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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.

Feb 12, 2013

British police mount raid as horsemeat scandal widens

LONDON (Reuters) – British police and regulators raided a slaughterhouse and a meat processor on Tuesday suspected of selling horsemeat as beef, expanding a Europe-wide scandal that has shocked consumers and exposed flawed food safety controls.

In Paris, French prosecutors opened a preliminary judicial investigation to determine whether fraud was committed in the growing scandal.

Feb 12, 2013

EU ministers to hold meeting on horsemeat

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – British and European Union
officials will try to work out on Wednesday how to contain a
scandal over horsemeat sold as beef which has shocked consumers
and exposed flaws in European systems of food safety control.

The scandal, affecting a growing number of European
countries and retailers, began in Ireland when its food safety
authority discovered horsemeat in frozen beef burgers.

Feb 8, 2013

One woman’s quest to redeem the king under the car park

LONDON (Reuters) – “It was a warm day but I suddenly felt cold,” was how Philippa Langley described the powerful sensation she experienced when she walked over the unmarked grave of her hero King Richard III beneath a car park in central England.

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of recent English history has been driven by one woman’s obsession with overturning Shakespeare’s portrayal of Richard as a twisted tyrant who murdered two young princes in the Tower of London.

Feb 5, 2013

Face of Richard III, England’s “king in the car park”, revealed

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – With a large chin, a prominent
slightly arched nose and delicate lips, the “face” of England’s
King Richard III was unveiled on Tuesday, a day after
researchers confirmed his remains had finally been found after
500 years.

A team of university archaeologists and scientists announced
on Monday that a skeleton discovered last September underneath a
council parking lot in Leicester was indeed that of Richard, the
last English king to die in battle, in 1485.