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In a London Parking Lot, a 6-Year-Long 'Magnum Opus'

Gareth Wild was determined to park in 211 separate spaces at supermarket

(Newser) - If you took a survey on people's favorite things to do, finding a parking space likely wouldn't rank very high—unless you're Gareth Wild, who just finished his "magnum opus" related to the activity, reports the BBC . In a Tuesday Twitter thread , the 39-year-old production director...

Boris Johnson's Digits Have Been Online Since 2006

He kept personal phone number, posted online 15 years ago, the same after becoming PM

(Newser) - On the UK Parliament's website , the official ways to contact Prime Minister Boris Johnson are listed. But for the past 15 years, his personal cellphone number has also been openly accessible, thanks to a long-ago press release that has stayed up on the internet, reports the BBC . The celebrity...

Prince Philip Heads Home After 4-Week Hospital Stay

Queen's 99-year-old husband had a heart procedure and was treated for an infection

(Newser) - Prince Philip left a London hospital on Tuesday after being treated for an infection and undergoing a heart procedure, reports the AP . Philip, 99, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had been hospitalized since being admitted to the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London on Feb. 16, where...

UK Women After Cop Charged With Murder: 'Enough Is Enough'

Widespread harassment cited as police officer Wayne Couzens is accused of killing Sarah Everard

(Newser) - The Metropolitan Police officer suspected of killing Sarah Everard has been hit with murder and kidnapping charges. Wayne Couzens, accused of abducting the 33-year-old marketing executive as she walked home from a friend's house in London on March 3, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, reports the...

Palace: Prince Philip Has an Infection

Queen's husband is 'looking forward to getting out' of the hospital

(Newser) - Britain's Prince Philip, who was admitted to a London hospital a week ago, is "comfortable and responding to treatment" for an infection, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. Doctors expect him to stay in King Edward VII's Hospital for several days, the palace said Tuesday. Son...

Girl With Rapunzel Syndrome Ends Up Needing Surgery

Teen had 19-inch-long hairball that burst through her stomach

(Newser) - A teen with two rare conditions ended up in the hospital after passing out twice, and she left one huge hairball lighter. Live Science reports on the case out of the UK, where a 17-year-old girl showed up at the hospital after her fainting spells, her face and head bruised...

The UK Variant Is Mutating Again
UK Variant Develops
'Worrying' Mutation
the rundown

UK Variant Develops 'Worrying' Mutation

E484K mutation turns up in Britain, may give virus better chance of evading antibodies

(Newser) - The fast-spreading UK variant of the coronavirus appears to be mutating in a worrisome way, reports the BBC . Researchers with Public Health England have found a relative handful of samples—11 out of 214,000—with a mutation known as E484K. As the New York Times reports, this particular mutation...

'Captain Sir Tom' Loses His Battle With COVID

100-year-old raised millions for health care workers in the UK

(Newser) - First, he captivated the world at the age of 99 by raising money for health care workers fighting COVID. Then, Britain's Tom Moore contracted the virus himself at age 100. And on Tuesday, Moore's family announced that he has died, reports the AP . In April, the World War...

World's Tallest Dog Dies at Age 8
World's Tallest
Dog Dies at Age 8

World's Tallest Dog Dies at Age 8

Freddy the Great Dane was also the 'dog with the most love and the biggest heart,' UK owner says

(Newser) - He was born the runt of the litter, but Freddy certainly made up for that over time. The Great Dane from Essex, England, ended up becoming the tallest dog in the world, and that wasn't all that was large about the imposing pooch, who has died at the age...

Beloved 'Hoe' Landmark Not Loved by Facebook

Site flagged posts that referred to UK's Plymouth Hoe

(Newser) - In the dictionary, "hoe" typically refers to a gardening tool. To Facebook, the word means something entirely different, and it led to a bit of a social media uproar in the port city of Plymouth, located in the English county of Devon. That's where, per the Guardian , locals...

Raven's Disappearance Raises an Old Legend in London

Merlina was queen of the roost at city's famed tower

(Newser) - It's not like Britain didn't have enough to worry about, given the surging pandemic and Brexit , but a missing raven has been added to the mix. The Tower of London announced the "really unhappy news" Wednesday that a beloved raven named Merlina hasn't been around for...

Life in UK: Case Surge, Lockdown, Repeat
Case Surges,
Wear UK Out

Case Surges, Lockdowns Wear UK Out

Nation again questions how the situation got this bad

(Newser) - The crisis facing Britain this winter is depressingly familiar: stay-at-home orders and empty streets, hospitals overflowing, a daily toll of many hundreds of coronavirus deaths. The UK is the epicenter of Europe's COVID-19 outbreak once more, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government is facing questions, and anger,...

WikiLeaks Founder Gets More Bad News

UK judge denies bail to Julian Assange, saying he's a flight risk

(Newser) - A UK judge on Wednesday denied bail to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been jailed in Britain since 2019 as he fights extradition to the US. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ordered Assange to remain in prison while the courts consider an appeal by US authorities against a decision not...

UK Takes Another 'Giant Step' on Vaccine Front

Britain is now administering the world's first AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID vaccinations

(Newser) - Britain on Monday took another giant step in the fight against COVID-19, ramping up its immunization program by giving the first shots in the world from the vaccine created by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, was the first to get the new vaccine, administered...

2nd Vaccine OK'd in UK Is Cheaper, Easier to Store

AstraZeneca/Oxford shots will start to be administered in Britain next week

(Newser) - A big update in vaccination efforts from across the pond: In what Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling a "triumph for British science," regulators in the United Kingdom have given the green light to a second vaccine there, this time for one from AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Why...

At Ski Resort, Untouched Food Trays Were a Clue

Hundreds of British skiers fled Swiss facility despite quarantine

(Newser) - Hundreds of British skiers appear to have ignored orders to quarantine at a Swiss ski resort and instead snuck out at night for home, reports Reuters . The unusual situation unfolded at the Swiss resort of Verbier, where more than 420 British guests were staying before Christmas, per the BBC . By...

AstraZeneca Has Confidence About New Strain

CEO says his vaccine will be as good as the others

(Newser) - The head of drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is developing a coronavirus vaccine widely expected to be approved by UK authorities this week, said Sunday that researchers believe the shot will be effective against a new variant of the virus driving a rapid surge in infections in Britain. Partial results suggest that...

France Reports First Case of New Strain
New Virus Strain
Is in France, Too

New Virus Strain Is in France, Too

The infected man, who'd just come home from London, shows no symptoms

(Newser) - The first case of the new coronavirus strain discovered in Britain now has been confirmed in France. It was detected in a resident of Tours, a city in central France, who traveled home from London last Saturday, the BBC reports. The man, who was not identified, was treated at a...

British Troops Work to Clear 4K Trucks

Drivers have been living in their cabs since France briefly shut its border over new virus strain

(Newser) - Around 1,000 British soldiers were spending Christmas Day trying to clear a huge backlog of truck drivers stuck in southeast England after France briefly closed its border to the UK, then demanded coronavirus tests from all amid fears of a new coronavirus variant. Even though an estimated 4,000...

Right Before UK's Final Split From EU, 'the Deal Is Done'

Britain, European Union come to post-Brexit trade agreement, though how this will play out is unclear

(Newser) - After months of talks and at almost the last minute, Britain and the European Union struck a provisional free-trade agreement Thursday that should avert New Year chaos for cross-border traders and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil. With just over a week until the...

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