Britain

  • Britain's Cameron overheard saying Queen 'purred' at Scottish 'No' vote September 24, 2014

    Manchester, England: Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard on Tuesday saying Queen Elizabeth had "purred" with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence. In New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, TV crews accidentally picked...
  • British Airways pilot on trial over child sex with underage boys September 24, 2014

    London: A British Airways pilot is facing trial in the UK for allegedly committing child sex offence against underage boys in India and Britain. Bartle Frere is alleged to have used his job to meet underage boys and lavish them with money and gifts during stopovers in India between long-haul...
  • British Raj did more harm than good in Indian subcontinent: Debate in UK Supreme Court September 21, 2014

    London: The British Raj did more harm than good in the Indian subcontinent, this was the conclusion of a historic debate that put the mighty empire on a mock trial at the Supreme Court here. The IndoBritish Heritage Trust organised the debate as the inaugural event to mark the 400th...
  • Britain hires dyslexic spies in antiterror campaign September 21, 2014

    London: Britain's main surveillance agency is employing over 100 afflicted with dyslexia and dyspraxia as spies in the country's fight against terror. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), referred to as the UK's listening post, uses the ability of these "neurodiverse" spies to analyse complex information in a "dispassionate, logical and analytical"...
  • UK Muslim clerics issue video appeal to free British hostage September 20, 2014

    London: Senior Muslim clerics in Britain have made a direct video appeal to the Islamic State terror group to free a British hostage under their captivity. In a You Tube video, Shakeel Begg and Haitham alHaddad said there was no justification for holding 47yearold Alan Henning, who was captured in Syria,...
  • Watch: Scotland's currency dilemma September 18, 2014

    The people of Scotland will vote on Thursday whether to seek independence from the United Kingdom. In the final few days of campaigning for Scottish independence, currency is one of the big campaign battlegrounds. CNN's Nina Dos Santos takes a look at why it is causing so many disagreements. ...
  • Independence won't be a trial separation, but a painful divorce: PM Cameron to Scotland September 16, 2014

    London/Aberdeen: Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the...
  • US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading September 15, 2014

    Washington: Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring...
  • Britain vows to hunt down evil killers of aid worker September 14, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Sunday that Britain would hunt down the killers of an aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State, which he described as the "embodiment of evil". Cameron said Britain was prepared to "take whatever steps are necessary" after David Haines became the third Western hostage...
  • Britain's Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed September 14, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify...
  • Obama condemns 'barbaric murder' of British aid worker by ISIS September 14, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has condemned the "barbaric murder" of a British citizen by terrorist group Islamic State, which in the recent weeks has killed two American journalists. "The United States strongly condemns the barbaric murder of UK citizen David Haines by the terrorist group ISIL. Our hearts go out...
  • Prison suicide rate rises in Britain September 12, 2014

    London: The number of prisoners who took their own lives in England and Wales from 201314 increased by 64 per cent, according to an independent investigation released on Thursday. The prisons complaint watchdog Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) on Thursday issued the annual report (201314), saying there were 90 apparently selfinflicted...
  • Won't take part in airstrikes on Syria: Britain September 11, 2014

    Berlin: Britain's foreign secretary says his country won't participate in airstrikes on Syria, following an announcement from Washington that it would begin hitting targets inside the country. Speaking on Thursday after talks with his German counterpart FrankWalter Steinmeier, Philip Hammond said that Britain won't be "revisiting" the issue after Parliament...
  • As scots eye independence, rest of UK gets nervous September 10, 2014

    BerwickUponTweed, England: All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England's border with Scotland to know he'll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week. There are teddy bears in Campbell clan tartans and shelves of shortbread from Scotland ...
  • Currency question at the heart of the Scottish debate September 10, 2014

    London: There'll be no going back if Scotland votes for independence from the United Kingdom on September 18. Opinion polls showing that may happen have prompted investors to sell off the British pound. If a knockout blow is dealt to Scotland's 307year union with England, that selling could accelerate as the...
  • 18yearold British Indian hailed as brainiest student in Britain August 23, 2014

    London: An 18yearold British Indian boy has become Britain's brightest student after getting perfect fives in all major subjects with 100 per cent score, a media report said. Asanish Kalyanasundaram, who hails from Lancahsire in northwest England, got the highest possible grades in maths, physics, chemistry, biology and critical thinking, as...
  • UN to adopt measure aimed at conflict prevention August 21, 2014

