Heat wave scorches Europe from London to Siberia

Jun 22, 2017

Heat wave scorches Europe from London to Siberia

Europe sizzled in a continent-wide heat wave on Wednesday, with London bracing for Britain’s hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal battled to stamp out deadly forest fires. More than 1,000 firefighters were still fighting to control the flames that broke out in central ...

After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

Jun 22, 2017

After deadly London tower fire, local council chief resigns

The chief executive of a London borough where a tower block fire killed at least 79 people in Britain’s worst blaze since World War II has resigned. Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, said he was forced out by Prime Minister ...

Jun 21, 2017

Britain's Prince Philip, 96, in hospital with infection

Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been admitted to hospital as a “precautionary measure” for treatment of an infection, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. The infection arose from “a pre-existing condition,” the palace said. The Duke of Edinburgh, who is to ...

Jun 20, 2017

Fiery indictment of U.K. inequality

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the worst such disaster in British history, demands a reassessment of the attention given to the poorest and most vulnerable in British society — and a similar reckoning by other governments.

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

Jun 18, 2017

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don’t automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and wait for instructions. That ...

Tragic London blaze highlights Britain's rich-poor divide

Jun 16, 2017

Tragic London blaze highlights Britain's rich-poor divide

Just a short walk from the social housing block in west London where 17 people — and perhaps many more — died this week in a devastating fire, are some of Britain’s wealthiest streets, lined with elegant, multimillion-pound townhouses. The borough of Kensington and ...

Residents seek answers in wake of London high-rise blaze

Jun 15, 2017

Residents seek answers in wake of London high-rise blaze

With smoke still rising from the charred remains of Grenfell Tower in west London, residents and community leaders demanded to know Wednesday how a ferocious fire could have swept through the high-rise apartment block with such speed that it killed at least 30 people ...

High-flying Saudi arms dealer Khashoggi dies in London at 82: family

Jun 7, 2017

High-flying Saudi arms dealer Khashoggi dies in London at 82: family

Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, a tycoon known for his lavish billionaire lifestyle and far-reaching international connections, has died in London at the age of 82, his family said on Tuesday. “Our beloved father Adnan Khashoggi, aged 82, died peacefully today in London while ...