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Mar 20, 2013

Deputy editor of Murdoch UK tabloid charged over payments

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – British police, investigating
allegations of phone-hacking centred on Rupert Murdoch’s
newspapers, charged the deputy editor of his top-selling Sun
tabloid on Wednesday with making illegal payments to public
officials.

Geoff Webster is the latest senior figure from News
International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch’s News Corp
, to be accused of criminal offences in a scandal which
has rocked the media mogul’s empire and escalated into a crisis
embroiling the entire industry and the political establishment.

Mar 18, 2013

Murdoch’s Sun pays MP damages for accessing stolen phone

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – A Labour MP has accepted “very
substantial” damages from The Sun newspaper after the tabloid
admitted its employees accessed private information from her
stolen mobile phone three years ago, London’s High Court heard
on Monday.

Siobhain McDonagh later said she was paid 50,000 pounds
($75,700) damages by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
following revelations Sun reporters had been accessing text
messages on her mobile phone taken from her car in southwest
London in October 2010

Mar 14, 2013

British inquest into Kremlin critic’s death delayed to October

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s long-awaited inquest into the death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has been delayed again and will not begin until October, the coroner overseeing the case said on Thursday.

Robert Owen, a senior judge acting as coroner, said Britain’s main suspect, Andrei Lugovoy – a former security agent who is now a member of Russia’s parliament – was wrong to refuse to cooperate with his investigation.

Mar 12, 2013

Police failings over BBC’s Savile exposed in UK report

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – British police made numerous
mistakes that let the late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile get
away with unprecedented numbers of sex attacks over six decades,
and such failings could be repeated, a report by inspectors said
on Tuesday.

Savile was one of Britain’s biggest TV stars in the 1970s
and 1980s, but revelations after his death in November 2011
about his activities stunned Britons and destroyed his
reputation as an eccentric charity fundraiser.

Mar 6, 2013

Civil servants to strike on budget day

LONDON (Reuters) – About a quarter of a million civil servants will strike on the day Chancellor George Osborne delivers his budget statement this month, heralding the start of three months of protest at austerity measures, their union said on Wednesday.

The Public and Commercial Services union, one of the most militant in Britain which represents state workers from border staff to court employees and tax officials, said it would hold a national walkout on March 20.

Mar 6, 2013

British civil servants to strike on budget day

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – About a quarter of a million
British civil servants will strike on the day finance minister
George Osborne delivers his budget statement this month,
heralding the start of three months of protest at austerity
measures, their union said on Wednesday.

The Public and Commercial Services union, one of the most
militant in Britain which represents state workers from border
staff to court employees and tax officials, said it would hold a
national walkout on March 20.

Feb 27, 2013

Coroner vows open inquiry into Litvinenko death

LONDON (Reuters) – A British coroner said on Wednesday he would hold an open and “fearless” inquiry into the murder in 2006 of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko after Britain asked for sensitive information about the death to be kept secret.

Litvinenko, 43, who had been granted British citizenship and had become a vocal critic of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, died after someone slipped polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope, into his cup of tea at a plush London hotel.

Feb 26, 2013

Litvinenko lawyer accuses UK of coverup to help Russia ties

LONDON (Reuters) – The lawyer for the family of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was murdered in London in 2006, accused Britain and Russia on Tuesday of colluding to try to shut down an inquiry into his death for the sake of lucrative trade deals.

Litvinenko, who had been granted British citizenship and had become a vocal critic of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, died after someone slipped polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope, into his cup of tea at a plush London hotel.

Feb 25, 2013

Britain’s top Catholic cleric resigns, won’t elect new pope

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric resigned on Monday following allegations he behaved in an inappropriate way with priests, and said he would not take part in the election of Pope Benedict’s replacement.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien said he had tendered his resignation some months ago, ahead of his 75th birthday in March and because he was suffering from “indifferent health”.

Feb 17, 2013

France blames Spanghero bosses as UK probes horsemeat warning

PARIS/LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – France said on Sunday
managers at French firm Spanghero were responsible for passing
off horsemeat as beef, while Britain said it would investigate
claims that warnings about horsemeat entering the food chain
were raised in 2011 but ignored.

Revelations that some beef dishes actually contained
horsemeat has caused a scandal across Europe, leading to
products being removed from sale and police investigations.