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Jul 23, 2012

Police to probe Mirror, Star papers in UK hacking probe

LONDON (Reuters) – A police investigation into corrupt payments by journalists will be extended beyond Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business to other publishers, the detective leading the probe into a phone-hacking scandal said on Monday

Since January last year, police have been working with Murdoch’s News International, part of News Corp, to uncover wrongdoing among its staff over allegations journalists illegally accessed mobile phone voicemail messages.

Jul 18, 2012

UK border staff vote for strike, visitors face chaos

LONDON (Reuters) – Passengers arriving for the London Olympic Games could face long queues at airports after a union representing passport officials said on Wednesday its members had voted to back a strike in a dispute over pay and job cuts.

Airport passport desks around London have struggled to cope in recent months and some passengers have had to queue for several hours to get through immigration checks at Heathrow Airport because of the shortage of staff.

Jul 18, 2012

Olympics-UK border staff vote for strike, visitors face chaos

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Passengers arriving for the
London Olympic Games could face long queues at airports after a
union representing passport officials said on Wednesday its
members had voted to back a strike in a dispute over pay and job
cuts.

Airport passport desks around London have struggled to cope
in recent months and some passengers have had to queue for
several hours to get through immigration checks at Heathrow
Airport because of the shortage of staff.

Jul 18, 2012

Olympics-Cleaners gather from around globe for Games

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – When the Olympic Games begin in
London next week, it won’t just be the best athletes from around
the world who will have descended upon the British capital.

A small army of cleaners, nearly all students, have flown in
from equally far-flung countries to play their part in the Games
and earn some money at the same time.

Jul 16, 2012

Olympics-Japan’s judokas tipped to keep hold over rivals

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – The hulking frame of France’s
seemingly unstoppable judoka Teddy Riner may well leave the
biggest lasting impression at the London Games, but it is the
Japanese who are again hotly tipped to keep a firm hold on the
majority of medals.

Since judo became an official Olympic sport in 1964, Japan,
birthplace of the martial art, has won 35 gold medals, taking
four of the 14 golds up for grabs in Beijing four years ago.

Jul 16, 2012

No games security threat despite guards fiasco, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Olympic Games is not threatened by a major security contractor’s failure to find enough staff, ministers and the head of the city’s organising committee said on Sunday, seeking to quell a political storm ahead of athletes’ arrival.

Three days ago, the government announced it would draft in 3,500 extra troops as cover after contractor G4S (GFS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) admitted it was unlikely to train the guards it had promised under its 284 million pound contract in time.

Jul 16, 2012

No games security threat despite guards fiasco: UK

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Olympic Games is not threatened by a major security contractor’s failure to find enough staff, ministers and the head of the city’s organising committee said on Sunday, seeking to quell a political storm ahead of athletes’ arrival.

Three days ago, the government announced it would draft in 3,500 extra troops as cover after contractor G4S admitted it was unlikely to train the guards it had promised under its 284 million pound contract in time.

Jul 15, 2012

Olympics-No games security threat despite guards fiasco, UK says

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – London’s Olympic Games is not
threatened by a major security contractor’s failure to find
enough staff, ministers and the head of the city’s organising
committee said on Sunday, seeking to quell a political storm
ahead of athletes’ arrival.

Three days ago, the government announced it would draft in
3,500 extra troops as cover after contractor G4S
admitted it was unlikely to train the guards it had promised
under its 284 billion pound ($442 billion) contract in time.

Jul 15, 2012

Cameron tells coalition parties: work together

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron called on MPs in his fractious coalition on Sunday to put aside differences over issues such as Europe and work together in the national interest, warning them against “division and navel gazing”.

Writing in the Sunday Times after a week of high-profile disagreements between members of his Conservative party and their Liberal Democrat partners over parliamentary reform cast doubt over the coalition’s future, Cameron said the alliance was secure.

Jul 14, 2012

G4S security boss sorry for Games guards fiasco

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of private security firm G4S said on Saturday his firm only realised just over a week ago it would not be able to supply enough venue guards for this month’s London Olympics, as he publicly apologised for the embarrassing failure.

The day after G4S said it would incur a loss of up to 50 million pounds ($77.7 million), its chief executive Nick Buckles hit the airwaves and TV studios to express remorse for the problem which has forced the British government to put 3,500 extra troops on standby to fill the gap.