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Jan 20, 2014

Lawyers see war crimes charges for Syrian officials: newspaper

LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian officials could face war crimes charges after a military police photographer defected and provided evidence showing the systematic killing of 11,000 detainees, the Guardian newspaper reported, citing three lawyers who had examined the files.

The photographs will ratchet up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, who the United States and its Western allies say has committed war crimes against his own people. Assad denies war crimes and says he is fighting ‘terrorists’.

Nov 22, 2013

Father of Web says China will dismantle ‘great firewall’

LONDON (Reuters) – China’s rulers will ultimately take it upon themselves to dismantle the “great firewall” that limits its people’s access to the Internet because doing so will boost China’s economy, the inventor of the World Wide Web said.

In an interview about his World Wide Web Foundation’s rankings of the way 81 countries manage the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, also scolded the United States for undermining the Internet’s foundations with its surveillance programmes.

Nov 14, 2013

Love, money and power in Britain’s phone hacking drama

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – In a reversal of fortune fit for
one of their own front pages, two British former tabloid editors
have witnessed the dissection of their private and professional
lives in the full glare of the media at a trial in London’s most
famous criminal court.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, once Rupert Murdoch’s most
influential British newspaper chiefs, deny conspiracy to hack
the telephone messages of princes, politicians and the public in
a highly competitive quest for exclusive stories.

Oct 30, 2013

Bond trader turned energy boss takes on Britain’s “big power”

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Lambasting the country’s dominant
energy companies for gouging customers, the founder of a small
English supplier has emerged as an unlikely hero in a row over
soaring power and gas prices that could influence the 2015
election.

Taking on the six companies which control 99 percent of the
British energy retail market, Ovo Energy founder Stephen
Fitzpatrick turned a parliamentary grilling of energy bosses
into a dazzling marketing pitch for his 4-year-old company.

Oct 15, 2013

Apple bets on Burberry chief to burnish retail shine

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Burberry CEO Angela
Ahrendts rebuilt the British luxury brand after excessive
exposure of its trademark checkered pattern alienated wealthy
clientele. Her approach was to embrace digital innovation, build
a strong online business, and tap Chinese and Latin American
markets.

Now Apple Inc is hoping she can do the same at the
world’s most valuable technology company.

Oct 15, 2013

Tim Cook brings in Burberry boss to restore Apple’s shine

LONDON (Reuters) – Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts rebuilt the brand after over-exposure of its trademark pattern alienated wealthy clientele. Her approach: to embrace digital innovation, build a strong online business and tap Chinese and Latin American markets.

Now Apple Inc is hoping she can do the same at the world’s most valuable technology company.

Oct 8, 2013

MI5 chief warns Snowden data is a ‘gift’ for terrorists

LONDON (Reuters) – Revelations by Edward Snowden about British eavesdropping are a gift to terrorists because they weaken the ability of the security services to stop those plotting deadly attacks against the West, the head of the MI5 Security Service said on Tuesday.

In an unusually frank public intervention in the debate over the powers of U.S. and British spy agencies, MI5 Director General Andrew Parker warned that his agents needed to read and listen to suspect communications to foil major attacks.

Oct 8, 2013

British spy chief warns Snowden data is a ‘gift’ for terrorists

LONDON (Reuters) – Revelations by Edward Snowden about British eavesdropping are a gift to terrorists because they weaken the ability of the security services to stop those plotting deadly attacks against the West, the head of the MI5 Security Service said on Tuesday.

In an unusually frank public intervention in the debate over the powers of U.S. and British spy agencies, MI5 Director General Andrew Parker warned that his agents needed to read and listen to suspect communications to foil major attacks.

Oct 2, 2013

UK’s Cameron puts economy center-stage in re-election bid

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron cast a national election in 2015 as a choice between his “pro-business” ruling Conservative party and what he called the anti-business opposition Labour party.

In a speech to his party’s annual conference in the northern English city of Manchester on Wednesday that was heavy on party political rhetoric, Cameron placed Britain’s economic recovery at the heart of his bid for re-election.

Oct 2, 2013

Cameron casts election as battle over free markets

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday will cast a national election in 2015 as a choice between his “pro-business” ruling Conservative party and what he calls its anti-business socialist rivals.

In a speech to his party’s annual conference in the northern English city of Manchester, Cameron will place Britain’s economic recovery at the heart of his bid for re-election.