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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 »

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 »

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 »

A 10-Year-Old Girl Just Moved the World

With a special poem called 'Dyslexia'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl in England has surprised her teacher—and now the world—with a poem about dyslexia that's structured in a very clever way, Today reports. Jane Broadis, who teaches the girl at Christ Church School near London, tweeted the poem Wednesday: "Please share—I would love... 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 »

Minutes Before Takeoff From London to Philly, Pilot Arrested

The 62-year-old appeared intoxicated right before the late-morning flight

(Newser) - If you were booked on Flight AA35 out of the UK's Manchester Airport on Thursday morning, you may have been annoyed at your last-minute rebooking. Reading the news Friday, however, should ease your mind that the right call was made. USA Today reports that the American Airlines flight to... More »

Cops: Driver Crashed Car While Trying to Avoid 'Octopus'

Not a great defense when you're 3 miles inland

(Newser) - A UK driver whose vehicle landed upside down in a ditch swerved "to avoid an octopus" on the road—or so police say he claimed. The 49-year-old, who escaped major injury, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs on Tuesday after police found no sign... More »

Staff Spends Hours Deleting Nasty Posts on Kate, Meghan

Fans are to blame in certain cases

(Newser) - The duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex get a lot of online hate—so much that staff members spend several hours each week deleting comments on social media—though a new campaign hopes to put it all to bed. "We just decided enough is enough," Hello! Royal Editor Emily... More »

Unpaid Worker Wreaks Revenge on Newly Built Hotel

Man who smashed into UK Travelodge with backhoe was allegedly owed $775 in wages

(Newser) - The finishing touches were just being put on the new Travelodge hotel in Liverpool when "some idiot in a mini digger decided to drive through the middle of the building." That's the gist of a story out of the UK, where police are now on the hunt... More »

In a Single Coffin, 6 Victims Finally Rest With 'Dignity'

Remains of Holocaust victims found in museum are buried in England

(Newser) - The remains of six unidentified Holocaust victims were buried in a solemn ceremony at a Jewish cemetery near London on Sunday after spending years in storage at a British museum. The Imperial War Museum found the ashes and bone fragments during a stock-taking last year, the AP reports. They'd... More »

2 Arrested After Gatwick Airport Drone Chaos

More specifically, a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman

(Newser) - London's Gatwick Airport took strides toward running a full schedule Saturday as police questioned a man and a woman in connection with the drone intrusions that caused mayhem for tens of thousands of holiday travelers. Police said Saturday the suspects are a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from... More »

He Was Cleared of Girls' Murder in 1987. Now, a Conviction

Witness in Russell Bishop case who flipped in 1987 could face perjury investigation

(Newser) - Nothing can bring back Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, 9-year-old girls murdered in the UK in 1986. "But we know that other children are now safe from the hands of Russell Bishop," family members said Monday as the 52-year-old convicted pedophile was found guilty of sexually assaulting and... More »

'Unbelievable Mistake' in Treating Man's Lung Leads to Suit

Family of the late William Hannah suing UK hospital after lung was washed with detergent

(Newser) - A UK hospital made an "appalling" error right before a 68-year-old died there, says his daughter, and now she and her family are suing the hospital for it. William Hannah passed away in September 2017 at Salford Royal Hospital while being treated after a car accident that had left... More »

Jailed Rapist Told He Could Seek Visits With Victim's Son

The teen's mother is outraged

(Newser) - An eye-popping story out of Northern England, where the Times of London reports a convicted rapist was contacted by the Rotherham Council while incarcerated and invited to seek out visits with the son he fathered through rape. The child's mother was 15 when she became pregnant by Arshid Hussain,... More »

Charles on Why He'll Keep Mouth Shut as King: 'I'm Not That Stupid'

Prince who's vocal on topics like environment says he won't be once he's crowned

(Newser) - When he's not having servants iron his shoelaces , Prince Charles has been accused of "meddling" into hot topics such as the environment by strongly voicing his opinions—not a typical stance for royals to take in public debates. And he's defiant about it, telling a BBC documentary... More »

This Adventurer Just Defied History

Ross Edgley, 33, broke at least three swimming records

(Newser) - A 33-year-old British endurance athlete stepped ashore on an English beach Sunday, becoming the first person to swim around the coast of Great Britain, the AP reports. Ross Edgley spent 157 days in the water and covered 1,791 miles. He swam in six-hour stints, sleeping in his support boat.... More »

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