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Sep 9, 2011

Government turns to parents to help mend failing schools

LONDON (Reuters) – The beginning of the school year in Britain has seen the controversial introduction of “free schools” set up by parents, volunteers and charities.

Backers hope the new schools — funded by the taxpayer but free to set their own curriculum and schedules — will raise the failing standards of Britain’s state education system, seen as one of the key factors behind the riots which rocked London, Manchester and other English cities last month.

Sep 7, 2011

Call for top tax cut divides UK govt

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Liberal Democrats, junior partners in the governing coalition, will oppose a cut in the top income tax rate until allowances for the lowest paid are raised further, a party source said on Wednesday.

A group of high profile economists on Wednesday urged Conservative finance minister George Osborne to ditch the top 50 percent tax rate “at the earliest opportunity” to boost growth.

Sep 7, 2011

LibDems oppose top tax cut

LONDON (Reuters) – The Liberal Democrats will oppose a cut in the 50 percent top rate of income tax until allowances for the lowest paid had been raised further, a party source said on Wednesday.

A group of high profile economists on Wednesday urged Conservative Chancellor George Osborne to ditch the top tax rate “at the earliest opportunity” to boost growth.

Sep 6, 2011

Britain to consider televising English courts

LONDON (Reuters) – Criminal court proceedings in England could be televised for the first time to improve public confidence in the justice system, a senior minister said on Tuesday.

The move comes after criticism that some courts had handed out excessive sentences to many of those found guilty of taking part in a wave of rioting across the country last month.

Aug 26, 2011

Murdoch tabloid private eye delivers hacking names

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A private detective jailed for
illegally intercepting voicemail messages on behalf of a
journalist at one of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids on Friday
gave lawyers the names of the people he says ordered him to
carry out the phone hacking.

Glen Mulcaire’s lawyer, Sarah Webb, said no details would be
released before legal moves by her next week to prevent their
publication while a police probe continues into allegations of
phone hacking by the now closed News of the World newspaper.

Aug 25, 2011

Speed critical in hunt for Gaddafi

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s pursuers must act fast to stop the trail going cold or risk prolonging Libya’s war by months, if not years, analysts say.

Hunting anyone in a sparsely-populated desert country three times the size of France is a daunting task, let alone a well-connected former head of state with access to gold and guns.

Aug 25, 2011

Analysis: Speed critical in hunt for Gaddafi

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s pursuers must act fast to stop the trail going cold or risk prolonging Libya’s war by months, if not years, analysts say.

Hunting anyone in a sparsely-populated desert country three times the size of France is a daunting task, let alone a well-connected former head of state with access to gold and guns.

Aug 11, 2011

“Chaos reigns” as courts struggle to process UK rioters

LONDON (Reuters) – Courts around Britain were struggling on Thursday to cope with a huge influx of people arrested during this week’s riots, including a millionaire’s daughter, a charity worker and a woman who handed herself in after suffering pangs of guilt.

At Westminster magistrates’ court, police vans queued round the block and spectators jostled for places as a seemingly endless procession of defendants trooped through the dock.

Jul 29, 2011

MPs likely to recall James Murdoch on hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – MPs said on Friday it was likely News Corp’s James Murdoch would be recalled to clarify details about evidence on phone hacking he gave to a parliamentary committee, following claims his testimony was “mistaken.”

Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee has said it would be writing to Murdoch asking him for more details about evidence he gave earlier this month about phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World tabloid that has shaken his father Rupert’s media empire.

Jul 29, 2011

UK lawmakers likely to recall James Murdoch on hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers said on Friday it was likely News Corp’s James Murdoch would be recalled to clarify details about evidence on phone hacking he gave to a parliamentary committee, following claims his testimony was “mistaken.”

Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport (CMS)Committee has said it would be writing to Murdoch asking him for more details about evidence he gave earlier this month about phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World tabloid that has shaken his father Rupert’s media empire.