Jan 19, 2015

Britain, Europe's TB hub, seeks to wipe out the disease

Health authorities launched an £11.5 million ($17.4 million) plan on Monday to tackle Britain’s persistent tuberculosis problem, seeking to eradicate the contagious lung disease. Britain has one of the highest TB rates in Western Europe, with London known as the continent’s TB capital. Rates ...

Jan 19, 2015

Fox News apologizes for 'totally Muslim' Europe remarks

United States TV news network Fox News has apologized several times for on-air comments that suggested there are “totally Muslim” no-go zones in Europe, in the channel’s coverage of the deadly attacks in France. At least one commentator and one anchor suggested there were ...

Lost 2003 Mars lander Beagle-2 is found

Jan 17, 2015

Lost 2003 Mars lander Beagle-2 is found

It turns out the Beagle has landed after all — but it never called home. The gone-but-not-forgotten spacecraft Beagle-2 went AWOL on Christmas Day in 2003, when it was supposed to land on Mars and start transmitting data back to Earth. Instead, the British-built ...

Jan 16, 2015

U.K. publisher mocked for banning mention of pigs in books

British politicians on Thursday criticized publisher Oxford University Press over its advice to omit pigs and sausages from books for children sold abroad in order not to offend the Jewish or Muslim communities. The existence of the recommendations was revealed during a debate on ...

Jan 15, 2015

London black cabs get break over rivals on bus lanes

London’s iconic black cabs, under pressure from the taxi app Uber and other upstarts, got some good news Wednesday: They won’t have to share their right to drive in the capital’s bus lanes with rivals. The city’s expensive black cabs benefit from a rule ...

Jan 11, 2015

Cameron's Conservatives vow tough new U.K. strike laws

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party says it will introduce tough strike laws for some public service workers if it wins the general election in May, prompting anger from unions that called the proposals an affront to democracy. Under the Conservatives’ plans announced ...

Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S.

Jan 10, 2015

Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S.

A U.S. judge Friday sentenced British hate preacher Abu Hamza to life behind bars for the deadly kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen and terrorism, calling his crimes “evil” and “barbaric.” The hook-handed imam, blind in one eye and a double-hand amputee, was a ...