British counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they had arrested a man over the 1974 pub bombings in the city of Birmingham which killed 21 people, the deadliest attack on the British mainland in 30 years of Northern Irish violence. The bombings took place in the crowded Mulberry Bush pub and The Tavern in Birmingham, central England, on Nov. 21, 1974. Although the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was believed to have planted the explosives, it never claimed responsibility.
A newly unveiled nude female statue in London meant to honor feminist pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft has been targeted by unknown critics who stuck black tape on its breasts and pubic area, draped it in COVID masks and dressed it in a T-shirt. The sculpture angered feminists and other critics who said the naked figure drew attention to the female body instead of honoring the 18th century intellectual’s achievements and influence.
The Church of England failed to protect children from sexual predators within its ranks for decades, allowing abusers to hide in an attempt to defend its own reputation rather than following its duty to protect young people, an inquiry said on Tuesday. From the 1940s to 2018, 390 people who were clergy or in positions of trust associated with the Church have been convicted of sexual offenses against children.
An African giant pouched rat won a prestigious award Friday for his work detecting land mines in Cambodia. The UK veterinary charity PDSA awarded Magawa its Gold Medal for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly land mines in Cambodia.” He is the first rat ever to win the bravery gong. Magawa, 7, has sniffed out 39 land mines and 28 unexploded munitions in his distinguished career.
Joe Biden on Wednesday joined the clamor of Democrats warning Boris Johnson not to let the Northern Ireland Good Friday agreement become a casualty of his Brexit talks. Democrats have warned that if the UK undermines the peace process or reinstates a hard border to secure Brexit on its terms, the UK’s chances of securing the required congressional support for a UK-US free trade deal will disappear.
At least three people have died, including the driver, after a passenger train in Scotland derailed on Wednesday. The country declared a major incident as aerial footage showed carriages overturned and piled on top of each other on a steep wooded slope, and black smoke rising from the rural area. Police said six people had also been taken to hospital to be treated for non-serious injuries.
British lawmakers have reached a damning conclusion about the possibility of Russian electoral interference in the U.K.: The Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said it can’t determine whether the Kremlin tried to influence the 2016 Brexit referendum, because the British government hasn’t even tried to find out. The committee released that conclusion Tuesday in a long-awaited, oft-delayed and heavily redacted report.
Britain announced on Monday it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in an escalation of a dispute with China over its introduction of a national security law for the former British colony. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told parliament the treaty would be suspended immediately and an arms embargo would be extended to Hong Kong.
Queen Elizabeth II knighted 100-year-old World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, who became a national celebrity by raising millions for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), in an outdoor ceremony in Windsor Castle on Friday. Moore raised almost £33 million ($40 million) by walking laps of his backyard, and received a knighthood after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson has ordered all Huawei technology to be stripped out of the UK’s 5G network by 2027. Acting on the advice of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Mr Johnson has accepted new US sanctions on Huawei are a “game changer” in relation to the impact of the firm’s technology on the UK’s national security.