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Jan 31, 2013

England’s lost king: is Richard III buried under a car park?

LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Archaeologists will reveal next
week whether a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine
entombed under a municipal car park is that of Richard III, the
last English king to die in battle, more than five centuries
ago.

The grey, concrete car park with its red-brick walls and a
payment hut in Leicester, central England, contrasts sharply
with the grandeur of traditional sepulchres for English kings
and queens such as Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey.

Jan 21, 2013

Prince Harry says he killed Afghan insurgents during tour

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry says he killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was a gunner in Apache attack helicopters.

The Queen’s 28-year-old grandson, third in line to the throne, will return home later this week after a 20-week posting with NATO forces at the Camp Bastion military base in the southern province of Helmand.

Jan 21, 2013

Britain’s Prince Harry says killed Afghan insurgents during tour

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry says he
killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban
while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was a
gunner in Apache attack helicopters.

Queen Elizabeth’s 28-year-old grandson, third in line to the
British throne, will return home later this week after a 20-week
posting with NATO forces at the Camp Bastion military base in
the southern province of Helmand.

Jan 17, 2013

Algeria crisis forces British PM to delay Europe speech

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron postponed on Thursday a much-anticipated speech on Britain’s future role in the European Union because of the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant where Britons are believed to be among those held.

A somber-looking Cameron warned people to expect “bad news” after Algerian forces launched an operation to free the hostages from Islamist militants, saying one Briton had already been killed when the site was stormed on Wednesday.

Jan 16, 2013

Helicopter crashes into crane on London tower, kills two

LONDON (Reuters) – A helicopter crashed into a crane on top of one of Europe’s tallest residential blocks in central London on Wednesday, killing two people as it burst into flames and threw plumes of smoke into the foggy air.

Police said there was nothing to indicate that the crash on the south bank of the River Thames was linked to an attack on London, where 52 commuters were killed in rush hour suicide bombings in 2005.

Jan 13, 2013

Rival EU camps turn up pressure on UK’s Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – European Union supporters and opponents turned up the pressure on British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday as a poll showed most Britons wanted a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU although the number supporting withdrawal had fallen.

Cameron is expected to deliver a major speech this month in which he will set out plans to renegotiate Britain’s position within the 27-member EU, along with the terms of a historic vote on the subject that could help define Britain’s role in international affairs for decades.

Jan 11, 2013

Prolific sex abuser Savile “groomed a nation”: UK police

LONDON (Reuters) – The late British TV presenter Jimmy Savile, honored by both the queen and the pope, sexually assaulted hundreds of people, mainly children, at BBC premises and hospitals over six decades of unparalleled abuse, a police-led report said on Friday.

Savile, one of Britain’s biggest TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s, abused youngsters at 13 hospitals where he did voluntary work as a porter and fundraiser, and even at a hospice treating terminally ill patients.

Dec 16, 2012

Support for UK anti-EU party grows over gay marriage

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s anti-European Union party has scooped up support from voters traditionally loyal to Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives after the government announced plans to allow gay couples to marry, three polls showed on Sunday.

A large number of Conservative lawmakers as well as the Church of England oppose the plans for same-sex marriage announced on Tuesday, although the move is generally popular across the country.

Dec 15, 2012

Family of royal hoax nurse tell of “unfillable void”

LONDON (Reuters) – The family of a nurse who apparently committed suicide after taking a prank call at the hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate delivered a tearful tribute to her on Saturday, saying her death had left “an unfillable void”.

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged from a wardrobe with injuries to her wrist in staff lodgings at London’s King Edward VII hospital days after she answered the hoax call from an Australian radio station and put it through to a colleague who divulged details of Kate’s health.

Dec 13, 2012

UK pays out to family “rendered” to Gaddafi’s Libya

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The British government agreed to
pay more than 2 million pounds($3.2 million) on Thursday to the
family of a leading opponent of the late Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi who says Britain was involved in his rendition to
Tripoli where he was tortured.

Sami al-Saadi, who had for years tried to avoid Gaddafi’s
agents, was abducted with his wife and four young children in
Hong Kong in 2004, forced onto a plane and flown to Libya where
they were all imprisoned.