Queen Elizabeth II
March 4th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Queen Elizabeth released from hospital

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was discharged Monday from a London hospital, where she was treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.

The 86-year-old monarch had been taken to King Edward VII's Hospital on Sunday morning "as a precautionary measure," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, speaking with customary anonymity.

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March 3rd, 2013
10:58 AM ET

Queen Elizabeth hospitalized

Queen Elizabeth II has been hospitalized after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace Sunday.

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March 1st, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II ill, cancels trip to Wales

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has canceled a planned trip to Wales because she is experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said Friday.

The queen, who had been scheduled to visit Wales on Saturday, will now spend the weekend at Windsor as usual, the spokeswoman added.

The spokeswoman said the queen's health will be assessed in the coming days.

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February 27th, 2013
07:43 AM ET

Fire reported at London hotel

[Updated at 8:20 a.m. ET] A fire broke out Wednesday in a central London hotel, a local fire brigade said.

Part of the Royal Court Apartments' fifth floor was in flames. Dozens of firefighters are at the scene trying to put the blaze under control.

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February 21st, 2013
04:55 AM ET

Britons tortured after arrest, group claims

Three British men on holiday in the United Arab Emirates were beaten and subjected to electric shocks by police following their arrest on drug charges last July, a prisoners' rights group claims.

British citizens Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh, all ages 25, have been in detention in Dubai for more than seven months.

They were arrested on charges of possession of the synthetic cannabis, "spice," according to Reprieve, a UK-based organization that provides legal support to prisoners.

Dubai police denied any torture took place.

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February 13th, 2013
02:15 PM ET

Ireland to send troop trainers to Mali in ‘historic’ pairing with British

Ireland plans to send up to eight troops with UK service members to train forces in Mali the first time the republic will have made a joint deployment with the UK since Ireland broke away last century, Ireland's defense ministry said.

“I believe that the provision of a joint UK/Ireland contingent is another step in the normalization of relations between” the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ireland Defense Minister Alan Shatter said Wednesday.

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February 13th, 2013
10:30 AM ET

Italian magazine defends publishing royal vacation photos

The editor of an Italian magazine that published vacation photos of William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, defended the publication against widespread criticism.

"Chi" editor-in-chief Alfonso Signorini said the photos were not scandalous and "portray a couple in love in a happy moment while they are walking on the beach."

The photos of the duke and the pregnant, bikini-clad duchess were taken on a public beach and bought from an international agency, he said.

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Victims suing BBC, Savile estate in sex abuse case
Jimmy Savile sports his Order of the British Empire medal after his 1972 investiture at Buckingham Palace in London.
February 13th, 2013
07:32 AM ET

Victims suing BBC, Savile estate in sex abuse case

Alleged sexual abuse victims of the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile are suing both the British broadcaster and the Savile estate, attorneys for the victims said Wednesday.

Police said in a report that Savile sexually abused hundreds of people and carried out more than 30 rapes.

Police: TV host Jimmy Savile exploited fame to abuse children on vast scale

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February 8th, 2013
07:32 AM ET

Murdoch company settles dozens of phone hacking suits

Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper publisher News International settled 144 lawsuits over phone hacking on Friday.

High Court officials did not announce the names the people involved or the amount of the settlements.

Seven cases were not settled and will go to trial in June.

Friday's settlements were the second group of suits to be settled by News International after a widespread scandal around the hacking of
celebrities, politicians, victims of crime and others by people working for Murdoch tabloids.

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February 5th, 2013
03:27 PM ET

UK lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in first vote

[Updated at 3:27 p.m. ET] A little clarification: The bill would, as drafted, enable religious organizations in the United Kingdom to conduct same-sex marriages if they wish.

[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] More details on the vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom: The second reading of the bill passed in a 400-175 vote Tuesday.

The bill will be up for further debate in the House of Commons, and it still would need to go though other stages, including another vote in the House of Commons and approval in the House of Lords, before it can become law.

[Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET] The UK House of Commons has passed a bill to introduce same-sex marriage in the country.

The legislation still must go through several more stages, including approval in the House of Lords, before it can become law.

[Posted at 9:23 a.m. ET] UK lawmakers are to vote on a bill to introduce same-sex marriage Tuesday, an issue that has prompted widespread rebellion within Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party.

Three top party members appealed to Conservative MPs to get behind the controversial legislation in a letter published in the Telegraph newspaper Tuesday.

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Body found under parking lot is King Richard III, scientists say
Royal remains: Skull of the skeleton found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester.
February 4th, 2013
08:55 AM ET

Body found under parking lot is King Richard III, scientists say

DNA tests have confirmed that human remains found buried beneath an English car park are those of the country's King Richard III.

