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Kevin Spacey Faces His Jury
Kevin Spacey Faces His Jury

Kevin Spacey Faces His Jury

Sex assault trial begins at London's Southwark Crown Court

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey looked calm as he arrived at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday to face charges that could see him jailed for life. The Oscar-winning actor, who smiled and waved at reporters, has said he is confident he'll be cleared of all 12 sex offense charges related...

In Video, Soldier Who Fainted Tries to Keep Playing Trombone

2 others also fainted while rehearsing for King Charles' birthday celebration

(Newser) - As soldiers rehearsed in London Saturday for King Charles' upcoming birthday parade, one of them fainted—but got back up and tried to continue playing the trombone. He was soon escorted away to get checked out, People reports. The Massed Bands of the Household Division will perform next weekend at...

'Second River Thames' Built Below London

Massive project will take pressure off 19th-century sewer system

(Newser) - The River Thames is a cleaner river than it was a few decades ago—and far cleaner than it was in Victorian times, when survivors of a shipwreck on the outskirts of London died from ingesting polluted water—but there's still plenty of room for improvement. That's the...

Man With Knife Attacked Benedict Cumberbatch's Home

Actor and his family were home and 'absolutely terrified,' source says

(Newser) - Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, his wife Sophie Hunter, and their three young children were inside their north London home when a man kicked through the iron garden gate, threw a plant at the garden wall, and took a knife to the property's intercom system. "I know you've moved...

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...

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...

&#39;Operation Golden Orb&#39; Has Begun
'Operation
Golden Orb'
Has Begun

'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...

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...

Man Throwing Shotgun Shells Arrested at Buckingham Palace

Authorities conducted a controlled explosion of a package in the man's possession

(Newser) - A man carrying a mysterious package has been arrested for allegedly throwing suspected shotgun cartridges into the grounds of Buckingham Palace. This marks a serious security incident just days before King Charles III's coronation. The Telegraph reports the incident occurred at 7pm local time on Tuesday. It prompted an...

Ex-Cop Who 'Brazenly Raped' a Dozen Women Gets Life

David Carrick was one of UK's worst serial rapists, involved in attacks that spanned 17 years

(Newser) - An ex-London police officer was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years for raping and sexually assaulting a dozen women over a 17-year period. David Carrick, 48, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, admitted last month he was a serial rapist in what prosecutors described...

London Police Officer Admits 24 Rapes

David Carrick is one of UK's worst sex offenders

(Newser) - A serving officer in London's Metropolitan Police is guilty of so many crimes, including 24 counts of rape, that he ranks among Britain's worst sex offenders—and authorities said more victims could still come forward. David Carrick has pleaded guilty to more than 80 offenses covered in 49...

Only One US City Makes Top 10 Travel Destinations

New York squeaks in at No. 10 on Euromonitor International's list; Paris comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - Recovery from the pandemic for the travel industry is a work in progress, but inbound arrivals around the world increased by more than 80% this year in terms of numbers of trips, CNN notes. That means people are breaking out their passports again, and some cities are drawing travelers in...

Runaway Orbs Cause Chaos in London
Runaway Orbs Cause
Chaos in London
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Runaway Orbs Cause Chaos in London

Giant balls that broke away from art installation in high winds made for a surreal scene

(Newser) - When Morrissey sang about "panic on the streets of London," we imagine he likely wasn't envisioning giant orbs bouncing down the thoroughfares, wreaking havoc on traffic. But that's exactly what happened earlier this week, when a pair of enormous balls broke free of an art installation...

Lettuce That 'Beat' Truss Gets Its Star Turn in London

It got beamed onto Houses of Parliament Thursday night

(Newser) - Update: The story of how a head of lettuce has shown up soon-to-be ex-UK Prime Minister Liz Truss romaines top news. The Independent reports that hours after Truss announced her resignation on Thursday, an image of the now-infamous piece of produce was beamed onto London's Houses of Parliament at...

Van Gogh Painting Gets a Soup Bath by Climate Activists

'Sunflowers' wasn't harmed after 'Just Stop Oil' protesters vandalized it in London's National Gallery

(Newser) - Let's start off with the good news: The 1888 version of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is just fine, even after it just got tomato soup dumped all over it. The bad news, at least for the pair of climate activists that carried out the vandalism, is that they'...

Arrests Made After 'Upsetting' Incidents in Queen's Queue

One man accused of rushing her coffin, another for sexual assault against 2 women also waiting in line

(Newser) - People have been emotional enough as they queue up to catch a glimpse of the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who's lying in state at London's Westminster Hall until her funeral on Monday. Two incidents this week made things even more stressful, according to authorities. In...

Beckham: Guess How Long I've Been Waiting to See Queen

Soccer legend got in line at 2am, was still there 12 hours later

(Newser) - David Beckham long ago proved his endurance on the pitch. Now he's showing he can make it for the long haul while queuing up for the late Queen Elizabeth II, whom the soccer legend came to see lying in state in London on Friday. USA Today reports that the...

The Queen Now Lies in State, and the Line Grows and Grows

Her coffin has been moved to Westminster, where it will remain until Monday

(Newser) - The queen has left Buckingham Palace for the last time. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin was on Wednesday taken from the palace to Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state until 6:30am local time Monday, the day of her funeral. King Charles III led the procession behind the...

There's a New Most-Tracked Flight in History

5M people followed queen's journey home to London, per Flightradar24

(Newser) - The plane carrying the body of Queen Elizabeth II to her home in London just became the most-tracked flight ever—by a long shot. Five million people tracked the Royal Air Force plane as it flew from Edinburgh, Scotland—about 100 miles south of where the queen died at Balmoral...

UK Protests Call Heat Wave a Warning

'We are so unprepared' for such temperatures, demonstrator says

(Newser) - Protesters turned out Saturday on the streets of London and in the Scottish city of Glasgow to demand faster action against climate change following the record-smashing temperatures that scorched the UK this week. Activist groups including Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain led protesters in a sit-in on Parliament Square...

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