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May 27, 2008 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
Abu Qatada has been convicted in Jordan, indicted in Spain, arrested in Britain and accused of being Al Qaeda's top ideologue in Europe. Western investigators call him the godfather of "Londonistan," a nickname for the multiethnic extremist community that flourished here in the late 1990s. The cleric's sermons allegedly influenced Abu Musab Zarqawi, who led Al Qaeda in Iraq until his death in 2006; the train bombers who hit Madrid in 2004; and the hijackers who struck the United States on Sept.
May 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Irish Republican Army veteran was charged in connection with the execution of an undercover British soldier 31 years ago. Kevin Crilly, 57, had been living under an alias. Northern Ireland's police said Crilly was charged with the abduction and false imprisonment of Capt. Robert Nairac, a British intelligence officer who posed as a Belfast IRA member. Six other IRA members have served prison sentences for their part in the 1977 crime.
February 20, 1988 | United Press International
Former double agent Kim Philby appeared on national Soviet television Thursday for the first time since his defection to the Soviet Union in 1963. Philby, 75, was interviewed for 10 minutes on a program dedicated to British author Graham Greene, Philby's lifelong friend and one-time subordinate in British intelligence. Philby, appearing healthy and speaking in English, answered questions from Soviet commentator Genrik Borovik, a fluent English speaker. The interview was dubbed in Russian.
December 12, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists know that the best way to make a vodka martini is to mix the ingredients with a thin wooden spoon -- it combines the ingredients effectively without raising the drink's temperature the way a metal stirrer would. So why would James Bond, the world's most sophisticated martini drinker, routinely order his cocktail “shaken, not stirred”? A trio of British medical researchers believe they have the answer: The heavy-drinking 007 most likely suffered from an alcohol-induced tremor that forced him to shake his martinis.
March 4, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
China in the last year has developed ways to infiltrate and manipulate computer networks around the world in what U.S. defense officials conclude is a new and potentially dangerous military capability, according to a Pentagon report issued Monday. Computer network intrusions at the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies, think tanks and government contractors last year "appeared to originate" in China, according to the report.
November 11, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Han Suyin defiantly straddled two worlds decades before multiculturalism became fashionable. "We must carry ourselves with colossal assurance and say, 'Look at us, the Eurasians!' " the half-Chinese, half-Belgian physician and author whose career swept across continents and historic upheavals wrote in "A Many-Splendored Thing," the 1952 novel that made her an international celebrity. Her strongly autobiographical bestseller about war, cultural identity and love between a half-Chinese physician and a British journalist in Hong Kong spawned the blockbuster 1955 Jennifer Jones-William Holden movie "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.
July 7, 1995
Sir Edgar Williams, 82, adviser to Rhodes scholars at Oxford University for nearly three decades. Williams, who served as warden of Rhodes House from 1952 to 1980, had now-President Bill Clinton among his charges in 1968 and 1969. During World War II he served on the British intelligence staff in Cairo and so impressed Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery that the leader named Williams his chief of intelligence.
May 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The author of a disputed British intelligence dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that laid out the case for war was chosen to head Britain's MI6 spy agency. Opposition politicians said John Scarlett should not have been appointed while a government inquiry is probing why Iraq did not have the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs cited as a cause for war. British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the appointment, saying Scarlett was chosen on merit.
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