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Oct 22, 2012

BBC crisis deepens as UK’s Cameron demands answers

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Pressure on the BBC to address
allegations its bosses covered up sexual abuse claims levelled
at one of its former TV stars mounted on Monday after British
Prime Minister David Cameron said the broadcaster had serious
questions to answer.

The premier’s intervention came as the editor of the
internationally renowned media organisation’s flagship
“Newsnight” show stepped aside after admitting he had given an
“inaccurate” account of why the BBC had axed its own expose of
the alleged abuse of underage girls by the late Jimmy Savile.

Oct 22, 2012

BBC crisis deepens as new allegations emerge

LONDON (Reuters) – A crisis gripping Britain’s BBC deepened on Monday after it emerged a senior producer had warned the broadcaster could be accused of a cover-up when it axed its own expose into alleged sexual abuse by a one-time TV star.

Allegations that flamboyant BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, who died last year, operated unhindered as a paedophile for years while working for the BBC have rocked the publicly funded broadcaster.

Oct 17, 2012

Nuclear trafficking getting more professional: IAEA chief

LONDON (Reuters) – Terrorist groups trying to get hold of nuclear weapons on the black market are becoming more sophisticated and the world needs to do more to prevent sensitive material from falling into their hands, the U.N. nuclear chief said on Wednesday.

Addressing the Chatham House think tank in London, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said one of the main risks was that militants could detonate a so-called nuclear “dirty bomb” to contaminate a major city.

Oct 17, 2012

U.N. nuclear chief rejects Iran “saboteurs” accusation

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear chief said on Wednesday that Iran’s allegation his agency may have been infiltrated by saboteurs was baseless and voiced concern about “intensive activities” at the Parchin military installation that his inspectors want to examine.

Years of diplomacy and sanctions have failed to resolve a stand-off between the West and Iran over its nuclear activity, raising fears of last-resort Israeli military action and a new Middle East war destabilizing to the global economy.

Oct 15, 2012

Scotland seals terms of historic independence vote

EDINBURGH, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Scotland on Monday set up a
historic independence referendum after its leader signed an
agreement with Britain’s prime minister finalising arrangements
for a vote which could lead to the demise of its
three-centuries-old union with England.

Scotland’s drive for sovereignty, led by its nationalist
leader Alex Salmond, echoes separatist moves by other European
regions such as Catalonia and Flanders at a time when a
crisis-hit European Union is undergoing deep changes to its
identity.

Oct 14, 2012

Scotland moves step closer to independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland takes a big step on its path towards an independence referendum on Monday when its leader meets Britain’s prime minister to finalize arrangements for a vote which could lead to the demise of Scotland’s three-centuries-old union with England.

Scotland’s drive for sovereignty, led by its nationalist leader Alex Salmond, echoes separatist moves by other European regions such as Catalonia and Flanders at a time when a crisis-hit European Union undergoes deep changes to its identity.

Oct 8, 2012

Britain’s BBC apologizes over sex abuse scandal

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s BBC on Monday apologized to a group of women who allege that one of the state-funded broadcaster’s top entertainers sexually abused them decades ago, a scandal that has raised questions about the BBC’s judgment then and now.

The man accused of using his status as a celebrity and prominent charity fund raiser to commit the crimes is Jimmy Savile, an eccentric BBC presenter who died last year aged 84.

Oct 8, 2012

Romney’s English roots surprise cousins left behind

BARROW-IN-FURNESS, England (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s fight to become America’s next president has the backing of one enthusiastic group of supporters, although they don’t actually have a vote: his relatives in England.

Few associate the Republican candidate with Britain but it was in England’s industrial northwest that his ancestors lived for generations and converted to Mormonism before leaving for the United States in 1841 in search of the promised land.

Aug 3, 2012

Putin weighs into punk trial after judo gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Fresh from cheering a Russian judo star to a gold medal at the Olympic Games, President Vladimir Putin urged leniency on Thursday for members of a female punk band on trial for protesting against him at the altar of a Moscow cathedral.

Putin told Interfax news agency that there was “nothing good” about the protest by the band Pussy Riot, which outraged many Russian Orthodox believers on the eve of Putin’s latest presidential election win.

Aug 2, 2012

Black belt Putin to tackle Cameron on Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Black belt Russian President Vladimir Putin will lock horns with British leader David Cameron over Syria and human rights during a day of judo diplomacy at the Olympics on Thursday at a time when relations between their two nations are strained.

Cameron will push the former KGB spy, to take a tougher line on Syria, Russia’s firmest foothold in the Middle East, and stop blocking Western-backed resolutions aimed at stepping up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.