Dec 12, 2014

UK police charge man in enslaved women case

A man who led an obscure Maoist collective and allegedly held three women against their will in a London house for 30 years has been charged with 25 offenses including rape, police said Thursday. Police said Aravindan Balakrishnan, 74, was charged with false imprisonment, ...

Dec 10, 2014

Aid worker scoffs at Band Aid Ebola song

The lyrics of the Band Aid 30 single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities are embarrassing and ignorant, a British nurse who survived the disease said on Tuesday. William Pooley traveled back to Sierra Leone to treat sufferers in an isolation unit, after surviving ...

Dec 9, 2014

Scientists find brain mechanism behind glucose greed

British scientists have found a brain mechanism they think may drive our desire for glucose-rich food and say the discovery could one day lead to better treatments for obesity. In experiments using rats, researchers at Imperial College London found a mechanism that appears to ...

Dec 8, 2014

Canadian, British embassies in Cairo closed due to security concerns

Canada’s Embassy in Cairo was closed Monday until further notice because of security concerns, an official answering its emergency telephone line said, the second diplomatic mission to shut its doors this week. A message on the embassy’s website read: “The ability to provide consular ...

Dec 8, 2014

British royal couple arrives in New York

Crowds of jubilant royal watchers cheered as Britain’s Prince William and his pregnant wife, Kate, arrived in New York City on Sunday, kicking off a three-day trip to the East Coast. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s motorcade pulled up outside the Carlyle Hotel ...

Dec 7, 2014

Britain to boost military presence in Persian Gulf

Britain has signed a deal with Bahrain that will bolster the United Kingdom’s military presence in the island nation and give it permanent naval base in the oil-rich Persian Gulf region, officials announced Saturday. The agreement marks a strategic shift for Britain, which formally ...

Syrian-trained Britons  jailed for terror offenses

Dec 6, 2014

Syrian-trained Britons jailed for terror offenses

As British security forces crack down on what they say is a mounting threat from jihadists radicalized by the ongoing Syrian conflict, two British men were sentenced to prison for terrorism offenses Friday. Childhood friends Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both aged 22 and ...

Greece outraged by British Museum's sculpture loan to Russia

Dec 6, 2014

Greece outraged by British Museum's sculpture loan to Russia

One of the British Museum’s much-disputed Parthenon Marbles was unveiled Friday after being sent in secret to Russia — a surprise move that outraged Greece, which has long demanded the return of the artifacts. The loan of the piece, an elegant depiction of the ...

Dec 4, 2014

Britain to cut unpopular property levy for nearly all home buyers

British finance minister George Osborne said he will cut a tax on nearly all property purchases from midnight, removing a long-standing grievance of home buyers five months before an election. Presenting his half-yearly update on the country’s finances on Wednesday, Osborne said the Stamp ...

Dec 3, 2014

Britain signs deal for nuclear plant project

Britain on Tuesday agreed to provide a financial guarantee to a Franco-Japanese joint venture that is seeking to build Europe’s largest new nuclear power development in the country. NuGeneration Ltd., a venture between France’s GDF Suez and Toshiba, has signed a cooperation agreement with ...

DNA of King Richard III casts doubt on lineage of his successors

Dec 3, 2014

DNA of King Richard III casts doubt on lineage of his successors

Scientists say there is “overwhelming evidence” that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England’s King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors. The bones of the 15th-century king ...