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Jun 19, 2015

English city stunned by family’s flight to join Islamic State

BRADFORD, England (Reuters) – Zahoor Ahmed shakes his head in disbelief as he surveys the back of a terraced house belonging to the family of the three Dawood sisters, believed to have traveled to Syria to join Islamic State militants and brought their nine children with them.

“Why would you go to Syria? I don’t understand it,” said Ahmed, 52, wearing traditional Muslim attire as he surveyed the unremarkable street in the northern English city of Bradford, where he said he had never encountered extremism.

Jun 12, 2015

British royals return to Runnymede, where Magna Carta sealed 800 years ago

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth will return on Monday to the setting where 800 years ago one of her predecessors accepted the Magna Carta, the English document that put limits on the power of the crown for the first time and laid the foundation for modern freedoms.

The Magna Carta, Latin for “Great Charter”, was ratified by King John of England in June 1215, at Runnymede, about 20 miles west of London, after an uprising by his barons. It established certain rights of the English people and placed the monarch under the rule of law.

Jun 11, 2015

UK terrorism law watchdog calls for major surveillance overhaul

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s terrorism law watchdog said on Thursday the legal framework underpinning security services’ ability to spy on the public’s communications was fragmented, undemocratic and “in the long run intolerable.”

David Anderson, Britain’s independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws, said the framework overseeing the interception of emails, phone calls and online activity by police and spies needed a major overhaul, and that the government needed to spell out why the authorities were pressing for even more powers.

Jun 10, 2015

Family of Brazilian shot dead by UK police take case to European court

LONDON (Reuters) – The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician shot dead 10 years ago by London police who thought he was a suicide bomber, will launch a bid at a European Court on Wednesday to demand the officers involved face criminal action.

De Menezes was shot seven times in the head by specialist firearms officers as he boarded an underground train at Stockwell station in south London on July 22, 2005.

Jun 7, 2015

Obama says stay, but some Cameron MPs prepare to back UK exit from EU

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 50 lawmakers in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party launched a campaign to back Britain’s exit from the EU unless he can get it to adopt radical reforms, even as U.S. President Barack Obama argued in favor of staying.

Cameron, riding high after a surprise outright victory in last month’s parliamentary election, wants to claw back powers from the European Union before holding a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether Britain should stay or leave.

Jun 7, 2015

More than 50 lawmakers from UK PM Cameron’s party ready to join EU exit campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has been challenged by a group of over 50 lawmakers from his Conservative Party who are prepared to join a campaign backing Britain’s exit from the European Union unless he achieves radical changes in the bloc.

The lawmakers on Sunday launched a new political group called Conservatives for Britain (CfB), which will support Cameron’s bid for reform while urging an end to EU membership unless significant changes are achieved.

Jun 7, 2015

More than 50 MPs from UK PM Cameron’s party ready to join EU exit campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has been challenged by a group of over 50 members of parliament from his Conservative Party who are prepared to join a campaign backing Britain’s exit from the European Union unless he achieves radical changes in the bloc.

The MPs on Sunday launched a new political group called Conservatives for Britain (CfB), which will support Cameron’s bid for reform while urging an end to EU membership unless significant changes are achieved.

Jun 4, 2015

UK’s Charles raises heritage and healthcare concerns in latest batch of letters

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has released more letters penned by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles to ministers expressing concern over issues ranging from climate change to public health, which have led to criticism he is meddling in politics.

The 17 letters to and from the prince or his aides between 2007 and 2009 reveal Charles raising matters such as affordable rural housing, the quality of food in hospitals and the preservation of historic buildings such as huts in the Antarctic used by British explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

Jun 4, 2015

Prince Charles raises heritage and healthcare concerns in latest batch of letters

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has released more letters penned by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles to ministers expressing concern over issues ranging from climate change to public health, which have led to criticism he is meddling in politics.

The 17 letters to and from the prince or his aides between 2007 and 2009 reveal Charles raising matters such as affordable rural housing, the quality of food in hospitals and the preservation of historic buildings such as huts in the Antarctic used by British explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

Jun 4, 2015

Grisly items from London’s criminal past to go on show for first time

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – Artefacts from many of London’s
most notorious and grisly crimes, including the “Jack the
Ripper” case, are to go on public display for the first time
this year.

Usually housed in a dark corner of the London police force’s
headquarters, the little-seen objects are from Scotland Yard’s
Crime Museum — sometimes known as the “Dark” or “Black” Museum.