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Jun 10, 2013

Long jail terms for men plotting to bomb EDL rally

LONDON (Reuters) – Six men who plotted to attack a rally by the anti-Islamist English Defence League (EDL) using guns, knives and a homemade nail bomb were given lengthy jail terms of almost 20 years each on Monday.

The men, who admitted terrorism offences in April, had planned to attack the right-wing group’s march though Dewsbury in northern England in June last year. But by the time they arrived, the 450 EDL demonstrators had dispersed.

Jun 6, 2013

UK queen’s husband, 91, in hospital for operation

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Philip was taken to a London hospital on Thursday for a planned operation on his abdomen, Buckingham Palace said, in the latest round of medical treatment for Queen Elizabeth’s 91-year-old husband.

The British monarch’s consort of more than 65 years, who turns 92 on Monday, is expected to spend two weeks at the London Clinic after undergoing “an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations”, the palace said in a statement.

Jun 6, 2013

Prince Philip, 91, in hospital for operation

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Philip was taken to a London hospital on Thursday for a planned operation on his abdomen, Buckingham Palace said, in the latest round of medical treatment for the Queen’s 91-year-old husband.

The British monarch’s consort of more than 65 years, who turns 92 on Monday, is expected to spend two weeks at the London Clinic after undergoing “an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations”, the palace said in a statement.

Jun 6, 2013

Britain’s Prince Philip, 91, in hospital for operation

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Philip was taken to a London hospital on Thursday for a planned operation on his abdomen, Buckingham Palace said, in the latest round of medical treatment for Queen Elizabeth’s 91-year-old husband.

The British monarch’s consort of more than 65 years, who turns 92 on Monday, is expected to spend two weeks at the London Clinic after undergoing “an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations”, the palace said in a statement.

Jun 5, 2013

UK coroner calls for public inquiry into Litvinenko murder

LONDON (Reuters) – The coroner tasked with overseeing an inquest into the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko called for the British government to hold a public inquiry into the death after he concluded evidence would be kept secret from his own hearing.

Litvinenko, 43, died after drinking polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, that had been slipped into his tea at a London hotel in 2006. In a deathbed statement, he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, a claim Russia has denied.

May 24, 2013

British police ponder conspiracy after soldier murder

LONDON (Reuters) – Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.

The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in broad daylight. They have not yet been charged.

May 24, 2013

Police ponder conspiracy after soldier murder

LONDON (Reuters) – Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.

The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in broad daylight. They have not yet been charged.

May 23, 2013

Insight: In attacker’s argot, Londoners shocked to hear one of their own

LONDON (Reuters) – In the lurid scene of the red-handed knifeman describing his motives for hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight, perhaps the most chilling aspect for Londoners was the man’s unmistakably familiar accent.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was filmed wielding a bloody meat cleaver and butcher’s knife as the soldier lay dead on the road behind him, was not a maladjusted immigrant like Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but a true Londoner born and bred.

May 23, 2013

Head of radical Islamist group who knew knifeman blames UK foreign policy

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of a banned British radical Islamist group who knew one of the men who hacked a soldier to death on London streets said on Thursday British foreign policy was to blame for the attack.

Anjem Choudary said Michael Adebolajo – filmed with his hands covered with blood, carrying a meat cleaver and knife after attacking an off-duty soldier in broad daylight – had attended lectures run by al-Muhajiroun, Choudary’s organisation, which was banned under anti-terrorism laws in 2010.

May 23, 2013

Head of Muslim group who knew London knifeman blames UK foreign policy

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of a banned British radical Islamist group who knew one of the men who hacked a soldier to death on London streets said on Thursday British foreign policy was to blame for the attack.

Anjem Choudary said Michael Adebolajo – filmed with his hands covered with blood, carrying a meat cleaver and knife after attacking an off-duty soldier in broad daylight – had attended lectures run by al-Muhajiroun, Choudary’s organization, which was banned under anti-terrorism laws in 2010.