LONDON (Reuters) – The “Jihadi John” masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton from a prosperous family who grew up in London and graduated with a computer programming degree, according to the Washington Post.
In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have decapitated hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – A mentally ill Briton pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with notorious London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999.
Haroon Aswat, 40, was arraigned in federal court in New York on four counts, including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, after his extradition from Britain earlier in the day.
LONDON (Reuters) – Muslim groups across Britain united on Saturday to join Prime Minister David Cameron in condemning the beheading of aid worker Alan Henning by Islamic State insurgents.
Prayers for the 47-year-old taxi driver were said in mosques throughout Britain at the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival, as his family said they were numb with grief.
LONDON (Reuters) – Muslim groups across Britain united on Saturday to join Prime Minister David Cameron in condemning the beheading of aid worker Alan Henning by Islamic State insurgents, with one leading cleric calling it a “despicable and offensive act”.
Prayers for the 47-year-old taxi driver from Salford in northern England were said in mosques throughout the country at the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival.
LONDON (Reuters) – Supporters of Scottish independence have taken their first opinion poll lead since the referendum campaign began, which indicates a real possibility that they might win, according to a YouGov survey for the Sunday Times newspaper.
With less than two weeks to go before the Sept. 18 vote, the poll puts the “Yes” to independence campaign on 51 percent against the unionists on 49 percent, overturning a 22-point lead for the unionist campaign in just a month, the Sunday Times said.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sent a message to the Church of Scotland on Saturday, recognising the role it can play in helping to heal divisions opened up by the increasingly bitter debate over Scottish independence.
LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Bank of England Governor Mark
Carney gave his strongest warning to date about the risks of a
housing bubble and said the BoE was looking at new measures to
control mortgage lending amid a shortage of home building.
The British housing market has “deep, deep” structural
problems, chief among them insufficient construction of new
homes, Carney said in an interview with Sky News television
broadcast on Sunday.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s wealthiest people are richer than they have ever been, with a combined fortune of 518.9 billion pounds ($874 billion) – equivalent to a third of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to an annual study.
The Sunday Times Rich List for 2014 shows that the 1,000 richest men and women have surged to new heights, with their combined wealth rising by 15.4 percent on last year’s total of 449.6 billion pounds.
LONDON (Reuters) – The United States, Britain and Libya on Saturday pledged their full support for efforts by their investigators to bring those behind the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing to justice.
In a joint statement on the 25th anniversary of the downing of Pan Am flight 103 in which 270 people were killed, the three governments said were determined to unearth the truth behind the deadliest such attack in Britain.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s BT has beaten BSkyB to win the right to show Champions League soccer from 2015, in the biggest blow to Rupert Murdoch’s dominant pay-TV operator since it started broadcasting more than 20 years ago.
BT, the 168-year-old former state telecoms monopoly, said it would pay 299 million pounds ($478 million) a season to add the glamour ties of Barcelona versus Manchester United and Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich to the English Premier League matches it already shows.