July 17, 2011 |
The head of Scotland Yard resigned amid a phone-hacking scandal that has reached into the highest levels of public life in Britain, a shocking turn of events that came hours after the arrest of one of media baron Rupert Murdoch's most trusted deputies. Paul Stephenson on Sunday night said he was stepping down as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, as Scotland Yard is formally known, because of continued criticism and speculation over links between senior police officials and Murdoch's media empire.
July 16, 2011
Rupert Murdoch is an attractive target for politicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Allegations that investigators for his flagship London tabloid, the News of the World, hacked into telephones — including one belonging to a missing girl later found dead — are appalling. So are allegations that News of the World staffers paid the police for confidential information. But does the scandal have an American angle? Some members of Congress think so, and they succeeded in persuading the FBI to open a preliminary probe.
July 1, 2011 |
Hundreds of thousands of teachers, police workers, immigration officers and other government employees walked off the job Thursday across Britain in a mass strike that could augur a summer of industrial action over deep cuts in public spending. The picket lines went up to protest proposed changes to state-sponsored pension plans, which would require public-sector workers to increase their contributions, retire later and collect less than they do now. The government says overhauling the system is imperative in light of the country's huge budget deficit and Britons' longer lifespans.
June 22, 2011 |
A 19-year-old man was arrested in Britain on suspicion of taking part in Web attacks against businesses and government agencies, authorities said Tuesday. The man, who was not immediately identified by police, was arrested on suspicion of computer misuse and fraud in Wickford, in southeastern England, by British police in cooperation with the FBI, authorities said. A police statement indicated that the suspect was being questioned at a central London police station. The accusations against him include attempting to keep computer users from accessing information or services.
November 10, 2010 |
One of the bombs hidden last month in two U.S.-bound packages from Yemen was timed to explode over the East Coast of the United States, British authorities said Wednesday. Al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing claimed responsibility for sending two parcel bombs concealed in computer printer cartridges that were intercepted Oct. 29 at airports in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and East Midlands, England. Both package bombs were addressed to Jewish groups in Chicago, though officials have said they believe both devices were intended to detonate in flight.
July 4, 2008 |
British police appealed for witnesses to help solve the deaths of two French students who were stabbed dozens of times in the head and neck before being set on fire in their southeast London apartment. Laurent Bonomo was stabbed nearly 200 times, and Gabriel Ferez nearly 50 times, authorities said. Both were 23. Neither student had a criminal record. They were within weeks of returning home.
May 15, 2008 |
Amy Winehouse will not face charges over video footage that allegedly shows her taking drugs, her spokesman said Wednesday. British police questioned the Grammy-winning soul diva for nine hours last week over a January video that appears to show her smoking a pipe usually used for crack cocaine during a party at her north London home. Police began an investigation after photos from the footage were published in the Sun newspaper. Spokesman Chris Goodman said police had finished their investigation and confirmed no charges would be brought against the 24-year-old singer.