherings at 10 Downing Street—an alleged springtime social event and a Christmas party —that appeared to be in violation of the UK's strict rules at...

G7 Shows Solidarity on Ukraine
G7 Displays Unity to Russia

G7 Displays Unity to Russia

Foreign ministers agree on 'massive consequences' if Ukraine is invaded

(Newser) - Britain hosted top diplomats from the Group of Seven industrialized nations Saturday in Liverpool for talks dominated by Russia's buildup of troops near Ukraine's border and what Britain called Moscow's "malign behavior" around the world. The UK called for "a show of unity against global...

There's a New Chip Off the Boris Johnson Block

UK prime minister's wife gives birth to baby girl, the couple's second child together

(Newser) - After a week of not-great headlines , Thursday finally brought one that Boris Johnson may not mind: He's a dad, again. The Guardian reports that the UK prime minister's wife, Carrie Johnson, has given birth to a baby girl in London. No word on a name yet, but "...

Christmas Party Allegation Causes Boris Johnson Grief

Prime minister had denied his staff held such an event during last year's strict COVID lockdown

(Newser) - With the omicron variant posing new challenges around the globe as we head into the holiday season, an alleged Christmas party from last year is causing a headache for Boris Johnson. Despite his initial denials over the past week that there'd been such a gathering in 2020 at 10...

Man Whose Meal Killed 1: I'm a Better Chef Now
Chef Sentenced to 4 Months
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Chef Sentenced to 4 Months for 'Rushed' Shepherd's Pie

John Croucher's 2018 meal served to church congregation sickened dozens, killed one

(Newser) - John Croucher served up a shepherd's pie in 2018 that ended up giving 32 people food poisoning, including one woman who died. Now, the former head chef at a UK country pub has been sentenced to four months in prison, with a year's suspension, after conceding that he'...

Cabbie in UK Bombing Being Praised as Hero

Liverpool mayor says David Perry, who survived, locked vehicle's doors on bomber

(Newser) - The UK has raised its terror level threat after Sunday's explosion in Liverpool as authorities work to suss out what happened. Authorities say one person—the bomber—was killed when an explosive device detonated in a taxi cab outside the city's Women's Hospital, reports the Guardian . One...

Assange Fiancee Claims 'Sinister' UK Plot Against Their Wedding
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Julian Assange Can Now Get Married

Stella Moris had said the couple was being blocked from wedding

(Newser) - Update: Julian Assange has been given permission to marry his fiancee in prison. The WikiLeaks founder and Stella Moris must pay all the costs themselves, with no taxpayer money involved, the BBC reports. Moris reportedly said she's "relieved that reason prevailed" and that she hopes "there will...

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