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Jul 16, 2014

Renault expects 40 percent growth in 2014 British sales: UK MD

LONDON (Reuters) – Renault (RENA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects it will sell over 100,000 cars and vans in Britain in 2014, around 40 percent higher than last year, the UK Managing Director of the French car maker Ken Ramirez told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

The partly state-owned automaker, which also sells cheaper car models under its Romanian brand Dacia, said it was currently the fastest growing car and van brand in Britain, selling over 54,000 vehicles so far this year.

Jul 9, 2014

Interest rate hikes won’t hold back UK car sales – dealership CEO

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Future interest rate rises will
not affect car sales in Britain and could easily be offset by
manufacturers passing on their gains from foreign exchange, the
head of one of the country’s biggest car dealers told Reuters.

Car sales in Britain are on track to hit 2.4 million new car
registrations in 2014, up more than 6 percent on last year and
returning to levels seen before the 2008-09 financial crisis
when they nose-dived and the government intervened to support
the industry through a car scrappage scheme.

Jul 4, 2014

UK children’s TV star Rolf Harris jailed for child abuse

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris,
a household name in his native Australia and adopted home
Britain, was jailed for almost six years on Friday for
repeatedly abusing young girls over decades as a beloved host of
children’s television.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Nigel Sweeney said the
84-year-old, known for shows such as “Rolf Harris Cartoon Time”
and songs including “Two Little Boys”, had shown no remorse for
the harm he had done to his victims.

Jul 4, 2014

UK kids’ TV star Rolf Harris jailed for child abuse

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris,
a household name in his native Australia and adopted home
Britain, was jailed for almost six years on Friday for
repeatedly abusing young girls during decades as a beloved host
of children’s television.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Nigel Sweeney said the
84-year-old host of shows like “Rolf Harris Cartoon Time” had
shown no remorse for the harm he had done to his victims.

Jun 30, 2014

Children’s star Rolf Harris found guilty of serial sex assaults

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Rolf Harris, a mainstay of
family entertainment in Britain and Australia for more than 50
years, was found guilty on Monday on 12 charges of indecently
assaulting young girls over two decades.

Harris, 84, was unanimously convicted by a jury of six men
and six women of sexually assaulting four girls, some as young
as seven or eight, between 1968 and 1986.

Jun 27, 2014

ISIL staged ‘mass executions’ in Iraq’s Tikrit: rights group

LONDON (Reuters) – Photograph and satellite imagery indicate that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgents have carried out mass executions in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, Human Rights Watch reported on Friday.

ISIL, radical Islamists who want to re-create a mediaeval-style caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria, has stormed largely unopposed across much of northern Iraq, taking cities including Mosul and Tikrit, seizing border posts with Syria and advancing to within some 100 km (62 miles) of the capital Baghdad.

Jun 26, 2014

Ex-Murdoch CEO Brooks says vindicated by not guilty verdicts

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of News Corp.’s (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) British newspaper arm, said on Thursday she felt vindicated after being found not guilty this week of hacking phone messages and other crimes while editing Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids.

Brooks, 46, was speaking for the first time since she was cleared on Tuesday by a jury at London’s Old Bailey court of charges relating to phone-hacking, illegal payments to a public official and perverting the course of justice.

Jun 18, 2014

Century-old Hertz says could team up with newcomer Uber

LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – Hertz, the second
biggest U.S. car rental firm, is looking to broaden its business
and could allow its cars to be rented via Uber and its
controversial smartphone app, Group President Michel Taride told
Reuters on Wednesday.

Uber’s app – which summons rides at the touch of a button
and prompted protests by taxi drivers in London and Paris
earlier this month – has revolutionised travel in many American
and European cities by allowing customers to order and pay for a
taxi with its application.

Jun 12, 2014

Judges rule out bid to hold terrorism trial entirely in secret

LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – Judges have rejected an attempt
by terrorism prosecutors to hold Britain’s first secret criminal
trial, but ruled on Thursday that large parts of it can go ahead
behind closed doors.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had asked for the
terrorism trial to be held without media reporting, on grounds
of national security.

Jun 12, 2014

WS Atkins’ profits boosted by work in Asia

LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – UK engineering consultancy WS
Atkins reported a 7 percent rise in underlying profits
on Thursday, boosted by infrastructure projects in China and the
Middle East which it said gave management confidence for the
year ahead.

The company, which operates in markets including Britain,
the Middle East and Asia Pacific, reported an underlying pre-tax
profit of 106.4 million pounds in the year ended March 31,
slightly ahead of analysts’ expectations, which averaged 104.93
million pounds, according to Thomson Reuters data.