LONDON (Reuters) – The “Jihadi John” masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton from a prosperous family who grew up in London and graduated with a computer programming degree, according to the Washington Post.
In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have decapitated hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.
LONDON (Reuters) – British police investigating allegations of historical sex crimes against Cliff Richard, one of Britain’s best-known entertainers, have said their inquiry into the singer had “increased significantly in size”.
Officers raided the home of Richard, 74, in Berkshire, west of London, last August, when he was on holiday, over allegations which dated back to the 1980s and involved an under-age boy.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said internet firms must do more to deal with online extremism after three teenage girls radicalized “in their bedrooms” left London in an apparent bid to travel to Syria.
Friends Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, flew to Turkey last week in what the authorities believe was an attempt to travel to Syria to join the militant Sunni Islamist group Islamic State.
LONDON (Reuters) – British spies asked for material to be redacted in a U.S. Senate report about the CIA’s mistreatment of terrorism suspects but were not trying to hide any complicity in wrongdoing, a senior parliamentary committee concluded on Wednesday.
But the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said that while it cleared the agencies of wrongdoing in relation to the Senate report, the broader issue of whether Britain colluded in torture had still not been determined.
Urgent action is needed to tackle a “disturbing” rise in anti-Semitism in Britain including measures to deal with growing “cyber hate” on social media, a group of senior lawmakers said on Monday.
LONDON (Reuters) – The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose to a record level in 2014, more than double the previous year, due to events in the Middle East involving Israel, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.
The figures, which Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May called “deeply concerning”, come amid rising safety fears among Britain’s estimated 260,000 Jews following the deadly attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris by an Islamist gunman last month.
LONDON (Reuters) – Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent killed with polonium in London, believed Vladimir Putin lacked the mettle to stamp out corruption inside Russia’s security agency and that he had links to organised crime, his widow said on Monday.
Giving evidence to a public inquiry at London’s High Court into his death, Marina Litvinenko said her husband had taken his concerns in 1998 to Putin, who then headed the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.
LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Peer pressure from radicalised
fighters in Syria and Iraq is more influential in attracting new
recruits from Europe than Islamic State (IS) propaganda,
according to British experts.
The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and
Political Violence (ICSR), in a study to be released next month,
found that peer groups and kinships were crucial in luring young
fighters, rather than IS videos and Internet messages.
LONDON (Reuters) – From allowing spies greater access to communications and extending phone taps to collating databases of air passengers, European governments are looking to expand the powers of their security agencies after last week’s Paris attacks.
However, despite warnings that failing to act is endangering their citizens, their plans face political and judicial opposition as well as some public scepticism.
LONDON (Reuters) – A quarter of Jews in Britain have considered leaving the country in the last two years and well over half feel they have no long term future in Europe, according to a survey published on Wednesday.
Additionally, anti-Semitic beliefs are widely prevalent among the wider public with 45 percent of Britons agreeing with at least one anti-Semitic sentiment, the YouGov poll for the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) group found.