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Aug 21, 2013

Britain defends detention of Snowden journalist’s partner

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government, accused of abusing media freedom, said on Tuesday police were right to detain a journalist’s partner if they thought lives might be at risk from data he was carrying from fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Facing legal and diplomatic complaints after police held Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald’s Brazilian partner for nine hours on Sunday – and accused by the newspaper of forcing it to trash computers holding copies of Snowden’s data – the interior minister said officers were entitled to take security measures.

Aug 20, 2013

Britain defends detention of journalist’s partner

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The British government, accused
of abusing media freedom, said on Tuesday police were right to
detain a journalist’s partner if they thought lives might be at
risk from data he was carrying from fugitive U.S. intelligence
officer Edward Snowden.

Facing legal and diplomatic complaints after police held
Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald’s Brazilian partner for nine
hours on Sunday – and accused by the newspaper of forcing it to
trash computers holding copies of Snowden’s data – the interior
minister said officers were entitled to take security measures.

Aug 20, 2013

Guardian says Britain made it destroy Snowden material

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The British authorities forced
the Guardian newspaper to destroy material leaked by Edward
Snowden, its editor has revealed, calling it a “pointless” move
that would not prevent further reporting on U.S. and British
surveillance programmes.

In a column on Tuesday, Alan Rusbridger said he had received
a call from a government official a month ago who told him:
“You’ve had your fun. Now we want the stuff back.” The paper had
been threatened with legal action if it did not comply.

Aug 19, 2013

UK’s Prince George is a rascal, says new father William

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince George, the baby son of Prince William and his wife Kate, is a bit of a rascal who does not sleep well and needs to have his diaper changed far too often, his father said in his first interview since the birth.

George, the third-in-line to the British throne, was born on July 22 amid a global media frenzy, reflecting the international popularity of his parents and ongoing fascination with the British royal family.

Aug 16, 2013

Murdoch’s UK unit could face corporate hacking charges: source

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – London police are actively investigating Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business for possible criminal violations over allegations of phone-hacking and illegal payments to public officials by its journalists, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Murdoch’s News Corp said it was aware of the police inquiry but gave no further details.

Aug 9, 2013

After Richard III, has England’s King Alfred now been found?

LONDON (Reuters) – Only months after archaeologists discovered the missing body of Richard III, researchers are about to test human remains to see if they are those of another king, Alfred the Great, a ninth-century monarch.

Officials have given the go-ahead to analyze bones found in an unmarked grave at a church in Winchester, southwest England, the capital of Alfred’s kingdom, to determine if they are those of one of the best-known figures from early English history.

Aug 9, 2013

UK police considering whether BBC payments were criminal

LONDON (Reuters) – Fraud squad detectives are examining whether large severance pay-offs to senior BBC managers which exceeded the amounts they were entitled to constituted criminal offences, London police said on Friday.

Last month, the National Audit Office (NAO), the government spending watchdog, concluded that the publicly funded broadcaster had breached its already generous policies on redundancy payments without good reason.

Jul 23, 2013

Kate and William show off Britain’s new prince

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Kate gave the world its first glimpse of their new baby on Tuesday when they left hospital with the boy who is third in line to the British throne.

To huge cheers from well-wishers and hospital staff, the beaming couple waved and took turns to hold their son, wrapped tightly in a white blanket with only the top of his head visible.

Jul 23, 2013

World awaits first glimpse of Britain’s new prince

LONDON (Reuters) – The world could get it’s the first glimpse of Britain’s new prince on Tuesday, with Prince William and his wife, Kate, expected to leave a London hospital with their baby son.

Kate, 31, gave birth to the couple’s first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival.

Jul 22, 2013

Lights, camera, action: UK royal baby to live on world stage

LONDON (Reuters) – Already touted as one of the most famous babies in the world, the first child of Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate faces a life in the spotlight like no previous royal, severely testing the couple’s desire to give their offspring a “normal” life.

From the moment the baby boy leaves hospital in the arms of his parents in front of an army of TV cameras and photographers, his life in the public eye begins and so does his parents’ formidable battle to protect his privacy.