Juncker chosen as new EU leader despite British wishes

Jun 28, 2014

Juncker chosen as new EU leader despite British wishes

European Union leaders on Friday picked former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the bloc’s new chief executive despite Britain’s outspoken opposition, further alienating the U.K. from its continental partners. With the move, the EU leaders broke a decades-old tradition of choosing the ...

Items from ancient Sumeria's Ur found in cupboard

Jun 26, 2014

Items from ancient Sumeria's Ur found in cupboard

It is amazing what you can find when you do a good cleaning. Bristol University in Britain learned this firsthand when researchers discovered a box containing materials from archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley’s dig of the Sumerian city of Ur tucked away on top of ...

U.K. queen visits 'Game of Thrones' set in North Ireland

Jun 25, 2014

U.K. queen visits 'Game of Thrones' set in North Ireland

For Queen Elizabeth II, one throne is enough. The United Kingdom’s 88-year-old monarch toured the Belfast sets of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” and met many of its stars Tuesday beside the show’s sword-covered seat of power, the Iron Throne. Unlike many ...

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Jun 25, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment. A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks ...

Britain faces child voodoo victim alert: U.N.

Jun 20, 2014

Britain faces child voodoo victim alert: U.N.

Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a U.N. watchdog said, urging the British government to do more to combat the scourge. “We’re concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been ...

Angelina Jolie launches war zone rape protocol

Jun 12, 2014

Angelina Jolie launches war zone rape protocol

Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched an international protocol on Wednesday which the Hollywood star hopes will “really, truly end impunity” for sexual violence in wars. The document, which offers guidance for those on the front line who document sexual violence, ...

British comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56

Jun 10, 2014

British comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult TV series “The Young Ones,” died on Monday aged 56, his management company said. The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC’s “The Young Ones” endeared him to a ...

Cameron urges EU blockade of Juncker from top job

Jun 10, 2014

Cameron urges EU blockade of Juncker from top job

British Prime Minister David Cameron stepped up his campaign on Monday to stop former Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission, moving to outflank the European Parliament and forge an alliance against him. In the run-up to a meeting ...

Jun 7, 2014

Missing U.K. pensioner found attending French D-Day events

An 89-year-old British World War II veteran who went missing from his retirement home was found in France enjoying a D-Day anniversary get-together with former comrades, police said Friday. Bernard Jordan slipped out of The Pines care home in the seaside town of Hove, ...