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Apr 14, 2013

Thatcher “witch” song 2nd in UK charts in death protest

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – A campaign by opponents of late
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to get the song “Ding Dong! The
Witch Is Dead” to the top of the British pop charts to celebrate
her death failed on Sunday although it did manage to reach
second place.

Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, deeply divided Britons
and while some have paid warm tributes to the achievements of
her right-wing Conservative governments, others said her
privatisation of swathes of industry had destroyed communities.

Apr 14, 2013

British university attacks BBC over covert North Korea trip

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – A leading British university
criticised the BBC on Sunday for arranging an academic trip to
North Korea to make an undercover documentary, saying it had put
students who were unaware of the plans in danger.

The London School of Economics (LSE) said three BBC
journalists – including the respected reporter John Sweeney -
joined a student society trip at the end of March, posing as
tourists to make a film about the secretive state.

Mar 27, 2013

British ex-policeman, prison officer jailed in hacking case

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Two former policemen and an
ex-prison officer were jailed on Wednesday for selling stories
to Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid the Sun, Britain’s top-selling
newspaper.

The three men were convicted as part of a wide-ranging
police investigation begun two years ago into claims journalists
from Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper had
hacked into mobile phone voicemail messages.

Mar 27, 2013

Ex-policeman, prison officer jailed for selling stories to Murdoch’s Sun tabloid

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – A former policemen and an
ex-prison officer were jailed on Wednesday for selling stories
to Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid the Sun, Britain’s top-selling
newspaper.

The two men were convicted as part of a wide-ranging police
investigation begun two years ago into claims journalists from
Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper had hacked
into mobile phone voicemail messages.

Mar 26, 2013

Battle rages over bones of England’s Richard III

LONDON (Reuters) – King Richard III is at the center of a new fight over the location of his final resting place, just weeks after the remains of the last English king to die in battle were found underneath a council car park.

Archaeologists announced one of the most remarkable finds in recent English history last month when they confirmed the discovery of the body of Richard, who was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, during excavations in Leicester.

Mar 26, 2013

UK “snoopers charter” pits privacy against security

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – At the height of an
investigation into a group of Islamists plotting al
Qaeda-inspired bomb attacks across Britain in 2004, British
spies analysed more than 4,000 telephone contacts to build up a
picture of what they were planning and with whom.

The security services say the information was crucial in
helping to thwart what could have been one of the deadliest
attacks on Britain and to bring the cell to justice.

Mar 21, 2013

Jihadists from Syria rival al Qaeda threat, say UK police

LONDON (Reuters) – Islamist militants are less capable of organising plots on the scale of 9/11 but small groups of jihadists returning from Syria pose a grave threat to British security, the country’s two most senior counter-terrorism officers said on Thursday.

Every year, Britain’s security services are faced with at least one plan to carry out an attack on the level of the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings on London, known as the 7/7 attacks, which killed 52 commuters, the officers said.

Mar 20, 2013

Sun deputy editor charged over payments to public officials

LONDON (Reuters) – British police, investigating allegations of phone-hacking centred on Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, charged the deputy editor of his top-selling Sun tabloid on Wednesday with making illegal payments to public officials.

Geoff Webster is the latest senior figure from News International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch’s News Corp, to be accused of criminal offences in a scandal which has rocked the media mogul’s empire and escalated into a crisis embroiling the entire industry and the political establishment.

Mar 20, 2013

Deputy editor of Murdoch UK tabloid charged over payments

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – British police, investigating
allegations of phone-hacking centred on Rupert Murdoch’s
newspapers, charged the deputy editor of his top-selling Sun
tabloid on Wednesday with making illegal payments to public
officials.

Geoff Webster is the latest senior figure from News
International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch’s News Corp
, to be accused of criminal offences in a scandal which
has rocked the media mogul’s empire and escalated into a crisis
embroiling the entire industry and the political establishment.

Mar 18, 2013

Murdoch’s Sun pays MP damages for accessing stolen phone

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – A Labour MP has accepted “very
substantial” damages from The Sun newspaper after the tabloid
admitted its employees accessed private information from her
stolen mobile phone three years ago, London’s High Court heard
on Monday.

Siobhain McDonagh later said she was paid 50,000 pounds
($75,700) damages by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
following revelations Sun reporters had been accessing text
messages on her mobile phone taken from her car in southwest
London in October 2010