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'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 »

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 »

No Dress? Then No World Record for You

Jessica Anderson denied a Guinness World Record over her attire

(Newser) - A nurse who ran in the London Marathon last week found her Guinness World Record in jeopardy because she didn't wear a dress, the New York Times reports. Jessica Anderson, a professional nurse, ran the marathon in 3 hours 8 minutes 22 seconds and became the fastest woman to... More »

9-Year-Old's Cause of Death: Air Pollution?

A new inquest will make the determination in 9-year-old's death

(Newser) - Air pollution is believed to cause or contribute to around 40,000 deaths in Britain every year—but it has never been listed as a cause of death. That could change in the case of Ella Kissi-Debrah, a 9-year-old who lived just 25 yards from one of the busiest roads... More »

Below London, a Blue Whale-Sized 'Concreteberg'

Work to clear the blockage starts next week

(Newser) - A lesson from London: Don't pour concrete down the drain. Otherwise, you might be left with a "concreteberg" like the one currently blocking three central sewers in the Islington borough of the UK capital. It turns out the 115-ton, 330-foot-long mass discovered during a routine check earlier this... More »

Shakespeare's London Home Was in a Power Center

Historian pinpoints playwright's address in his 'Romeo and Juliet' era

(Newser) - A theater historian has followed official records to locate, for the first time, the spot in London where William Shakespeare was living when he wrote Romeo and Juliet. It was a wealthy section of central London, CNN reports—just the place for a successful Elizabethan bard recently moved from Stratford.... 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 »

People Are Seriously Worried About Assange's Cat

He 'must be very confused about all this'

(Newser) - The Ecuadorean Embassy in London probably has matters of greater importance to handle. But its relative silence on one furry issue is leaving social media users a bit panicked. "We demand information on the fate of #EmbassyCat," reads a typical tweet referring to Julian Assange's feline and... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Explosive Devices Found at 3 London Transport Hubs

They were relatively small, and no travel disruptions resulted

(Newser) - London police are investigating the discovery of explosive devices at three transport hubs around the city on Tuesday, reports the Guardian . The good news is that the devices have been contained and all were relatively small—"capable of igniting an initially small fire," say police, per the AP... 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 »

Karl Marx's Gravestone 'Will Never Be the Same'

Cemetery trust says it was vandalized with hammer

(Newser) - Karl Marx's grave "will never be the same again" after a vandal went at it with a hammer, according to the charity that maintains the memorial in London. Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust says Marx's name was specifically targeted on the original 1883 marble plaque from his... More »

This Just Became America's Most Expensive Home

Hedge fund boss Ken Griffin nabs NYC condo, London mansion in same month

(Newser) - Billionaire Ken Griffin, who has several very nice homes, has just added a crown jewel—one that cost roughly $9,917 per square foot. The Citadel hedge fund founder has purchased the penthouse at 220 Central Park South in New York City for $238 million, making it the priciest home... More »

Famed Explorer Is Found Among Thousands of Skeletons

Researchers weren't sure they'd be able to definitively find Captain Matthew Flinders

(Newser) - The remains of the explorer who gave Australia its name have been found during an excavation of a London burial ground, officials announced Thursday. That Captain Matthew Flinders was buried there was known. The BBC reports what was unclear was whether archaeologists would be able to determine which of the... More »

Dozens Arrested After London Stabbing

This has been city's deadliest year for a decade

(Newser) - An unusually large number of people were arrested in London early Monday after a man was stabbed in the street. Police say a total of 39 people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man in his 30s was found with life-threatening injuries, Sky News reports. Police say... 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 »

Report: Manafort Secretly Met With Assange in 2016

'Guardian' says they met around the time Manafort became campaign manager

(Newser) - And suddenly Paul Manafort is making big headlines again. First came Robert Mueller's allegation that Manafort has been lying , not cooperating, despite his plea deal . Now a report in the Guardian alleges that Manafort held secret meetings with none other than Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, another key figure in... More »

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