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Mar 27, 2013

Ex-policeman, prison officer jailed for selling stories to Murdoch’s Sun tabloid

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – A former policemen and an
ex-prison officer were jailed on Wednesday for selling stories
to Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid the Sun, Britain’s top-selling
newspaper.

The two men were convicted as part of a wide-ranging police
investigation begun two years ago into claims journalists from
Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper had hacked
into mobile phone voicemail messages.

Mar 26, 2013

Battle rages over bones of England’s Richard III

LONDON (Reuters) – King Richard III is at the center of a new fight over the location of his final resting place, just weeks after the remains of the last English king to die in battle were found underneath a council car park.

Archaeologists announced one of the most remarkable finds in recent English history last month when they confirmed the discovery of the body of Richard, who was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, during excavations in Leicester.

Mar 26, 2013

UK “snoopers charter” pits privacy against security

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – At the height of an
investigation into a group of Islamists plotting al
Qaeda-inspired bomb attacks across Britain in 2004, British
spies analysed more than 4,000 telephone contacts to build up a
picture of what they were planning and with whom.

The security services say the information was crucial in
helping to thwart what could have been one of the deadliest
attacks on Britain and to bring the cell to justice.

Mar 21, 2013

Jihadists from Syria rival al Qaeda threat, say UK police

LONDON (Reuters) – Islamist militants are less capable of organising plots on the scale of 9/11 but small groups of jihadists returning from Syria pose a grave threat to British security, the country’s two most senior counter-terrorism officers said on Thursday.

Every year, Britain’s security services are faced with at least one plan to carry out an attack on the level of the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings on London, known as the 7/7 attacks, which killed 52 commuters, the officers said.

Mar 20, 2013

Sun deputy editor charged over payments to public officials

LONDON (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 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.