New law offers hope for U.K. pubs hit by drinking decline

May 19, 2015

New law offers hope for U.K. pubs hit by drinking decline

Britain’s traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanise the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of premises to close every week. Cut-price competition from supermarkets, the smoking ban and healthier drinking habits have ...

May 18, 2015

Britain investigates sailor's disaster warning over nuclear subs

Britain’s Royal Navy said Monday it has launched an inquiry after a sailor who served on its submarines armed with nuclear weapons said the vessels had major security flaws and were a “disaster waiting to happen.” In a lengthy dossier released on the internet, ...

Britain's anti-EU party UKIP riven with infighting

May 15, 2015

Britain's anti-EU party UKIP riven with infighting

A week after an election in which it won the third-biggest share of the national vote but just one seat in parliament, Britain’s U.K. Independence Party is tearing itself apart in spectacular fashion. First there was charismatic party leader Nigel Farage’s short-lived resignation, then ...

Britain's Prince Harry performs haka in New Zealand

May 13, 2015

Britain's Prince Harry performs haka in New Zealand

Britain’s Prince Harry performed a fearsome Maori war dance, or haka, and mingled with tattooed ex-convicts on his trip to New Zealand on Wednesday. Red-faced and sweating with exertion, the fifth in line to the throne participated in a chest-thumping, foot-stomping haka alongside about ...

May 13, 2015

Britain to be EU's most populous nation by 2060

Britain will be the EU’s most populous nation by 2060, overtaking Germany where the birth rate is falling, the European Commission said Tuesday. The population of Britain will rise to 80.1 million by then, compared to 64.1 million in 2014, said the report on ...

Britain's UKIP says it rejects Farage's resignation request

May 12, 2015

Britain's UKIP says it rejects Farage's resignation request

He’s back: The U.K. Independence Party says the resignation of Nigel Farage as party leader has been rejected and he remains in the party’s top post. The party said its national executive committee unanimously refused to accept the resignation. The announcement came Monday, three ...

May 9, 2015

Votes for dead candidate, penis art: some odd U.K. election facts

AFP-JIJI—Votes for the dead and voting with a penis drawing — here are some quirky facts from the 2015 British general election: • In Hampstead and Kilburn, in north London, 113 people voted for Britain’s 1962 and 1963 Eurovision singer Ronnie Carroll, even though ...