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Oct 1, 2014

Britain drops terrorism charges against vocal ex-Guantanamo inmate

LONDON (Reuters) – A British man who was once held at Guantanamo Bay will be freed from prison, police said on Wednesday, after prosecutors dropped accusations that he had attended a terrorism training camp in Syria a week before he was due to go on trial.

Moazzam Begg, 46, who became a high-profile human rights campaigner after being released without charge from the U.S. military prison in Cuba in 2005, had been held for seven months in custody on charges of facilitating terrorism and possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist.

Sep 25, 2014

Britain says arrests nine in operation against Islamist militants

LONDON (Reuters) – British police arrested nine men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy on Thursday, with media reporting the country’s most high-profile radical Muslim preacher was among those held.

Britain last month raised its international threat level to the second-highest classification of “severe”, meaning an attack is considered highly likely, and Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Islamic State group battling for territory in Syria and Iraq poses the country’s greatest ever security risk.

Sep 20, 2014

Brown says London must keep promise to Scotland as political truce ends

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged British leaders on Saturday to keep their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after it voted to remain in the United Kingdom, as a consensus between London’s main parties evaporated.

All the three biggest parties had promised to rapidly expand Scotland’s autonomy in a last-minute push to shore up support for the union just days before Thursday’s referendum, which came down 55-45 against independence.

Sep 19, 2014
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UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State


(Iraqi Shiite militia fighters hold up the Islamic State flag, September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)

Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants.

Sep 16, 2014

Police boss at center of British child sex scandal quits

LONDON (Reuters) – A official who for weeks defied a barrage of calls to quit over his role in a 16-year sex abuse scandal involving some 1,400 children finally bowed to pressure and resigned on Tuesday.

Shaun Wright was in charge of children’s services in the northern English town of Rotherham for some of the period when children, some as young as 11, were abducted, raped, beaten and abused in other ways.

Sep 15, 2014

Britain says no rescue mission as does not know where IS hostages are

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain ruled out a mission by special forces to rescue a Briton whose life was threatened in the latest execution video released by Islamic State militants, saying on Monday it did not know where he and other hostages were being held.

In the video released on Saturday, IS militants threatened to kill taxi driver Alan Henning if British Prime Minister David Cameron continued to support the fight against them.

Sep 12, 2014

DJ apologizes to family of British nurse who killed self after ‘royal’ prank call

LONDON (Reuters) – An Australian DJ who hoaxed a London hospital treating Prince William’s wife Kate made an emotional apology on Friday to the family of the nurse who killed herself days after she answered the prank call.

Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in December 2012, three days after she answered the call from DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian in which they had pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and William’s father, Prince Charles.

Sep 11, 2014

Nurse who took Australian royal prank call blamed herself, inquest hears

LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – A nurse found hanging after a
prank call from two Australian radio presenters about Kate
Middleton’s first pregnancy blamed herself for the embarrassing
release of intimate details of the duchess’s condition, an
inquest heard on Thursday.

Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead in
December 2012 in her hospital lodgings, a few days after she
answered the call from Mel Greig and Michael Christian in which
they had pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

Sep 11, 2014

Australian royal prank call DJ attends London nurse’s inquest

LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – One of two Australian DJs whose
prank call to a hospital caring for the pregnant Duchess of
Cambridge was followed by the death by hanging of a nurse,
appeared at the dead woman’s inquest on Thursday to honour a
pledge made to her family.

Mel Greig, sitting just a few feet away from the nurse’s
family at London’s High Court, said in a tweet she was prepared
to answer questions “on or off the stand”.

Sep 8, 2014

Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate expecting second baby

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their second baby, his office said on Monday.

The baby will be fourth-in-line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder brother George, the couple’s first child who was born in July last year.