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Dec 7, 2011

UK financial watchdog admits reform needed

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A senior regulatory official
in London’s financial district on Wednesday told anti-capitalist
protesters camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral that the
financial system “needs to change”.

Hector Sants, chief executive of the Financial Services
Authority (FSA), which regulates banks, held private talks with
about 10 representatives from the London Occupy group to discuss
financial reform.

Nov 28, 2011

Corrected – London’s Lord Mayor: a modern philanthropist

LONDON (Reuters) – The most famous Lord Mayor of London, Dick Whittington, immortalised in traditional pantomimes, gave all his money to charity on his death nearly 600 years ago.

The latest incumbent of the 800-year-old office, David Wootton, is not advocating that for himself or his colleagues in the financial district, but he is suggesting some people could be more philanthropic.

Nov 26, 2011

London’s Lord Mayor: a modern philanthropist

LONDON (Reuters) – The most famous Lord Mayor of London, Dick Whittington, immortalised in traditional British pantomimes, gave all his money to charity on his death nearly 600 years ago.

The latest incumbent of the 800-year-old office, David Wooton, is not advocating that for himself or his colleagues in the financial district, but he is suggesting some people could be more philanthropic.

Nov 24, 2011

Riot-hit London area looks ahead to Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – The charred buildings damaged in last August’s riots stand out like black teeth on Woolwich’s central square, a stark image made all the more gruesome as the area in east London has been given a makeover in time for next year’s Olympics.

The burned shops lie in walking distance of the Royal Artillery Barracks, one of three Olympic venues in the borough of Greenwich.

Nov 24, 2011

Kate McCann felt violated after diaries reprinted

LONDON (Reuters) – The mother of missing youngster Madeleine McCann described on Wednesday how she felt “violated” by the publication of her diary in the News of the World without her permission.

Kate McCann told the Leveson inquiry into media practices and ethics how she had returned from church to discover that the newspaper had virtually printed her diary verbatim from what looked like a Portuguese translation without her knowledge.

Nov 23, 2011

Milly lawyer says phone-hacking “too easy”

LONDON (Reuters) – The lawyer who helped bring down the News of the World after the phone-hacking scandal said on Wednesday he felt sorry for the paper’s readers because the problem was more widespread than one newspaper.

Mark Lewis, who represented the parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, suggested the reason the News of the World, part of News Corp’s <NWSA.O) British newspaper arm, had been caught out was because its private detective had made notes about his hacking and had kept evidence.

Nov 23, 2011

Milly Dowler lawyer says phone-hacking “too easy”

LONDON (Reuters) – The lawyer who helped bring down the News of the World after the phone-hacking scandal said on Wednesday he felt sorry for the paper’s readers because the problem was more widespread than one newspaper.

Mark Lewis, who represented the parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, suggested the reason the News of the World, part of News Corp’s <NWSA.O) British newspaper arm, had been caught out was because its private detective had made notes about his hacking and had kept evidence.

Nov 22, 2011

London’s Olympic security boss dismisses U.S. fear report

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of London’s Olympic security dismissed as “rubbish” on Tuesday a media report that the United States was unhappy with arrangements for next summer’s Games.

London’s national Olympic security coordinator Chris Allison also said he had confidence in the private security firm tasked with guarding the inside of venues after it was revealed off-duty troops may have to be called in to help meet a shortfall in numbers.

Nov 22, 2011

UK Olympic security boss dismisses U.S. fear report

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of London’s Olympic security dismissed as “rubbish” on Tuesday a media report that the United States was unhappy with arrangements for next summer’s Games.

London’s national Olympic security coordinator Chris Allison also said he had confidence in the private security firm tasked with guarding the inside of venues after it was revealed off-duty troops may have to be called in to help meet a shortfall in numbers.

Nov 22, 2011

Olympics-UK Olympic security boss dismisses U.S. fear report

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The head of London’s
Olympic security dismissed as “rubbish” on Tuesday a media
report that the United States was unhappy with arrangements for
next summer’s Games.

London’s national Olympic security coordinator Chris Allison
also said he had confidence in the private security firm tasked
with guarding the inside of venues after it was revealed
off-duty troops may have to be called in to help meet a
shortfall in numbers.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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