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Jul 13, 2015

UK’s Prince William says air ambulance job will keep him “a good guy”

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.

Jul 9, 2015

Londoners suffer travel chaos as strike shuts “Tube” network

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Millions of Londoners faced
misery as they tried to get to work on Thursday as a 24-hour
strike by staff and drivers brought the British capital’s
underground rail network to a complete halt.

London Underground bosses said no trains would run all day
on the “Tube”, as the world’s oldest underground passenger
railway is known, because of the stoppage which follows a
dispute over plans for new night services.

Jul 7, 2015

Last ditch talks aim to avert London underground strike

LONDON (Reuters) – Last minute talks were under way on Tuesday to avert a 24-hour strike by drivers and staff on London’s underground train network which would bring the network to a complete standstill and cause chaos for millions of commuters and tourists.

Members of four unions are due to walk out on Wednesday evening in a dispute over plans for a new night service on the world’s oldest underground passenger railway, known as the “Tube.”

Jul 7, 2015

Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron led somber tributes on Tuesday as Britain commemorated the 10th anniversary of attacks that killed 56 people in London, the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in western Europe.

Relatives of the victims, survivors, and senior politicians gathered to remember those killed in the July 7 2005 bombings with emotions still raw after a massacre in Tunisia last month, Britain’s worst loss of life in a militant assault since London.

Jul 6, 2015

Britain remembers 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will fall silent on Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of attacks targeting London public transport which killed 56 people, the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in western Europe.

Relatives of the victims, survivors, royalty and senior politicians will gather to remember those killed in the July 7 2005 bombings with emotions still raw after a massacre in Tunisia last month, Britain’s worst loss of life in an incident involving militants since the London attacks.

Jul 6, 2015

Cameron’s fight against militancy leads to battle over freedoms

LONDON (Reuters) – A decade after four Britons in London carried out the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in Western Europe, Britain is planning new anti-terror laws that critics say are an assault on freedoms and will not work.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government wants to ramp up powers this year to ban “extremist” groups, close mosques where radicals thrive, stop extremist broadcasts, and give police and intelligence services broader powers to monitor communications.

Jul 1, 2015

Sotheby’s sees record London contemporary art sale despite Bacon failure

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Warhol’s “One Dollar”, the first in his dollar bill series, fetched 20.9 million pounds ($32.4 million) at Sotheby’s on Wednesday, the top-seller in what the auction house said was its highest ever total sales for an auction of contemporary art in London.

However, the auction’s star attraction, Francis Bacon’s “Study for a Pope I”, which had been estimated at 25 to 35 million pounds, went unsold after bids failed to reach the reserve price.

Jun 24, 2015

Queen Elizabeth might have to leave crumbling Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth might have to move out of Buckingham Palace for an extended period under plans being considered to allow builders to carry out millions of pounds of repairs to the crumbling building.

The 300-year-old palace needs about 150 million pounds ($240 million) worth of work to fix the roofs and replace old wiring, ancient decorating and dated plumbing, a royal source said on Wednesday.

Jun 23, 2015

Pakistani cleric launches anti-ISIS curriculum in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – A prominent Pakistani Islamic cleric launched a “counter-terrorism” curriculum in London on Tuesday, to rebut the message of militant groups such as Islamic State (ISIS) and stop young people becoming radicalized and heading to Syria.

Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, a politician, scholar and fiery orator, said he wanted his 900-page curriculum, containing theological and ideological arguments to undermine extremists, to be taught not just at mosques and Islamic institutions but at schools across Britain.

Jun 22, 2015

European police team to take on IS social media propaganda

LONDON (Reuters) – A Europe-wide police unit is to be set up next month with the aim of shutting down social media accounts used by key Islamic State (IS) militants to spread propaganda and recruit foreigners to their cause, Europol said on Monday.

The small police team will scour the internet and try to take down accounts of IS ringleaders within hours of being detected, in a bid to dent a propaganda machine which is reckoned to send out about 100,000 tweets a day.