British town appoints first jester in 700 years

Aug 5, 2015

British town appoints first jester in 700 years

A small British town has appointed its first resident jester in more than 700 years, naming him in an elaborate medieval ceremony. Russel Erwood was officially dubbed Erwyd le Fol (French for “fool”) during an event in the main square in Conwy, north Wales, ...

British peer quits House of Lords over cocaine and sex sting

Jul 28, 2015

British peer quits House of Lords over cocaine and sex sting

A member of the upper chamber of Britain’s Parliament resigned Tuesday, apologizing for causing “pain and embarrassment” after he was filmed allegedly snorting cocaine during sessions with sex workers. John Sewel — whose title is Lord Sewel — caved in to pressure, telling parliamentary ...

Key suspect says he won't testify at Litvinenko inquiry

Jul 28, 2015

Key suspect says he won't testify at Litvinenko inquiry

A British judge investigating the death of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko accused a key suspect Monday of manipulating the inquiry by agreeing to testify, then refusing at the last minute. Russian businessman Dmitry Kovtun had been due to appear at judge Robert ...

'Heil Hitler' salute photo shines light on British royals, Nazis

Jul 20, 2015

'Heil Hitler' salute photo shines light on British royals, Nazis

Footage of Princess Elizabeth giving a Nazi salute while a child on Sunday revived an uncomfortable debate about the British royal family’s historic links to Adolf Hitler’s murderous regime in Germany. At the time today’s long-reigning queen was Princess Elizabeth, aged around six, when ...