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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.

Jul 22, 2013

Prince William’s wife Kate gives birth to baby boy

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, their first child who will be third in line to the British throne, ending hours of fevered anticipation outside the London hospital where the child was delivered.

The baby was born with William at Kate’s side at 4:24 p.m. (8:54 pm IST) and weighed 8lbs 6oz (3.8 kg).

Jul 22, 2013

Prince William’s wife Kate in hospital in labor

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William’s wife Kate has gone into labor and been admitted to hospital for the birth of the couple’s first child who will be third in line to the British throne, his office said on Monday.

After weeks of feverish media speculation over the arrival of the royal baby, Kate, 31, was taken shortly before 0500 GMT( 1.00 a.m ET) on Monday to the private wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, where William himself was born in 1982.

Jul 22, 2013

Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate in hospital in labor

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William’s wife Kate has gone into labor and been admitted to hospital for the birth of the couple’s first child who will be third in line to the British throne, his office said on Monday.

After weeks of feverish media speculation over the arrival of the royal baby, Kate, 31, was taken shortly before 0500 GMT( 1.00 a.m ET) on Monday to the private wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, where William himself was born in 1982.

Jul 19, 2013

Britain’s royal baby: a world obsession or media hype?

LONDON, July xx (Reuters) – As the world’s media whips itself into a frenzy over Prince William and his wife Kate’s baby, some bemused spectators are wondering if Britain’s royal family really is that fascinating or just hype.

From breathless reports about the baby’s due date to endless speculation about the name and manner of delivery, TV crews from around the world have been delivering almost hourly updates outside the London hospital where Kate is due to give birth.

Jul 19, 2013

Britain says ties with Russia played part in Litvinenko ruling

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday that relations with Russia had played a part in its refusal to hold a public inquiry into the murder in London of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko but denied this had been the main consideration.

Last week the government rejected a coroner’s request for an inquiry, which he said could have revealed whether Russia was behind the killing, fuelling criticism that it did not want details to emerge which could damage improving ties with Moscow.

Jul 17, 2013

UK spy agency’s use of U.S. data was legal: UK lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) – British agents did not circumvent the law by using data gathered by a clandestine U.S. spy program, the head of an influential British parliamentary committee said on Wednesday, but added the framework governing such access did need to be re-examined.

Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden released details of the PRISM program last month to the media, lifting the lid on what he called a vast surveillance system that vacuumed up emails and phone data.