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Dec 20, 2014

Scottish prosecutor says no reason to doubt Lockerbie bomber’s guilt

LONDON (Reuters) – No evidence has emerged that casts doubt on the conviction of a late Libyan intelligence officer for the Lockerbie airline bombing 26 years ago, says Scotland’s top prosecutor.

However, efforts to track down others behind the deadly attack have been hampered by the violence that has rocked Libya for months, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland will tell a memorial service on Sunday, according to an advance copy of his speech.

Dec 18, 2014

UK police in ‘VIP ring’ child abuse inquiry investigate possible murders

LONDON (Reuters) – Police looking into accusations that powerful figures at the heart of the British establishment were involved in child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s said on Thursday they were investigating allegations three young boys had been murdered.

Detectives said the “credible” murder claims came from an alleged victim, known only as Nick, who said he was sexually abused at locations across London and southeast England including military establishments and at Dolphin Square, a central London block of flats close to parliament.

Dec 12, 2014

Clegg says open to inquiry over spies’ role in torture

LONDON (Reuters) – Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Thursday he would support an inquiry into whether British spies were complicit in CIA torture of terrorism suspects, if other investigations failed to uncover the truth.

Clegg said that while he was sure British intelligence agents were not involved with torture now, allegations that spies had known about the mistreatment of detainees by U.S. authorities and others had to be fully examined.

Dec 11, 2014

UK deputy PM says open to inquiry over spies’ role in torture

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Thursday he would support an inquiry into whether British spies were complicit in CIA torture of terrorism suspects, if other investigations failed to uncover the truth.

Clegg said that while he was sure British intelligence agents were not involved with torture now, allegations that spies had known about the mistreatment of detainees by U.S. authorities and others had to be fully examined.

Dec 9, 2014

Ex-British Guantanamo inmate says CIA “torture” report won’t help

LONDON (Reuters) – A former British inmate of Guantanamo Bay said CIA “torture” of terrorism suspects, detailed in a U.S. Senate report on Tuesday, had fueled violence and the rise of Islamic State and that cataloguing it wouldn’t help.

Moazzam Begg also said the release of the report, which included graphic details of “enhanced interrogation” techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, would do nothing to assuage anger about such actions across the Muslim world.

Dec 5, 2014

Spying techniques exposed by Snowden not unlawful- UK watchdog

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – British spies did not break laws
guaranteeing human rights when they used mass monitoring
techniques revealed by former U.S. National Security Agency
contractor Edward Snowden, the country’s surveillance watchdog
ruled on Friday.

A host of civil rights groups and privacy campaigners,
including Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties
Union, had argued the tactics used by Britain’s three security
agencies and disclosed by Snowden to the media last year did not
comply with the UK’s Human Rights Act.

Dec 5, 2014

British Museum lends one of its Elgin Marbles to Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – The British Museum said on Friday it had loaned one of the Elgin Marbles to Russia, the first time any of the ancient sculptures have left Britain since they were taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago.

The museum said it had lent the headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg as part of its 250th anniversary celebration.

Dec 4, 2014

Child disabled by mother’s drinking not crime victim -UK court

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s Court of Appeal on
Thursday rejected claims that a child born with severe brain
damage because her mother drank excessively while pregnant was a
victim of crime, a ruling which has important consequences for
expectant women.

Lawyers acting for the girl, now aged 7 and known only as
CP, had argued that she should be entitled to compensation from
the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority as her mother, who
had an alcohol addiction, had inflicted “grievous bodily harm”
by poisoning her.

Nov 25, 2014

British intelligence could not have stopped soldier’s murder -report

LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s security services could
not have prevented two men hacking to death a British soldier
in broad daylight on a London street last year, even though one
of the killers had been investigated five times, lawmakers said
on Tuesday.

However, parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee
did say that one unspecified U.S. communications firm could have
led British investigators to head off the plot.

Nov 25, 2014

UK’s MI5 could not have stopped soldier’s brutal murder: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s security services could not have prevented two men hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight on a London street last year even though one of the killers had been a high priority in previous inquiries, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 23, both Muslim converts, ran over Lee Rigby near a barracks in Woolwich in May 2013 before setting upon him with knives and a meat cleaver in an attempt to behead him.