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Police Find Cause of Grenfell Blaze

It started in a fridge-freezer, say police

(Newser) - In an emotional phone call, Fadumo Ahmed told her mom she was stuck on the upper floors of Grenfell Tower as the deadly blaze raged. "I can't get out. Goodbye," the 32-year-old said, per the Telegraph . In the days that followed, Ahmed's friends put her photo... More »

After Shorts Ban, British Schoolboys Don Skirts

They're enjoying 'nice breeze' in heat wave

(Newser) - Despite the hottest June temperatures in more than 40 years, the head teacher at Isca Academy in Devon, England, told boys shorts were not an acceptable part of the school uniform—but she didn't ban skirts. To keep cool and protest the ban, dozens of boys at the secondary... More »

Pair Who Killed Woman for Deflating Ball Learn Their Fate

Natalie Bollen, William Jelly sentenced to 7 years

(Newser) - Her lawyer described it as "an impetuous moment of madness," one that Natalie Bollen will now atone for with seven years of her life. Bollen, 28, and her father William Jelly, 48, were sentenced Wednesday to seven years in jail for a fatal assault on Bollen's neighbor,... More »

One Topic Conspicuously Missing From Queen's Speech

Donald Trump's state visit

(Newser) - While Prince Philip was in the hospital Wednesday, his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, delivered the Queen's Speech at the opening of parliament in the UK. The speech, which outlines the government's agenda and is actually written by ministers, centered on Brexit, reports Reuters . But what's drawing the... More »

Neighbors: London Attacker Was 'Bloody Psycho'

He was chucked out of a pub for 'cursing Muslims'

(Newser) - The man accused of driving a van into worshippers near a London mosque early Monday has been named as 47-year-old Darren Osborne—a man described as "aggressive," "strange," "cuckoo," and "a bloody psycho" by neighbors in Cardiff, Wales. Witnesses say Osborne shouted "... More »

New London Attack: Suspect Wanted to 'Kill All Muslims'

Mayor denounces 'horrific terrorist attack'

(Newser) - The man accused of driving a van into a group of people outside a London mosque early Monday shouted that he wanted to "kill all Muslims" as he was restrained by members of the public after the attack, witnesses say. The 48-year-old man also yelled "I'd do... More »

Spies Suspect Russian Assassins. Cops Say 'Nothing to See Here'

Inside the 'ring of death on British soil'

(Newser) - BuzzFeed calls it "one of the most disturbing geopolitical trends of our time": Russian security services or mafia groups assassinating the country's enemies in the UK and British police refusing to do anything about it. According to a two-year investigation by the news site, US intelligence has... More »

Conservatives Dealt Huge Blow in British Election

Theresa May's election gamble backfires

(Newser) - She gambled on an early election—and she lost, big time. Theresa May and the Conservative Party have been dealt a huge blow in Britain's election, with the party losing its majority in Parliament after early predictions that it would gain as many as 80 seats. Full results have... More »

Polls Open in Unpredictable UK Election

Campaign has not gone to plan for May

(Newser) - After weeks of fierce campaigning and unpredictable twists, polling stations have opened across Britain in an election to choose a new government. Polls opened at 7am Thursday as voters choose 650 lawmakers for the House of Commons. Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in hopes of increasing the... More »

Britain May Have Found 8th Victim in London Attack

Body in Thames still to be officially identified as that of Frenchman Xavier Thomas

(Newser) - A man who went missing after last week's London terror attack may have been found. Scotland Yard reports a body was discovered in the Thames near the East London district of Limehouse as police searched for Xavier Thomas, 45, who vanished after the attack, per the BBC . Police had... More »

'Unprecedented' Step Taken by Imams on UK Terrorists

More than 130 Muslim religious leaders pen letter slamming 'reprehensible actions'

(Newser) - As England continues to flesh out the details of two terror attacks there over the past two weeks, one group has taken what BuzzFeed calls an "unprecedented" stand against the perpetrators. More than 130 imams and other Muslim religious leaders from "diverse" backgrounds across the UK have penned... More »

2 Suspects in London Attack Named by Police

Khuram Shazad Butt a British citizen; Rachid Redouane said to be Libyan/Moroccan

(Newser) - Police in London have named two of the three suspects in the van and knife attack near London Bridge that left seven people dead, the AP reports. London police say 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt was a British citizen born in Pakistan, while Rachid Redouane had claimed both Libyan and Moroccan... More »

Trump Goes After Mayor of London Again in Tweet

'Pathetic excuse'

(Newser) - President Trump isn't letting up on his controversial criticism of London's mayor in the wake of that city's terror attacks. "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed' statement," tweeted Trump on Monday.... More »

Report: American Was Shot During London Attack

Unidentified man is expected to survive

(Newser) - British authorities have said that police inadvertently shot a bystander while subduing three London attackers Saturday night, and it now appears that the bystander was American. The good news is that the unidentified man is expected to survive. NBC News quotes an employee of a bar in Borough Market who... More »

This Moment Stole the Show in Manchester

Twitter loved footage of policeman dancing with kids

(Newser) - The star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert drew some 14.5 million viewers at its peak, but it wasn't any one performer, song, or speech that proved the most moving, reports the BBC . Instead, it was a brief shot of a policeman dancing in a circle with children while... More »

London Bridge Victim Died in Her Fiance's Arms

Guy with beer becomes unlikely symbol of defiance

(Newser) - The first victim of Saturday night's terrorist attack in London to be identified is a Canadian visitor who died in her fiance's arms. Christine Archibald, 30, had been living in the Netherlands, where fiance Tyler Ferguson was working. She was hit as the attackers drove into pedestrians on... More »

ISIS: Our Fighters Carried Out London Bridge Attack

Police say they know identities of 3 attackers

(Newser) - ISIS has claimed responsibility for Saturday night's terrorist attack in London, though authorities say the claim has not been verified. The militant group's media agency Amaq announced late Sunday that a "detachment of Islamic State fighters" carried out the atrocity, in which seven people were killed and... More »

7 Dead in London Attacks; 3 Suspects Killed

A van drove into pedestrians on London Bridge, then nearby stabbings

(Newser) - Police say at least seven people are dead in a terrorist attack on and near London Bridge, per the AP . Another 20 were injured. Police say they shot and killed three suspects and don't believe any others are at large, reports the BBC .
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Ariana Makes Surprise Visit to Injured Fans

Pop star will headline all-star benefit concert on Sunday

(Newser) - Pop star Ariana Grande stunned young fans when she popped into Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to say hello on Friday, the Telegraph reports. The surprise visit, ahead of Grande's benefit concert Sunday, cheered kids recovering from injuries from the May 22 suicide bombing at Manchester Arena. Social media... More »

Woman, 2 Kids Found Dead in John Lennon's Old Home

Liverpool police believe it was murder

(Newser) - Police in Liverpool are investigating a suspected triple murder at the former home of one of the city's most famous sons. A 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after a woman and two young children were found dead in an apartment on Falkner Street, where John Lennon lived with... More »

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