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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.

Dec 13, 2012

Australia launches inquiry into royal nurse prank call

CANBERRA/LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Australia’s media
regulator launched an investigation on Thursday into a prank
call by a radio station to a London hospital treating Prince
William’s pregnant wife, after the nurse who took the call
committed suicide.

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged, police told a coroner’s
inquest in London, days after the 46-year-old put the hoax call
through to a colleague who disclosed details of the treatment
being given to William’s wife Kate, who is suffering from acute
morning sickness.

Dec 12, 2012

Editor of Times newspaper steps down

LONDON (Reuters) – James Harding stepped down as editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Times daily on Wednesday in the latest upheaval at the mogul’s troubled British newspaper business.

No formal reason was given but Harding indicated the decision had been forced on him in his resignation speech to staff.

Dec 12, 2012

Editor of Britain’s Times newspaper steps down

LONDON (Reuters) – James Harding stepped down as editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Times daily on Wednesday in the latest upheaval at the mogul’s troubled British newspaper business.

No formal reason was given but Harding indicated the decision had been forced on him in his resignation speech to staff.

Dec 12, 2012

Late BBC star Savile suspected of 199 crimes: UK police

LONDON (Reuters) – British television star Jimmy Savile is suspected of carrying out an unprecedented number of sex offences including 31 rapes, police said on Wednesday in their most comprehensive review of the scandal.

Revelations about Savile, who died last year, provoked outrage across Britain where he had been a household name since the 1960s.

Dec 6, 2012

Top publicist arrested in UK sex abuse inquiry

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Max Clifford, Britain’s
highest-profile celebrity publicist, was arrested for alleged
sex crimes on Thursday by a special police unit set up in the
wake of an abuse scandal involving a former BBC TV star, his
lawyer said.

Clifford, 69, made his name and fortune helping some of
Britain’s most famous people defend and shape their reputations
in the country’s muckraking tabloid press and has been a
longstanding media pundit on celebrity scandal and the press.

Dec 5, 2012

UK hospital divulges Kate’s condition in radio hoax

LONDON (Reuters) – The London hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate for severe morning sickness admitted on Wednesday it had fallen for a prank call from an Australian radio station, relaying personal details about her condition.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London on Monday suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, very acute morning sickness which causes severe nausea and vomiting.

Dec 4, 2012

Prince William, wife Kate expecting a baby

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby, destined to be the country’s future monarch, although the mother-to-be is in hospital with a type of very acute morning sickness that sometimes indicates twins.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the prince’s office said in a statement on Monday, adding that the Elizabeth and the royal family were delighted.

Dec 3, 2012

Britain tells press to change ways to avoid new laws

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government on Monday threatened the press with new laws to curb its behavior if it failed to get its own house in order following a damning inquiry into reporting practices.

Lawmakers are divided on the issue of statutory regulation which has put Prime Minister David Cameron at odds with his coalition partner.

Dec 3, 2012

UK’s Prince William and Kate expecting a baby

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby, destined to be the country’s future monarch, although the mother-to-be is in hospital with a type of very acute morning sickness that sometimes indicates twins.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the prince’s office said in a statement on Monday, adding that Queen Elizabeth and the royal family were delighted.