LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – British researchers said on Monday that a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine entombed under a car park was that of Richard III, solving a 500-year-old mystery about the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle.
Richard, depicted by William Shakespeare as a monstrous tyrant who murdered two princes in the Tower of London, was killed fighting his eventual successor Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field in central England in 1485.
LONDON (Reuters) – British prosecutors said on Friday two Australian radio hosts who made a prank call to the hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate would face no criminal charges over the death of the nurse who answered the phone and later killed herself.
Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged last December in her hospital lodgings in London, days after she answered the hoax call from DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian at Australian radio station 2Day FM.
LONDON (Reuters) – A senior British counter-terrorism police officer was jailed on Friday after becoming the first person to be convicted following a massive police investigation into alleged phone-hacking centered on Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers.
Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, 53, was jailed for 15 months for misconduct in a public office after she was found guilty last month of offering to sell details about the phone-hacking inquiry to Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.
LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Archaeologists will reveal next
week whether a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine
entombed under a municipal car park is that of Richard III, the
last English king to die in battle, more than five centuries
The grey, concrete car park with its red-brick walls and a
payment hut in Leicester, central England, contrasts sharply
with the grandeur of traditional sepulchres for English kings
and queens such as Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry says he killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was a gunner in Apache attack helicopters.
The Queen’s 28-year-old grandson, third in line to the throne, will return home later this week after a 20-week posting with NATO forces at the Camp Bastion military base in the southern province of Helmand.
LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry says he
killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban
while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was a
gunner in Apache attack helicopters.
Queen Elizabeth’s 28-year-old grandson, third in line to the
British throne, will return home later this week after a 20-week
posting with NATO forces at the Camp Bastion military base in
the southern province of Helmand.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron postponed on Thursday a much-anticipated speech on Britain’s future role in the European Union because of the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant where Britons are believed to be among those held.
A somber-looking Cameron warned people to expect “bad news” after Algerian forces launched an operation to free the hostages from Islamist militants, saying one Briton had already been killed when the site was stormed on Wednesday.
LONDON (Reuters) – A helicopter crashed into a crane on top of one of Europe’s tallest residential blocks in central London on Wednesday, killing two people as it burst into flames and threw plumes of smoke into the foggy air.
Police said there was nothing to indicate that the crash on the south bank of the River Thames was linked to an attack on London, where 52 commuters were killed in rush hour suicide bombings in 2005.
LONDON (Reuters) – European Union supporters and opponents turned up the pressure on British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday as a poll showed most Britons wanted a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU although the number supporting withdrawal had fallen.
Cameron is expected to deliver a major speech this month in which he will set out plans to renegotiate Britain’s position within the 27-member EU, along with the terms of a historic vote on the subject that could help define Britain’s role in international affairs for decades.
LONDON (Reuters) – The late British TV presenter Jimmy Savile, honored by both the queen and the pope, sexually assaulted hundreds of people, mainly children, at BBC premises and hospitals over six decades of unparalleled abuse, a police-led report said on Friday.
Savile, one of Britain’s biggest TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s, abused youngsters at 13 hospitals where he did voluntary work as a porter and fundraiser, and even at a hospice treating terminally ill patients.