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May 24, 2013

UK fighters escort Pakistan plane to airport, 2 arrests

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – British fighter jets escorted a
Pakistan International Airlines 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.

May 24, 2013

Britain scrambles fighters as Pakistani airliner diverted

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

Flight PK709 from Lahore in Pakistan had been due to land at Manchester in northern England with 297 passengers on board, but was diverted shortly before arrival. A security source said early indications were that the plane was not the target of a terrorist attack.

May 24, 2013

Security services in spotlight after soldier murder

LONDON (Reuters) – Security services faced questions on Friday over whether they could have done more to prevent the murder of a soldier hacked to death in a busy London street after it emerged that his suspected killers were known to intelligence officers.

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

May 24, 2013

British security services in spotlight after soldier murder

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s security services faced questions on Friday over whether they could have done more to prevent the murder of a soldier hacked to death in a busy London street after it emerged that his suspected killers were known to intelligence officers.

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

May 23, 2013

Hands soaked in blood, London knifeman declares his creed on video

LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – A young man with bloodied hands
holds a knife and a meat cleaver soaked in blood as he faces the
camera to say he has just killed a soldier on a London street in
retaliation for the deaths of Muslims killed by British troops
in faraway lands.

As the man speaks, a woman in a blue skirt pulls a shopping
cart down the pavement towards him, glances briefly in the
direction of a corpse lying in the road, and walks right past
the man, apparently oblivious to the bloody weapons in his hand.

May 22, 2013

EU leaders pursue shale gas dream in Brussels talks

BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) – European leaders discussed the
region’s reserves of shale gas at a summit on Wednesday, but the
prospect of the continent enjoying a U.S.-style shale boom that
drastically cuts energy costs remains elusive.

Arriving at the summit, British Prime Minister David
Cameron, whose government is advancing plans to exploit his
country’s shale gas deposits, said Europe could not afford to be
left behind as the world scrambles to develop the resource.

May 17, 2013

UK inquest into ex-Russian spy’s death may be scrapped

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s long-delayed inquest into the death by radioactive poisoning of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko could be abandoned after the coroner partly upheld a British government request to withhold crucial evidence.

Robert Owen, a senior judge acting as coroner, said on Friday keeping some of the evidence secret would make it impossible to hold a “full, fair and fearless inquiry” into the death of the vocal critic of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

May 16, 2013

Cameron tells EU rebels to back referendum law

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron ordered rebellious MPs on Thursday to back his plan for a law guaranteeing a vote on Britain’s European Union membership as he sought shore up his party, his leadership and the coalition.

Conservative rebels have been pushing him to take a hard line on Europe, resurrecting party splits that contributed to the downfall of former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major in the 1990s. An election is due in 2015.

May 16, 2013

Britain’s Cameron tells EU rebels to back referendum law

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron ordered rebellious lawmakers on Thursday to back his plan for a law guaranteeing a vote on Britain’s European Union membership as he sought shore up his party, his leadership and the coalition.

Conservative rebels have been pushing him to take a hard line on Europe, resurrecting party splits that contributed to the downfall of former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major in the 1990s. An election is due in 2015.

May 15, 2013

UK’s Cameron survives humbling parliamentary revolt over EU

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an embarrassing blow in parliament on Wednesday when a third of his Conservative lawmakers voted against him in protest at his stance on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Though the revolt was defeated, the rebellion could undermine Cameron’s leadership, as scores of his own party’s lawmakers took the highly unusual step of voting to criticize his government’s legislative plans, a week after they were first put before parliament.