Oct 31, 2014

U.K. opens National Sperm Bank amid donor shortage

Britain has opened a National Sperm Bank to help meet rising demand for donors. The sperm bank is based at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of London. Officials said Thursday it is designed to help single women, men with fertility ...

Britain's 'Naked Rambler' loses lawsuit in European rights court

Oct 29, 2014

Britain's 'Naked Rambler' loses lawsuit in European rights court

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected a case brought by Britain’s “Naked Rambler,” saying his convictions for nudity had not violated his freedoms. Stephen Gough, 55, has spent more than seven years behind bars in total after repeatedly being arrested for ...

Oct 29, 2014

Qatar emir to face questions on jihadist funding on U.K. state visit

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is expected to reject allegations that his country is funding Islamic State militants during a three-day state visit to Britain that began on Tuesday. Sheikh Tamim’s first official visit to Britain since becoming emir ...

Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

Oct 25, 2014

Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — though she kept things traditional, signing off with “Elizabeth R.” The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery Friday in central London’s Science Museum, taking off a glove to ...

Oct 24, 2014

Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think like humans

Google on Thursday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people. Oxford professors behind spinoff startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will work with DeepMind, a London-based startup that Google bought early this year. ...

Oct 23, 2014

U.K. man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card. A British fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and ...