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Jun 6, 2013

Britain’s Labour seeks to win back trust on economy

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party sent a message to skeptical voters on Thursday that it can be trusted to run the economy and balance the books, promising to focus on tight spending and a cap on the welfare budget if it wins the next election.

In a speech designed to restore Labour’s economic credibility and counter Conservative taunts that it is the “Welfare Party”, leader Ed Miliband set out plans for stricter controls on the vast benefits bill.

Jun 6, 2013

Labour seeks to win back trust on economy

LONDON (Reuters) – The Labour Party sent a message to sceptical voters on Thursday that it can be trusted to run the economy and balance the books, promising to focus on tight spending and a cap on the welfare budget if it wins the next election.

In a speech designed to restore Labour’s economic credibility and counter Conservative taunts that it is the “Welfare Party”, leader Ed Miliband set out plans for stricter controls on the vast benefits bill.

Jun 3, 2013

Suspect in British soldier murder blows kisses in dock

LONDON (Reuters) – One of two men charged with murdering a British soldier on a busy London street appeared in court for the first time on Monday, blowing kisses to a supporter in the public gallery and clutching what appeared to be a Koran.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, was remanded in custody until a hearing within the next 48 hours to decide whether he can be released on bail.

Jun 3, 2013

Suspect in British soldier murder appears in court

LONDON (Reuters) – A man charged with murdering a British soldier on a busy London street appeared in court for the first time on Monday, clutching what appeared to be a Koran in his right hand.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, was formally charged with the murder of drummer Lee Rigby and remanded in custody until a hearing at the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court on June 28.

Jun 3, 2013

Suspect in Lee Rigby murder appears in court

LONDON (Reuters) – A man charged with murdering a British soldier on a busy London street appeared in court for the first time on Monday, clutching what appeared to be a Koran in his right hand.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, was formally charged with the murder of drummer Lee Rigby and remanded in custody until a hearing at the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court on June 28.

May 27, 2013

Suspected killer of British soldier was held in Kenya

LONDON/NAIROBI (Reuters) – One of two men arrested over the murder of a British soldier in a London street was detained in Kenya in 2010 on suspicion of seeking to train with an al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia, Kenyan police said on Sunday.

Confirmation that Michael Adebolajo was held in Kenya and deported to London will intensify calls for Britain’s spy agencies to explain what they knew about the suspect and whether they could have done more to prevent Lee Rigby’s killing on Wednesday.

May 26, 2013

Britain to target radical Muslim preachers after soldier’s killing

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government, facing criticism over the killing of a soldier by suspected Islamists in a London street, is to set up a new group to combat radical Muslim preachers and others whose words could encourage violence.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said on Sunday the group aimed to fight radicalism in schools and mosques, tighten checks on inflammatory internet material, and disrupt the “poisonous narrative” of hardline clerics.

May 26, 2013

British police arrest three over soldier’s killing

LONDON (Reuters) – British counter-terrorism police on Saturday arrested three people suspected of involvement in the killing of a soldier hacked to death in a London street by two men shouting Islamist slogans.

The killing of the soldier in what the government said appeared to be a terrorist attack has led to angry protests against radical Islam and fears of a possible anti-Muslim backlash.

May 25, 2013

British police arrest man after spy claim in soldier case

LONDON (Reuters) – British counter-terrorism police arrested a man at the BBC’s headquarters after an interviewee said that security services tried to recruit one of the two suspects in the murder of a soldier in London.

Michael Adebolajo, 28 and Michael Adebowale, 22, are under armed guard in hospital after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday. They have not yet been charged.

May 24, 2013

UK fighters escort Pakistan plane to airport; two arrested

LONDON (Reuters) – British fighter jets escorted a Pakistan International Airlines (PIAa.KA: Quote, Profile, Research) passenger plane to Stansted Airport near London on Friday, where police went on board and arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Passengers were leaving the plane and no one was hurt in the incident, a spokesman for the airport said.