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Aug 19, 2015

Nearing milestone, Queen Elizabeth shows no sign of stepping aside

LONDON (Reuters) – After 63 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth next month becomes Britain’s longest-ruling monarch but there is little prospect of her stepping aside, as other ageing European crowned heads have done, in favour of her son, Charles.

Those close to Elizabeth – who on Sept. 9 takes the long-service record from her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria – say the 89-year-old has no intention of succumbing to the European fashion for abdication.

Aug 19, 2015

Nearing record, Queen Elizabeth shows no sign of stepping aside

LONDON (Reuters) – After 63 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth next month becomes Britain’s longest-ruling monarch but there is little prospect of her stepping aside, as other aging European crowned heads have done, in favor of her son, Charles.

Those close to Elizabeth – who on Sept. 9 takes the long-service record from her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria – say the 89-year-old has no intention of succumbing to the European fashion for abdication.

Aug 16, 2015

Queen poised for record after rallying troubled monarchy

LONDON (Reuters) – The Queen, who rallied support for the monarchy despite presiding over what was once known as the world’s most famous dysfunctional family, next month becomes the country’s longest-reigning monarch.

She never expected to take the throne and only did so because her uncle abdicated, but on Sept. 9 she will beat the record held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned for more than 63 years.

Aug 16, 2015

British queen poised for record after rallying troubled monarchy

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth, who rallied support for the monarchy despite presiding over what was once known as the world’s most famous dysfunctional family, next month becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

She never expected to take the throne and only did so because her uncle abdicated, but on Sept. 9 she will beat the record held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned for more than 63 years.

Aug 14, 2015

Accused U.S. ‘flash crash’ trader wins bail in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Navinder Sarao, the London-based day-trader accused by the United States of a market manipulation that contributed to a Wall Street “flash crash” in 2010, was freed on bail on Friday after spending four months in prison.

Sarao, who lived in a small, nondescript house near London’s Heathrow Airport, was arrested by British police on a U.S. extradition warrant in April after being charged with wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation by the U.S. Justice Department.

Aug 14, 2015

Accused U.S. “flash crash” trader set to be freed on bail in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Navinder Sarao, the London-based trader
accused by the United States of market manipulation that
contributed to the 2010 Wall Street “flash crash”, is set to be
freed on bail on Friday after his conditions were modified, one
of his lawyers said.

Sarao was arrested by British police on a U.S. extradition
warrant in April after being charged with wire fraud,
commodities fraud and market manipulation by the U.S. Justice
Department.

Aug 1, 2015

UK’s Serious Fraud Office investigating oil firm Soma

LONDON/NAIROBI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Britain’s Serious Fraud
Office (SFO) has launched a criminal investigation into the
British exploration firm Soma Oil and Gas, which has been
searching for oil in Somalia.

The SFO did not outline the corruption allegations against
the company, whose London headquarters were searched on
Wednesday.

Jul 31, 2015
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UK anti-Semitic incidents soar in first half of year – report

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(A member of the Jewish community walks in north London January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

The number of recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Britain soared in the first six months of this year compared with 2014, probably due to a surge in reporting among fearful Jews, a report by a Jewish community body said on Thursday.

Jul 31, 2015

Russia’s ‘tin pot despot’ Putin ordered spy’s London murder, UK inquiry told

LONDON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “tin pot despot” who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

Kremlin critic Litvinenko, 43, died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at London’s plush Millennium Hotel, shortly after obtaining British citizenship.

Jul 31, 2015

Russian state ‘involved’ in ex-KGB agent’s London murder, inquiry hears

LONDON (Reuters) – The Russian state must have been involved in the 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive isotope, which amounted to “a nuclear attack on the streets” of London, an inquiry into the death was told on Thursday.

Kremlin critic Litvinenko died weeks after drinking green tea laced with polonium-210 at London’s plush Millennium hotel. From his deathbed he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his killing but the Kremlin has always denied any role.