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Nov 14, 2014

UK police open murder inquiry in child sex abuse investigation

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 Friday they were now investigating murder allegations.

London detectives launched an inquiry two years ago into allegations about pedophile rings involving politicians, officials and other senior public figures.

Nov 11, 2014

Review fails to dampen fears of UK child sex abuse cover-up

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of a review into the disappearance of a dossier handed to the government 30 years ago which accused figures at the heart of the British establishment of raping children, said on Tuesday there was no evidence of a high-level cover-up of sexual abuse.

Over the last few years, Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex abuse scandals in towns and cities across the country, and by revelations celebrities and politicians were involved in widespread abuse.

Nov 5, 2014

EU immigrants give 20 billion pound boost to UK economy, report finds

LONDON (Reuters) – Immigrants to Britain from the European Union have contributed more than 20 billion pounds to the British economy since 2001, according to a report on Wednesday on an issue dominating political debate ahead of next year’s election.

Prime Minister David Cameron, under pressure from the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), wants to curb EU immigration if he wins next May’s general election, a plan which has drawn criticism from the European Commission and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Nov 4, 2014

UK tribunal backs holiday overtime pay, prompting business fears

LONDON (Reuters) – A British employment tribunal ruled on Tuesday that companies should factor in overtime when calculating workers’ holiday pay, a decision that employers’ groups warned could put some smaller firms out of business.

A small group of workers had brought cases against three companies arguing that their holiday remuneration was far less than their usual pay because it did not include overtime.

Nov 3, 2014

British schoolboy jailed for stabbing teacher to death in class

LONDON (Reuters) – A teenage British schoolboy was jailed for at least 20 years on Monday after pleading guilty to stabbing to death a teacher he had developed a hatred of in front of horrified pupils during a lesson at a college in northern England.

William Cornick, then aged 15, murdered Ann Maguire, 61, in April in what was believed to be the first killing of a British teacher by a student in almost 20 years, sending shockwaves around the country where violent school incidents are rare.

Nov 3, 2014

UK has ‘once in generation’ chance to expose child abuse – Theresa May

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has a “once in a generation” chance to expose the state failures that allowed widespread child sex abuse to occur, although finding an acceptable figure to head a major public inquiry will be difficult, the government said on Monday.

In recent years, Britain has been left shell-shocked by a series of horrific revelations about decades of nationwide sex abuse, with perpetrators ranging from well-known celebrities to gangs of taxi drivers preying on vulnerable young girls.

Nov 3, 2014

Branson denies ignoring safety concerns over Virgin spacecraft

LONDON (Reuters) – Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson rejected on Monday media suggestions that he had ignored safety warnings about his Virgin Galactic spaceship before it crashed during a test flight.

One pilot died and the other was badly injured last Friday when SpaceShipTwo crashed in California’s Mojave Desert. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading an investigation into the cause of the accident.

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.