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Jun 3, 2012

Republicans fail to dampen royal jubilee fever

LONDON (Reuters) – Crowds celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne jeered and sang the national anthem on Sunday to drown out a noisy protest by republicans calling for Britons to end centuries of history and overthrow the monarchy.

Waving banners demanding “Votes not Boats” and “Make Monarchy History”, more than 100 demonstrators braved driving rain and chill winds in the shadow of Tower Bridge to demand an elected head of state for Britain.

May 17, 2012

Pirate guards need global guidelines: U.N. agency

LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – Armed guards employed on merchant
ships to repel attacks by pirates should be subject to new
standards to ensure they abide by international law while on the
high seas, a United Nations agency said on Thursday.

The International Maritime Organization, whose role is to
improve the safety of global shipping, said it wanted a new set
of global guidelines to be drawn up to help countries and
shipping countries decide whether and how to deploy armed
guards.

May 12, 2012

Britain to deploy “sonic gun” at Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s military will be armed with a sonic device that can be used as a high-volume loudspeaker or a non-lethal weapon to disperse crowds at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, the defence ministry said on Friday.

The equipment, which can project a piercing sound over hundreds of metres causing physical pain, has been used during protests at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009 and against pirates operating off the Somali coast.

May 11, 2012

Olympics-Britain to deploy “sonic gun” at Olympics

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – Britain’s military will be armed
with a sonic device that can be used as a high-volume
loudspeaker or a non-lethal weapon to disperse crowds at this
summer’s Olympic Games in London, the defence ministry said on
Friday.

The equipment, which can project a piercing sound over
hundreds of metres causing physical pain, has been used during
protests at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009 and against
pirates operating off the Somali coast.

May 9, 2012

Radical cleric Qatada loses European appeal bid

LONDON (Reuters) – A radical preacher accused of giving spiritual inspiration to one of the 9/11 hijackers lost a legal bid in the European courts on Wednesday to challenge Britain’s long-running attempts to deport him to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism charges.

The European Court of Human Rights rejected Abu Qatada’s request to refer his case to its most senior panel of appeal judges, the latest stage in a legal battle that has dogged British governments for a decade.

May 5, 2012

London win eases Cameron’s UK vote setback

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson dodged a humiliating
nationwide defeat for Prime Minister David Cameron by winning
London in local elections that saw voters angry at Britain’s
economic woes flock to opposition Labour and a right-wing
anti-European fringe party.

Maverick mayor Johnson’s silver-lining win in London was the
only good news for Cameron whom local media said had been given
a bloody nose by voters upset at spending cuts and Britain’s
return to recession.

Apr 30, 2012

UK military defends rooftop missile plans

LONDON (Reuters) – British military chiefs defended plans on Monday to put missile batteries on top of apartment blocks to help protect London from a 9/11-style attack during this summer’s Olympic Games, after appalled residents said it could make them a target.

With 88 days to go before the Games start, soldiers will start testing missile defenses this week at six sites around the Olympic park as part of a training exercise in the run-up to Britain’s biggest peacetime security operation.

Apr 30, 2012

Olympics-UK military defends rooftop missile plans

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – British military chiefs
defended plans on Monday to put missile batteries on top of
apartment blocks to help protect London from a 9/11-style attack
during this summer’s Olympic Games, after appalled residents
said it could make them a target.

With 88 days to go before the Games start, soldiers will
start testing missile defences this week at six sites around the
Olympic park as part of a training exercise in the run-up to
Britain’s biggest peacetime security operation.

Apr 27, 2012

Armed police arrest man at London siege

LONDON (Reuters) – Armed police arrested a man at the scene of a siege in central London on Friday after reports that a suspect had taken several office workers hostage and threatened to blow himself up.

Police had surrounded an office block and evacuated hundreds of people from one of the capital’s busiest roads after a man began throwing office equipment out of a fifth floor window.

Apr 27, 2012

Armed police seal off street in London siege

LONDON (Reuters) – Armed police surrounded a building in central London and evacuated part of one of the busiest roads in the capital on Friday after reports that a man threatening to blow himself up had taken several office workers hostage.

Police said they had sent a hostage negotiator to the office block and imposed a 300 metre cordon around the building after the man threw computer equipment from a fifth floor window.