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Apr 30, 2012

Missiles put on London rooftop to guard Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s military has told residents of an upscale apartment development near the Olympic Park in east London it is installing a missile battery on top of a tower within their housing complex to defend the 2012 Games this summer.

The site is one of a number around the capital the army is considering as bases for surface-to-air missiles to protect the London games from an aerial attack, the Ministry of Defence said.

Apr 29, 2012

Lakshmi Mittal retains crown as Britain’s richest man

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s wealthiest people saw their fortunes rise to record levels last year, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List, at a time when most Britons’ earnings and savings were squeezed by inflation and low interest rates.

Lakshmi Mittal retained his crown as Britain’s richest man despite losing almost a quarter of his wealth over the past year following a fall in the share value of his ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker.

Apr 29, 2012

UK puts missiles on London rooftop to guard Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s military has told residents of an upscale apartment development near the Olympic Park in east London it is installing a missile battery on top of a tower within their housing complex to defend the 2012 Games this summer.

The site is one of a number around the capital the army is considering as bases for surface-to-air missiles to protect the London games from an aerial attack, the Ministry of Defence said.

Apr 28, 2012

Britain’s richest see fortunes rise to record high

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s wealthiest people saw
their fortunes rise to record levels last year, according to the
annual Sunday Times Rich List, at a time when most Britons’
earnings and savings were squeezed by inflation and low interest
rates.

The combined wealth of Britain’s 1,000 richest people
swelled by almost five percent to more than 414 billion pounds
($670 billion), the highest recorded by the 24-year-old survey,
the Sunday Times newspaper said in an advance release on
Saturday.

Apr 28, 2012

UK PM pressed to investigate ally over Murdoch bid

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron
faced growing pressure on Saturday to launch a probe into the
conduct of a minister criticised over his handling of a Rupert
Murdoch television takeover bid, after a judge conducting a
parallel inquiry refused to intervene.

Cameron, enduring the worst crisis of his two years in power
as the economy stagnates, has given his full backing to culture
minister Jeremy Hunt, who was responsible for vetting media
baron Murdoch’s bid to take control of Britain’s biggest
satellite TV firm BSkyB.

Apr 26, 2012

UK fuel drivers urged to reject deal to avert strike

LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) – British fuel tanker drivers
were urged by union leaders on Thursday to reject a deal with
employers to avert a strike, bringing closer the prospect of
industrial action that could seriously threaten supplies.

The Unite union said it would ballot more than 2,000 drivers
over proposals to resolve a dispute with six fuel delivery firms
that has rattled the coalition government and led to motorists
panic-buying petrol last month.

Apr 25, 2012
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Amnesty says veil bans rob European Muslim women of jobs, education

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(A women, wearing a niqab despite a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil, gives a phone call outside the courts in Meaux, east of Paris, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Bans on full-face veils in France and Belgium and a failure by other European countries to stop employers from enforcing informal dress codes means Muslim women are being denied jobs and education, Amnesty International has said.

Apr 24, 2012

Amnesty says veil bans rob Muslims of jobs, education

LONDON (Reuters) – Bans on full-face veils in France and Belgium and a failure by other European countries to stop employers from enforcing informal dress codes means Muslim women are being denied jobs and education, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

In a wide-ranging report highlighting examples of discrimination against Muslims across Europe, Amnesty said governments were pandering to prejudices by stopping Muslim women from wearing full-face veils and urged France and Belgium to repeal their own bans on such veils.

Apr 19, 2012

Cleric’s deportation row leaves country red-faced

LONDON (Reuters) – A last-minute legal decision that delayed the deportation of a terrorism suspect from Britain to Jordan sparked incredulity and outrage on Thursday from politicians and media angry at the coalition government’s handling of the high profile affair.

“What a fiasco”! said the Daily Mail, berating interior minister Theresa May for attending a showbiz agent’s birthday celebrations apparently unaware that Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was at the same time lodging an appeal with a European court.

Apr 18, 2012

Qatada lodges midnight bid to stay in Britain

STRASBOURG/LONDON (Reuters) – A Jordanian cleric once described as Osama bin Laden’s “right-hand man in Europe” has lodged a last-minute appeal against his deportation from Britain, a European court source said on Wednesday, potentially thwarting British hopes of a swift eviction.

Britain dismissed the move by radical preacher Abu Qatada as a delaying tactic, saying it would oppose the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, in the latest chapter in a long-running saga over his deportation which has embarrassed London.