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Oct 29, 2013

British justice on trial in phone-hacking trial, jury told

LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The jury trying the editors of
one of Rupert Murdoch’s former newspapers over phone hacking
were told on Tuesday that British justice itself would be on
trial.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former editors of Murdoch’s
now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of conspiring
to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile phones
belonging to politicians, celebrities, and victims of crime to
obtain exclusive news.

Oct 28, 2013

High-profile British phone-hacking trial begins

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s former British
newspaper chief and Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media head
went on trial for phone hacking on Monday at the start of one of
Britain’s most high profile court cases in years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, and
victims of crime and ordinary people, to obtain exclusive news.

Oct 28, 2013

Britain’s high-profile phone-hacking trial to begin

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The trial of Rupert Murdoch’s
former British newspaper chief and Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media head begins on Monday in what will be
Britain’s most high-profile and eagerly-awaited criminal case in
years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, as well as
victims of crime and ordinary people, to secure exclusives.

Oct 14, 2013

British police unveil new evidence in missing McCann girl case

LONDON (Reuters) – A British detective heading an investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who vanished while on holiday in Portugal six years ago, said new evidence suggested the British youngster was snatched in a planned abduction.

McCann, then aged three, disappeared from her family’s apartment at the Praia da Luz resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.

Oct 10, 2013

Leveson frustrated at wrangling over landmark press report

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The judge who oversaw a year-long
inquiry into Britain’s often unruly press said on Thursday he
was frustrated his conclusions had been misconstrued as talks
between politicians and editors over how newspapers should be
policed face stalemate.

Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to find a
compromise between those demanding tougher regulation of
newspapers, and angry newspaper barons and senior colleagues who
argue the freedom of the press is in jeopardy.

Oct 8, 2013

Leader of British anti-Islamist protest group quits over extremism

LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of a British anti-Islamist protest group accused of inflaming racial tensions said on Tuesday he was quitting the organization because he no longer felt able to control far-right extremists.

The Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank which said it had brokered the move, hailed it as a big success for community relations but one expert on the far-right warned it could lead to further radicalization and violence.

Oct 7, 2013

Britain launches FBI-style force and new crime strategy

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain launched a new crime-fighting agency on Monday and unveiled a revamped strategy to combat serious organized crime, which it says costs the country 24 billion pounds ($38.6 billion) and represents a threat to national security.

At the heart of what the government vowed would be a tougher new approach is the National Crime Agency (NCA), dubbed Britain’s version of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by media, which will focus on organized, economic and cyber crime, border policing and child sex abuse.

Oct 6, 2013

Britain launches FBI-style force to tackle organised crime

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s new crime-fighting
agency starts work on Monday with the power to mobilise
intelligence from multiple sources and direct police forces
across the country to tackle drug gangs, corruption, cyber crime
and child sex abuse.

The National Crime Agency, dubbed Britain’s version of the
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by media, will
consist of more than 4,000 officers and will take on many of the
duties of its widely criticised predecessor, the Serious
Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), while also having additional
powers.

Sep 17, 2013
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Court ruling fires British debate on Muslim full-face veils

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(Women wears a full-face veil as they shop in London September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

A British judge ruled on Monday that a Muslim woman could not give evidence at her trial wearing a full-face veil, sparking debate about whether Britain should follow other European countries and ban Islamic veils in schools and public places.

Sep 16, 2013

Court ruling fires British debate on Muslim veils

LONDON (Reuters) – A British judge ruled on Monday that a Muslim woman could not give evidence at her trial wearing a full-face veil, sparking debate about whether Britain should follow other European countries and ban Islamic veils in schools and public places.

Senior politicians played down the likelihood of a ban after one minister said the coalition government should consider forbidding full-face veils, or niqabs, in schools, a measure that is gaining support from some members of parliament.