    United Nations: Security Council members have agreed on a resolution aimed at intensifying efforts to prevent conflicts at a time of growing unrest around the world, Britain's UN envoy said on Wednesday. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the council will vote on the resolution today at the start of an...
  • British man, 24, fined for pretending to be a ghost, waving his arms and shouting 'wooooo' at mourners at cemetery August 8, 2014

    London: Ghost busted! A man has been arrested and fined in the UK for pretending to be a ghost by waving his arms and shouting "wooooo" at mourners at a cemetery. Anthony Stallard, 24, had been kicking a football around in a Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth with a friend, while also...
  • People spend more time on mobile devices and TV than sleeping August 8, 2014

    London: Britons now spend more time using smartphones and tablets, watching television and listening to the radio than they do sleeping, thanks to the availability of broadband in the home and on the move, regulator Ofcom said on Thursday. Consuming media and communicating takes 11 hours and 7 minutes out of...
  • One Direction named Britain's best selling musical export August 3, 2014

    London: One Direction have been named Britain's best selling musical export for the year 2013. The band released their third album titled "Midnight Memories" in November last year and this has added to their success as it has became the year's biggest selling album worldwide. Despite releasing in November, "Midnight Memories" managed...
  • Former aide to Britain's Prince Philip charged with sex abuse July 31, 2014

    London: The former personal assistant of Britain's Prince Philip has been charged with sexually abusing a girl while he was working for the royal family in the 1970s, prosecutors said. Benjamin Herman, 79, was the personal assistant or "equerry" to the 93yearold husband of Queen Elizabeth from 1971 to 1974....
  • G7 warns Russia, faces more sanctions July 31, 2014

    London: The G7 leaders in a joint statement on Wednesday said Russia will face further economic sanctions if it continued to support rebels in Ukraine. The warning came after the EU added eight more Russians to its sanctions. The G7 nations of economic powers, comprising the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan...
  • Watch: This spooky video captures a petrifying moment when a 'ghost' appeared in a haunted pub in Britain July 15, 2014

    A tourist was shooting a video outside one of the haunted pubs of Britain. The 763yearold Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub in Britain is believed to be among the most haunted pubs in the country. The Portuguese tourist was talking about a 'crazy cider' the pub is known for...
  • UK's top diplomat William Hague resigns as Cameron shuffles pack July 15, 2014

    London: British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced his surprise resignation on Monday night ahead of a closelyfought national election next May as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's biggest ever reshuffle of top government jobs. Hague, Britain's most senior diplomat for the past four years and a former leader of Cameron's...
  • Queen smashes whisky, gives her name to Britain's biggest warship July 5, 2014

    London: Queen Elizabeth II smashed a bottle of whisky against Britain's biggest warship on Friday as she gave her name to the new aircraft carrier at a ceremony in Scotland. The 65,000tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth is one of two carriers being built at a combined cost of 6.2 billion ($10.6...
  • UN warns Britain over child voodoo victims, sex tourists June 20, 2014

    Geneva: Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a UN watchdog said today, urging London to step up its fight against the scourge. "We're concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been abducted from their families in Africa...
  • Paedophile jailed in Britain at 94 June 14, 2014

    London: A man who sexually abused a schoolgirl of his granddaughter's age in a bus driver's shack has been jailed for a year in Britain at the age of 94. He is believed to be the oldest sex offender ever to be jailed in Britain. Frederick Smith, a retired travel agent,...
  • 'Britain's Got Talent' judge Simon Cowell wants a daughter June 8, 2014

    Los Angeles: Music mogul Simon Cowell's friend Sinitta says he is keen to have a daughter, a younger sister for his threemonthold son Eric. The 54yearold music mogul and girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcomed son Eric into the world in February, but his friend and former girlfriend Sinitta says that the 'X...
  • UKIP: Antiimmigrant, Eurosceptic party storms Britains political arena May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: This appears to be a season for electoral forces of nature around the world. While we mull over the BJP tidal wave that swept through India and Thailand tries to steady itself after a coup, Britain's polity is contemplating the 'UKIP earthquake' as it has come to be...
  • Nigerian group calls for UN sanctions on militants May 11, 2014

    Lagos: The UN Security Council must impose sanctions on the Islamic extremists that abducted more than 300 schoolgirls, a leading Nigerian rights group said on Sunday, adding that expressions of concern and condemnation are not enough. The call comes as more experts are expected in Nigeria to help in the search,...