Feb 26, 2015

Missing London girls thought to be in Syria

Three teenage girls from London who are feared to have run off to join the Islamic State group are believed to have crossed from Turkey into Syria, British police said Tuesday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, ...

Feb 26, 2015

Refracted rays from Nutella jar blamed for U.K. house fire

London’s firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. The city’s fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar — which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread — had been placed on a window sill and refracted ...

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Feb 23, 2015

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris was Monday stripped of his Australian honors as he continues to serve a jail sentence for sexually assaulting four girls in Britain. The Australian television star, artist and songwriter was convicted last year of indecently assaulting the girls, who included ...

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

Feb 23, 2015

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. authorities said there was “no credible” evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack was in the works. The ...

Feb 21, 2015

British press roiled by allegation of self-censorship to keep ads

One of Britain’s most storied newspapers has been accused of censoring itself for commercial gain, raising awkward questions about a centuries-old press culture that has prided itself on its no-holds-barred approach to telling the truth. The 160-year-old Daily Telegraph strongly denied accusations made in ...

NSA helped British steal cell phone codes, says Snowden leak

Feb 20, 2015

NSA helped British steal cell phone codes, says Snowden leak

Britain’s electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. ...

Feb 18, 2015

Britain approves world's largest offshore wind farm

Britain’s energy ministry has approved the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind project, the world’s biggest offshore wind park, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The project, located in the North Sea, is being led by Forewind, a consortium comprising SSE, RWE, Statkraft ...

Feb 17, 2015

Britain's GCHQ spy agency deploys armed guards for first time

Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency has for the first time deployed armed police guards in front of its headquarters outside London, a spokeswoman said Monday, citing the heightened risk of an attack by militants. Britain raised its terrorism alert last August to the second-highest level, ...

Feb 17, 2015

Pot smokers face fivefold psychosis risk

A British study released Monday suggested that the risk of psychosis is five times higher for regular users of cannabis than for those who have never tried it, adding to a growing body of evidence linking drug use to mental health disorders. The six-year ...

Feb 16, 2015

Britain's HSBC apologizes over past standards at Swiss bank

HSBC apologized to customers and investors on Sunday for past practices at its Swiss private bank after allegations that it helped hundreds of wealthy clients dodge taxes. Europe’s largest bank said in full-page advertisements in British newspapers that recent media coverage that focused on ...