Brit ex-cop wades in from Senegal in bid to swim to Brazil

Nov 14, 2016

Brit ex-cop wades in from Senegal in bid to swim to Brazil

Former British police officer Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming every mile of the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America. After more than three years of preparation, he set off on Sunday. The 38-year-old walked down a beach in Dakar and ...

Nov 11, 2016

Leprosy bacteria found in British isles red squirrels

Some red squirrels in Britain and Ireland are infected with the bacteria that causes leprosy in humans, though the risk of transmission to people is low, researchers said Thursday. Still, scientists were surprised to uncover signs of the infectious disease that ravaged Europe in ...

Queen Elizabeth shows off her new portrait

Nov 9, 2016

Queen Elizabeth shows off her new portrait

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth unveiled a new portrait of herself on Tuesday in London, painted by Irish artist Colin Davidson. The painting was commissioned by Co-operation Ireland, a charity set up to promote relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to mark the ...

France finishes clearing Calais 'Jungle' camp of migrants

Oct 27, 2016

France finishes clearing Calais 'Jungle' camp of migrants

French authorities said on Wednesday they had finished clearing the “Jungle” shanty town outside Calais built by migrants who had hoped to cross to Britain but who are now mostly being dispersed around France. The operation passed off peacefully for the most part, though ...