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Jan 9, 2011

Cameron wants UK banks to pay smaller bonuses

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron said on Sunday he wanted banks to award smaller bonuses
and understood the public’s anger on the issue.
“On the general, I want to see the bonus pool smaller than
last year. On the specific Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is
owned by the government — they should not be leading the way on
bonuses they should be a backmarker,” he told BBC TV’s Andrew
Marr show.

Cameron was referring to a story in The Sunday Telegraph
newspaper which said that RBS’s chief executive Stephen Hester
would be awarded a bonus of 2.5 million pounds ($3.9 million).

Jan 7, 2011

UK warns aviation of possible al Qaeda attack

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has warned the aviation industry of a possible al Qaeda attack, security sources and the BBC said on Friday.

The BBC said it had obtained a letter from the Department of Transport addressed to the air transport sector which explained the reason for heightened threat.

Jan 7, 2011

Government warns aviation of possible al Qaeda attack

LONDON (Reuters) – The government has warned the aviation industry of a possible al Qaeda attack in a letter outlining the heightened risk, the BBC said on Friday.

A security source told Reuters that counter-terrorism advice to the transport sector had been updated to indicate a possible heightened threat of attack, based on monitoring of suspected terrorists, although there was no sign of an imminent assault.

Jan 6, 2011

Police probe sought in UK newspaper snooping case

LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition called on
Thursday for a police probe into Prime Minister David Cameron’s
communications chief, after the newspaper he once ran suspended
an editor accused of listening to a movie star’s phone messages.

Prime Minister David Cameron has so far stood behind his
communications chief Andy Coulson, who quit as boss of the News
of the World in 2007 when one of its reporters was jailed for
eavesdropping on phone messages of staff of the royal family.

Jan 6, 2011

Labour calls for new “hacking” probe at paper

LONDON (Reuters) – Police should investigate new accusations that a senior executive on the News of the World was involved in phone-hacking when the paper was edited by Andy Coulson, now David Cameron’s media chief, the Labour Party said on Thursday.

The paper suspended assistant editor Ian Edmondson on Wednesday after a “serious allegation” was made about his professional conduct.

Jan 5, 2011

Tabloid suspends reporter for Sienna Miller eavesdrop

LONDON (Reuters) – A British tabloid has suspended a reporter for eavesdropping on the voicemail messages of movie star Sienna Miller, media reports said on Wednesday.

Previous accusations that journalists working for the News of the World have illegally intercepted phone messages to get stories have embarrassed the government as the paper’s former editor is now Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief.

Jan 5, 2011

UK tabloid suspends journalist over “hacking”-reports

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – A British newspaper has suspended
one of its reporters for eavesdropping on the voicemail messages
of movie star Sienna Miller, media reports said on Wednesday.

Previous accusations that journalists working for the News
of the World have illegally intercepted phone messages to get
stories have embarrassed the government as the paper’s former
editor is now Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief.

Dec 15, 2010

Embalmed head of France’s King Henri IV found

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – A team of scientists say they have positively identified an embalmed head, presumed lost in the chaos of the French Revolution, as that of King Henri IV of France who was assassinated in 1610.

The head was apparently lost after revolutionaries desecrated the graves of French kings in the royal basilica of Saint-Denis near Paris in 1793.

Dec 5, 2010

Poor students to be given some university tuition free

LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of aspiring British university students from poorer backgrounds could have up to two years of their tuition fees paid for them under plans unveiled by the government on Sunday amidst criticism over spending cuts.

Universities Minister David Willetts said up to 20,000 students could get support for their fees from a new fund which should “absolutely” allay student concerns about fee rises.

Dec 5, 2010

Russian spy uncovered in British parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – A young Russian woman working for a British lawmaker is facing deportation after security services detained her on suspicion of espionage, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

The paper reported that Katia Zatuliveter, 25, secretly worked for the Russian intelligence as a “sleeper” agent.