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Jul 3, 2013

Leaks like Snowden’s put lives at risk: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Leaks of sensitive intelligence like those of fugitive U.S. analyst Edward Snowden put lives and national security at risk, potentially jeopardizing vital work to protect the public, Britain’s security minister said on Wednesday.

Revelations by Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), published in Britain’s Guardian newspaper last month, led to claims that British spies have been circumventing the law and have stirred concern among London’s European allies.

Jul 3, 2013

Syrian conflict putting al Qaeda militants closer to Europe: UK

LONDON (Reuters) – The conflict in Syria has brought al Qaeda fighters closer to Europe and in greater numbers than ever before, profoundly changing the nature of the terrorism threat, Britain’s top security official said on Wednesday.

Hundreds and possibly thousands of al Qaeda-linked people had been drawn to the two-year-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Charles Farr, Director General of Britain’s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.

Jun 19, 2013

Government says soldier deaths’ court ruling will hit combat missions

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government warned on Wednesday that future combat operations could become more difficult after a court ruled that families of three soldiers killed in Iraq could sue the military for failing to protect troops on active duty.

Britain’s Supreme Court upheld the claim of relatives that the Human Rights Act applied to troops serving in battle abroad, and rejected the Ministry of Defence’s argument that it was protected by a doctrine of combat immunity.

Jun 19, 2013

UK says soldier deaths’ court ruling will hit combat missions

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government warned on Wednesday that future combat operations could become more difficult after a court ruled that families of three soldiers killed in Iraq could sue the military for failing to protect troops on active duty.

Britain’s Supreme Court upheld the claim of relatives that the Human Rights Act applied to troops serving in battle abroad, and rejected the Ministry of Defence’s argument that it was protected by a doctrine of combat immunity.

Jun 14, 2013

Anti-G8 activists rally in London banking district

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) – About 100 activists rallied in
the shadow of London’s Canary Wharf financial district on
Friday, encircled by police, in a protest against capitalism
before next week’s G8 summit in the United Kingdom.

Environmentalists, anti-poverty campaigners and women’s
rights groups waved banners reading “Capitalism = Crisis” and
“Power to the People” in the Wharf, home to major banks such as
Barclays and JP Morgan.

Jun 14, 2013

Anti-G8 protests aim for Canary Wharf banking district

LONDON (Reuters) – Activists plan a show of “civil disobedience” in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf financial district on Friday to protest against capitalism ahead of next week’s G8 summit which Britain is hosting.

Environmentalists, poverty campaigners and opponents of the British government’s austerity measures will join under the banner “They Owe Us” in a demonstration at Canary Wharf, home to major banks such as Barclays and JP Morgan, as well as other financial powerhouses.

Jun 13, 2013

Anti-G8 protests aim for London’s Canary Wharf banking district

LONDON (Reuters) – Activists plan a show of “civil disobedience” in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf financial district on Friday to protest against capitalism ahead of next week’s G8 summit which Britain is hosting.

Environmentalists, poverty campaigners and opponents of the British government’s austerity measures will join under the banner “They Owe Us” in a demonstration at Canary Wharf, home to major banks such as Barclays and JP Morgan, as well as other financial powerhouses.

Jun 13, 2013

‘Desperate father’ spray paints British queen’s portrait

LONDON (Reuters) – A man defaced a portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth with paint at London’s Westminster Abbey on Thursday, with a campaign group for fathers’ rights saying he was one of its members making a “desperate” plea to the monarch for help.

The painting of the 87-year-old monarch, “The Coronation Theatre: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” by London-based artist Ralph Heimans, had been part of a display marking the 60 years since the queen’s coronation in 1953.

Jun 13, 2013

‘Desperate father’ spray paints the Queen’s portrait

LONDON (Reuters) – A man defaced a portrait of the Queen with paint at London’s Westminster Abbey on Thursday, with a campaign group for fathers’ rights saying he was one of its members making a “desperate” plea to the monarch for help.

The painting of the 87-year-old monarch, “The Coronation Theatre: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” by London-based artist Ralph Heimans, had been part of a display marking the 60 years since the queen’s coronation in 1953.

Jun 11, 2013

Riot police move in on anti-G8 UK protesters

LONDON (Reuters) – Police in riot gear moved in on a central London building where activists had planned an anti-G8 protest through the British capital on Tuesday before next week’s summit of world leaders.

The demonstrators had said they would stage a “Carnival Against Capitalism” across London to kick off a week of action before Britain hosts the meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations at a golf resort in Northern Ireland.