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Oct 16, 2014

Britain warns of ‘exceptionally high’ level of anti-terrorism activity

LONDON (Reuters) – British police are carrying out security investigations at an “exceptionally high” pace not seen in years to disrupt potentially deadly plots directed from abroad, notably Syria, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Friday.

Mark Rowley, Britain’s national policing spokesman for counter-terrorism, said the police had made 218 arrests so far this year while dozens of vulnerable people were also being referred to de-radicalisation programs.

Oct 14, 2014

British ex-PM Blair may have been terrorism target, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – A man charged in Britain with terrorism offences at a trial so sensitive that prosecutors sought to have it heard entirely in secret might have been planning an attack on ex-prime minister Tony Blair, a court heard on Tuesday.

Erol Incedal, 26, was arrested in October last year with another man, Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadja, who last week admitted possessing a bomb-making document on a memory card, prosecutor Richard Whittam said.

Oct 13, 2014

Insight – Why Britain is still losing its fight against radicalisation

LONDON (Reuters) – Mizanur Rahman laughs when he recalls the de-radicalisation programme he was sent on in 2008 after he was released from a British jail where he had served two years for inciting violence against British and American troops.

“I’d go there, I’d sign my name, play pool with some other radicals that I was in prison with and I’d go home,” said Rahman, arrested again last month on suspicion of terrorism offences. He denies wrongdoing and has not been charged.

Oct 13, 2014

Why Britain is still losing its fight against radicalization

LONDON (Reuters) – Mizanur Rahman laughs when he recalls the de-radicalization program he was sent on in 2008 after he was released from a British jail where he had served two years for inciting violence against British and American troops.

“I’d go there, I’d sign my name, play pool with some other radicals that I was in prison with and I’d go home,” said Rahman, arrested again last month on suspicion of terrorism offences. He denies wrongdoing and has not been charged.

Oct 3, 2014

Ex-Murdoch British editor admits phone-hacking offense

LONDON (Reuters) – A former newspaper editor, whose emails led to the exposure of widespread phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct British tabloid, the News of the World, pleaded guilty on Friday to illegally listening to people’s voicemails.

Ian Edmondson is the eighth person from what was once Britain’s biggest-selling paper to have been convicted of being involved in hacking celebrities’ phones to find exclusive stories.

Oct 2, 2014

Prince William warns paparazzi against “harassing” George

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William has
warned two photographers against trailing his baby son George
during walks in London parks with his nanny, saying their
behaviour amounted to “harassment”.

Lawyers acting for William, second-in-line to the throne,
and his pregnant wife Kate, have written to the freelance
photographers asking them to stop following George, William’s
office said.

Oct 1, 2014

Britain drops terrorism charges against vocal ex-Guantanamo inmate

LONDON (Reuters) – A British man who was once held at Guantanamo Bay will be freed from prison, police said on Wednesday, after prosecutors dropped accusations that he had attended a terrorism training camp in Syria a week before he was due to go on trial.

Moazzam Begg, 46, who became a high-profile human rights campaigner after being released without charge from the U.S. military prison in Cuba in 2005, had been held for seven months in custody on charges of facilitating terrorism and possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist.

Sep 25, 2014

Britain says arrests nine in operation against Islamist militants

LONDON (Reuters) – British police arrested nine men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy on Thursday, with media reporting the country’s most high-profile radical Muslim preacher was among those held.

Britain last month raised its international threat level to the second-highest classification of “severe”, meaning an attack is considered highly likely, and Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Islamic State group battling for territory in Syria and Iraq poses the country’s greatest ever security risk.

Sep 20, 2014

Brown says London must keep promise to Scotland as political truce ends

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged British leaders on Saturday to keep their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after it voted to remain in the United Kingdom, as a consensus between London’s main parties evaporated.

All the three biggest parties had promised to rapidly expand Scotland’s autonomy in a last-minute push to shore up support for the union just days before Thursday’s referendum, which came down 55-45 against independence.

Sep 19, 2014
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UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State

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(Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold up the Islamic State flag, September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)

Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants.