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.
LONDON (Reuters) – Former BBC Director General Mark Thompson, now chief executive of the New York Times Company, on Monday defended large severance payments to senior BBC bosses that he said had ultimately helped the publicly funded broadcaster cut costs.
British lawmakers are trying to understand why Thompson sanctioned payments at least 1.4 million pounds ($2.19 million) beyond contractual obligations to senior BBC managers during the last three years of his 2004-2012 watch.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.