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Dec 25, 2012

Egypt approves new constitution drafted by Mursi allies

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved a constitution drafted by President Mohamed Mursi’s allies, results announced on Tuesday showed, proving that liberals, leftists and Christians have been powerless to halt the march of Islamists in power.

Final elections commission figures showed the constitution adopted with 63.8 percent of the vote in the referendum held over two days this month, giving Mursi’s Islamists their third straight electoral victory since veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a 2011 revolution.

Dec 4, 2012

UK’s Cameron: clock ticking for press barons to clean up act

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron
demanded on Tuesday that newspaper bosses urgently come up with
an effective system of self-regulation following a damning
inquiry into the reporting practices of Britain’s scandal-hungry
press.

The behaviour of Britain’s cut-throat tabloid media has come
under intense scrutiny in recent years as journalists resorted
to increasingly intrusive tactics to break salacious stories
about people’s lives to shore up falling circulation figures.

Dec 3, 2012

Russian opposition celebrity warns against revolution

LONDON (Reuters) – Socialite-turned-Kremlin-critic Ksenia Sobchak told Russian dissidents in London on Monday that growing repression at home would prompt more and more people to fight for change but warned that a full-blown revolution could destroy her country.

Once an apolitical tabloid celebrity and a Playboy cover girl, Sobchak has emerged as an unlikely but fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin in the past year, taking on a man who was once a close political ally and friend of her late father.

Dec 3, 2012

Concerns grow over mystery death of Russian in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – A British serious crime unit has taken over an investigation into the mysterious death of a Russian anti-corruption whistleblower, police said on Monday, in a move local media said suggested it might have been a murder.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, moved to Britain three years ago and had been helping Swiss prosecutors investigate a Russian criminal group suspected of being involved in major tax fraud.

Nov 30, 2012

UK police order toxicology tests on dead Russian whistleblower

LONDON (Reuters) – British police have carried out toxicology tests on the body of a Russian anti-corruption whistleblower whose mysterious death in England has put a new spotlight on Russian criminal groups entrenched in Europe.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, moved to Britain three years ago and had been helping Swiss prosecutors uncover a shady Russian criminal group suspected of being involved in large-scale, cross-border tax fraud violations.

Nov 28, 2012

Russian mafia whistleblower, 44, found dead in UK

WEYBRIDGE, England/LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A Russian
businessman helping Swiss prosecutors uncover a powerful fraud
syndicate has died in unexplained circumstances near his mansion
in Britain, in a chilling twist to a Russian mafia scandal that
has strained Moscow’s ties with the West.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, sought refuge in Britain three
years ago and had been helping a Swiss investigation into a
Russian money-laundering scheme by providing evidence against
corrupt officials, his colleagues and media reports said.

Nov 28, 2012

Russian mafia whistleblower found dead outside UK mansion

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A Russian businessman helping
Swiss prosecutors uncover a powerful fraud syndicate has died in
mysterious circumstances outside his mansion in Britain, in a
chilling twist to a Russian mafia scandal that has strained
Moscow’s ties with the West.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, sought refuge in Britain three
years ago and had been helping a Swiss investigation into a
Russian money-laundering scheme by providing evidence against
corrupt officials, his colleagues and media reports said.

Nov 11, 2012

Cameron under pressure over crowded runways

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is coming under intense pressure from business leaders and airlines to end years of deadlock and decide whether to expand London’s overstretched Heathrow airport – something that will infuriate local voters and some members of his own party.

The decision will affect 750,000 people living under Heathrow’s busy west-London flight path who are worried about aircraft noise, pollution and safety.

Nov 11, 2012

Cameron under pressure over Britain’s crowded runways

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is
coming under intense pressure from business leaders and airlines
to end years of deadlock and decide whether to expand London’s
overstretched Heathrow airport – something that will infuriate
local voters and some members of his own party.

The decision will affect 750,000 people living under
Heathrow’s busy west-London flight path who are worried about
aircraft noise, pollution and safety.

Nov 9, 2012

UK campaigners call for Nobel Prize for shot Pakistani girl

LONDON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Britons called on the government on Friday to nominate Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 15-year-old is receiving specialist treatment in the English city of Birmingham after gunmen shot her on October 9 for standing up against the Taliban and openly advocating education for women.