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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.

Jul 12, 2013

UK police investigate suspected nail bombing at mosque

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Friday they were investigating a suspected nail bomb attack on a mosque in central England and were treating the incident as a suspected terrorist act.

Officers were alerted to reports of a loud bang and smoke in Tipton near Birmingham shortly after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported, but the immediate area was evacuated as army bomb disposal experts carried out a search, West Midlands police said.

Jul 12, 2013

UK rejects public inquiry into ex-KGB spy’s poisoning

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has turned down a request for a public inquiry into the murder of a former Russian spy in London which could have revealed whether Moscow was behind the killing, a coroner announced on Friday.

Coroner Robert Owen had asked ministers to hold an inquiry, declaring his own investigation flawed after bowing to ministers’ requests for some material to be kept secret which could have shed light on Russia’s suspected involvement.

Jul 12, 2013

UK rejects public inquiry into Litvinenko’s poisoning

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has turned down a request for a public inquiry into the murder of a former Russian spy in London which could have revealed whether Moscow was behind the killing, a coroner announced on Friday.

Coroner Robert Owen had asked ministers to hold an inquiry, declaring his own investigation flawed after bowing to ministers’ requests for some material to be kept secret which could have shed light on Russia’s suspected involvement.

Jul 9, 2013

Parliamentarians recall Murdoch over phone-hacking evidence

LONDON (Reuters) – Parliamentarians said on Tuesday they would recall media mogul Rupert Murdoch to clarify evidence he gave to them last year after he was secretly recorded belittling a police inquiry into alleged crimes committed by journalists on his papers.

In a meeting with staff on his mass-selling Sun tabloid, Murdoch said he regretted helping a police inquiry into phone-hacking which has grown into a far wider investigation into alleged illegal reporting practices.

Jul 9, 2013

British lawmakers recall Murdoch over phone-hacking evidence

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers said on Tuesday they would recall media mogul Rupert Murdoch to clarify evidence he gave to them last year after he was secretly recorded belittling a police inquiry into alleged crimes committed by journalists on his papers.

In a meeting with staff on his mass-selling Sun tabloid, Murdoch said he regretted helping a police inquiry into phone-hacking which has grown into a far wider investigation into alleged illegal reporting practices.

Jul 5, 2013

British police launch inquiry into missing Madeleine McCann

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Thursday they had begun their own investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who vanished in Portugal six years ago at age three, saying they had new leads and had identified 38 potential suspects.

McCann went missing from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve on May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world’s media.

Jul 3, 2013

Leaks like Snowden’s put lives at risk: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Leaks of sensitive intelligence like those of fugitive U.S. analyst Edward Snowden put lives and national security at risk, potentially jeopardizing vital work to protect the public, Britain’s security minister said on Wednesday.

Revelations by Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), published in Britain’s Guardian newspaper last month, led to claims that British spies have been circumventing the law and have stirred concern among London’s European allies.

Jul 3, 2013

Syrian conflict putting al Qaeda militants closer to Europe: UK

LONDON (Reuters) – The conflict in Syria has brought al Qaeda fighters closer to Europe and in greater numbers than ever before, profoundly changing the nature of the terrorism threat, Britain’s top security official said on Wednesday.

Hundreds and possibly thousands of al Qaeda-linked people had been drawn to the two-year-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Charles Farr, Director General of Britain’s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.