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New COVID Trials Will Be 'a Little Different From Most'

'Human challenge' studies in the UK will involve deliberately injecting healthy subjects with virus

(Newser) - Clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine are currently in their final stages via a number of drug companies, but a new set soon to begin in the UK promises to be "a little different from most." CNN reports the British government has signed a contract for the first... More »

No More Pints or Pimm's Here for Now

Alcohol sales banned in British Parliament's bars, restaurants as COVID restrictions are tightened

(Newser) - Don't expect to grab a pint at your favorite Parliament watering hole anytime soon. Starting Saturday, alcohol is banned at all House of Commons venues, in what Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle says is an attempt to bring the governmental institution "into line with the national... More »

'Speed Freak' Dies When Car Flips in Harrowing Accident

Zef Eisenberg was only 47

(Newser) - A man who liked driving at incredibly fast speeds died Thursday while trying to set the British land speed record, the BBC reports. Zef Eisenberg, the millionaire founder of a sports nutrition company, was killed in York, England, when his Porsche 911 Turbo S went off the runway at Elvington... More »

EU's Relationship With UK Just Took Another Hit

European Union is taking legal action on a bill that would allow Britain to ignore part of Brexit treaty

(Newser) - The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached. The EU action underscored the worsening relations with Britain, which was a member of the bloc until Jan. 31. Both... More »

Park With Parrot Who Sings Like Beyonce Gets a Vulgar Surprise

5 birds have to be separated at UK venue after swearing at visitors

(Newser) - Eric, Jade, Elsie, Tyson, and Billy are getting separated. The five African gray parrots were recently donated during the same week, by different owners, to the UK's Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, but something strange happened after they were quarantined in the same room, then put on display together: They started... More »

Princess 'So Excited' to Become First-Time Mom

Princess Eugenie's baby with Jack Brooksbank will be arriving early next year

(Newser) - The royal family tree just sprouted another branch. Buckingham Palace announced Friday that Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, is expecting her first child, the Guardian reports. "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are... More »

Press Conference for Missing Hiker Gets Surprise Attendee

80-year-old Harry Harvey shows up at news conference about himself

(Newser) - It's not quite as jarring as dead people showing up at their own funerals , but Harry Harvey's reappearance was a shock just the same. The BBC reports that Harvey, 80, went for a hike Saturday in the Yorkshire Dales in Yorkshire, England, but he got separated from his... More »

UK's Virus Spread Rate Hits Unwanted Threshold

No more than 6 people can gather indoors thanks to rise in 'R number'

(Newser) - If you're in the United Kingdom, don't plan on getting together with more than a half-dozen people at one time in the immediate future. That's because the country is experiencing an uptick in virus cases, leading to the implementation of new laws on social distancing. Per the... More »

Assange Outburst Leads to 'Clear Warning' From Judge

WikiLeaks founder on thin ice after shouting during witness testimony in London courtroom

(Newser) - A judge threatened to have Julian Assange thrown from the London courtroom where he's fighting extradition to the US from Britain on Tuesday after he shouted from the dock during witness testimony. "If you interrupt proceedings and disrupt a witness who is properly giving their evidence, it is... More »

Here, 'Turbulent' Times Spur Traditional Baby Names

Mabel is big in the UK right now, but there are also lots of Kylos throughout England and Wales

(Newser) - English parents are putting tradition over trends when it comes to baby names, in what one pundit sees as a response to "turbulent" times, per the BBC . Mabel has entered the list of the 100 most popular baby names for girls in England and Wales in 2019, as reported... More »

'MYSTERY SOLVED!' on Origin of Stonehenge's Megaliths

Scientists say most of the giant sandstone slabs came from West Woods in Marlborough Downs

(Newser) - In the 1500s, a British antiquities expert examined Stonehenge's biggest slabs and said he knew where they came from. Now, more than four centuries later, scientists are saying that William Lambarde was right on the money, solving one of the world's great archaeological and geological mysteries. The New ... More »

Beatrice Ties the Knot, Claims a Royal First

Princess marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is first blood royal to become a stepmom

(Newser) - It likely wasn't the wedding Princess Beatrice had planned, but she's now a married woman. The BBC reports the 31-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson tied the knot with Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, on Friday in a small private ceremony at the Royal... More »

US, UK, Canada All Point a Big Finger at Russia

Hacking group Cozy Bear is allegedly trying to steal information about a virus vaccine

(Newser) - Britain, the US, and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, the AP reports. The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and... More »

Teen Who Tossed Boy Off Tate Balcony Hears His Fate

Jonty Bravery, 18, gets at least 15 years behind bars, but 'you may never be released,' judge says

(Newser) - A teen who threw a 6-year-old French boy off a 10th-floor viewing platform at London's Tate Modern art gallery last summer has been sentenced to at least 15 years behind bars—and he could see even more time than that. Per CNN , Justice Maura McGowan told 18-year-old Jonty Bravery... More »

American Among the Dead in UK Terror Attack

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, stabbed to death Saturday, had moved to England 15 years ago

(Newser) - An American man was among the three victims stabbed to death in a park in the English town of Reading, in an incident that's being treated as a terror attack, the US ambassador to Britain confirmed Monday. Ambassador Woody Johnson offered his "deepest condolences'' to the families... More »

A Legendary Voice From WWII Is Dead

British singer Vera Lynn, known for such wartime hits as 'We'll Meet Again,' dies at age 103

(Newser) - A legendary voice from World War II has been silenced. A statement from the family of Dame Vera Lynn says they are "deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers" on Thursday morning in Ditchling, East Sussex, "surrounded by her close family."... More »

'Iron Duke' Marks 99th Birthday in Castle Lockdown

Prince Philip will spend his special day with Queen Elizabeth II having a 'quiet lunch'

(Newser) - He's the longest-serving consort in UK history, and the "Iron Duke" is now a year away from centenarian status. Prince Philip celebrates his 99th birthday Wednesday and plans on spending it with his wife of 72 years, Queen Elizabeth II, having a "quiet lunch" at Windsor Castle,... More »

Cate Blanchett: 1, Chainsaw: Zero

Actress doing OK after lockdown accident left her with a 'little nick to the head'

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing... More »

Fan Asks JK Rowling to 'Tell Me the Truth.' So She Did

Author reveals 'true birthplace' of her 'Harry Potter' books: a London apartment

(Newser) - On Thursday, a Harry Potter fan implored JK Rowling on Twitter to "tell me the truth"—and she did, with a reveal that may have surprised many readers. CNN notes that the initial tweet included a picture of the Elephant House, a coffeehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has... More »

Slammed by Virus, Russia Earns Dubious New Distinction

With more than 221K cases, it's now No. 3 in the world, behind only Spain and the United States

(Newser) - Russia has jumped past Italy and the United Kingdom in its struggle with the coronavirus, now making it the country with the third largest number of cases. Per Reuters , the number of confirmed cases there shot to 221,344 as of Monday. It lags only behind Spain, which has just... More »

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