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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 »

UK Official: 'Things Are Getting Better' for Boris Johnson

Prime minister said to be 'stable,' 'improving' in bout with coronavirus

(Newser) - Boris Johnson is still in intensive care in London after being infected with the coronavirus, but signs are pointing toward him slowly getting better. The UK prime minister, who spent his third night in the ICU at St. Thomas' Hospital, is "stable" and "improving," Culture Secretary Oliver... More »

As Virus Sweeps Through UK, a Rare Move From Queen

Elizabeth will be speaking to the nation Sunday evening

(Newser) - The British prime minister came down with COVID-19 ; so did Prince Charles . Now, the latter's mum will take to the mic Sunday to address the coronavirus that's already infected more than 38,000 in the United Kingdom as of Friday, with just over 3,600 deaths. The BBC... More »

People Were Still Visiting 'Blue Lagoon,' So Cops Dyed It Black

UK needed to deter visitors to tourist hot spot amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - The "Blue Lagoon," a former limestone quarry in Buxton, England, has become a tourist hot spot thanks to its bright blue waters—and visitors were still flocking to it, despite the prime minister ordering UK residents to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic. So local police took a... More »

Teen's 'Cuddle' With Meghan Prompts Apology Letter

Aker Okoye, who spoke at event Markle was at, writes to Harry

(Newser) - A British teen is offering an "I'm sorry" to Prince Harry after an encounter with the Duke of Sussex's wife during an event for women's rights. In a video shown on Meghan Markle and Harry's Sussex Royal Instagram account , 16-year-old Aker Okoye came up to... More »

Friday's Scene in London: The Rocker and the Royal

Prince* Harry, Jon Bon Jovi meet up at Abbey Road Studios in support of Harry's Invictus Games

(Newser) - As Prince Harry—or just "Harry," as he now prefers to be called —is undergoing his "transition" from senior royal to a "privately funded [member] of the Royal Family," he's squeezing in some final duties. What made it onto his itinerary Friday: a... More »

Harry, Back in UK, Doesn't Want to Be Called 'Prince'

Just Harry, he requests at working summit for his sustainable travel initiative

(Newser) - Just Harry, please: On his first trip back to the UK since he and wife Meghan agreed to the terms of their exit as senior royals, that's how Prince Harry asked to be introduced—Harry, minus the "prince." As Good Morning America reports, he also flew commercial... More »

UK Employers Get Ominous on New Immigration Rules

British businesses worry that keeping 'low-skilled' workers out will adversely affect various industries

(Newser) - Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care. That's the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new UK immigration rules set to be introduced in less than a year, per the AP . Farms, food factories, and care... More »

Love Island Host's Unpublished Instagram Post Made Public

Family of late Caroline Flack releases her last words after reality-TV host's apparent suicide

(Newser) - It was the social media message that was never supposed to see the light of day. Now, the family of late Love Island host Caroline Flack, found dead Saturday of an apparent suicide, has revealed an unpublished Instagram post by the 40-year-old. The release of her words came just before... More »

Prince Andrew's Birthday Just Keeps Getting Sadder

British government changes policy on nodding to royals on their special day after prince steps back

(Newser) - Prince Andrew will turn 60 later this month, but it sounds like it may be among the more depressing birthdays he's had. First his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, downgraded his party from a big bash to a "small family dinner." Now, per the Guardian , the UK government... More »

British MP Rips 'Everyday Sexism' After Outfit Causes Uproar

Rape survivor Tracy Brabin wore an off-the-shoulder dress in House of Commons

(Newser) - "Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder." Tracy Brabin, a UK member of Parliament, certainly knows now. The Labour MP and shadow culture secretary took to Twitter Tuesday to hit back at critics who berated her for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of... More »

Cops: Woman Posed as Boy, Seduced Teen Girls

Gemma Watts, 21, may have sexually assaulted up to 50 victims, police say

(Newser) - A 21-year-old UK woman has been accused of posing as a teen boy, grooming four teen girls online, then meeting up with and sexually assaulting them—and cops say she could have as many as 50 victims all together. Per the BBC , police say Gemma Watts pretended she was 16-year-old... More »

'Britain's Most Prolific Rapist' Is Sentenced

Reynhard Sinaga gets life sentence; authorities says he may have had 200 victims

(Newser) - A mild-mannered student who prosecutors say led a double life as "Britain's most prolific rapist" has just earned another life sentence. Reynhard Sinaga, 36, has so far been convicted of 136 rapes of men in multiple trials, reports the Guardian . Based on evidence from Sinaga's phone, however,... More »

$26M Picasso Torn in Museum Attack

20-year-old London man is charged

(Newser) - A 20-year-old is facing charges after he allegedly attacked a Picasso painting hanging on the wall of London's Tate Modern. Picasso's Bust of a Woman , valued at $26.5 million, is being assessed for damage after it was reportedly ripped on Saturday, per the BBC . A museum spokesperson... More »

Even More Xmas Day Tragedy for George Michael's Family

Sister Melanie Panayiotou dies at age 55 on 3-year anniversary of pop star's death

(Newser) - Christmas will never feel the same again for George Michael's family after the pop star died on that day in 2016 at the age of 53. Now, even more tragedy associated with the holiday for the Panayiotou clan: Melanie Panayiotou, the 55-year-old sister of the singer (birth name: Georgios... More »

'Fantastic Achievement' at World Darts Championship

Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman ever to win match against a guy

(Newser) - History was made at the world darts championship Tuesday as, for the first time, a woman beat a man. Only two spots in the 96-player tournament, played in London, are reserved for women. Mikuru Suzuki of Japan, winner of the women's world championship, lost her first-round match against James... More »

2 Men Wanted Her. Her Alleged Solution: a 'Medieval Duel'

Her ex-hubby bled to death as a result: prosecutors

(Newser) - A UK woman on trial for conspiracy to commit murder arranged for two lovers to battle for her affection in a "medieval duel" to the death, according to prosecutors. Asta Juskauskiene, 35, had left her husband, Giedruis Juskauskas, when she met a Lithuanian prisoner online. Mantas Kvedaras was an... More »

Hugh Grant Is Going Door to Door in December. Yes, Really

No, this is not a scene from 'Love Actually'

(Newser) - If you watched Love Actually and dreamily wished Hugh Grant would one day come knocking at your door, we have good news for you: He might. That is, if you live in London, where the actor is going door to door canvassing with anti-Brexit candidates ahead of the UK's... More »

Work of 2 London Victims Ignites a New Debate

Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones were working with prisoners when they were stabbed

(Newser) - The two people stabbed to death near London Bridge last week have been identified, and their life stories are adding an unexpected wrinkle to the post-attack debate. Both were Cambridge graduates in their 20s who were attending a forum designed to rehabilitate prisoners. Their attacker was at the same forum—... More »

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