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Dec 4, 2013

British plans to combat militancy meet skepticism

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain announced new proposals to tackle political militancy on Wednesday following the murder of a British soldier in London this year, but some experts said measures to tackle radical Islamism were vague and could be counter-productive.

Lee Rigby, 25, a veteran of the Afghan War, was hacked to death in broad daylight in the Woolwich district of London in May, a killing which prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to set up a taskforce on tackling ‘radicalization’.

Dec 3, 2013

British news staff may face terrorism charges over Snowden leaks

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – British police are examining
whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for
terrorism offences over their handling of data leaked by Edward
Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on
Tuesday.

The disclosure came after Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger,
summoned to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry, was
accused by lawmakers of helping terrorists by making top secret
information public and sharing it with other news organisations.

Dec 3, 2013

British editor tells parliament Snowden data is secure

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Guardian newspaper has published less than one percent of the information leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and kept the rest secure, editor Alan Rusbridger told a parliamentary committee on Monday.

Summoned by parliament’s home affairs select committee as part of its counter-terrorism inquiry, Rusbridger defended his decision to publish the leaks as some lawmakers suggested he had helped terrorists by making top secret information public and by transmitting it to other news organizations.

Dec 3, 2013

British editor tells MPs Snowden data is secure

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Guardian newspaper has published less than one percent of the information leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and kept the rest secure, editor Alan Rusbridger told a parliamentary committee on Monday.

Summoned by parliament’s home affairs select committee as part of its counter-terrorism inquiry, Rusbridger defended his decision to publish the leaks as some MPs suggested he had helped terrorists by making top secret information public and by transmitting it to other news organisations.

Nov 29, 2013

Men tried to behead soldier on London street, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Two men tried to behead a British soldier in a “barbarous” killing on a London street, hacking at his body “like a butcher attacking a joint of meat” after running him over, a court was told on Friday.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, dragged the lifeless body of Fusilier Lee Rigby, a veteran of the Afghan War, into the middle of the street so horrified members of the public could see what they had done, prosecutor Richard Whittam said at the start of the men’s trial.

Nov 27, 2013

Britain wins secrecy ruling on Litvinenko radiation poisoning

LONDON (Reuters) – Evidence held by the British government relating to the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium should remain secret on grounds of national security, the High Court in London ruled on Wednesday.

Litvinenko, 43, was an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who died in London in 2006 after drinking tea that had been laced with a rare isotope, polonium-210. From his deathbed, he accused Putin of ordering his murder, a charge the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

Nov 26, 2013

Legal hostilities over England’s King Richard III adjourned

LONDON (Reuters) – A legal fight over the remains of England’s King Richard III, discovered under a car park some 500 years after the medieval monarch was slain in battle, was adjourned until the New Year on Tuesday.

The skeleton of Richard, whose death effectively ended a civil war known as The War of the Roses and whose reign has divided historians ever since, was discovered last year in one of the most remarkable English archaeological finds in recent times.

Nov 21, 2013

News Corp exec said hacking scandal wouldn’t drag in Brooks

LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A senior executive of Rupert
Murdoch’s News Corp said the company would not allow the media
mogul’s close lieutenant Rebekah Brooks to be dragged into a
phone-hacking scandal, the jury at her trial was told on
Thursday.

Brooks, former editor of the News of the World tabloid and
chief executive from 2009 at Murdoch’s British newspaper arm
News International, is accused of conspiring to illegally
intercept voicemails on mobile phones.

Nov 20, 2013

Ex-news editor wanted phone-hacker axed, London court told

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – A former senior journalist at
Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World emailed then editor Andy
Coulson telling him to sack the private eye who has since
admitted carrying out phone-hacking for the paper, a British
court was told on Wednesday.

Ian Edmondson, who is on trial with Coulson on charges of
conspiracy to commit phone-hacking, sent the email in February
2005 saying that large payments to Glenn Mulcaire should stop,
the jury at London’s Old Bailey court heard.

Nov 13, 2013

Death of British spy found padlocked in bag was accidental: British police

LONDON (Reuters) – A British spy, whose naked, decomposing body was found padlocked in a bag in his bathtub, probably died accidentally on his own, police said on Wednesday, rejecting conspiracy theories that his bizarre death was the work of foreign agents.

In May last year, a coroner concluded that Gareth Williams, who was working for Britain’s external intelligence service MI6 when he was found dead at his home in August 2010, was probably killed unlawfully by another person.