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Vaccine Passports in the Works for UK
England Drops Plan 
for Vaccine Passports

England Drops Plan for Vaccine Passports

Health minister cancels requirement for nightclubs, other large places

(Newser) - Update: England won't require vaccine passports for entry to nightclubs and other large venues after all. Days after the plan was announced, officials sounded cool to it, the BBC reports. A Labor leader said there was confusion about how the passports might work, calling the government's approach "...

Loch Ness Tourist Leaves a Bitter, Hilarious Review

Where the heck is Nessie?!

(Newser) - A tourist visiting Inverness in the Scottish Highlands apparently thought a Nessie sighting was guaranteed. In a bitter yet amusing one-star TripAdvisor review of the trip, posted in June, "Ron" from Grimsby, a port town in North East Lincolnshire, England, described his disappointment at failing to catch a sight...

Protesters 'Seize' Edinburgh Castle
Protesters 'Seize'
Edinburgh Castle

Protesters 'Seize' Edinburgh Castle

Anti-lockdown demonstrators occupy historic castle

(Newser) - A group of about 20 demonstrators converged on Scotland's Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday night and refused to leave, claiming they'd "seized" the ancient landmark. The protesters cited article 61 of the Magna Carta in claiming they have the right to "take the castle back" because it...

Following Google Maps Up This Mountain Could Kill You

Mountaineers in Scotland are trying to get the problem fixed

(Newser) - Want to get to the top of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain? Don't follow Google Maps' directions. Mountaineers in Scotland, where the mountain is located, say the service directs people to drive to the parking lot that is nearest the summit, then walk from there—but the...

Odd Incident at Scottish Open Puzzles Rory McIlroy

Pro golfer looked on as fan swiped club from his bag

(Newser) - A spectator was escorted from the course at the Scottish Open on Friday after taking a club from Rory McIlroy's bag. The bizarre incident took place on the 10th tee, where McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick. Widely shared...

Cops Thought He Drowned, Then Heard the Horrible Claims

Scot Kim Avis gets 15 years for rape, failure to appear after faked death in California

(Newser) - Numerous people have drowned at Monastery Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., earning it the nickname "Mortuary Beach." Kim Avis is not one of them . The Scottish street vendor reported missing at the notoriously dangerous site in 2019 in fact faked his own death while facing dozens of accusations of...

After Vote, Scottish Party Plans Independence Push

Referendum needs approval of Boris Johnson, who rejects the idea

(Newser) - A referendum on Scottish independence is the "will of the country," First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared Saturday after election results were in. Her Scottish National Party fell one seat short of winning a majority of seats in Parliament but will have the support of allied parties that support...

Queen's Cousin Jailed for Castle Sex Assault

Simon Bowes-Lyon gets 10 months

(Newser) - A Scottish earl and distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II is headed to jail following a sex assault at his ancestral castle. The Earl of Strathmore, 34-year-old Simon Bowes-Lyon, in January pleaded guilty to the February 2020 attack at Scotland's Glamis Castle—the childhood home of the Queen's...

Trump Won't Be Allowed to Visit Scotland to Play Golf

White House says he wasn't planning to go

(Newser) - The White House has denied rumors that President Trump is planning to fly to Scotland on his last full day in office—and Scotland's leader says he wouldn't be welcome anyway. Scotland is under a strict lockdown order and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Tuesday that the rules...

Scottish Press Buzzing With Reports of Trump Plans

One outlet says president might arrive at his golf resort the day before Joe Biden's inauguration

(Newser) - President Trump is still working to remain a resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come Jan. 20, but where will he be if those plans don't work out? The Scottish press is buzzing with reports that Trump is planning a flight to his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, perhaps as...

For Barr, Lockerbie Charges End a 30-Year Mission

Attorney general announces charges against Libyan bombmaker

(Newser) - The Justice Department announced new charges Monday against a Libyan bombmaker in the 1988 explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, an attack that killed 259 people in the air and 11 on the ground, per the AP . The charges were announced on the 32nd anniversary of the...

One of 3 Items Taken From Great Pyramid Is Found

The wood, lost for 70 years, was one of 3 items to emerge from the ancient wonder

(Newser) - Just three known objects have been recovered from Egypt's Great Pyramid, and one of those has been missing for 70 years. That is until an Egyptian archaeologist stumbled upon it in Scotland. Curatorial assistant Abeer Eladany was digging through the University of Aberdeen's museum collections late last year...

Once-Protected Dunes at Trump Course Lose Status

Scottish dunes don't have 'enough of the special, natural features for which they were designated'

(Newser) - Conservation officials in Scotland said Wednesday that the coastal sand dunes at President Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort have lost their special status as a protected environmental site. NatureScot, Scotland's nature agency, says that following construction of the Trump International Golf Links course at Menie, north of Aberdeen, the...

'About Bloody Time:' Scotland Announces a Bold First

Country is first to make period products free for all in move to end 'period poverty'

(Newser) - The struggle to find and buy menstrual products is over for women and girls in Scotland. On Tuesday, the country became the first to approve legislation to provide free and universal access to menstrual products in public facilities, following a four-year campaign. It involved ushering menstruation into public discourse and...

Secret Lockerbie Documents Will Remain Sealed

UK government says releasing them would damage national security

(Newser) - The family of the only person convicted in the deadliest terror attack in British history say documents held by the UK government could clear his name—but the government is refusing to unseal them. Scotland's most senior judges have ruled to uphold the secrecy order for documents connected to...

US Kid Accused of Totally Mucking Up Scottish Wikipedia

Reddit user found much of site's content was developed by admin who doesn't speak Scots

(Newser) - The main administrator for Scots Wikipedia —that's the Scots language version of Wikipedia—has held that role for more than seven years and may be responsible for close to half the site's content. Problem is, the administrator doesn't even speak the language. Vice reports that a...

Train Derails in Scotland After Flooding, Killing 3

6 people are injured; accident's cause isn't known yet

(Newser) - A passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after stormy weather Wednesday, killing three people and injuring six others, authorities said. The train's driver is believed to be among the dead, but identification has yet to take place, the British Transport Police force said. Six people were hospitalized, the AP...

Amateur Treasure Hunter Hits It Big in Scotland

'I've just discovered a big part of Scottish history'

(Newser) - A man and his metal detector have uncovered a 3,000-year-old hoard of Bronze Age goods, including a complete sword and horse harness, its leather and wood still preserved. "[I] felt from the very beginning that this might be something spectacular and I've just discovered a big part...

NYT: Trump Made Big Ask of US Ambassador on British Open

Sources: President pressured Woody Johnson to ask UK government to bring event to Turnberry

(Newser) - Robert Wood Johnson IV, the New York Jets owner and Trump donor with no diplomatic experience before being tapped as the US ambassador to Britain, was apparently just the person the president thought could handle a big job: Ask the British government if it could help get the British Open...

Russian Interference the 'New Normal': Report

A long-awaited British report is out, faults British leaders for failing to look into matter

(Newser) - A long-awaited report published Tuesday on Russian influence in British politics criticized the British government for its slow response to Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with its authors saying it was “astonishing” that no one sought to protect that democratic process, per the AP . While the report...

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