The world awoke Friday morning to the shocking news that a majority of U.K. citizens had voted to leave the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron would be leaving office in three months, making way for a new leader who supported the Leave campaign.
In the EU referendum known as "Brexit," a majority of U.K. citizens, 52 to 48 percent, voted to sever ties with the EU by 2019.
So what makes this referendum so significant? Below are five things about the U.K.'s long relationship with the EU more >>
Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales have urged the United Kingdom to continue showing compassion and generosity toward strangers in need despite the results of Thursday's national referendum, in which British citizens voted to leave the European Union.
"As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world. We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers," the CofE wrote in its official response to the referendum.
"Many of those living among us and alongside us as neighbours, friends and work colleagues come from overseas and some will feel a deep sense of insecurity. We must respond by offering reassurance, by cherishing our wonderfully diverse society, and by affirming the unique contribution of each and every one," it added. more >>
Archaeologists have discovered a hidden underground monastery at the historical site of the Nevşehir Castle in the Central Anatolian province of Turkey.
The monastery, which was found alongside a church complete with frescoes and other artifacts, could date as far back as the fifth or sixth century, researchers say.
Hesse Interior Minister Peter Beuth said the masked attacker fired four shots as he entered Kinoplex cinema in the town of Viernheim near Frankfurt at around 3 p.m. The gunman had an ammunition belt slung around his shoulder. After he entered, he barricaded himself inside.
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The shooting took place in a cinema of a major shopping center called Rhein Neckar Zentrum Viernheim. The place has 100 businesses and 20,000 visitors daily. An employee of the Coyote Café Viernheim located across the cinema said about 50 to 100 officers responded to the scene immediately. Their cafè personnel had the initiative to bring all their customers to the backdoor to secure their safety. more >>
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he will be stepping down from his position by October following the major national referendum in which British citizens voted 52 to 48 percent to leave the European Union.
"The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected," Cameron said on Friday morning. "The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered."
UKIP leader Nigel Farage celebrated the results as U.K.'s "Independence Day," while U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called it a "great thing." more >>
Evolutionary biologist and famous atheist author Richard Dawkins says the stroke he suffered earlier this year has not changed his belief that nothing comes after death.
Dawkins said during an interview with BBC that he is doing fine physically following a stroke he suffered in February, which forced him to cancel a number public appearances, including Washington D.C.'s "Reason Rally" earlier in June.
When asked whether the stroke has caused him to reconsider some of his views on death and life, The God Delusion author said, "Well, nothing lies beyond. I consider mortality from time to time, I suspect we all do, but certainly nothing lies beyond." more >>