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Nov 8, 2015

UK’s Cameron to give strongest warning over possible EU exit

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will this week give his strongest warning yet that he might back Britain leaving the EU unless other European leaders agree to his demands for reform of the bloc.

Cameron is due to outline British demands for renegotiation of its European Union membership terms in a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to be published on Tuesday.

Nov 5, 2015

UK unveils powers to spy on Web use, raising privacy fears

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain unveiled plans on Wednesday for sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms.

Across the West, debate about how to protect privacy while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of mass surveillance by British and U.S. spies in 2013.

Nov 4, 2015

UK unveils new spying powers, raising privacy fears

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain unveiled plans for sweeping new surveillance powers on Wednesday, including the ability to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics say are an assault on privacy.

Across the western world, debate about how to protect civil rights while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of mass surveillance by British and U.S spies in 2013.

Oct 23, 2015

Chinese dissidents accuse UK of ‘shameful’ clampdown on Xi protests

LONDON (Reuters) – Prominent Chinese dissidents accused British police on Friday of being heavy-handed after an exiled Chinese democracy activist and two Tibetan women were arrested at a protest during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain.

Shao Jiang, 47, was manhandled and arrested for peacefully protesting by stepping in front of Xi’s motorcade on Wednesday evening ahead of a lavish London reception for the Chinese leader, according to fellow dissidents Wang Dan and Wu’er Kaixi.

Oct 22, 2015

Lawyer for accused “flash crash” trader calls U.S. extradition request false

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. request to extradite
London-based trader Navinder Sarao, accused of helping to spark
the 2010 Wall Street “flash crash”, is “false and misleading”
because it misrepresented the way markets work, his lawyer said
on Thursday.

Sarao is wanted by U.S. authorities after being charged with
22 criminal counts including wire fraud, commodities fraud,
commodity price manipulation and attempted price manipulation.

Oct 21, 2015

Welcomed with pomp and protests, China’s Xi hails ties with Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the “brighter future” of close ties with Britain on Tuesday at the start of a pomp-laden visit that should seal more than $46 billion of deals but drew criticism from rights campaigners.

Britain rolled out the red carpet for Xi, welcoming him with a 41-gun salute before he rode to Buckingham Palace in a gilded carriage with Queen Elizabeth.

Oct 20, 2015
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UK Muslims condemn Britain’s plans to combat extremism

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(Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron listens during a discussion with members of the local community on a visit to Luton, north of London, on October 19, 2015 to announce a new government strategy for tackling extremism. REUTERS/Ben Stansall)

British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled a new strategy on Monday to combat extremism, saying the battle was “perhaps the “defining one of this century”, but his proposals were condemned by Muslims as demonising their communities and set to fail.

Oct 20, 2015

Pageantry and protests welcome China leader to Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping rode in a gilded carriage to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday after a royal salute began a pomp-laden visit Britain hopes will secure investment but which has drawn criticism over human rights.

With a few dozen protesters outnumbered by the thousands of China supporters thronging The Mall, one of London’s most famous avenues, Xi and Queen Elizabeth rode by in a closed carriage to the palace for a private lunch.

Oct 20, 2015

Rights supporters throng palace route as China’s Xi starts UK visit

LONDON (Reuters) – Human rights protesters vied with China supporters and tourists to see President Xi Jinping ride in a carriage to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the first day of a state visit Britain hopes will cement financial ties.

Hailed as the beginning of a ‘golden era’ or ‘golden time’ in Sino-British relations, the visit, which will seal a host of business deals, has been criticized by activists who accuse Prime Minister David Cameron of turning a blind eye to abuses.

Oct 5, 2015

Online firms block terrorism investigations: top British policeman

LONDON (Reuters) – Terrorism investigations are becoming harder and more risky because some social media companies either refuse to help or make products which deliberately hamper inquiries, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer said on Monday.

London Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said that since former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which intelligence agencies could intercept online traffic, new technologies had emerged that made plots harder to foil.