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Jan 8, 2014

Four U.S. Air Force helicopter crew killed in British crash

LONDON (Reuters) – Four crew on board a U.S. military helicopter were killed when their aircraft crashed in eastern England during a routine training operation on Tuesday, police and U.S. Air Force (USAF)officials said.

The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing based at the nearby U.S. air base RAF Lakenheath, went down at about 1800 GMT on marshland on the north Norfolk coast, a rural area about 130 miles northeast of London.

Jan 7, 2014

Brooks’s assistant denies hiding News International boxes

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks’s personal
assistant told police investigating phone-hacking allegations
she withdrew boxes from News International’s archives at the
height of the scandal because it was convenient – and not to
hide them, a court heard on Tuesday.

Cheryl Carter, accused of helping her ex-boss conceal
material from police, said she had been asked by archivists to
remove seven boxes marked as notebooks belonging to Brooks
months earlier, but decided to get them when Brooks was on
holiday on July 8, 2011.

Dec 19, 2013

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

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.