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DNA study: Why the Welsh might be the first true Brits

The English aren't English and the real Britons are the Welsh, says a fascinating new study into the DNA of different ethnic groups in Britain.

The UK's new £1 coin has 12 sides and was designed by a teenager

The Treasury has unveiled the design of the new £1 coin, set to enter circulation in 2017. The new design features four plants and flowers to represent each nation of the United Kingdom.

Video: 'Horrific' animal cruelty at UK halal slaughterhouse

Shocking video footage released by a humanitarian organization shows animals being abused by workers at a factory in the UK.

Saudi Arabia becomes the leading importer of arms

According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia surpassed India as the leading importer of arms in 2014. The U.S. kept its spot as the top exporter of arms, bolstered by exports to Middle Eastern countries concerned about increased instability in the region.

Security alert prompted as man spotted on the roof of Parliament

An arrest has been made after a man was spotted pacing around on the roof of the houses of Parliament in London late last night, prompting negotiators, police and the fire service to attend the scene in England's capital.

Bestival Toronto promises music, magic, and mayhem

Toronto - Bestival UK has confirmed that their trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem will be heading to North America, taking over Toronto Islands on June 12th and 13th, 2015 for the first ever Bestival abroad.

Op-Ed: Problems with ISIL? Just Nuke 'em says Republican Senator

Bigelow - Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has the solution for putting ISIL in its place: Nuke the jihad out of them! Rapert fired off this salvo on his Facebook page by trotting out the idea that "God is love."

Four surviving Magna Cartas together for first time in 800 years

London - The Magna Carta is considered one of the most important documents in history. There are only four original copies of the "Great Charter" in existence, and this year marks its 800th anniversary.

Insurance fraudster nabbed after video shows how he broke ankle

Newcastle - When Stephen Robinson broke his ankle after leaping into a flooded pond, he allegedly claimed that he injured his ankle after tripping over a broken drain. However, a video filmed by an onlooker surfaced and karma won out in the end.

Regulation to curb Payday loans companies

Price caps on short-term loans have begun in Great Britain and although more than 1 million borrowers can expect to see the cost of their loans decline, most of the lenders have set interest rates and fees to the maximum allowable by law.

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.
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