British scientists announced Monday they are convinced "beyond reasonable doubt" that a skeleton found during an archaeological dig in Leicester, central England, last August is that of the former king, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

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February 3rd, 2013
03:23 PM ET

Recovering Malala has skull, ear surgery

Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai was in stable condition at a British hospital on Sunday after undergoing surgeries to repair her skull and help her hearing, officials said.

"Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital. Her medical team are 'very pleased' with the progress she has made so far," the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said in a statement. "She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family."

Saturday's five-hour operations were the latest step on a long road to recovery for Malala, who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen in October for speaking out in favor of education for Pakistani girls.

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January 29th, 2013
08:05 AM ET

Britain ready to send troops to train Mali military, defense chief says

The United Kingdom is prepared to deploy up to 40 troops to a European Union military training mission in Mali, and up to 200 troops as trainers in English-speaking West African countries, British Defense Minister Philip Hammond told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

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Rare photo of teenage Diana sells for $18,369
This photo of a Diana, then 19, lying in bed was believed to have been taken around the time she got engaged to Prince Charles.
January 25th, 2013
08:10 PM ET

Rare photo of teenage Diana sells for $18,369

An intimate black-and-white photograph of Princess Diana as a teenager sold today for $18,396, a New Hampshire auction company said.

The photograph - which may never before have been seen by the public, RR Auction says - offers a glimpse of the future wife of Prince Charles lying down, perhaps on a bed, wearing a light sweater or top. Only her head and arms can be seen. Behind her a young man leans against the wall, reading, his book resting on her shoulder.

The only indication of date is a stamp on the back of the print saying "26 February 1981," which would be two days after the engagement of Diana, then 19, and Prince Charles was announced by Buckingham Palace. They married in July of that year.

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Chelsea star faces violent conduct charge
Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan grimaces after the incident which led to Eden Hazard's ejection.
January 25th, 2013
01:40 PM ET

Chelsea star faces violent conduct charge

Chelsea's soccer star Eden Hazard today was charged with by the English Football Association with violent conduct after being ejected from his team's League Cup match at Swansea earlier this week for kicking a ball boy.

Hazard, a Belgian, is facing a lengthy ban after a statement on the FA website said his actions "constituted violent conduct whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient."

Hazard has until January 29 to respond to the charge. The case will then go before an FA disciplinary panel who will decide on any punishment more than the standard three-game ban.

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January 24th, 2013
02:25 PM ET

UK, Germany, Netherlands warn citizens to leave Benghazi

[Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET] The governments of Britain, Germany and the Netherlands are advising their citizens to avoid the Libyan city of Benghazi.

Britain says there is a "specific, imminent threat to Westerners" in Benghazi and is advising its citizens there to leave immediately. The German Foreign Office also cites what it says is a specific threat.

The British Foreign Office also warns against any travel to the area, in a statement on its website.

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli posted a statement on its website saying it knows of no specific threats to U.S. citizens in Benghazi, but it advises against all travel to the city.

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January 16th, 2013
06:42 AM ET

Two killed in London helicopter crash

A helicopter crashed into a construction crane atop a new luxury residential building in thick London fog Wednesday, killing two people and sparking a blaze when it plunged to the ground.

Nine others were injured in the crash that took place at the height of the morning rush hour in Vauxhall, south of the River Thames in central London.

Are you there? Send your pictures, video but stay safe.

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January 15th, 2013
11:29 AM ET

Court rules British Christian has right to wear cross at work

A British Christian woman suffered religious discrimination when British Airways told her not to wear a visible cross over her uniform, a top European court ruled Tuesday.

However, three other British Christians lost related religious discrimination claims at the European Court of Human Rights.

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Royal baby due in July
WiIliam and Catherine leave the King Edward VII Hospital in central London on December 6.
January 14th, 2013
06:36 AM ET

Royal baby due in July

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are looking at July for the arrival of their first child, the palace announced Monday.

The baby will be third in line to the throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William.

Catherine was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital for three days in December for acute morning sickness. The hospitalization prompted an early announcement of her pregnancy.

The couple were married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, in London's biggest royal wedding in three decades.

Their baby would be the first grandchild of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

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The life of Jimmy Savile
January 11th, 2013
07:07 AM ET

Police: BBC presenter Savile abused hundreds

Britain's late TV presenter and radio host Jimmy Savile sexually abused hundreds of people and carried out more than 30 rapes, police said Friday, as they unveiled a report exposing "vast, predatory and opportunistic" abuses over six decades.

Nearly three-quarters of his victims were children, the report said.

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