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Meteorologists Take Abuse for Reporting Heat, Drought

Conspiracy theories tie forecasters to weather manipulation in the name of climate change

(Newser) - A meteorologist in Spain tweeted an update that was factual and, she thought, inoffensive. "Rain skips Spain," Isabel Moreno posted in April, along with an image showing a band of rain across Europe that was leaving her country almost entirely dry. Hundreds of readers didn't see the...

King Charles Offers Surprise Tribute to Tina Turner

Band performs 'The Best' during changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace

(Newser) - If you can't get enough of the tributes honoring Tina Turner , who died at age 83 after a long illness, here's one more, courtesy of King Charles III. Each day, visitors outside London's Buckingham Palace are treated to the changing of the guard, a 45-minute ceremony in...

British Cycling Changes Rules for Transgender Women

They must compete in the men's category

(Newser) - Transgender women will no longer be allowed to compete in the female category in UK cycling races, the sport's governing organization has announced. British Cycling said its decision, reached after a nine-month review and scheduled to take effect by the end of the year, was based on fairness, the...

Meta Unloads Giphy, Is Out Hundreds of Millions

Facebook parent sells GIF search engine to Shutterstock for $53M after UK regulators' decision

(Newser) - In 2020, Meta scooped up Giphy, a GIF search engine used by Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and other platforms, for $400 million. On Tuesday, Facebook's parent company announced it had sold the product to stock image service Shutterstock for a mere $53 million—effectively taking a nearly $350 million loss....

UK Quietly Does 180 on Animal Testing of Makeup

Government apparently reversed its stance in 2019, after decades-long ban

(Newser) - The UK government had banned the testing of makeup ingredients on animals for more than two decades when it quietly reversed its stance in 2019. It began issuing licenses for animal testing of cosmetic ingredients in line with European Union rules, which don't allow animal testing to determine whether...

King Charles III Notches a First at Coronation

No other UK monarch has prayed aloud at their own crowning ceremony before

(Newser) - It was an event decades in the making. King Charles III was crowned Saturday in a ceremony rife with pageantry, using a blueprint that "has stayed much the same for more than 1,000 years," notes CNN . After a procession in a golden carriage to Westminster Abbey, the...

'Operation Golden Orb' Has Begun
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'Operation Golden Orb' Has Begun

Coronation of King Charles III, wife Camilla kicks off in London

(Newser) - King Charles III is being crowned Saturday at Westminster Abbey, in a ceremony built on ancient traditions, at a time when the monarchy faces an uncertain future. More than 2,000 guests, thousands of troops, tens of thousands of spectators, and a smattering of protesters converged in and around the...

2 Bidens Arrive in UK for Coronation, Neither Named Joe

Jill Biden, granddaughter Finnegan meet with Akshata Murty ahead of Saturday's event

(Newser) - No US president has ever attended a British coronation, and that will remain the case this weekend as Joe Biden sends his wife to the coronation of King Charles III in his place. While former President Donald Trump says it's a "very disrespectful" move and suggested the president...

King Charles III Had One Last Surprise Before Coronation

Monarch shows up Friday for meet-and-greet outside Buckingham Palace, day before crowning

(Newser) - King Charles III surprised a crowd of fans on Friday who'd begun gathering ahead of his coronation, assembled outside London's Buckingham Palace. The king; his eldest son, Prince William; and daughter-in-law, Kate, stopped for a walkabout to shake hands and speak briefly with the adoring throng, reports the...

One Coronation Crown Jewel Risks Wrath of Prince William

Rod Camilla will hold would go against his anti-ivory stance; plus, other crown jewel controversies

(Newser) - The royal family will be pulling out all the stops for King Charles III's coronation on Saturday, including showing off the revered crown jewels, the gems and other ceremonial objects that are dusted off for crownings of sovereigns and their consorts. Town & Country notes the regalia isn't...

In a First, Subjects to Be Asked to Pledge Allegiance to King

Public can participate in coronation for the first time, wherever they are

(Newser) - Organizers had promised new elements in the ancient ceremony that will bring the coronation of Britain's King Charles on Saturday. One of them revealed this weekend is this announcement planned during the service: "All who so desire, in the Abbey, and elsewhere, say together: I swear that I...

UK Just Nixed the Biggest Tech Deal in History

Microsoft's $69B attempt to buy video game maker Activision scuttled over fears of stifling competition

(Newser) - British regulators have blocked Microsoft's $69 billion deal to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard over worries that it would stifle competition in the cloud gaming market. The UK's Competition and Markets Authority said in its final report Wednesday that "the only effective remedy" to the significant...

UK's Deputy Prime Minister Quits After Bullying Probe

Dominic Raab complains that threshold for bullying was 'set low'

(Newser) - UK Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab grudgingly resigned Friday after an independent investigation found he bullied civil servants, though he criticized the findings as "flawed." Raab's announcement came the day after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak received the investigation report into eight formal complaints that Raab, who is...

First 'Comprehensive Audit' of King's Wealth Unveiled

Spokesperson calls figures from 'Guardian' a mix of 'speculation, assumption, and inaccuracy'

(Newser) - While he's not in the same league of wealth as the king of Saudi Arabia, the sultan of Brunei, or even the Prince of Liechtenstein, Britain's King Charles III has inherited assets that have inflated his net worth to well over $2 billion, according to the Guardian . The...

Animal Shelter Reports an Unusual First

Dog named Coco arrived suffering from canine alcohol withdrawal; he's doing much better now

(Newser) - In a "heartbreaking" first for one UK animal shelter, a dog that arrived there earlier this year turned out to be an alcoholic—though now he's doing much better and is on the path to recovery. CBS News reports that Coco, thought to be a chocolate lab-spaniel mix,...

UK Pop Group S Club 7 'Devastated' by Singer's Death

Paul Cattermole, 46, died of so-far unknown causes, right before band's reunion tour in October

(Newser) - Paul Cattermole, a member of early-2000s British pop group S Club 7, has died just weeks after the band announced a reunion tour. He was 46. The band and Cattermole's family said Friday that "it is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved...

Developers Must Rebuild Old Inn They Destroyed

Brick by brick, says the court order in the UK

(Newser) - The Punch Bowl Inn on a quiet country road in Lancashire, England, had stood for 300 years when its owners took a bulldozer to it in 2021. They must regret doing any such thing, and not just because of reports suggesting they disturbed the building's rumored ghosts. As the...

Woman Who Lied About Rape, Trafficking Gets 8 Years

3 men falsely accused by British woman Eleanor Williams attempted suicide

(Newser) - After Eleanor Williams claimed to have been raped and trafficked by a gang of Asian men in the north of England, a "Justice for Ellie" solidarity campaign spread worldwide and there was a surge in hate crimes in her hometown of Barrow. But her allegations were "complete fiction,...

'Bird' Heard in Home's Walls Was Something Else Entirely

Animal rescue called off after UK resident discovered creature was a stuffed 'Harry Potter' toy

(Newser) - It can be quite distressing to discover there's a wild animal trapped in the walls of your house, as one UK resident thought had happened in their case. Per UPI , a call was recently made to Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue about a bird in such a predicament in a North...

Boris Johnson Wants Everyone to Address His Father as 'Sir'

Opposition leaders consider the knighthood nomination a mockery

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has nominated about 100 people for UK honors, but one name in particular drew attention. The ex-leader of the Conservative Party has put up Stanley Johnson, his father, for a knighthood, the Times reports. The news was not met with universal praise. "You only...

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