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Jan 8, 2015

MI5 chief warns al Qaeda in Syria planning mass attacks on West

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets”, the head of MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.

Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely.

Dec 11, 2014

Father of Web tells Russia’s Putin: Internet is not a ‘CIA project’

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The inventor of the World Wide
Web said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was
incorrect when he alleged the Internet was a project created by
U.S. spies in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Putin, a former KGB spy who does not use email, has said he
will not restrict Internet access for Russians, but in April he
stoked concerns that the Kremlin might seek to crackdown by
saying the Internet was born out of a “CIA project”.

Dec 4, 2014

Fleeing war and crumbling economy, Ukrainians flock to Europe

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Andriy left his home town in
western Ukraine earlier this year on a journey that brought him
through the hands of shady traders in Poland to one of the
world’s booming markets for illegal immigrants – London.

Fleeing the strife of war with Russian-backed fighters and a
shattered economy, Andriy is following a path similar to one
taken by thousands of his fellow Ukrainians who have travelled
either eastwards to Russia or westwards to the European Union.

Nov 27, 2014

UK strikes deal to grant Scotland more powers to counter separatists

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s main political parties struck what they said was a historic deal to grant Scotland tax-raising powers and greater autonomy to try to satisfy disappointed separatists who lost an independence vote two months ago.

The deal, which was unveiled on Thursday but will not be implemented until after a UK-wide parliamentary election next year, amounts to the biggest transfer of powers to Scotland from the United Kingdom since 1999 when a Scots parliament was set up.

Nov 15, 2014

Scottish nationalist ‘kingmakers’ eye post-2015 election deal with Labour

PERTH Scotland (Reuters) – If Scottish nationalists win a ‘kingmaker’ position in Britain’s May 2015 election, they would consider supporting a minority Labour government but would never get into bed with the Conservatives, their leader in the London parliament said.

Since Scots voted by 55-45 percent to preserve the United Kingdom in a Sept. 18 referendum, support for the Scottish National Party has surged on a perception that Britain’s rulers are backsliding on pledges to grant more powers.

Nov 14, 2014

Scotland may seek new independence vote if UK delays devolution, Salmond says

PERTH Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland may seek another independence vote if Britain’s rulers fail to honor their pledge to grant it further autonomy, outgoing Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond warned on Friday, less than two months after Scots spurned independence.

Salmond, in his final speech as party leader, told members that Scotland would eventually secure his dream of independence from London. He also delivered a warning to British Prime Minister David Cameron:

Nov 7, 2014

‘Cannibal’ tries to eat woman in British murder case: reports

LONDON (Reuters) – British police confronted a man trying to eat the eyeball and face of a woman and used a stun gun on the cannibal who later died, local media quoted witnesses as saying.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder investigation has been opened.

Nov 5, 2014

“Stop shouting at Europe”, City lobby group tells UK’s rulers

LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – British politicians should stop
shouting at their European Union partners from the sidelines and
start building alliances to ensure proper reform of the world’s
richest region, a lobby group for powerful banks and money
managers said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate the
terms of Britain’s European Union membership and hold an
“in-out” referendum if re-elected in 2015.

Nov 4, 2014

UK spy chief demands more access to Twitter, Facebook to thwart attacks

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Twitter and Facebook are so
important to militant groups that the U.S. technology giants
should give security services greater access to allow Western
governments to foil attacks, the head of Britain’s eavesdropping
agency said.

The new director of Britain’s GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, said
Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and WhatsApp were in
denial about their unintended role as “the command and control
networks of choice for terrorists”.

Oct 14, 2014

After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges

LONDON (Reuters) – Less than a month after Scots spurned independence, separatists said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron was betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more spending powers to the Scottish parliament.

In a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the union days before the Sept. 18 referendum that threatened to break apart the United Kingdom, Britain’s three main political parties promised to give more powers to Scotland.