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Dec 5, 2014

British Museum lends one of its Elgin Marbles to Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – The British Museum said on Friday it had loaned one of the Elgin Marbles to Russia, the first time any of the ancient sculptures have left Britain since they were taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago.

The museum said it had lent the headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg as part of its 250th anniversary celebration.

Dec 4, 2014

Child disabled by mother’s drinking not crime victim -UK court

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s Court of Appeal on
Thursday rejected claims that a child born with severe brain
damage because her mother drank excessively while pregnant was a
victim of crime, a ruling which has important consequences for
expectant women.

Lawyers acting for the girl, now aged 7 and known only as
CP, had argued that she should be entitled to compensation from
the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority as her mother, who
had an alcohol addiction, had inflicted “grievous bodily harm”
by poisoning her.

Nov 25, 2014

British intelligence could not have stopped soldier’s murder -report

LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Britain’s security services could
not have prevented two men hacking to death a British soldier
in broad daylight on a London street last year, even though one
of the killers had been investigated five times, lawmakers said
on Tuesday.

However, parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee
did say that one unspecified U.S. communications firm could have
led British investigators to head off the plot.

Nov 25, 2014

UK’s MI5 could not have stopped soldier’s brutal murder: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s security services could not have prevented two men hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight on a London street last year even though one of the killers had been a high priority in previous inquiries, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 23, both Muslim converts, ran over Lee Rigby near a barracks in Woolwich in May 2013 before setting upon him with knives and a meat cleaver in an attempt to behead him.

Nov 25, 2014

MI5 could not have stopped soldier’s brutal murder – report

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s security services could not have prevented two men hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight on a London street last year even though one of the killers had been a high priority in previous inquiries, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 23, both Muslim converts, ran over Lee Rigby near a barracks in Woolwich in May 2013 before setting upon him with knives and a meat cleaver in an attempt to behead him.

Nov 14, 2014

UK police open murder inquiry in child sex abuse investigation

LONDON (Reuters) – Police looking into accusations that powerful figures at the heart of the British establishment were involved in child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s said on Friday they were now investigating murder allegations.

London detectives launched an inquiry two years ago into allegations about pedophile rings involving politicians, officials and other senior public figures.

Nov 11, 2014

Review fails to dampen fears of UK child sex abuse cover-up

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of a review into the disappearance of a dossier handed to the government 30 years ago which accused figures at the heart of the British establishment of raping children, said on Tuesday there was no evidence of a high-level cover-up of sexual abuse.

Over the last few years, Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex abuse scandals in towns and cities across the country, and by revelations celebrities and politicians were involved in widespread abuse.

Nov 5, 2014

EU immigrants give 20 billion pound boost to UK economy, report finds

LONDON (Reuters) – Immigrants to Britain from the European Union have contributed more than 20 billion pounds to the British economy since 2001, according to a report on Wednesday on an issue dominating political debate ahead of next year’s election.

Prime Minister David Cameron, under pressure from the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), wants to curb EU immigration if he wins next May’s general election, a plan which has drawn criticism from the European Commission and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Nov 4, 2014

UK tribunal backs holiday overtime pay, prompting business fears

LONDON (Reuters) – A British employment tribunal ruled on Tuesday that companies should factor in overtime when calculating workers’ holiday pay, a decision that employers’ groups warned could put some smaller firms out of business.

A small group of workers had brought cases against three companies arguing that their holiday remuneration was far less than their usual pay because it did not include overtime.

Nov 3, 2014

British schoolboy jailed for stabbing teacher to death in class

LONDON (Reuters) – A teenage British schoolboy was jailed for at least 20 years on Monday after pleading guilty to stabbing to death a teacher he had developed a hatred of in front of horrified pupils during a lesson at a college in northern England.

William Cornick, then aged 15, murdered Ann Maguire, 61, in April in what was believed to be the first killing of a British teacher by a student in almost 20 years, sending shockwaves around the country where violent school incidents are rare.