November 21st, 2013
10:59 AM ET

London police: 3 women rescued after 30 years

British police have arrested a couple on suspicion of holding three women captive for more than 30 years, Scotland Yard announced Thursday.

Officers from the Human Trafficking Unit arrested the man and woman, both 67, at their south London home as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude, the Metropolitan Police said. They are in custody.

The "highly traumatized" victims - a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, 57-year-old Irish woman and 30-year-old Briton - have been taken to a place of safety, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

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September 2nd, 2013
04:34 PM ET

6 British soldiers accused of attacking NYPD cop

Six British soldiers who have been charged with assaulting an off-duty New York City police officer are expected to appear in court this week, according to a police spokesman.

The six soldiers were arrested early Friday morning after the 30-year-old police officer was injured outside a bar in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood, said New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. Thomas Antonetti. A verbal altercation quickly escalated into a physical fight, he said.

The cause is still unclear, he added.

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August 30th, 2013
04:05 AM ET

UK, U.N. and U.S. get jitters over Syria

Going it alone against the Syrian government is not what President Barack Obama wants, U.S. Secretary of State Chuck Hagel said Friday.  But that scenario is looking more and more likely.

A day earlier, the United States' closest ally, Great Britain, backed out of a possible coalition. A U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria ended in deadlock, and in the U.S. Congress, doubts about military intervention are making the rounds.  

Skeptics are invoking Iraq, where the United States government under President George W. Bush marched to war based on a thin claim that former dictator Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction.

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June 18th, 2013
01:54 AM ET

Dictionary acknowledges humans can tweet, too

The Oxford English Dictionary has finally gotten around to acknowledging that tweeting isn't just for the birds.

In its latest update, the dictionary that describes itself as "the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium" has revamped the entry for "tweet" to include its social networking usage.

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3 more arrests tied to UK soldier's killing
Rigby's brutal killing has spurred an outburst of emotions around England, like this man bowing his head near a makeshift memorial for the slain soldier.
May 25th, 2013
06:16 PM ET

3 more arrests tied to UK soldier's killing

Three more people were arrested Saturday in connection with this week's grisly killing of British soldier Lee Rigby, police said.

The men were being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Police did not detail how they were allegedly tied to the killing nor did they release their identities, saying only that the men - ages 21, 24 and 28 - were arrested by detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command and taken to a south London police station.

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May 23rd, 2013
03:39 PM ET

Slain UK soldier was dad, drummer

The British soldier slain in a gruesome cleaver attack in London was a well-liked infantryman and machine gunner who served in Afghanistan and Cyprus, and then became a military recruiter and ceremonial drummer outside the Royal Palaces, the military said Thursday.

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, was part of the Regimental Recruiting Team in London, and as a machine gunner, he was part of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The Fusiliers, an infantry group, are known for the hackle, or feather plume, in their military headdress.

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UK: Fatal cleaver attack an act of terror
Authorities examine the crime scene in London's Woolwich neighborhood.
May 22nd, 2013
09:38 PM ET

UK: Fatal cleaver attack an act of terror

They first hit the man, thought to be a British soldier, with a car in broad daylight. Then the two attackers hacked him to death and dumped his body in the middle of a southeastern London road.

As the victim - dressed in what appeared to be a T-shirt for Help for Heroes, a charity that helps military veterans - lay prone, one of the two attackers found a camera.

"We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone," said a meat-cleaver-wielding man with bloody hands, speaking in what seems to be a London accent.

British Prime David Cameron called the act a terrorist attack.

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Maker of fake bomb detector gets prison
James McCormick, seen here arriving in a London court on April 23, 2013, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
May 2nd, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Maker of fake bomb detector gets prison

The maker of a fake bomb detector that investigators say put lives at risk was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison by a London court.

James McCormick, 57, marketed his ADE 651 units to government agencies and private companies around the world, including in Iraq, with sales exceeding $50 million by his own admission.

However, independent tests showed the device has no better than a random chance of finding a golf ball, much less a bomb.

British police say the device the ADE standing for "Advanced Detection Equipment" is really a novelty golf-ball finder with the label removed.

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April 17th, 2013
12:15 AM ET

Britain prepares to bid farewell to Thatcher

Amid pomp and ceremony, Britain will say its final farewell Wednesday to Margaret Thatcher - its first female prime minister and a politician who even in death divides public opinion.

More than 2,000 mourners, Queen Elizabeth II and serving UK Prime Minister David Cameron among them, will join Thatcher's family at St. Paul's Cathedral in London to pay their respects.

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April 16th, 2013
03:34 AM ET

Police review London Marathon security plans

The security plan in place for the London Marathon this weekend will be reviewed following the deadly bomb blasts in Boston, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.

