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US Offers Assurances on Assange. His Wife Is Skeptical

'Blatant weasel words,' Stella Assange says of vow from US that's meant to jump-start extradition

(Newser) - The United States made its deadline Tuesday, providing London's High Court with the assurances needed to jump-start Julian Assange's extradition from the UK. The WikiLeaks founder's wife, however, isn't exactly buying it, reports Reuters .
  • Backstory: Last month, two judges said that Australia's Assange—who was

Law Firm Run by 'Diva of Divorce' Split Up Wrong Couple

And a British judge won't remedy the clerical error

(Newser) - Britain's "Diva of Divorce," Ayesha Vardag, may need a nickname change after a recent debacle by her law firm. Vardags bills itself as the "top divorce lawyers in London," but staffers there mistakenly sealed the fate on an estranged couple's marriage, apparently before they...

UK MP: 'I've Hurt People by Being Weak'

William Wragg says he revealed colleagues' phone numbers after getting caught up in sexting scam

(Newser) - British lawmakers who may have been targeted in a sexting scam were urged Friday to go to police, after a senior Conservative admitted disclosing the personal phone numbers of some colleagues to an unknown individual who held "compromising" material on him. William Wragg, who chairs the Public Administration and...

Charles Opens Queen's Beloved Castle for (Pricey) Tours

Tickets for a glimpse inside Balmoral sell out in hours

(Newser) - The chance to peer inside the place where Queen Elizabeth II died proved too much a temptation this week as the first public tours inside Balmoral Castle sold out within 24 hours. On Wednesday, King Charles III announced members of the public would for the first time be able to...

Well-Wisher to King: 'Keep Going Strong'
Charles Reemerges
for Easter Service

Charles Reemerges for Easter Service

Kate, William, and children don't attend Windsor Castle service

(Newser) - The UK's King Charles III shook hands and chatted with onlookers after attending an Easter service at Windsor Castle on Sunday in his most significant public outing since being diagnosed with cancer last month. The king, dressed in a dark overcoat and shiny blue tie, smiled as he made...

Northern Ireland MP's Arrest for Sex Crimes a 'Big Shock'

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, member of UK House of Commons, resigns as DUP leader

(Newser) - Good Friday was not great for the UK's longest-serving MP from Northern Ireland who resigned as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party following his arrest for alleged sex offenses. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson's social media accounts vanished hours before police announced a 61-year-old male had been charged with "...

Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas In for UK Honor
UK to Honor

UK to Honor Oppenheimer Filmmakers

For their service to film, couple will receive a knighthood and a damehood

(Newser) - The Academy Awards that Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas collected this month were for their work on Oppenheimer, but the filmmakers are to receive a more sweeping honor from the nation of their birth. The UK plans to bestow a knighthood on Nolan and a damehood on Thomas, the BBC...

Julian Assange Gets a Break on His Extradition

High Court says it will grant WikiLeaks founder new appeal if US can't grant certain 'assurances'

(Newser) - A British court says Julian Assange can't immediately be extradited to the United States on espionage charges, in a partial victory for the WikiLeaks founder. Two High Court judges said they'd grant Assange, 52, a new appeal unless US authorities give further assurances about what will happen to...

Banksy Confirms Mural Near Bare Tree Is His
Banksy's Latest Mural
Lasted 3 Days Untouched

Banksy's Latest Mural Lasted 3 Days Untouched

Then vandals struck the London piece

(Newser) - A new Banksy mural in north London is harder to steal than some of his work—but it turned out to be too easy to vandalize. The mural, featuring green paint on the wall of a four-story building behind a severely pruned cherry tree, went up Sunday and had been...

England Has Its First Conviction for Cyberflashing

Nicholas Hawkes was found guilty of sending unsolicited photos of his genitals, gets 5.5 years

(Newser) - England's first convicted cyberflasher was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years in prison. Nicholas Hawkes, 39, a convicted sex offender who sent unsolicited photos of his genitals to a girl and a woman, was the first person in England and Wales convicted of violating the Online Safety Act, per...

