Snow and ice sweep across Europe, stranding motorists

Dec 28, 2014

Snow and ice sweep across Europe, stranding motorists

Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain. Snow also covered parts of Switzerland and southwestern Germany, and more than 20 cm of snow has fallen in higher parts ...

Dec 22, 2014

Renowned British actress Billie Whitelaw dies at 82

British actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her intense collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, died on Sunday at the age of 82, her son told the BBC. Described by Beckett as the “perfect actress,” Whitelaw became the playwright’s muse and they created a series of ...

Dec 18, 2014

U.K. proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people

New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies. In a statement issued on Wednesday, ...

Dec 18, 2014

Churchill paintings sold off in rare auction

A collection of paintings by British wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off on Wednesday in the biggest-ever sale of artwork by the statesman and accomplished painter. The 15 paintings included views from his holidays in France as well as the interiors of his ...

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

Dec 16, 2014

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London. Police said all three were terrorists ...

Britain to seek out CIA torture report

Dec 15, 2014

Britain to seek out CIA torture report

A U.K. parliamentary panel wants access to information not made public in a U.S. Senate report that may pertain to Britain’s role in the interrogation and rendition of terror suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security ...

U.K. flight chaos caused by unprecedented computer failure

Dec 14, 2014

U.K. flight chaos caused by unprecedented computer failure

Heathrow Airport saw fresh delays and cancellations Saturday as it recovered from an unprecedented computer glitch that wreaked havoc with the London airport system, the world’s busiest hub. The system outage at the headquarters of Britain’s main air traffic controller, NATS, delayed departures, diverted ...

Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

Dec 14, 2014

Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

A Russian loan to France’s National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria’s Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain’s anti-European Union party. As the diplomatic chill over Ukraine deepens, the Kremlin seems keener than ever to enlist Europe’s ...

Dec 12, 2014

Man jailed for attack on British firebrand politician

A man who attacked British pro-Palestinian lawmaker George Galloway in a London street while calling him “anti-Semitic” was jailed for 16 months on Thursday. Neil Masterson, 39, admitted to attacking Galloway in August in a frenzied assault while wearing a pink T-shirt with a ...