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Mar 20, 2015

Britain’s top court to rule on Prince Charles’ government letters

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s top court will rule
next week whether “frank” letters sent by Prince Charles to
government ministers should be made public, potentially
embarrassing the heir-to-the-throne and raising the contentious
issue of royal interference in politics.

For years, the Guardian newspaper has sought access to 27
letters written by Charles to members of ex-Prime Minister Tony
Blair’s Labour government between 2004 and 2005 under the
country’s freedom of information laws.

Mar 17, 2015

Ceremony fit for a king: England’s Richard III to be reburied 530 years after death

LONDON (Reuters) – King Richard III, the medieval English monarch whose remains were found under a car park three years ago, will be reburied next week nearly 530 years after he was slain in battle and dumped in an humble grave.

The remains of Richard – the last English king to die in battle when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in central England in 1485 – were found in 2012.

Mar 16, 2015

Watchdog to investigate UK police over child abuse failures

LONDON (Reuters) – The watchdog which oversees British police said it had launched an investigation into allegations London police chiefs dropped inquiries into child sex abuse claims because they involved politicians and high profile figures.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would examine allegations police suppressed evidence, hindered investigations into paedophile rings and covered up crimes because they involved lawmakers (MPs) and police officers.

Mar 12, 2015

British spies carry out mass interception of emails, but only read a few-report

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – British spies carry out mass
interception of the public’s emails and access large databases
with individuals’ personal details, but their actions are not
indiscriminate or unlawful, a powerful committee of lawmakers
said on Thursday.

Britain’s security agencies have been accused of unfettered
snooping on electronic communications since disclosures by U.S.
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden indicated
spies had been hoovering up emails, text messages and internet
communications.

Mar 12, 2015

UK spies not reading everyone’s emails but need to be more open: lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) – British spies, accused of undertaking mass, unfettered surveillance of the public’s communications, are not breaking the law nor reading everyone’s emails but do need to be more open, a powerful committee of lawmakers said on Thursday.

Britain’s three security agencies – MI5, which deals with domestic matters, MI6, which handles foreign intelligence and the eavesdropping service GCHQ – have all come under fire from civil rights groups since disclosures by Edward Snowden two years ago.

Mar 11, 2015

Global fans demand BBC reinstate “Top Gear” host Clarkson

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Nearly 450,000 fans from around
the world have backed a petition calling for British presenter
Jeremy Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the “Top
Gear” motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a
“fracas” with a producer.

Clarkson, renowned for his outspoken remarks and acerbic
attitude towards “political correctness”, was suspended by the
BBC on Tuesday, with media reporting that he had thrown a punch
at a producer following a row about food.

Feb 27, 2015

British PM Cameron vows to hunt down ‘Jihadi John’

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as “Jihadi John” after the killer was unmasked as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London.

The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

Feb 27, 2015

Cameron vows to hunt down ‘Jihadi John’

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as “Jihadi John” after the killer was unmasked as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London.

The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

Feb 27, 2015

‘Jihadi John’ killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services.

The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

Feb 26, 2015

‘Jihadi John’ from Islamic State beheading videos umasked as Londoner

LONDON (Reuters) – The “Jihadi John” masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton from a prosperous family who grew up in London and graduated with a computer programming degree, according to the Washington Post.

In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have decapitated hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.