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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.

May 28, 2015

Western women who join Islamic State defy ‘jihadi bride’ stereotype: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Western women joining Islamic State are increasingly from comfortable backgrounds and often well educated with romantic notions of adventure often quickly dispelled by the harshness of life as a “Jihadi bride”, according to a British research report.

Some 550 women from Western countries have left their homelands to join Islamic State, which has captured swathes of Syria and Iraq, said the report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London.

May 21, 2015

Eight British men appear in court over multi-million pound gem heist

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight British men appeared in court on Thursday accused of carrying out a daring raid in London’s jewelry business district that involved abseiling down an elevator shaft and drilling through a two-meter thick wall.

The eight, who range in age from 48 to 76, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court charged with conspiracy to burgle the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd building over the course of two nights during the long Easter weekend last month.

May 20, 2015

UK court dents accused ‘flash crash’ trader’s hopes of release

LONDON (Reuters) – The British trader fighting extradition to the United States after being accused of helping trigger the 2010 Wall Street “flash crash” faces months in custody after London’s High Court refused to remove a 5 million-pound surety bail condition.

Navinder Sarao, 36, was arrested by British police on a U.S extradition warrant a month ago after being charged with wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation by the U.S. Justice Department.