LONDON (Reuters) – A British man once held at Guantanamo Bay turned human rights campaigner told a court in London on Saturday he would plead not guilty to providing training and funding terrorism in Syria, police said.
Moazzam Begg, 45, who was released without charge from the U.S. military prison in Cuba in 2005, was detained at his home in Birmingham in central England last week and charged with terrorism offences dated between October 2012 and April 2013.
LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – The head of the International
Airlines Group, that owns British Airways, said on
Friday that Scottish independence could be good for business,
providing a boost to the campaign that wants Scotland to split
from the United Kingdom.
After a flurry of companies this week raised potential risks
from independence, IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh said he was
not worried about British Airway’s prospects if Scotland voted
on Sept. 18 to end a 307-year tie with England.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Thursday an independent inquiry into letters sent to IRA suspects, after an angry response to the freeing of an Irishman accused of a 1982 bombing that killed four soldiers in London.
Cameron said it was clear that there had been a “dreadful mistake” in the case of John Downey, who walked free from a London court this month because of a letter which mistakenly told him he was longer being sought for prosecution.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Thursday an independent inquiry into letters of immunity sent to IRA suspects after an angry response to the freeing of an Irishman accused of a 1982 bombing that killed four soldiers in London.
Cameron said an independent judge with full access to government files and officials would lead the review and report back by the end of May.
LONDON (Reuters) – Insurance and pensions heavyweight Standard Life (SL.L: Quote, Profile, Research) became the first major company to warn it could move partly out of Scotland if Scots split from the United Kingdom, fuelling a political row over the financial impact of independence.
The company, which has been based in Scotland for 189 years, revealed on Thursday that it had a contingency plan to partly move from Scotland, potentially putting 5,000 jobs at risk.
LONDON (Reuters) – Insurance and pensions heavyweight Standard Life became the first major company to warn it could move parts of its business out of Scotland if Scots split from the United Kingdom, dealing a blow to the independence movement.
The company, which has been based in Scotland for 189 years, announced on Thursday that it had a contingency plan to partly move from Scotland, potentially putting 5,000 jobs at risk.
LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – An independent Scotland’s use of
the British pound without the permission of the rest of the UK
could endanger the stability of the nation’s financial sector,
Scotland’s financial services industry head warned on Wednesday.
Owen Kelly, chief executive of the Scottish Financial
Enterprise, said adopting sterling informally would mean losing
the services of the Bank of England as a backstop and having to
shoulder the cost of setting up a new Scottish regulator.
LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s embattled Co-operative
Group said on Wednesday it was selling its farming
business and looking at offloading its pharmacies as the BBC
reported the group was about to report the worst loss in its
The sales are part of a restructuring at the member-owned
group rocked in the past year by the discovery of a 1.5 billion
pound ($2.5 billion) capital hole in its banking arm and a drugs
scandal involving ex-chairman, Methodist minister Paul Flowers.
LONDON (Reuters) – Leading Christian clergy in Britain, including the head of the Church of England, attacked welfare cuts by the Conservative-led government on Thursday, putting them at odds with Prime Minister David Cameron.
As Britain struggles to reduce its large budget deficit, the government has embarked on a radical shake-up of the welfare system that makes up 20 percent of public spending and has vowed to cut costs if returned to power in an election next year.
LONDON (Reuters) – The first opinion poll since Britain’s rulers warned Scots they would lose the pound if they voted to leave the United Kingdom showed a slight increase in support for independence ahead of a referendum on the issue scheduled for September 18.
Politicians in London have tried to undermine the case for independence by cautioning that breaking the 307-year-old union with England would make Scots poorer.