LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The British government, accused
of abusing media freedom, said on Tuesday police were right to
detain a journalist’s partner if they thought lives might be at
risk from data he was carrying from fugitive U.S. intelligence
officer Edward Snowden.
Facing legal and diplomatic complaints after police held
Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald’s Brazilian partner for nine
hours on Sunday – and accused by the newspaper of forcing it to
trash computers holding copies of Snowden’s data – the interior
minister said officers were entitled to take security measures.
LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The British authorities forced
the Guardian newspaper to destroy material leaked by Edward
Snowden, its editor has revealed, calling it a “pointless” move
that would not prevent further reporting on U.S. and British
In a column on Tuesday, Alan Rusbridger said he had received
a call from a government official a month ago who told him:
“You’ve had your fun. Now we want the stuff back.” The paper had
been threatened with legal action if it did not comply.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prince George, the baby son of Prince William and his wife Kate, is a bit of a rascal who does not sleep well and needs to have his diaper changed far too often, his father said in his first interview since the birth.
George, the third-in-line to the British throne, was born on July 22 amid a global media frenzy, reflecting the international popularity of his parents and ongoing fascination with the British royal family.
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – London police are actively investigating Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business for possible criminal violations over allegations of phone-hacking and illegal payments to public officials by its journalists, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Murdoch’s News Corp said it was aware of the police inquiry but gave no further details.
LONDON (Reuters) – Only months after archaeologists discovered the missing body of Richard III, researchers are about to test human remains to see if they are those of another king, Alfred the Great, a ninth-century monarch.
Officials have given the go-ahead to analyze bones found in an unmarked grave at a church in Winchester, southwest England, the capital of Alfred’s kingdom, to determine if they are those of one of the best-known figures from early English history.
LONDON (Reuters) – Fraud squad detectives are examining whether large severance pay-offs to senior BBC managers which exceeded the amounts they were entitled to constituted criminal offences, London police said on Friday.
Last month, the National Audit Office (NAO), the government spending watchdog, concluded that the publicly funded broadcaster had breached its already generous policies on redundancy payments without good reason.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Kate gave the world its first glimpse of their new baby on Tuesday when they left hospital with the boy who is third in line to the British throne.
To huge cheers from well-wishers and hospital staff, the beaming couple waved and took turns to hold their son, wrapped tightly in a white blanket with only the top of his head visible.
LONDON (Reuters) – The world could get it’s the first glimpse of Britain’s new prince on Tuesday, with Prince William and his wife, Kate, expected to leave a London hospital with their baby son.
Kate, 31, gave birth to the couple’s first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival.
LONDON (Reuters) – Already touted as one of the most famous babies in the world, the first child of Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate faces a life in the spotlight like no previous royal, severely testing the couple’s desire to give their offspring a “normal” life.
From the moment the baby boy leaves hospital in the arms of his parents in front of an army of TV cameras and photographers, his life in the public eye begins and so does his parents’ formidable battle to protect his privacy.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, their first child who will be third in line to the British throne, ending hours of fevered anticipation outside the London hospital where the child was delivered.
The baby was born with William at Kate’s side at 4:24 p.m. (8:54 pm IST) and weighed 8lbs 6oz (3.8 kg).