European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water levels on … Read more

Boy at heart of UK court battle dies after life support ends

LONDON — A 12-year-old boy who has been in a coma for four months died Saturday at a London hospital after doctors ended life-sustaining treatment that was the subject of a lengthy court battle. Archie Battersbee’s mother, Hollie Dance, said he died at 12:15 pm, about two hours after the hospital began withdrawing treatment. British … Read more

Sarina Wiegman proved herself a great football manager in the way she won Euro 2022

Sarina Wiegman now belongs in the pantheon of great football managers. If that sounds like a knee-jerk reaction after England’s victory last night, it’s worth considering that no one has ever won two European Championships — or World Cups, for that matter — with different nations in either the women’s or men’s game. Wiegman was … Read more

Train drivers’ walkout brings more misery on UK railways

LONDON — Workers, vacationers and sports fans faced travel disruption in Britain as thousands of train drivers walked off the job Saturday, the latest strike in an increasingly bitter labor dispute on the nation’s railways. About 5,000 drivers staged a 24-hour strike against seven train companies across England. It came on the second full day … Read more

How England’s Alessia Russo scored a backheel that changed women’s football

It was definitely shock. Shocked and stunned. People were in disbelief more than anything. What Alessia Russo did in the 68th minute of England’s semi-final victory over Sweden didn’t just cause astonished looks between those in the stadium, it caught the attention of the nation and the world. It hadn’t been going that way at … Read more

‘Earliest animal predator’ named after David Attenborough

LONDON (AP) — A fossil of a 560-million-year-old creature, which researchers believe to be the first animal predator, has been named after the British naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough. Scientists said Monday they believe the specimen, named Auroralumina attenboroughii, is the earliest creatures known to have a skeleton. It is related to the group that … Read more

UK breaks its record for highest temperature as heat builds

LONDON (AP) — Britain shattered its record for the highest temperature ever registered Tuesday, with a provisional reading of 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the country’s weather office — and the heat was only expected to rise. The highest temperature previously recorded in Britain was 38.7 C (101.7 F), a record set … Read more

UK issues “Red Extreme” heat warning, braces for temperature surge  

An office worker carries a large fan in central London on July 12, 2022. On Friday, the Met Office issued a Red Extreme heat warning for parts of the country. Yui Mok | PA Images | Getty Images The UK on Friday issued a “Red Extreme” heat warning, with authorities saying temperatures could potentially hit … Read more

Non-residential buildings in England must offer single-sex bathrooms: report

Newly built offices, schools, hospitals and entertainment venues in England will be required to include separate single-sex bathrooms under soon-to-be-released rules, according to a new report. The UK parliament will announce this week that it is seeking to prevent non-residential buildings from being built solely with “universal,” or all-gender, restrooms, The Telegraph revealed Saturday. Sources … Read more

Defiant Johnson says he won’t change despite election woes

LONDON (AP) — Defiant British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in a stubborn standoff with his frustrated Conservative Party on Saturday, after two thumping special election defeats calls for a major change of government direction. Johnson dismissed the defeats as predictable mid-term blues, and said people expecting “some sort of psychological transformation” from him know … Read more