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Sep 5, 2014

NATO backs spearhead force to boost eastern defenses

NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) – NATO approved wide-ranging plans on Friday to boost its defenses in eastern Europe, aiming to reassure allies nervous about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine that the U.S.-led alliance will shield them from any attack.

The plan, adopted at a summit in Wales, includes creating a “spearhead” rapid reaction force and pre-positioning supplies and equipment in east European countries so they can be reinforced within days in a crisis.

Aug 29, 2014

Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of “severe” on Friday in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said.

“That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” May said in a statement.

Aug 26, 2014

Top UK anti-terrorism officer says Syria-related arrests soar

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top counter-terrorism police officer said on Tuesday arrests linked to fighting in Syria had risen dramatically this year and that significant progress was being made to trace a British man suspected of murdering American journalist James Foley.

Launching an appeal to Muslim communities to help identify “aspiring terrorists”, Mark Rowley, the National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism, said Britain had been escalating its efforts to address rising terrorism problems relating to Syria.

Jul 31, 2014

‘Russian involvement’ central to UK inquiry into ex-KGB agent’s death

LONDON (Reuters) – Evidence which shows Russia was behind the 2006 murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London will mostly be given in secret, the chairman of a public inquiry into his death said on Thursday.

Kremlin critic Litvinenko, 43, died after being poisoned with a radioactive isotope in November 2006, a crime which from his death bed he blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement.

Jul 31, 2014
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Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

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(Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

Jul 24, 2014

Ex-Murdoch reporter escapes jail over UK phone-hacking crimes

LONDON (Reuters) – A former tabloid reporter who admitted hacking hundreds of phones to find stories for two Sunday newspapers was spared jail on Thursday for helping secure the conviction of Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief Andy Coulson.

Dan Evans gave evidence for the prosecution during the eight-month trial of Coulson, who was jailed for 18 months earlier in July for his role in widespread phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World title.

Jul 22, 2014

Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain announced on Tuesday it would hold a public inquiry into the death of a former Russian spy who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, but denied the decision was linked to the Ukraine crisis.

A year ago, the British government declined to order an inquiry into the killing of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006. That led to accusations Britain was appeasing the Kremlin, which has always denied involvement.

Jul 21, 2014

Murdoch tabloid suspends “fake sheikh” UK reporter

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – Mazher Mahmood, a British
journalist known for his undercover work posing as a “fake
sheikh”, was suspended by Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper on
Monday after the collapse of a celebrity trial in which he was a
main witness.

His suspension comes just weeks after the editor and senior
journalists from a now-defunct Murdoch tabloid were jailed for
their part in a phone-hacking scandal which led to demands for
action over the “dark arts” of Britain’s aggressive tabloid
press.

Jul 20, 2014

Ex-Libyan rebel commander appeals ruling on British torture case

LONDON (Reuters) – A former Libyan Islamist commander who says he suffered years of torture by Muammar Gaddafi’s henchmen after British and U.S. spies handed him over to Libya will try this week to overturn a ruling blocking legal action against the British government.

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a rebel leader who helped topple Gaddafi in 2011 and is now leader of the Libyan al-Watan Party, says he and his pregnant wife Fatima were abducted by U.S. CIA agents in Thailand in 2004 and then illegally transferred to Tripoli with the help of British spies.

Jul 16, 2014

Six ex-Murdoch UK journalists will not face hacking charges

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Six former journalists on Rupert
Murdoch’s now defunct British tabloid, the News of the World,
will not face charges in connection with widespread
phone-hacking at the paper, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Andy Coulson, the paper’s former editor
who later became Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, was
jailed for encouraging the hacking of voicemails on mobile
phones in a bid to find exclusive stories.