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...
Attacks against Shiites in Iraq kill at least 41
2013-11-14 16:57:35 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide attacker and twin bomb blasts on Thursday targeted Shiites marking a somber religious ritual in Iraq, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.
The ritual, known as Ashoura, is observed every year over a 10-day period and has been marred pr...
Rickets making a comeback in the UK, doctors say
2013-11-08 19:46:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain.
Rickets results from a severe deficiency of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Rickets was his...
UK's enemies are 'rubbing their hands with glee'
2013-11-07 17:49:05 UTC
The head of MI6 has claimed that national security has been so badly damaged by the leaking of NSA files that Britain's adversaries have been "rubbing their hands with glee" and al-Qaida is "lapping it up".
But despite the robust language from Sir John Sawers, in the first joint public hearing...
Hurricane-force gusts batter UK, Europe; 13 dead
2013-10-29 08:00:48 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A savage coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts slashed its way through Britain and western Europe on Monday, felling trees, flooding lowlands and snarling traffic in the air, at sea and on land. At least 13 people were reported killed.
It was one of the worst storms to h...
Canadian weed finds export market in Asia
2013-10-23 09:41:06 UTC
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — For the young Vietnamese dope smokers rolling up outside a smart Hanoi cafe, local cannabis is just not good enough. As with their Adidas caps, IPhones and Sanskrit tattoos, so with their choice of bud: only foreign will do.
Potent marijuana grown indoors in Canada and th...
3-month-old Prince George is christened in London
2013-10-23 19:05:55 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Dressed in a lace gown designed in the 1840s and doused with water from the River Jordan, 3-month-old Prince George, third in line to the British throne, was christened Wednesday in London.
The small family gathering of four generations had historic overtones: the presence of Bri...
Is Great Britain really a 'small island'?
2013-09-16 06:56:36 UTC
A Russian official referred last week to Great Britain as "a small island to which no-one pays any attention". PM David Cameron responded by challenging anyone to name a country with a "prouder history, with a bigger heart, with a greater resilience". But he conceded that the UK was a "small grou...
David Frost, known for Nixon interview, dies at 74
2013-09-02 07:22:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — David Frost had sparred with Richard Nixon for hours, recording a series of interviews with the former president three years after he stepped down in disgrace over Watergate. But as the sessions drew to a close, Frost realized he still lacked something: an acknowledgement by Nixon t...
Nobel-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies at 74
2013-08-30 17:38:14 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — To all lovers of the perfectly weighed word, Seamus Heaney offered hope on this side of the grave.
Heaney, 74, died Friday in a Dublin hospital some 18 years after he won the Nobel Prize in literature and gained global recognition as Ireland's greatest poet since William Butler Y...
Verizon and Vodafone at a glance
2013-08-29 23:02:18 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's Vodafone PLC confirmed Thursday that it is talking to Verizon Communications Inc. about selling its stake in Verizon Wireless.
Here's a look at how the companies compare, according to financial reports:
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UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote
2013-08-29 22:10:34 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat for a government which had been poised to join the U.S. in strikes to punish Bashar Assad's regime for an alleged chemical weapons attack this month.
US government wouldn't force reporters to destroy computers
2013-08-21 08:07:36 UTC
Guardian - The White House has said that it would not be "appropriate" for the US government to destroy leaked government secrets obtained by media organisations in the way ordered by the British government.
"It's very difficult to imagine a scenario in which that would be appropriate here," s...
Royal Baby Photos: First Official Images of Prince George
2013-08-20 20:36:08 UTC
The first official photos of royal baby Prince George have been released by the palace.
Prince William and Kate decided to forgo professional portraits in favor of a few backyard snapshots taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to release t...
Guardian chief: UK had newspaper disks destroyed
2013-08-20 01:29:36 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British agents oversaw the destruction of an unspecified number of the Guardian newspaper's hard drives in an apparent bid to keep the fruit of Edward Snowden's leaks safe from Chinese spies, the paper's editor said Monday.
Alan Rusbridger made the claim in an opinion piece publi...
David Miranda: 'They said I would be put in jail if I didn't co-operate'
2013-08-20 01:16:43 UTC
Partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald gives his first interview on nine-hour interrogation at Heathrow airport.
David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, has accused Britain of a "total abuse of pow...
Prince William describes his joy at parenthood
2013-08-19 15:18:56 UTC
LONDON (AP) — His newborn son is "a little bit of a rascal" and car seats can daunt any dad, Britain's Prince William says.
The second in line to the British throne has described his joy at introducing his son to the world on the steps of a London hospital last month — and about his nerves ove...
Snowden reporter: Won't be silenced by detention
2013-08-19 14:57:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The American journalist who has written stories based on leaked documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said Monday he would not be silenced by what he described as police harassment of his partner, who was detained for nine hours as he passed throug...
Princess Diana death: Scotland Yard studying new information
2013-08-18 06:28:19 UTC
The Metropolitan police are to assess new information about the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in a road crash in Paris in 1997.
Scotland Yard did not elaborate on the information, or its source, but Sky News said it had come from the former parents-in-law of a former soldier and had ...
UK court OKs vasectomy for man who can't consent
2013-08-16 14:31:46 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British court has ruled for the first time that a man who lacked the capacity to give informed consent should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests."
The 36-year-old man, known only as DE, has an IQ of 40, lives with his parents and has a long-term girlfriend wh...
Fed policy concerns keep markets on edge
2013-08-15 11:03:09 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Mounting expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to reduce its monetary stimulus next month weighed on markets Thursday, though trading was fairly muted during what is a traditionally quiet period for investors.
Most stock indexes around the world fell after the pre...
British cat DNA database helps convict killer
2013-08-14 17:00:55 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Fingerprints are not the only thing that killers can leave behind — add cat hair to that list.
A British university said Wednesday that its DNA database of British felines helped convict a man of manslaughter, illustrating how the genetic material of pets can be used by crime sce...
UK writes off $744,400 in Somalia aid to theft
2013-08-11 14:09:25 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The British government says that 480,000 pounds ($744,400) of humanitarian aid supplies funded by the U.K. were seized by al-Qaida-affiliated militants in Somalia.
The supplies were seized when al-Shabaab militants raided warehouses and offices between November 2011 and February ...
Swaddle-maker swamped after UK prince's photo-op
2013-08-03 16:12:50 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It took 45 seconds, but it was enough.
Newborn Prince George, carried from the hospital to the royal car, appeared in a cotton swaddle with the tiny birds on it. Mums-to-be around the world wanted to know: Who are you wearing?
The answer shows what it is like when a small comp...
Twitter hands down new rules to beat abusive talk
2013-08-03 16:08:09 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Twitter says it's handing down new rules to control abusive language after several high-profile British women reported receiving a flood of nasty, harassing, or threatening messages on the microblogging site.
In a message posted to its website, Twitter says it is introducing a on...