Britain

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Race for PM Begins With Boris Johnson in the Lead

Candidates angle to replace Theresa May

(Newser) - Hours after Theresa May announced that she'll be resigning as Britain's prime minister, Boris Johnson leads the Conservative Party pack to replace her. Johnson is a champion of Brexit who quit May's cabinet last year over her handling of the issue. He's been foreign secretary and... More »

Jamie Oliver 'Devastated' About Chain's Collapse

Chef's British restaurant chain has filed for bankruptcy protection

(Newser) - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, partly due to increased competition and escalating rents in local commercial districts. The insolvency put 1,300 jobs at risk and reignited worries about local retail and food outlets in Britain, reports the AP . "I'... More »

Cops Tried to Keep Pol Safe. The Milkshake Came Anyway

Nigel Farage is latest UK politician to get doused

(Newser) - What the Daily Beast is calling the "highest-profile victim of milkshaking so far" has been doused. The victim: Brexit leader Nigel Farage. What "milkshaking" is: a recent phenomenon in the UK of right-wing politicians having the sweet, goopy drink thrown on them in protest. Farage's incident took... More »

'Unexplained Phone Call' Raises Eyebrows in Skripal Case

Authorities say 2 Russian suspects may have received a 'signal'

(Newser) - The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal just slathered another layer of mystery on. The Guardian reports Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, the two Russians suspected of attacking the father and daughter in Salisbury, England, in March 2018 with a Novichok nerve agent, may have had some off-site assistance. Investigators... More »

Baby Abandoned at Airport in 1986 Tracks Down Father

Steven Hydes also found his birth mother, but there's some sad news with that

(Newser) - "Gatwick Gary" has found his biological parents. It's the end of what the New York Daily News calls a "long and emotional journey" for 33-year-old Steven Hydes, a UK man who was discovered in 1986 as a 10-day-old newborn in the ladies' room at Gatwick Airport near... More »

A Diner Ordered a $333 Bottle of Wine. That's Not What Came

Restaurant's message to server who accidentally brought out $5K bottle: 'We love you anyway'

(Newser) - A diner ordered a $333 bottle of wine at a UK steakhouse on Wednesday and instead received a "mythical" Bordeaux worth about 17 times as much. It's unclear if the customer dining at Hawksmoor Manchester realized their good fortune. It was only after the meal that a manager... More »

Pam Anderson Visits the World's Most Wanted Man

Julian Assange receives his first social visit at London prison

(Newser) - Julian Assange received a visit from an old friend on Tuesday—none other than actor and model Pamela Anderson, CNN reports. "He does not deserve to be in a super max prison," said Anderson after seeing the WikiLeaks founder at Belmarsh high-security prison in London. "He has... More »

Hunters Pay to Shoot Lions in Captivity, Private Probe Finds

British opponent calls South African industry barbaric

(Newser) - The British government has been urged to outlaw the importing of captive lion trophies, after a private investigation of lion farming in South Africa. "The captive-bred lion industry shames South Africa—indeed it shames us all," Michael Ashcroft wrote in the Daily Mail as he announced his lobbying... More »

Sri Lankan Official: the 'Worrying Factor' About Suspects

Defense minister says it appears many bombing suspects lived, studied abroad

(Newser) - The Islamic State has claimed credit for helping suicide bombers pull off the Easter weekend attacks in Sri Lanka, and the nation's defense minister is now citing a "worrying factor" about them. "Most of them are well-educated and come from middle- or upper-middle class [families], so they... More »

A Big First for Trump, Coming in June

President, first lady to make premier state visit to UK, at queen's invite

(Newser) - President Trump has a big pre-summer trip on the docket. Citing a Buckingham Palace announcement, the BBC reports Trump will be heading to the UK for a three-day state visit starting June 3, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump. In addition to meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on his first... More »

London Cops Open Fire on Car Outside Embassy

A suspect in his 40s is detained and taken to hospital

(Newser) - British police fired shots Saturday at a car outside the Ukrainian Embassy in London after it rammed other cars parked in front of the embassy. London's Metropolitan Police say firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect who drove a vehicle at a police car... More »

Teen Falls to Death in St. Paul's Cathedral

Death not being treated as suspicious, cops say

(Newser) - Late Monday afternoon, St. Paul's Cathedral tweeted that it was shutting down for the rest of the day. News on why soon followed: A teenager fell to his death from the building's Whispering Gallery, almost 260 steps up (nearly 100 feet) inside the dome. A City of London... More »

Brexit Chaos Hits a New High

Lawmakers vote 8 times. And fail to pass anything.

(Newser) - British lawmakers have voted on eight different possible Brexit options, but none received the majority support that would clarify the UK's course, the AP reports. Parliament is trying to find an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May's twice-rejected EU divorce deal. Lawmakers voted Wednesday on options that included... More »

'Coup' Builds to Oust British Prime Minister

11 cabinet ministers are apparently wielding the hammer

(Newser) - Embattled Prime Minister Theresa May was scrambling Sunday to win over adversaries to her Brexit withdrawal plan as key Cabinet ministers denied media reports that they were plotting to oust her, the AP reports. May spent the afternoon ensconced in a crisis meeting at her country residence Chequers with fellow... More »

London Swarmed With Protesters

They say it's time to give up on Brexit

(Newser) - Anti-Brexit protesters flooded into central London by the hundreds of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union, the AP reports. The "People's Vote March" snaked from Park Lane and other locations to converge on... More »

Theresa May Makes Clear Brexit Request to Wary EU

Prime minister asks EU to delay March 29 deadline until June 30

(Newser) - Theresa May formally asked the European Union on Wednesday to postpone Britain's departure from the bloc—due in nine days—until June 30. But a frustrated EU has warned it could keep Britain waiting for an answer. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, May said the... More »

One Direction Star 'Devastated' Over Death of Teen Sister

Felicite Tomlinson, younger sister of Louis Tomlinson, dead at age 18 of apparent heart attack

(Newser) - Felicite Tomlinson, the younger sister of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, was trying to make some changes for her health, recently announcing she was giving up drinking and smoking. That, and her age, is what makes news out of London particularly shocking: The 18-year-old suffered a heart attack there and... More »

150 Years After Emperor's Death, an 'Exemplary Gesture of Goodwill'

London museum to send Theodore II's hair back to Ethiopia

(Newser) - A mad Ethiopian emperor will soon be reunited with two braids long ago cut from his head. London's National Army Museum has agreed to repatriate the locks of hair taken from the corpse of Theodore II shortly after he killed himself in 1868, rather than face 32,000 British... More »

Prince Philip Off the Hook for Car Crash

At least as far as the country's prosecuting agency goes

(Newser) - The bad news for Prince Philip after his car crash last month: He agreed to give up his driver's license . The good news for him: He won't be facing legal action from the government. Per the BBC , the Crown Prosecution Service has decided it wouldn't be in... More »

Rare Tigers in UK Again Kill One of Their Own

Death of Shouri at Longleat Safari Park follows another tiger killed at London Zoo just days ago

(Newser) - An English safari park says a rare Amur tiger has been killed in a fight with two other tigers. Longleat Safari Park said Wednesday that female tiger Shouri died in a fight Tuesday after she entered an enclosure where a pair of mating tigers was being kept, the AP reports.... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB