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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.

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.