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Crowds gather at stone circles for Summer Solstice

Crowds have gathered at the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire to celebrate sunrise on the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer.

In the UK revellers gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire to see the central Altar stone align with the Heel stone, the Slaughter stone and the rising sun.

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Drugs and prostitution to be included in UK national accounts

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The Guardian: The contribution of drug dealers and prostitutes to the UK economy boosted figures by £10bn according to estimates.

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Gay marriage legal in England and Wales

BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.

The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.

Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

Prince Harry leaves Afghanistan after 20-week tour of duty
Prince Harry has left Afghanistan after a 20-week tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner in Apache attack helicopters, the British Ministry of Defence said tonight.In just-released, candid interviews conducted with several news organizations, Harry addressed an incident last year where he was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room: “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down.”Watch BBC News' video of Harry’s interview.More details on Harry’s deployment from the Today Show.Photo: Prince Harry is shown an Apache helicopter by a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2013. (John Stillwell / PA)

Prince Harry leaves Afghanistan after 20-week tour of duty

Prince Harry has left Afghanistan after a 20-week tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner in Apache attack helicopters, the British Ministry of Defence said tonight.

In just-released, candid interviews conducted with several news organizations, Harry addressed an incident last year where he was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room: “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down.”

Watch BBC News' video of Harry’s interview.

More details on Harry’s deployment from the Today Show.

Photo: Prince Harry is shown an Apache helicopter by a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2013. (John Stillwell / PA)

Queen breaks with centuries-old tradition, joins UK Cabinet meeting

NBC News: Queen Elizabeth II sat in on a UK Cabinet meeting for the 1st time during her reign Tuesday. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said she joined the meeting after an invitation from ministers who wanted to present her with a gift celebrating her 60 years on the throne.

According to video footage, UK PM David Cameron said, “We think the last time the monarch attended the cabinet was in 1781 during the American War of Independence.”

Photo: Queen Elizabeth II takes a seat at the table between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague at a cabinet meeting in London on Dec. 18, 2012, to mark her 60 years on the throne. (Jeremy Selwyn / AFP - Getty Images)

UK bans Church of England and Church of Wales from offering gay marriages

BBC News: Britain’s Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned by law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced.

Other religious organizations will be able to “opt in” to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had “explicitly” stated strong opposition and would not be included.

Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with 1st child
TODAY: Palace officials announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. The duchess was admitted Monday to a Central London hospital with severe morning sickness, according to a statement. As the pregnancy is in its ‘very early stages,’ she will stay in the hospital for several days.
The new baby will become third in line to the throne, following Prince William and Prince Charles.
Photo credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with 1st child

TODAY: Palace officials announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. The duchess was admitted Monday to a Central London hospital with severe morning sickness, according to a statement. As the pregnancy is in its ‘very early stages,’ she will stay in the hospital for several days.

The new baby will become third in line to the throne, following Prince William and Prince Charles.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images

More than 800 homes flooded after storms hit the UK

The Telegraph: 816 houses have been damaged by high floodwater in the UK, according to the Environment Agency. Devon and Cornwall are among the worst-affected areas, along with the historic town of Malmesbury.

There are some 260 flood alerts in England and Wales. More than 200 other flood warnings are in place across England. Two people have died so far in the storms.

Photo: Diana Mallows, 90, had to be rescued from her village home near Taunton. (Reuters)

BBC director-general resigns after child abuse broadcastJUST IN: BBC’s director-general George Entwistle has resigned, following ‘Newsnight’ child abuse broadcast. The Nov. 2 broadcast wrongly implicated a politician in a child sex-abuse scandal.More on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/uk-child-abuse-allegationsPhoto: George Entwistle leaves Parliament on October 23, 2012. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)

BBC director-general resigns after child abuse broadcast

JUST IN: BBC’s director-general George Entwistle has resigned, following ‘Newsnight’ child abuse broadcast. The Nov. 2 broadcast wrongly implicated a politician in a child sex-abuse scandal.

More on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/uk-child-abuse-allegations

Photo: George Entwistle leaves Parliament on October 23, 2012. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)

Scottish independence: Cameron, Salmond sign referendum deal
BBC: UK PM David Cameron and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond have signed a deal setting out the terms for a Scottish independence referendum.
The agreement paves the way for a vote in 2014, with a single “Yes or No” question on Scotland leaving the UK.
Photo: Alex Salmond and David Cameron struck the deal during a meeting in Edinburgh. (PA)

Scottish independence: Cameron, Salmond sign referendum deal

BBC: UK PM David Cameron and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond have signed a deal setting out the terms for a Scottish independence referendum.

The agreement paves the way for a vote in 2014, with a single “Yes or No” question on Scotland leaving the UK.


Photo: Alex Salmond and David Cameron struck the deal during a meeting in Edinburgh. (PA)

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to pilot attack helicopters
Prince Harry has flown into Afghanistan to begin a 4-month tour of duty with the British army, where he will command one of the UK’s Apache attack helicopters, The Guardian reports.Photo: Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the military, prepares his Apache helicopter to go out on a mission during his training in the U.S. earlier this year. (Sgt Russ Nolan Rlc / MoD)

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to pilot attack helicopters

Prince Harry has flown into Afghanistan to begin a 4-month tour of duty with the British army, where he will command one of the UK’s Apache attack helicopters, The Guardian reports.

Photo: Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the military, prepares his Apache helicopter to go out on a mission during his training in the U.S. earlier this year. (Sgt Russ Nolan Rlc / MoD)