Execution in Oklahoma: '47 minutes of agony'
2014-04-30 08:53:06 UTC
A death row inmate in Oklahoma died of a heart attack after his execution was halted because the lethal injection of three drugs failed to work properly.
Clayton Lockett, 38, experienced a vein failure which prevented the drug cocktail from being fully effective.
The execution was halted af...
Three children were found dead in south London
2014-04-23 07:18:02 UTC
<h3>Breaking News:</h3>A 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a house in south London.
Officers were called to the property in New Malden at around 9.30pm on Tuesday where they discovered the bodies.
A spokesman for the Metro...
Black death was not spread by rat fleas
2014-04-01 08:47:21 UTC
Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century.
Analysis of the bodies and of wills re...
London 'draining life' from rest of UK economy
2014-03-19 07:49:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — There's London. And then there's the rest of the U.K.
A tale of two Britains has increasingly emerged since the Great Recession. While the government trumpets the country's recovery from the financial crisis and its status as the world's fastest-growing developed economy, the rhe...
UK police charge ex-Guantanamo detainee over Syria
2014-03-01 10:08:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Police have charged a former Guantanamo Bay detainee with Syria-related terrorism offenses.
West Midlands police have accused the 45-year-old Moazzam Begg, who advocates for the rights of terrorism suspects, of providing terrorist training and funding overseas terrorism. He is to...
Report: UK spies intercept webcam pics, nudity
2014-02-28 07:52:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users' webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs.
Princes William, Harry sandbag against UK floods
2014-02-15 06:22:58 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prince William and Prince Harry helped flood-hit British villagers protect their homes Friday, unloading sandbags alongside soldiers in a River Thames village.
The princes, who have both served in the armed forces, joined a work crew In Datchet, west of London, from about 6 a.m...
Mary Quant's Miniskirt Changed the World
2014-02-11 07:03:10 UTC
<h3>'A mini-skirt was a way of rebelling': British stylist Mary Quant, who will soon celebrate her 80th birthday, is credited with inventing the above-the-knee skirt that has become a wardrobe staple. Coco Chanel may have said they were 'just awful,' but the mini-skirt revolution kicked off in th...
Kate Middleton Is Going To Be Pregnant With Second Child in 2014
2014-02-04 23:02:08 UTC
Kate Middleton had a huge year in 2013 and yet she is expected to be pregnant again shortly. In July she delivered her first child and a royal heir and rumor has it that as The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 32nd birthday today she is planning ahead for baby number two. Kate and Prince Willi...
Why city life may be bad for you
2014-01-30 10:33:18 UTC
When it comes to getting people to be more active, much of the attention is focused on the improving sports facilities, encouraging people to join the gym or lambasting schools for not doing enough PE.
But could another crucial factor be the way neighbourhoods are designed?
The Royal Instit...
Luxury home boom to change face of London
2014-01-30 10:34:36 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The face of London is about to change.
Dozens of buildings of 20 stories or more are under construction or planned along the south bank of the River Thames just upstream from Big Ben and the majestic dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. The development surge, fueled by wealthy foreigner...
British Museum: Prototype for Noah's Ark was round
2014-01-24 19:19:22 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.
But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow — the original Noah's Ark, new research suggests, was round.
A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old tablet from anci...
UK soldiers accused of Iraq war crimes
2014-01-12 08:13:09 UTC
A German NGO and a British law firm say they will ask the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to investigate possible war crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq between 2003 and 2008.
The European Centre for Constitutional Human Rights, based in Berlin, and ...
US disappointed by end of North Ireland peace talks
2014-01-01 02:22:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it is disappointed that peace talks in Northern Ireland have ended without an agreement.
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the talks did represent progress and urged Northern Ireland's political leaders to continue to work together...
UK finally pardons computer pioneer Alan Turing
2013-12-24 01:42:43 UTC
LONDON (AP) — His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.
But Alan Turing was gay, and 1950s Britain punished the mathemati...
Plane wing clips building at Johannesburg airport
2013-12-23 08:48:50 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African airport officials say four airport staff were slightly injured when the wing of a British Airways passenger aircraft clipped a building at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport shortly before taking off for London.
The Airports Company South Africa sai...
UK to help destroy Syria's chemical stockpile
2013-12-21 05:12:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. will help the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons program, officials said Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the U.S., Denmark and Norway.
Britain's Foreign Office said it has agreed to destroy 150 tons of two industrial-gr...
BAE says UAE has scrapped talks to buy Typhoons
2013-12-19 18:55:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Global defense company BAE Systems says the U.A.E. has pulled out of U.K.-government backed talks to buy Typhoon jets.
BAE and the U.K. had been in discussions with the government of the United Arab Emirates over a range of defense deals, including the potential sale of Typhoon a...
'Downton Abbeys don't grow on trees' : NBCU's Michael Edelstein
2013-12-18 07:57:10 UTC
Downton Abbey may seem a quintessentially English drama, yet it ultimately belongs to a US media giant. Carnival, the UK producer of Downton, Whitechapel and Dracula, is owned by NBC Universal (itself a subsidiary of US cable company Comcast), which also owns Made in Chelsea creators Monkey and o...
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
2013-12-09 20:09:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
As part of a global campaign to reform data collecti...
Scottish holiday marred by police helicopter crash
2013-11-30 19:35:10 UTC
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scotland's official holiday was transformed into a grim day of mourning Saturday as emergency crews searched the wreckage of a riverside pub smashed by a falling police helicopter. At least eight people died and more than a dozen remained hospitalized with serious injurie...
Suashish Diamond's 2Q Sales +9%, Profit Surges
2013-11-21 20:08:51 UTC
Suashish Diamonds Ltd. reported that its standalone sales rose 9 percent year on year to $28.5 million (INR 1.8 billion) during the second quarter that ended on September 30. Expenses grew 11 percent to $30.2 million (INR 1.9 billion) during the quarter. The diamond and jewelry manufacturer repor...
BBC plans birthday bash as 'Doctor Who' turns 50
2013-11-21 19:39:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — "Doctor Who" is turning 50. So what do you get a time-traveling, galaxy-hopping hero who has everything?
Plenty of new time and space on the airwaves.
The BBC is throwing a broadcasting blowout for the sci-fi show, which began with little fanfare and few expectations on Nov. 2...
Women 'held as slaves for 30 years'
2013-11-22 08:36:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, including one woman believed to have spent her entire life in domestic slavery, police said Thursday.
London's Metropolitan Police announced the rescues after two people — a man and a woman, ...
UK warns of ransom scam targeting 10s of millions
2013-11-15 20:05:29 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British officials issued an unusually stark alert about a cyberscam that locks users out of their computers unless they pay a ransom, saying Friday that tens of millions of people may soon be targeted.
In a warning headlined "URGENT ALERT," Britain's National Crime Agency said th...