"We will be reviewing our security arrangements in partnership with London Marathon," said event commander Chief Supt. Julia Pendry.

Police and race organizers said they are working closely together on security arrangements for Sunday's race, which attracts tens of thousands of competitors and spectators each year.

The organizers of the London Marathon said they expected the event "will go ahead as originally scheduled."

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April 10th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial of Jodi Arias, who's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - UK Parliament remembers Thatcher - Members of Britain's House of Commons convene for a special session to discuss the passing of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dies
Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron inside Number 10 Downing Street on June 8, 2010.
April 8th, 2013
08:36 AM ET

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dies

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in post-war British and world politics, and the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87, her spokeswoman said Monday.

Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.

Thatcher retired from public life after a stroke in 2002 and suffered several strokes after that.

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March 28th, 2013
07:10 PM ET

4 arrested in rapes of Gaza-bound aid workers

Four suspects have been arrested in Benghazi, Libya, following the alleged rape and kidnapping of two British-Pakistani women who were part of an aid convoy bound for Gaza, the Libyan Ministry of Interior said Thursday.

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U.K. investigators: Russian tycoon was hanged
Boris Berezovsky's death was "consistent with hanging," investigators said Monday.
March 25th, 2013
07:09 PM ET

U.K. investigators: Russian tycoon was hanged

Expatriate Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky's death is "consistent with hanging" with no sign of a violent struggle, British police announced late Monday.

Berezovsky, a vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin who moved to England after repeated clashes with the Russian president, was found dead Saturday in his London apartment.

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Months after shooting, Malala at school
Malala Yousafzai, 15, waves as she is discharged from a hospital in central England earlier this year.
March 19th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Months after shooting, Malala at school

For the first time since the Taliban shot her five months ago, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has done what made her a target of the would-be assassins: She's gone to school.

The 15-year-old on Tuesday attended Edgbaston High School in Birmingham, England, the city in which doctors treated her after she received initial care in Pakistan, a public relations agency working with her announced.

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Prince Charles: Arabic hard to learn
March 14th, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Prince Charles: Arabic hard to learn

Prince Charles is learning Arabic but said he's having a difficult time of it.

At a networking event Thursday in Qatar for alumni of UK universities, he complimented guests on their impeccable English.

Qatar's energy minister inquired if Charles spoke any Arabic.

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Prince Charles visits refugee camp in Jordan
Prince Charles meets Syrian refugees in the King Abdullah Refugee Camp, 2 kilometers from the Syrian border.
March 13th, 2013
04:45 AM ET

Prince Charles visits refugee camp in Jordan

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited a U.N. refugee camp in Jordan on Wednesday, near the border with Syria.

The camp, run by the United Nations, UNICEF and Save the Children, is home to about 1,000 people who have fled the conflict that has raged for about two years.

About 20 children staying at the camp sang songs to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

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Heavy snow snarls travel in northern Europe
Cars drive in Tuesday morning traffic on the N118 road around Paris during a heavy snow storm on France.
March 12th, 2013
09:13 AM ET

Heavy snow snarls travel in northern Europe

Today isn't the easiest day for travel in northern Europe.

Swaths of the region are in the grip of snow, ice and high winds Tuesday, causing serious disruption to road, rail and air travelers.

High-speed train operator Eurostar, which runs services linking Paris, Brussels and London, among other destinations, warned of serious disruption and urged passengers to stay at home.

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Report: Police made mistakes in Savile probe
Jimmy Savile sports his Order of the British Empire medal after his 1972 investiture at Buckingham Palace in London.
March 12th, 2013
05:37 AM ET

Report: Police made mistakes in Savile probe

British police made mistakes over decades in their investigation of sex abuse allegations against late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile, a report released Tuesday said.

The report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said not only did police around the country fail to "join the dots," but policies made it difficult for victims to come forward to report the crimes.

Savile, who hosted popular children's TV programs including "Jim'll Fix It" and "Top of the Pops," was a household name in Britain for decades. He was also well known for his charitable work, having raised millions of pounds, and was awarded a knighthood. He died in October 2011 at age 84.

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March 6th, 2013
04:27 AM ET

Kate's 'slip' prompts speculation it's a girl

British newspapers are abuzz with speculation that Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine is expecting a girl after a member of the public reported hearing what seemed to be a hint that a daughter is on the way.

The Duchess of Cambridge was talking to members of the public on a visit to the coastal town of Grimsby, in northeast England, on Tuesday when the apparent slip of the tongue was made.

Sandra Cook, 67, said, "The lady next to me gave her a teddy bear and I distinctly heard her say: 'Thank you, I will take that for my d...' Then she stopped herself."

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