In Wales, a Monolith Mystery Emerges
Mystery Monolith
Emerges, 'Like
Some Sort of UFO'
in case you missed it

Mystery Monolith Emerges, 'Like Some Sort of UFO'

A 10-foot steel structure has popped up in Wales

(Newser) - As the world ponders what's going on with the Princess of Wales , another mystery has cropped up in the UK, in the form of a large metal monolith in the middle of the Welsh countryside. The Independent has footage of the odd 10-foot-tall structure, which it describes as sticking...

Wales to Have a UK First
Vote Changes Face
of UK Leadership

Vote Changes Face of UK Leadership

Vaughan Gething's victory in Wales means a white male won't head any UK government

(Newser) - Vaughan Gething won the Welsh Labor Party leadership contest on Saturday, setting him up to become the first Black leader of Wales' semi-autonomous government. Gething, the son of a Welsh father and a Zambian mother, will be the first Black leader of a government in the UK—and, according to...

Felled Sycamore Gap Tree Yields Seedlings

That's in addition to 9 genetic copies

(Newser) - Though slashed from its base, the Sycamore Gap tree might still have a future, the BBC reports, as dozens of seeds taken from the tree have now sprouted. A national landmark, the centuries-old sycamore tree stood in a picturesque gap between hills in England's Northumberland National Park before it...

Andrew Tate Detained on UK Sex Charges
Andrew Tate Has
New Legal Trouble

Andrew Tate Has New Legal Trouble

UK has issued an arrest warrant on sex charges

(Newser) - Online influencer Andrew Tate was detained in Romania and handed an arrest warrant issued by British authorities, his spokesperson said Tuesday, per the AP . Tate, 37, and brother Tristan Tate were detained Monday evening for 24 hours on allegations of sexual aggression in a UK case dating back to 2012-2015,...

UK Judge Orders Trump to Pay $385K Over Steele Suit

Money is due in 28 days, and the total might increase

(Newser) - The latest court order demanding that Donald Trump pay up has come from London. A judge there has determined that the former president owes $385,000 in legal fees to Orbis Business Intelligence, which he sued over the Christopher Steele dossier, CNN reports that court documents show. The UK courts...

William Finally Addresses the Rumor Mill, Sort of

Prince's rep issues a brief statement in response to Kate Middleton's absence as mystery continues

(Newser) - A recent Kate Middleton sighting has done little to ease the whispers since she had abdominal surgery for an unknown condition in January. Now, her husband is finally speaking out, kind of, on the rumors and speculation.
  • The statement: Prince William's spokesperson kept it short and sweet, per People

Court: Prince Harry's Security Was Legitimately Yanked

Decision to grant security on case-by-case basis was fair and justified, High Court rules

(Newser) - Prince Harry was not improperly stripped of his publicly funded security detail during visits to Britain after he gave up his status as a working member of the royal family and moved to the US, a London judge ruled Wednesday, per the AP . Justice Peter Lane said in the High...

George Michael Gets His Own Coins
George Michael
Gets His Own Coins

George Michael Gets His Own Coins

Wham! frontman will grace front of limited-edition currency issued by UK's Royal Mint

(Newser) - You gotta have more than "Faith" to pocket the new George Michael coin. A commemorative minting of coins that rolled out in the UK on Monday ranged in price from a couple of banknotes to a small fortune as the late musician continues to rack up posthumous honors years...

Museum Seeks the 'Most Studious Swiftie'

London's Victoria and Albert Museum needs someone well versed on pop star to help curators

(Newser) - Are you the "most studious Swiftie"? London's Victoria and Albert Museum wants you stat, as a new "Superfan Advisor" to help inform curators on the museum's Taylor Swift collection, reports the Guardian . Candidates for this part-time gig, which will pay per session, "will meet...

City Shuts Down to Remove Unexploded Bomb

Plymouth was bombed heavily by Germany during World War II

(Newser) - An unexploded World War II bomb was safely transported Friday through the eerily empty streets of the southwestern English port city of Plymouth before being placed on a boat for its next and final journey to sea, where it will be blown up by naval divers. In what prompted one...

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