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Aug 22, 2014

British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria.

In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was “beyond anything we’ve seen” and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaking English with a British accent.

Aug 21, 2014

British Muslim calls for action on jihadi subculture after beheading video

LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A senior British Muslim called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria.

In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man apparently speaking English with a British accent.

Aug 21, 2014

British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt

LONDON (Reuters) – British Muslim leaders urged people to contact police if they knew the identity of the man with an English accent who appeared in a video showing the beheading of an American journalist.

The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim umbrella group in the country, condemned the “abhorrent murder” of James Foley in Syria and called for united action by Muslims to stop the “poison of extremism” infiltrating their communities.

Aug 20, 2014

UK launches hunt for man with British accent on beheading video

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – British authorities launched a
hunt on Wednesday for a man with an English accent who appeared
in an Islamic State (IS) video purporting to show what Prime
Minister David Cameron called the “barbaric and brutal”
beheading of an American journalist.

A masked IS jihadist, dressed in black, who stood next to a
kneeling James Foley in the video released online spoke with
what sounded like a London accent.

Aug 1, 2014

Insight: Tesco’s new boss – the outsider on the inside track

LONDON (Reuters) – When Tesco needed a new chief executive to rebuild the world’s third-biggest retailer it turned to “Drastic Dave” Lewis, a turnaround specialist who is probably as close to being an insider as an outsider can be.

The 49-year-old earned the nickname during his 27 years at Unilever, where he turned around a string of operations including the consumer giant’s British business, cutting costs and energising staff with innovative marketing campaigns.

Aug 1, 2014

Tesco’s new boss – the outsider on the inside track

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – When Tesco needed a new
chief executive to rebuild the world’s third-biggest retailer it
turned to “Drastic Dave” Lewis, a turnaround specialist who is
probably as close to being an insider as an outsider can be.

The 49-year-old earned the nickname during his 27 years at
Unilever, where he turned around a string of operations
including the consumer giant’s British business, cutting costs
and energising staff with innovative marketing campaigns.

Jul 30, 2014

World Cup helps ITV to first-half earnings beat

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – ITV Plc, the British
commercial broadcaster that has caught the eye of pay-TV group
Liberty Global Plc, posted a higher-than-expected 11
percent rise in first-half adjusted earnings, helped by the draw
of the soccer World Cup.

John Malone’s Liberty, owner of British cable TV group
Virgin Media, bought a 6.4 percent stake in the broadcaster
earlier his month from satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

Jul 25, 2014

BSkyB to pay 4.9 billion pounds to create Sky Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s BSkyB has agreed to pay 4.9 billion pounds in cash to buy Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV assets in Germany and Italy, responding to slowing growth at home by creating a European media powerhouse.

BSkyB, in which Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is also the top shareholder, will pay for the deal using cash, debt and a placing of shares that represents around 10 percent of its issued share capital.

Jul 25, 2014

BSkyB to pay $8 billion to create Sky Europe

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s BSkyB has
agreed to pay 4.9 billion pounds ($8.3 billion) in cash to buy
Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV assets in Germany and Italy, responding
to slowing growth at home by creating a European media
powerhouse.

BSkyB, in which Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is also
the top shareholder, will pay for the deal using cash, debt and
a placing of shares that represents around 10 percent of its
issued share capital.

Jul 24, 2014

BSkyB to unveil “Sky Europe” deal on Friday

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s pay-TV group BSkyB
will on Friday unveil its multi-billion euro deal to buy
Rupert Murdoch’s assets in Italy and Germany, sealing a plan to
create a pan-European giant with almost 20 million customers.

A person familiar with the situation said the terms of the
deal, first announced in May, were due to be disclosed at 0600
GMT on Friday, when the London-listed firm publishes its
full-year results.

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