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Alleged rape victim speaks no English, court assumes she does

A witness testifying before the Inner Crown London Court as part of a serious criminal trial didn't speak much English, and an entire hour passed before anyone realized it.

Hypnotist thief puts shopkeeper in trance, robs him

London - A resourceful thief placed a British shopkeeper into a trance and then pilfered a day's earnings from the man's pockets. Aftab Haider was puttering in his Hops and Pops liquor store in London when the thief casually but purposefully strolled in.

U.K. lawmakers ban sex acts from domestically-produced porn

Women climaxing, spanking, bondage and other forms of rough sex just got a little harder to come by in the United Kingdom following an amended set of restrictions on which types of pornography U.K. film makers may produce.

Denmark: Public-supported ban on male circumcision sparks debate

A poll conducted by a newspaper in Denmark showed that almost three-quarters of Danes think that circumcision should be restricted or banned completely, and this prompted Denmark's parliament to debate the issue earlier today.

UK's first ever 'poo bus' hits the road

Bath - Yesterday the first ever poo bus in the United Kingdom hit the streets. The bus is powered on human waste and food waste.

Julien Blanc, an American pick-up artist, barred from entering UK

Julien Blanc, an American "pick-up artist," is not going to be allowed to enter Britain, due to his visa application being rejected.

American flew to UK to murder British ex-girlfriend he met online

Epsom - Shane Coffey, 20, traveled from Weymouth, Massachusetts to the U.K. to try to kill his ex-girlfriend, who ended the long distance relationship.

Boy, 6, from UK claims to be youngest Microsoft professional ever

Is a six-year-old boy from the United Kingdom the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world who ever lived? He claims he is.

Bizarre case of naked thief that includes fires and odd doings

A teenager in Falmouth, Maine is in police custody after allegedly breaking into two homes while he was naked. In one home he was found naked in the attic. There's more though and the case involves fires that may have been deliberately set.

The biggest gamble in the history of space: Landing on a comet

Final preparations are being made for what is described as one of the biggest gambles in space history, coming up on Wednesday, November 12. After over 20 years of work, the goal of landing a probe, Philae, on a comet may soon be realized.

Drinking during pregnancy could be made illegal in the UK

Depending on the outcome of a current case invovling a woman who drank while pregnant, drinking during pregnancy could become a crime in the United Kingdom

No small risk: The man who saved 669 children from the Nazis

Prague - It was no simple act of kindness. Instead, it was an act of quiet determination and selfless bravery by Sir Nicholas Winton that saved the lives of 669 children in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939.

Robin Hood's, Newton's trees on U.K.'s 'Tree of the Year' list

The 10 trees making up the shortlist for England's "Tree of the Year" distinction are among the most famous and revered in all the land. From the Runnymede tree, said to be over 1,400 years old, to Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree, it's an impressive list.

UK tourism sector third in customer satisfaction index

The tourism sector in the UK is outperforming other industries in terms of customer satisfaction and experience, according to the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI).

Krispy Kreme creates box of 2,400 donuts

Krispy Kreme in the United Kingdom has created the Double Hundred Dozen, which is a very large box containing more than 2,000 donuts.

Thousands of U.K. households at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

As winter approaches, U.K. households and businesses that use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for heating are advised to arrange inspections for their gas appliances.

BBC: Scotland votes NO to independence

Scotland will say NO to independence, preserving the 307-year-union with England to form the four-country United Kingdom. BBC predicts a 55-45 win for the campaign committed to keeping Scotland part of the UK.

Op-Ed: Will Wales, England and North Ireland vote on keeping Scotland?

Glasgow - Oh for those living with the constant news coverage _ even across the pond, if that were only true. Separatist attempts have become the plague of the day from Canada to the Ukraine.

Op-Ed: When looking realistically, Scottish independence not a good idea

Glasgow - Could the United Kingdom not be so united any longer? For years Scotland has mulled trying to seek independence from the rest of Great Britain, and now it may actually happen...but should it? Realistically, it's tough to leave the Queen.

Injured teen cyclist allowed home after year in hospital Special

In July 2013, 15-year-old Ryan Smith sustained a serious brain injury after colliding with a van whilst cycling. After spending over a year in hospital, he was allowed to return home earlier this week.

UK ecommerce figures soar

From supermarkets and department stores, to small marketplaces and gardening centres, over the past five years, the entire online retail sector has seen significant growth, and has doubled its share of the retail market.

UK to allow driverless cars on public roads early next year

The UK government recently announced that starting next year, in January, driverless cars will be allowed on public roads.

SFO to investigate forex price rigging

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office is planning to address allegations of fraudulent practices in the foreign exchange market by opening a criminal investigation.

Metal music in a box at London's 'Sculpture in the City' (Video)

London - Sculpture in the City is currently on in London, with some cutting edge contemporary works from leading artists popping up around town. One such installation involves a death metal band playing in an airtight, soundproofed box until the air runs out.

Op-Ed: U.K. doctors join divestment campaign: Will it hurt fossil fuels?

According to Business Green, the British Medical Association, citing the many health risks associated with climate change has made the decision to commit to divesting from fossil fuels, making them the first national medical group to do so.

UK police urge the use of 'SmartWater' to track protesters

London - Commissioners of the London police are urging the Met area officials to put dye into their water cannons. This would mark the clothes of protesters and allow them to more easily track offenders.

Unlucky for some: UK 'most-wanted' nabbed by Spain's police

Marbella - In the latest sting, part of a joint campaign between UK and Spanish authorities dubbed #unlucky13 (which is also part of Operation Captura), one of the UK's most-wanted has been taken into custody and will be extradited back home in the near future.

UK's smallest town gets boost through unusual events (Videos)

Llanwrtyd Wells - Llanwrtyd Wells used to be a popular vacation spot in Victorian times, with restorative spas and charming pony treks on offer. Things changed, and the town had to think up some more inventive ways to attract visitors, like the Horse vs. Man marathon.

Forced marriage law enaction rouses debate in the UK

Forced marriage has long been talked about as a major issue in the modern U.K. A new law settles the issue as it bans forced marriages completely.

Teletubbies returning to television

Time for Teletubbies! After more than ten years of reruns, the UK-based children’s program is to have a second life thanks to a Canadian production company.
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