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Jun 29, 2011

UK accuses Iran of testing nuclear-capable missiles

LONDON/TEHRAN (Reuters) – Britain accused Iran on Wednesday of carrying out covert tests of a missile that could carry a nuclear warhead, in violation of a U.N. resolution, an accusation which Tehran immediately denied.

“Iran has … been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in contravention of U.N. resolution 1929,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament.

Jun 24, 2011

Milly Dowler killer jailed as case referred for contempt

By Stefano Ambrogi

(Reuters) – The case of serial killer Levi Bellfield, jailed for murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler, has been referred to the Attorney General after the jury deliberating over whether he also tried to snatch another young girl had to be dismissed because of adverse media publicity.

The former nightclub doorman and wheelclamper was convicted at the Old Bailey of killing the 13-year-old after she walked past his home in Walton on Thames, Surrey, in March 2002.

Jun 17, 2011

Government bars UPS cargo screening at some airports

LONDON (Reuters) – The government has restricted the number of sites at which United Parcel Service can screen air cargo at some airports until the courier company improves its security procedures, it said Friday.

The transport ministry said the restrictions were not based on any immediate or specific terrorism threat and stressed it was not stopping the firm moving cargo through airports.

Jun 17, 2011

UK bars UPS cargo screening at some airports

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – Britain has restricted the
number of sites at which United Parcel Service can
screen air cargo at some airports until the courier company
improves its security procedures, the government said on Friday.

The transport ministry said the restrictions were not based
on any immediate or specific terrorism threat and stressed it
was not stopping the firm moving cargo through airports.

Jun 15, 2011

Britain to face mass public sector strikes

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest civil service union said on Wednesday its members would join teachers and stage industrial action later this month, meaning some 750,000 public sector workers will strike over the government’s pension reforms.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, also warned that unless the government changed its plans for public sector pensions, millions of workers could take action later this year.

Jun 14, 2011

UK juror on contempt charge over Facebook contact

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) – A juror accused of contacting a defendant through social networking site Facebook is being prosecuted for contempt in a London court, in what is being seen as a British legal first.

A judge told Joanne Fraill she faces jail for exchanging messages on the site with the female defendant, Jamie Sewart, causing a multi-million pound drugs trial to collapse last year.

Jun 13, 2011

Activists slam Syria “Gay Girl” blog hoax

LONDON (Reuters) – Gay and political activists reacted angrily Monday after discovering a blog purportedly written by a gay woman detained by Syrian authorities was the work of an American university student living in Scotland.

Campaigners said the man had harmed their cause and potentially endangered lives.

Jun 8, 2011

UK security revamp aims to uproot Islamist threat

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain set out a new strategy to tackle home-grown Islamist militancy on Tuesday after condemning the previous counter-terrorism programme as an expensive failure.

The revamped version of Prevent will disburse less money to Muslim groups, scrutinise the values such recipients espouse, and focus more closely on potential forums for radicalisation like prisons, universities and the Internet.

Jun 6, 2011

Troops to stay in Abyei for now: Sudan minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti said on Monday the army would stay in Abyei, a disputed region in the north-south division of the country next month, until it was stable enough to leave.

Speaking on his first visit to London as foreign minister, he denied reports of atrocities by northern government forces and accused international peacekeepers of losing control of the area.

May 25, 2011

Britain: An amateur treasure seeker’s paradise

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is bursting with ancient buried treasure and the masses have been bitten by the bug for digging it up — ironically with the full approval of the government and leading museums.

Latest figures released by the British Museum on Wednesday showed a “massive” jump in the number of antiquities and spectacular objects classed as treasure being found by ordinary citizens with a passion for history.