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4 years 1 month ago

UK nuclear submarine grounded in accident

LONDON (AP) - Britain's defense ministry says a nuclear-powered submarine has been involved in an accident off the coast of Scotland. Officials confirmed the vessel involved was HMS Astute, one of Britain's fleet of submarines powered by a nuclear reactor. The defense ministry insisted in a statement that...

4 years 2 months ago

IVF pioneer wins Nobel Prize for medicine

Robert Edwards of Britain has won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine for the development of in-vitro fertilization, a breakthrough that has helped millions of infertile couples to have children. Edwards and Patrick Steptoe, who died in 1988, developed the IVF technique, in which egg cells are fertilized outside...

4 years 6 months ago

12 dead in U.K. shooting rampage

British police say a taxi driver went on a shooting rampage across rural northwestern England, killing 12 people and wounding 25 others before turning the gun on himself. It's Britain's deadliest mass shooting since 1996 and shocked a country where gun ownership is tightly restricted.

4 years 7 months ago

Britons win payout over burns from 'toxic sofas'

A British court says hundreds of people who received chemical burns from leather sofas will share 20 million pounds ($30 million) in compensation. The customers took legal action after claiming of skin and eyecomplaints or breathing difficulties from the Chinese-made furniture, dubbed "toxic sofas." The problems were blamed on dimethyl...

4 years 8 months ago

World's largest marine reserve created

Britain on Thursday created the world's largest marine reserve by banning fishing around the U.K.-owned archipelago in the Indian Ocean - a cluster of 55 islands across that cover an area larger than California. The move pleased environmentalists but angered exiled Chagos Islanders, who say it creates an obstacle...

4 years 9 months ago

U.K. millionaire to move to mud hut

A 41-year-old millionaire businessman who nearly died in a car crash eight years ago is leaving behind his exquisite 16th-century farmhouse and lavish lifestyle to move to a mud hut in Uganda and start a children's charity. Jon Pedley plans to sell his telecommunications businesses, a $1.5 million Essex...

4 years 11 months ago

US and Britain close their embassies in Yemen

Both the U.S. and Britain have closed their embassies in Yemen, with American officials citing threats by the al-Qaida group linked to the failed bombing of a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day. In London, Britain's Foreign Office says the embassy in Yemen was closed Sunday for security reasons. She said...

4 years 11 months ago

New restrictions to add to air-travel headaches

New security restrictions swiftly implemented following a botched attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day will make air travel more burdensome and could discourage some business fliers - key customers for the airlines. Passengers will likely face longer lines at checkpoints and less freedom to move around the...

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