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UK's New PM Gets Right to Work, Scraps Contentious Plan

Keir Starmer says of Rwanda deportation 'scheme': 'Dead and buried before it started'

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said Saturday that he's scrapping a controversial Conservative policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda as he vowed to deliver on voters' mandate for change, though he warned it won't happen quickly. "The Rwanda scheme was dead and buried before it started,"...

Yes, That Was Michael J. Fox Performing With Coldplay
Coldplay Jams With 'One of the
Most Amazing People on Earth'

Coldplay Jams With 'One of the Most Amazing People on Earth'

Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox played with UK band at Glastonbury Festival over the weekend

(Newser) - Coldplay featured multiple cameos during its Saturday evening performance at the Glastonbury Festival in England, but there was one in particular that got the crowd on its feet. "Here's another legendary Michael/One who just totally rocks," crooned lead singer Chris Martin in introducing the band's most...

Sunak Could Lose His Seat in Tory Wipeout
Sunak's Party
Set for Historic
Loss in UK

Sunak's Party Set for Historic Loss in UK Elections

In a big first, even the prime minister could lose his seat

(Newser) - This year, the Fourth of July is Election Day in the UK—and it's expected to be Rishi Sunak's last day as prime minister, with polls suggesting his Conservative Party faces a loss of historic proportions. The party held 349 of the 650 seats in Parliament when Sunak...

UK Poised to Elect 'Snoozefest' Leader
Meet 'No-Drama Starmer,'
Britain's Likely New PM
the rundown

Meet 'No-Drama Starmer,' Britain's Likely New PM

Sir Keir Starmer expected to return Labour Party to power

(Newser) - Unless British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Conservative Party pull off an improbably huge comeback in Thursday's election, he is on the verge of being replaced by the country's first PM from the Labour Party in 14 years. Polls show that Sir Keir Starmer is poised to...

Anna Sorokin Has Competition in 'Queen of the Con'
'Queen of the Con'
Extradited From Maine

'Queen of the Con' Extradited From Maine

Alleged fake heiress Marianne Smyth to answer 15-year-old fraud charges in Northern Ireland

(Newser) - A US woman who allegedly claimed to be an Irish heiress and scammed victims out of tens of thousands of dollars has been extradited to the UK to face charges there, reports the AP . Marianne Smyth allegedly stole more than $170,000 from victims in Northern Ireland from 2008 to...

Pro-Palestinian Protesters Drown Out UK Candidates

Sunak, Starmer hold final televised debate of campaign

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour Party leader Keir Starmer struggled to get their messages across Wednesday as the final televised debate of the election campaign began, as protesters outside the building drowned out their answers. The two politicians vying to become Britain's leader after the July 4...

A Manhunt, a Dead Child, and Now 2 Verdicts

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon found guilty of 2 charges, will face retrial on others

(Newser) - "Our focus has always been, and remains, securing justice for baby Victoria." So said a detective with the UK's Metropolitan Police on Wednesday in response to the news the child's parents have been found guilty on two charges and will face a retrial on others, reports...

Betting Scandal Angers Sunak
Betting Scandal Angers Sunak

Betting Scandal Angers Sunak

Conservatives, especially, haven't shaken trust issues in UK

(Newser) - Rishi Sunak, who's trailing badly in polls ahead of the UK's July 4 snap election, really didn't need a scandal to complicate his campaign to remain prime minister. But Conservative Party candidates and others close to Sunak are being investigated on suspicion of placing bets on when...

Stonehenge Vandals Strike Ahead of Solstice

Environmental activists toss orange powder at monument ahead of annual event

(Newser) - A day before celebrations to honor the summer solstice at Britain's iconic Stonehenge, the monument received a surprise paint job. Environmental activists sprayed what authorities described as orange paint at two of the monument's megaliths on Wednesday, per the BBC . A video shared by the Just Stop Oil...

Family Allegedly Spent 3 Times as Much on Dog Than Servant

Four members of Hinduja family, the UK's richest, accused of human trafficking in Geneva

(Newser) - Four members of Britain's richest family allegedly spent more money on their pet dog than they paid to a servant, who received less than $8 per day for up to 18 hours of work, seven days a week. The members of the Hinduja family, worth some $47 billion, are...

