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Aug 29, 2011

Scotland has no plans to demand Megrahi extradition

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland said on Monday it had no plans to request the extradition of the Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was found guilty of bombing Pan Am flight 103 while en route from London to New York on December 21, 1988. A total of 270 people were killed.

Aug 24, 2011

Voters unmoved by riots – Reuters/Ipsos poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Riots that broke out across English cities this month have had little impact on the standing of Britain’s largest political parties among voters, a poll published Thursday showed.

The August Reuters/Ipsos MORI Political Monitor shows satisfaction with the government is unchanged from last month, with twice as many people dissatisfied with the ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition as satisfied (59 percent compared to 30 percent).

Aug 13, 2011

UK’s Cameron seeks U.S. advice on gangs after riots

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron, under attack over his leadership during the rioting and looting that swept English cities this week, has enlisted U.S. street crime expert William Bratton to advise the government on handling gang violence.

“I’m being hired by the British government to consult with them on the issue of gangs, gang violence and gang intervention from the American experience and to offer some advice and counsel on their experience,” Bratton told Reuters in New York.

Aug 12, 2011

Police out in force to deter riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Police prepared to flood the streets on Friday to ensure that weekend drinking does not reignite the rioting that swept London and other cities this week, shocking Britons and sullying their country’s image a year before it hosts the Olympics.

Steve Kavanagh, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said 16,000 officers, instead of the usual 2,500, would remain on duty in London in their biggest peacetime deployment — a measure of the perceived public order challenge.

Aug 12, 2011

British police out in force to deter riots

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – British police prepared to flood
the streets on Friday to ensure that weekend drinking does not
reignite the rioting that swept London and other cities this
week, shocking Britons and sullying their country’s image a year
before it hosts the Olympics.

Steve Kavanagh, deputy assistant commissioner of the
Metropolitan Police, said 16,000 officers, instead of the usual
2,500, would remain on duty in London in their biggest peacetime
deployment — a measure of the perceived public order challenge.

Aug 11, 2011

Church head says state action “urgent” after riots

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s most senior cleric gave his first reaction on Thursday to riots across the country, saying the government’s stated priority of building stronger communities was now a matter of urgency.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the violence would “intensify the cycle of deprivation and vulnerability” in Britain.

Aug 11, 2011

Archbishop says state action “urgent” after riots

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s most senior cleric gave his first reaction on Thursday to riots across the country, saying the government’s stated priority of building stronger communities was now a matter of urgency.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the violence would “intensify the cycle of deprivation and vulnerability” in Britain.

Aug 10, 2011

British cities hit by looting, London quiet

LONDON (Reuters) – Youths fought running battles with police in English cities and towns overnight but London, where thousands of extra police were deployed, was largely peaceful after three turbulent nights in which youths rampaged in parts of the capital virtually unchecked.

Manchester and Liverpool in the northwest and Birmingham in central England suffered the worst of the overnight violence, which broke out in north London on Saturday after a protest over a police shooting of a suspect two days earlier.

Aug 10, 2011

British cities clear up after looting, London quiet

LONDON (Reuters) – British cities began on Wednesday to clean up shopping streets littered with debris from a night of looting by gangs of hooded youths copying the tactics of young Londoners who had rampaged through districts of the capital for three nights.

London itself was largely quiet on Tuesday night, with some 16,000 police — 10,000 more than on Monday — sent onto the streets in a show of force in districts where gangs had looted shops and burned cars and buildings virtually unchecked on the previous three nights.

Aug 10, 2011

Violence erupts outside London but capital quiet

LONDON (Reuters) – Violence flared in English cities and towns on Tuesday night but London, where thousands of extra police had been deployed, was largely peaceful after three turbulent nights in which youths rampaged across the capital virtually unchecked.

Groups of youths in hooded tops fought running battles with police in Manchester in northwest England, smashing windows and looting shops. A clothes shop was set alight.

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