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'Crap' Medicine Cabinet May Sell for Millions of Dollars

Damien Hirst's 'peculiar' work of art hits the auction block in February

(Newser) - It looks like your average well-stocked medicine cabinet. It's the details, and the expected price, that show it's actually a work of art. Bodies , a doorless medicine cabinet created by British artist Damien Hirst in 1989, is expected to fetch as much as $2.3 million when it... More »

Madame Tussauds Removes Harry, Meghan From Royal Display

London wax museum puts figures in a different area

(Newser) - There's now a conspicuously empty space in the royal family display at London's iconic wax museum, Madame Tussauds. The museum removed the wax figures of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, from its "Royal Family" set, where they used to stand across from Prince William and... 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 »

Every Piece of Jewelry in Heiress's Mansion Stolen

Tamara Ecclestone's home is thought to be one of the most secure in London

(Newser) - It's "thought to be one of the most secure houses in London," per the Sun . And yet somehow thieves were able to break in to Tamara Ecclestone's $93 million mansion Friday night and steal every single piece of jewelry inside, according to the newspaper. That's... 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 »

Trump Cancels NATO Presser in Wake of Mocking Video

Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced'

(Newser) - The first day of the NATO summit was contentious . The second is no different, thanks to video Tuesday night that appears to show a group of world leaders mocking President Trump, though he was never mentioned by name. The candid moment at the summit reception at Buckingham Palace was caught... 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 »

Fire Extinguisher, Giant Tusk Used on London Bridge Suspect

Deceased attacker IDed as 28-year-old Usman Khan, convicted in 2012 on terrorism charges

(Newser) - After Friday's stabbing attack at London Bridge that killed two, a name for the also-deceased suspect: Usman Khan, a 28-year-old who'd been convicted in 2012 on terrorism offenses, per CNN . The news outlet reports that Khan, originally hailing from Pakistan, was nabbed in a counterterrorism sweep in London... More »

'Nefarious' Reason Why Your Uber Driver May Look ... Off

Shared driver accounts are the ride-hailing service's 'dirty little secret,' per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - If you climb into an Uber where the driver doesn't look quite like their pic on the app, you may be unwittingly involved in a shady practice. Uber lost its license to operate in London this week (though CNBC notes it can still offer rides while it's appealing),... More »

Bystanders Tackled Suspect With Knife on London Bridge

Cops: He wore fake bomb vest, stabbed 2 people to death before being shot by police

(Newser) - A man wearing a fake explosive vest stabbed several people in London Friday in what police are treating as a terrorist attack before being tackled by members of the public and then fatally shot by officers on London Bridge, police and the city’s mayor said. The BBC reports that... More »

Centuries-Old Manuscript Has a Surprising Author

Queen Elizabeth I's messy handwriting was the big giveaway, historian says

(Newser) - In what the Daily Express is calling a "royal bombshell," a centuries-old manuscript recently unearthed in a UK library turns out to have been penned by someone rather unexpected. The 42-page text, a translation of a book by the Roman historian Tacitus, has taken up residence at London'... More »

London Just Broke Up With Uber

Company deemed 'not fit and proper'

(Newser) - London's transit authority says it is not renewing Uber’s license to operate in the British capital. Transport for London cited "several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk." The company's license expires at midnight Monday. Uber vowed to appeal the decision. The company... More »

Irate Patrons: Harrods Is 'the Grinch Who Stole Christmas'

Customers are miffed that only big spenders can visit the store's Christmas Grotto

(Newser) - Starting on Friday, Harrod's department store in London will open the doors to its Christmas Grotto, a "snow-covered woodland filled with sparkling surprises that will leave little ones mesmerized" through Christmas Eve, including a visit with Father Christmas himself. But those little ones will need caretakers with fat... More »

He Lost His Wallet. Then He Noticed His Bank Account

A stranger got creative and made 4 separate penny deposits to contact him

(Newser) - When Tim Cameron lost his wallet on the way home from work on Monday, the London resident assumed it was gone for good, particularly as it contained little identifying information. Then he looked at his bank account. Enter an ingenious Good Samaritan by the name of Simon. As Mashable reports,... More »

He Tried 'to Kill as Many People as Possible.' Now, His Fate

Salih Khater gets life in prison after plowing his car into crowd outside UK Parliament, injuring 3

(Newser) - A man who deliberately drove his car into several people outside Britain's Parliament in a bid "to kill as many people as possible" was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment for attempted murder. During a hearing at London's Central Criminal Court, Judge Maura McGowan said Salih Khater must... More »

50 Years On, 'Fab Four' Hit Abbey Road

Thousands mark 50th anniversary of album cover shot

(Newser) - Fifty years to the day after the Beatles walked across Abbey Road in London, thousands followed in their footsteps, including a newly engaged Paul McCartney lookalike. The Evening Standard reports "an estimated 2,000 fans" gathered Thursday to re-create one of the most iconic album covers of all time.... More »

Suspect Studied the Crowd Before Museum Attack: Police

6-year-old was thrown off platform at Tate Modern

(Newser) - The teenager arrested after a 6-year-old boy was thrown from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern museum in London may have spent up to two hours Sunday picking out a victim, police said. The boy, who fell about 100 feet , is in critical condition; he's expected to survive.... More »

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