Princess Kate to Make Public Appearance in London
Princess of Wales
Makes a Big Showing

Princess of Wales Makes a Big Showing

Kate appears at Trooping of Colour, her first public appearance this year since cancer reveal

(Newser) - Finally, a clear look at the Princess of Wales, after months of rumors and confusion. The AP reports that the former Kate Middleton rode Saturday from Buckingham Palace to parade grounds in London in a horse-drawn carriage with her three young children, George, Charlotte, and Louis, all part of the...

After 'Absolute Hammer Blow,' Women's Bike Team Competes

Rivals come through for Lifeplus-Wahoo team after 14 bikes were stolen before Tour of Britain race

(Newser) - A British women's bicycling team woke up Friday all ready to take part in the multistage Tour of Britain event, except for one crucial thing: More than a dozen of their bikes were stolen overnight, reports the BBC . The women athletes on the Lifeplus-Wahoo team discovered 14 of their...

IKEA Will Pay People to Work in Its Roblox Store

For 10 people, heading to work will mean logging into a virtual world

(Newser) - If you'd rather hide behind a computer than interact with real people, IKEA might have just the customer service job for you. The furniture chain is looking to hire workers for a virtual store on the popular gaming platform Roblox. The "Co-Worker Game" launching June 24 allows players...

Parents Abandon Third Baby Since 2017

London police search for unknown couple while baby Elsa resides in foster care

(Newser) - A newborn girl found abandoned in east London in January is the sibling of two other babies found abandoned in the same part of the city within the last seven years, reports the BBC . The outlet received special permission from a court to report on the connection of the children...

She Fell Off Horse During Trials, 'Could Not Be Saved'

World of eventing in shock after equestrian Georgie Campbell fell to her death in Devon, England

(Newser) - A young equestrian died over the weekend in England after falling off her horse during a competition. The Guardian reports that 37-year-old Georgie Campbell was taking part on Sunday in the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon when she tumbled off her horse, Global Quest. "Medical professionals attended immediately...

UK PM Wants to Bring In Compulsory Service for Teens

Opposition calls campaign announcement on national service 'desperate'

(Newser) - In a move the opposition Labour Party calls "desperate," British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is promising to bring back a form of conscription if his Conservative Party wins the July 4 election. Sunak, who surprised the country by calling the election last week, said Sunday that the party...

Judges: Nurse Convicted of Killing 7 Babies Can't Appeal

With a retrial scheduled, British press can't describe details of Lucy Letby hearing

(Newser) - Former nurse Lucy Letby, one of very few women in British history to be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, has been denied permission to appeal her convictions. After a 10-month trial, the 34-year-old was found guilty last year of murdering seven babies and trying to...

UK Man Accused of Spying for Hong Kong Found Dead in Park
Accused Spy
Found Dead in Park

Accused Spy Found Dead in Park

UK man Matthew Tricket was one of 3 men charged with spying for Hong Kong earlier this month

(Newser) - A man accused of assisting Hong Kong authorities gather intelligence in the United Kingdom was found dead over the weekend, police said. Matthew Trickett, 37, was found dead in a park in Maidenhead, west of London, on Sunday afternoon, police said. They termed the death "unexplained" and were investigating....

UK's Sunak Makes Surprise Election Move

With his party far behind in the polls, prime minister calls an election

(Newser) - With his Conservative Party far behind the opposition Labour Party in the polls, Prime Minister has surprised Britain by calling an election for July 4. The latest possible election date would have been January 28 and a fall election had been widely expected. In a statement outside 10 Downing Street,...

Somebody Finally Reads Website's Privacy Policy, and It Pays Off

Nonprofit put Van Halen's idea into its oft-ignored text

(Newser) - In a "childish protest that all businesses have to have a privacy policy and no one reads it," the head of a UK nonprofit slipped in wording out of left field to see whether anyone would notice. "We'll send a bottle of good wine to the...

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