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Dec 19, 2013

Two Muslim converts found guilty of murdering British soldier

LONDON (Reuters) – Two British Muslim converts were found guilty of murder on Thursday for hacking a soldier to death in broad daylight on a London street in a gruesome killing that horrified the nation.

The murder, its impact magnified by video footage showing the culprits with blood-soaked hands explaining their actions, provoked a rise in hate crimes against Muslims in Britain, anti-Islamist street protests and government promises of tougher action on radical Islamist preachers.

Dec 19, 2013

Insight: A London jihadist’s Kenyan connection

LONDON/MOMBASA (Reuters) – Like many teenage boys growing up in soccer-obsessed Britain, Michael Adebolajo enjoyed kicking a ball around the school yard. Those who knew him then say he was just a regular lad: not the next David Beckham, nor bottom of the class.

“He was a nice guy who enjoyed playing football. He was normal,” a schoolmate from secondary school, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. His life later took a turn.

Dec 19, 2013

News of the World hacked phones of Prince William’s wife, brother – court

LONDON (Reuters) – The phones of Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, were hacked by staff working for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a London court was told on Thursday.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the Old Bailey criminal court that recordings of messages to Kate from William, including one in which he called her “Babykins”, were discovered at the home of the paper’s ex-royal editor and a private eye working for the tabloid in 2006.

Dec 19, 2013

UK paper hacked phones of Prince William’s wife, brother: court

LONDON (Reuters) – The phones of Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, were hacked by staff working for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a London court was told on Thursday.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the Old Bailey criminal court that recordings of messages to Kate from William, including one in which he called her “Babykins”, were discovered at the home of the paper’s ex-royal editor and a private eye working for the tabloid in 2006.

Dec 12, 2013

Firms will need cyber “badge” to win some British govt business

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will announce on Thursday that firms wishing to bid for certain areas of government procurement will have to meet a new standard demonstrating basic levels of cyber security.

The scheme forms part of the latest plank of Britain’s attempt to counter a growth in hostile cyber assaults, which has been earmarked as a top national security issue but whose progress has come in for severe criticism from lawmakers.

Dec 12, 2013

Firms will need cyber “badge” to win some British government business

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will announce on Thursday that firms wishing to bid for certain areas of government procurement will have to meet a new standard demonstrating basic levels of cyber security.

The scheme forms part of the latest plank of Britain’s attempt to counter a growth in hostile cyber assaults, which has been earmarked as a top national security issue but whose progress has come in for severe criticism from lawmakers.

Dec 5, 2013

Brooks approved Prince William bikini pic payment -court

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former head of
Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business, authorised an
illegal 4,000-pound payment for a picture of Prince William
dressed as a “James Bond girl” and wearing a bikini, a London
court was told on Thursday.

Brooks, the former editor of Murdoch’s News of the World and
Sun tabloids, also agreed cash payments to a Ministry of Defence
official for a series of stories, including one about the death
of William’s former commanding officer in Afghanistan, the Old
Bailey heard.

Dec 4, 2013

British plans to combat militancy meet skepticism

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain announced new proposals to tackle political militancy on Wednesday following the murder of a British soldier in London this year, but some experts said measures to tackle radical Islamism were vague and could be counter-productive.

Lee Rigby, 25, a veteran of the Afghan War, was hacked to death in broad daylight in the Woolwich district of London in May, a killing which prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to set up a taskforce on tackling ‘radicalization’.

Dec 3, 2013

British news staff may face terrorism charges over Snowden leaks

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – British police are examining
whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for
terrorism offences over their handling of data leaked by Edward
Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on
Tuesday.

The disclosure came after Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger,
summoned to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry, was
accused by lawmakers of helping terrorists by making top secret
information public and sharing it with other news organisations.

Dec 3, 2013

British editor tells parliament Snowden data is secure

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Guardian newspaper has published less than one percent of the information leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and kept the rest secure, editor Alan Rusbridger told a parliamentary committee on Monday.

Summoned by parliament’s home affairs select committee as part of its counter-terrorism inquiry, Rusbridger defended his decision to publish the leaks as some lawmakers suggested he had helped terrorists by making top secret information public and by transmitting it to other news organizations.