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Oct 31, 2014

UK child sex abuse inquiry in chaos as second head quits

LONDON (Reuters) – A major public inquiry into the British state’s failure to stop decades of child sex abuse, and whether political figures tried to cover it up, was in chaos on Friday after the second head of the investigation quit before it has even started work.

The decision by Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, to step down is a major embarrassment for Prime Minister David Cameron’s government which has promised the inquiry would leave “no stone unturned” to find the truth about widespread claims of organised sex abuse.

Oct 30, 2014

Ex-Libyan rebel leader allowed to sue Britain over torture claim

LONDON (Reuters) – A former Libyan Islamist commander won the legal right to sue Britain for damages over the years of torture he says he suffered at the hands of Muammar Gaddafi’s henchmen after being illegally handed to Libya by British and U.S. spies.

The ruling on Thursday by the Court of Appeal in London could open the way for litigation against the British government in similar torture or rendition cases.

Oct 23, 2014

Islamist preacher rejects link to Ottawa shootings, warns of threat to Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s most high-profile Islamist preacher rejected suggestions on Thursday he had influenced the man believed to have shot dead a soldier in Ottawa, but warned there could be similar attacks in Britain from angry radicalized Muslims.

Canadian police are investigating a man named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Muslim convert, as a possible suspect in the shootings around Canada’s parliament building on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Oct 21, 2014

Outgoing UK spy chief rejects mass surveillance claims

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The outgoing head of Britain’s
eavesdropping agency GCHQ issued a stout defence on Tuesday of
the work of his spies who have faced criticism following
revelations by Edward Snowden, saying they would rather quit
than carry out mass surveillance.

Privacy groups and some lawmakers accused GCHQ of the
widespread illegal monitoring of electronic communications after
Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence contractor, leaked documents
in June last year disclosing details of its activities and those
of its U.S. counterpart the National Security Agency (NSA).

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.