LONDON (Reuters) – An unknown number of Londoners might have been put at risk by the 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive isotope, which amounted to “a nuclear attack on the streets” of the British capital, an inquiry heard on Thursday.
Kremlin critic Litvinenko died weeks after drinking green tea laced with polonium-210 at London’s plush Millennium hotel. From his deathbed he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his killing but the Kremlin has always denied any role.
LONDON (Reuters) – The number of recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Britain soared in the first six months of this year compared with 2014, probably due to a surge in reporting among fearful Jews, a report by a Jewish community body said on Thursday.
There were 473 recorded incidents between January and June this year including two classified as “extreme violence”, said the Community Security Trust (CST), which advises Britain’s estimated 260,000 Jews on security.
LONDON (Reuters) – A senior British peer said on Tuesday he was leaving the House of Lords, Britain’s unelected upper parliamentary chamber, after a newspaper published a video which it said showed him using cocaine and cavorting with prostitutes.
John Buttifant Sewel quit as deputy speaker of the House of Lords two days after The Sun on Sunday released footage showing him semi-naked and snorting powder through a banknote while partying with two women.
LONDON (Reuters) – One of two Russians accused of murdering ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive poison in London in 2006 was given a final chance on Monday to give evidence to a British public inquiry into the death.
British authorities say there is evidence to prove Dmitry Kovtun, along with fellow Russian Andrei Lugovoy, poisoned Kremlin critic Litvinenko with green tea laced with polonium-210 at the Millennium Hotel in central London.
A British university said on Wednesday that fragments of a Koran manuscript found in its library were from one of the oldest surviving copies of the Islamic text in the world, possibly written by someone who might have known Prophet Mohammad.
LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – A British university said on
Wednesday that fragments of a Koran manuscript found in its
library were from one of the oldest surviving copies of the
Islamic text in the world, possibly written by someone who might
have known Prophet Mohammad.
Radiocarbon dating indicated that the parchment folios held
by the University of Birmingham in central England were at least
1,370 years old, which would make them one of the earliest
written forms of the Islamic holy book in existence.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has been given nine months to produce new surveillance legislation it says is vital to national security after London’s High Court ruled on Friday that emergency measures rushed through parliament last year were unlawful.
The court backed a judicial challenge from two prominent lawmakers and other campaigners that powers which compelled telecoms firms to retain customer data for a year were inconsistent with European Union laws.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has refused to allow water cannons to be used on the British mainland, arguing that the crowd control weapons, which police said were needed following riots in 2011, could destroy public trust.
Water cannons, which either douse crowds with spray or emit a more forceful jet, have regularly been used across Europe and in Northern Ireland to quell public disorder but never in the rest of the United Kingdom.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s spies are not carrying out illegal mass surveillance of the country’s citizens but laws governing their powers to intercept the public’s private communications need a massive overhaul, an independent assessment concluded on Tuesday.
The Independent Surveillance Review (ISR) was commissioned by Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister in the previous coalition government, to examine allegations by former U.S. security agency contractor Edward Snowden that British and U.S. spies were conducting vast monitoring programmes.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, launched a new career as an air ambulance helicopter pilot on Monday, saying his new job would keep him “a good guy”.
William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson who was previously a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force, will fly missions from Cambridge Airport with specialist doctors and paramedics across eastern England.