LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The trial of Rupert Murdoch’s
former British newspaper chief and Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media head begins on Monday in what will be
Britain’s most high-profile and eagerly-awaited criminal case in
Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, as well as
victims of crime and ordinary people, to secure exclusives.
LONDON (Reuters) – A British detective heading an investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who vanished while on holiday in Portugal six years ago, said new evidence suggested the British youngster was snatched in a planned abduction.
McCann, then aged three, disappeared from her family’s apartment at the Praia da Luz resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.
LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The judge who oversaw a year-long
inquiry into Britain’s often unruly press said on Thursday he
was frustrated his conclusions had been misconstrued as talks
between politicians and editors over how newspapers should be
policed face stalemate.
Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to find a
compromise between those demanding tougher regulation of
newspapers, and angry newspaper barons and senior colleagues who
argue the freedom of the press is in jeopardy.
LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of a British anti-Islamist protest group accused of inflaming racial tensions said on Tuesday he was quitting the organization because he no longer felt able to control far-right extremists.
The Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank which said it had brokered the move, hailed it as a big success for community relations but one expert on the far-right warned it could lead to further radicalization and violence.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain launched a new crime-fighting agency on Monday and unveiled a revamped strategy to combat serious organized crime, which it says costs the country 24 billion pounds ($38.6 billion) and represents a threat to national security.
At the heart of what the government vowed would be a tougher new approach is the National Crime Agency (NCA), dubbed Britain’s version of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by media, which will focus on organized, economic and cyber crime, border policing and child sex abuse.
LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s new crime-fighting
agency starts work on Monday with the power to mobilise
intelligence from multiple sources and direct police forces
across the country to tackle drug gangs, corruption, cyber crime
and child sex abuse.
The National Crime Agency, dubbed Britain’s version of the
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by media, will
consist of more than 4,000 officers and will take on many of the
duties of its widely criticised predecessor, the Serious
Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), while also having additional
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.
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.