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.
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.
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.
LONDON (Reuters) – The police released grainy photos on Monday of a man suspected of shooting a former Russian banker near London’s Canary Wharf financial district in a case that has raised fears that Russian gangland violence could be spreading to Britain.
Financier German Gorbuntsov, 45, was shot five times as he entered a block of flats where he lives near the River Thames in the east of the capital on March 20.
LONDON (Reuters) – Treasury Minister Danny Alexander will set out new rules on Monday to push ministries to tighten their grip on spending at a time of deep public cuts aimed at wiping out the country’s huge budget deficit within five years.
Under the new rules, government departments will be asked to identify 5 percent of their annual budget to cover unexpected costs – in a bid to discourage them from asking for more money from central government when emergencies arise.
LONDON (Reuters) – Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb is conscious and able to speak to his wife and family after waking from a coma caused by a combination of illnesses that nearly cost him his life, his doctors said on Sunday.
Paying tribute to his “iron will”, Gibb’s medical team said the singer had defied the odds to regain consciousness more than a week after he went into a coma.
LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch on Saturday mocked the UK government’s “mad” plans to lend more money to the International Monetary Fund and criticized its energy, education and tax policies after arriving in London ahead of his appearance at a media inquiry next week.
The 81-year-old News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) boss will appear before a senior judge in London’s High Court on Wednesday and Thursday as part of an inquiry ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron to investigate standards in the British press.
LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch on Saturday
mocked the UK government’s “mad” plans to lend more money to the
International Monetary Fund and criticised its energy, education
and tax policies after arriving in London ahead of his
appearance at a media inquiry next week.
The 81-year-old News Corp boss will appear before a
senior judge in London’s High Court on Wednesday and Thursday as
part of an inquiry ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron to
investigate standards in the British press. [ID: nL6E8FK9DW]
LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – Warm weather and fears of a
fuel shortage helped drive the biggest increase in British
retail sales in more than a year in March, raising chances that
recovering consumer spending may have helped the economy to
The unexpectedly strong figures will come as a relief for
policymakers as they try to boost fragile growth at a time of
sticky inflation, deep austerity measures and weak wage rises.
LONDON (Reuters) – British factory gate prices rose more than expected in March, while a feeble rebound in construction in February kept the threat of recession alive, highlighting the Bank of England’s dilemma over whether to spur the fragile economy any further.
Consumer price inflation data next Tuesday and BoE April policy meeting minutes a day later will give more clues about the chances of the bank extending its asset purchase programme when the current round, pumping 50 billion pounds ($80 billion) into the economy, ends in May.