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Jun 4, 2015

UK’s Charles raises heritage and healthcare concerns in latest batch of letters

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has released more letters penned by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles to ministers expressing concern over issues ranging from climate change to public health, which have led to criticism he is meddling in politics.

The 17 letters to and from the prince or his aides between 2007 and 2009 reveal Charles raising matters such as affordable rural housing, the quality of food in hospitals and the preservation of historic buildings such as huts in the Antarctic used by British explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

Jun 4, 2015

Prince Charles raises heritage and healthcare concerns in latest batch of letters

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has released more letters penned by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles to ministers expressing concern over issues ranging from climate change to public health, which have led to criticism he is meddling in politics.

The 17 letters to and from the prince or his aides between 2007 and 2009 reveal Charles raising matters such as affordable rural housing, the quality of food in hospitals and the preservation of historic buildings such as huts in the Antarctic used by British explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

Jun 4, 2015

Grisly items from London’s criminal past to go on show for first time

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – Artefacts from many of London’s
most notorious and grisly crimes, including the “Jack the
Ripper” case, are to go on public display for the first time
this year.

Usually housed in a dark corner of the London police force’s
headquarters, the little-seen objects are from Scotland Yard’s
Crime Museum — sometimes known as the “Dark” or “Black” Museum.

May 28, 2015

Western women who join Islamic State defy ‘jihadi bride’ stereotype: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Western women joining Islamic State are increasingly from comfortable backgrounds and often well educated with romantic notions of adventure often quickly dispelled by the harshness of life as a “Jihadi bride”, according to a British research report.

Some 550 women from Western countries have left their homelands to join Islamic State, which has captured swathes of Syria and Iraq, said the report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London.

May 21, 2015

Eight British men appear in court over multi-million pound gem heist

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight British men appeared in court on Thursday accused of carrying out a daring raid in London’s jewelry business district that involved abseiling down an elevator shaft and drilling through a two-meter thick wall.

The eight, who range in age from 48 to 76, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court charged with conspiracy to burgle the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd building over the course of two nights during the long Easter weekend last month.

May 20, 2015

UK court dents accused ‘flash crash’ trader’s hopes of release

LONDON (Reuters) – The British trader fighting extradition to the United States after being accused of helping trigger the 2010 Wall Street “flash crash” faces months in custody after London’s High Court refused to remove a 5 million-pound surety bail condition.

Navinder Sarao, 36, was arrested by British police on a U.S extradition warrant a month ago after being charged with wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation by the U.S. Justice Department.

May 19, 2015

UK police arrest pensioners over multi-million pound gem heist

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said they had arrested seven suspects, including three pensioners, on Tuesday over a multi-million pound raid in London’s jewelry business district last month, which local media say could have been the country’s biggest-ever heist.

In the audacious raid, thieves abseiled down a lift shaft at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd over the Easter weekend when businesses in the area were closed, and bored their way through a two-meter thick wall into a vault using a heavy duty drill.

May 18, 2015

British Navy investigates sailor’s disaster warning over nuclear subs

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Navy said on Monday it had launched an inquiry after a sailor who served on its submarines armed with nuclear weapons said the vessels had major security flaws and were a “disaster waiting to happen”.

In a lengthy dossier released on the internet, Able Seaman William McNeilly, who describes himself as a weapons engineer, said Britain’s Trident nuclear defense system was vulnerable both to enemies and to potentially devastating accidents because of safety failures.

May 15, 2015

UK rail workers to stage national strike this month – RMT union

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Rail workers in Britain will
stage a national strike later this month in a dispute over pay,
the RMT union announced on Friday, teeing up a move that could
bring misery to millions of commuters.

The union said its 16,000 staff at Network Rail, which
maintains Britain’s railway infrastructure, including track and
signalling, would stage a 24-hour walk-out starting at 1600 GMT
on May 25, which is a public holiday, continuing into May 26,
which is a normal working day.

May 14, 2015

Police say over 700 Britons have traveled to Syria, half now home

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 700 Britons are thought to have traveled to Syria and over a half have since returned home where they now pose a significant terrorism threat, British police said on Thursday.

Mark Rowley, the lead officer on counter-terrorism, also said there had been a record 338 arrests for terrorism-related offences last year, up by a third from 2013, with almost a half related to the conflict in Syria.