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Mar 5, 2011

UK to send advisers to Libya, troops if needed

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Saturday it was hoping to send a diplomatic taskforce to Libya soon to make contact with opposition leaders and had readied a battalion of troops to aid humanitarian and evacuation efforts if needed.

Government sources told Reuters a team of experts including foreign office officials would travel to Benghazi in the east of the country in due course to see what anti-Gaddafi forces required.

Mar 2, 2011

London’s mudlarks retrieve history from the Thames

LONDON (Reuters) – It’s seven in the morning and we kneel in black mud on the freezing banks of London’s River Thames in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, where a church has dominated the ancient city since the 7th century.

As the tide ebbs exposing the shore, Steve Brooker casually tosses a 17th century trader’s token he has found in the dirt into his bucket.

Mar 2, 2011

Karzai opens London show of rescued Afghan treasures

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Even in the chaos and violence of war there is hope. That is the message running through a new British Museum exhibition of Afghanistan’s ancient treasures thought lost, destroyed, or looted over the past 30 years.

The collection of 200 priceless artefacts spanning 4,000 years of history, from enameled Roman glass goblets, stunning solid gold headdresses and polished stone tableware from Egypt, were saved by a handful of Afghan officials who risked their lives hiding them.

Feb 25, 2011

Exhibitions: Unseen Victorian art shines light on style-rich era

LONDON (Reuters) – The Victorian era has long been associated with prudishness, repression and abject poverty for those unfortunate souls stuck at the bottom of the economic rung.

But it was also a period of tumultuous social and political change where imperial expansion led to greater prosperity and an explosion of intellectual, scientific, literary and artistic curiosity.

Feb 25, 2011

EXHIBITIONS: Unseen Victorian art shines light on style-rich era

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – The Victorian era has long been associated with prudishness, repression and abject poverty for those unfortunate souls stuck at the bottom of the economic rung.

But it was also a period of tumultuous social and political change where imperial expansion led to greater prosperity and an explosion of intellectual, scientific, literary and artistic curiosity.

Feb 25, 2011

Unseen Victorian art shines light on style-rich era

LONDON (Reuters) – The Victorian era has long been associated with prudishness, repression and abject poverty for those unfortunate souls stuck at the bottom of the economic rung.

But it was also a period of tumultuous social and political change where imperial expansion led to greater prosperity and an explosion of intellectual, scientific, literary and artistic curiosity.

Feb 21, 2011

MI5 had no inkling of 7/7 attacks, top spy says

LONDON (Reuters) – A top MI5 officer said on Monday the security services could not have stopped the 2005 suicide attacks on London’s transport system and that to suggest the agency failed to act properly was “nonsensical and offensive.”

“Witness G,” who is chief of staff to MI5 director general Jonathan Evans, gave evidence anonymously to the inquests into the July 7 bombings.

Feb 18, 2011

Court blocks prisoners’ voting compensation bids

LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of prisoners trying to win compensation after being barred from voting in last year’s general election had their claims blocked by the High Court on Friday as a rights row with Europe rumbles on.

Claims have been made by 585 prisoners across the country with another 1,000 potential cases likely to be heard.

Feb 15, 2011

Mosque beatings of children probed after arrest

LONDON (Reuters) – The government said on Tuesday it was very concerned by documentary evidence apparently showing children as young as six being physically assaulted in a mosque while studying the Koran, and would investigate further.

Police have arrested a man in connection with alleged beatings that took place at the mosque in Keighley, West Yorkshire after secret footage shot for a Channel 4 “Dispatches” programme was posted on the internet.

Feb 8, 2011

UK ups bank tax as crunch looms for lending deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain slapped an extra 800 million pound ($1.3 billion) tax on banks for this year in what looks like a nasty surprise for the industry as talks on bonuses and business lending come to a head.

Finance minister George Osborne said he hoped the move would hurry along a deal under the government’s Project Merlin, which is designed to encourage banks to lend more and rein in bonuses for top bankers.