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May 22, 2013

Man charged over 1982 IRA parade bombing in London park

LONDON (Reuters) – An Irishman was charged on Wednesday over a bombing that killed four soldiers on horseback in the heart of London in 1982, one of the most high-profile attacks by IRA guerrillas in their campaign to end British rule in Northern Ireland.

John Downey, 61, from County Donegal in Ireland, is accused of murdering four members of the Royal Household Cavalry who were killed when a car bomb exploded in Hyde Park as they paraded towards Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s residence.

May 22, 2013

Man charged over 1982 IRA troop bombings in heart of London

LONDON (Reuters) – British police charged an Irish man on Wednesday over a 1982 bombing that killed four soldiers on horseback in the heart of London, one of the most high-profile attacks by IRA guerrillas trying to end British rule in Northern Ireland.

John Downey, 61, from County Donegal in Ireland, is accused of murdering four members of the mounted Royal Household Cavalry who were killed when a car bomb exploded in Hyde Park as they paraded towards Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s residence.

May 12, 2013

Cameron faces growing party splits over Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior minister said on Sunday he would support an exit from the European Union if there were a vote on the issue, as Prime Minister David Cameron faces a revolt over Europe from lawmakers in his own party.

Up to 100 eurosceptic Conservative members of parliament are expected to back an amendment this week criticising the legislative plans unveiled by the coalition government last Wednesday because they did not include a bill for a referendum on Britain’s continued EU membership.

May 12, 2013

Britain’s Cameron faces growing party splits over Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior British minister said on Sunday he would support an exit from the European Union if there were a vote on the issue, as Prime Minister David Cameron faces a revolt over Europe from lawmakers in his own party.

Up to 100 eurosceptic Conservative members of parliament are expected to back an amendment this week criticizing the legislative plans unveiled by the coalition government last Wednesday because they did not include a bill for a referendum on Britain’s continued EU membership.

May 2, 2013

BBC star admits sex abuse as Britain wonders who’s next

LONDON (Reuters) – Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall pleaded guilty to sex offences on Thursday, the latest British TV star from the 1970s and 1980s to be embroiled in abuse allegations.

Hall, 83, who was best known for hosting the family TV show “It’s a Knockout” and was still working for the BBC as a soccer radio commentator until recently, admitted 14 counts of indecent offences against young girls over two decades, with the youngest victim aged just nine.

Apr 25, 2013

Briton profiled in BBC documentary jailed for plotting attacks

LONDON (Reuters) – A white Briton who was the subject of a 2011 documentary detailing his conversion to radical Islam was jailed on terrorism charges on Thursday on the strength of evidence gleaned from fragments of deleted text recovered from a laptop.

Richard Dart, 30, who was arrested in July just weeks before last summer’s London Olympic Games, discussed attacking Royal Wootton Basset, the town which became known for its repatriation ceremonies for British soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Apr 25, 2013

“Snoopers’ charter” won’t happen, says Clegg

LONDON (Reuters) – Deputy prime minister on Thursday ruled out plans to allow police and spy agencies access to details of people’s Internet use, dubbed a “snoopers charter”, threatening division in the coalition government over security and civil liberties.

Senior police and security chiefs argue that unless they are given new powers to monitor online activities, militants and crooks will exploit advances in communication technology such as Facebook and Skype.

Apr 25, 2013

UK “snoopers’ charter” won’t happen, says deputy PM

LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s deputy prime minister
on Thursday ruled out plans to allow police and spy agencies
access to details of people’s Internet use, dubbed a “snoopers
charter”, threatening division in the coalition government over
security and civil liberties.

Senior police and security chiefs argue that unless they are
given new powers to monitor online activities, militants and
crooks will exploit advances in communication technology such as
Facebook and Skype.

Apr 14, 2013

Thatcher “witch” song 2nd in UK charts in death protest

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – A campaign by opponents of late
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to get the song “Ding Dong! The
Witch Is Dead” to the top of the British pop charts to celebrate
her death failed on Sunday although it did manage to reach
second place.

Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, deeply divided Britons
and while some have paid warm tributes to the achievements of
her right-wing Conservative governments, others said her
privatisation of swathes of industry had destroyed communities.

Apr 14, 2013

British university attacks BBC over covert North Korea trip

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – A leading British university
criticised the BBC on Sunday for arranging an academic trip to
North Korea to make an undercover documentary, saying it had put
students who were unaware of the plans in danger.

The London School of Economics (LSE) said three BBC
journalists – including the respected reporter John Sweeney -
joined a student society trip at the end of March, posing as
tourists to make a film about the secretive state.