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UK to tackle social problems after riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs to tackle deep-seated social problems following riots and looting in English cities this week, the center-right government said on Saturday, and a U.S. street crime expert it has brought in said arrests alone would not solve the problem. “There are communities that have just been…

Ex-NYC police chief to advise UK on curbing violence

NEW YORK — British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked former New York police commissioner Bill Bratton to act as a consultant to British police on how to curb street violence, US media reported Friday. Bratton told NBC and ABC News that he had received a call from Cameron early…

British PM suggests quelling riots by disconnecting social media

In a move that calls to mind the start of the most serious unrest in nations across the Middle East over the last year, David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, told Parliament Thursday that authorities may shut down social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, in hopes that it would return…

London quiet as other British cities still plague by riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Youths fought running battles with police in English cities and towns overnight but London, where thousands of extra police were deployed, was largely peaceful after three turbulent nights in which youths rampaged in parts of the capital virtually unchecked. Manchester and Liverpool in the northwest and Birmingham…

British PM recalls Parliament after days of rioting

Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament and ordered thousands of extra police onto the streets after Britain’s worst rioting in decades left parts of London and other cities in flames. After cutting short his holiday in Italy to return for an emergency meeting on the riots, Cameron said his government…

Rights groups slam terms of British torture inquiry before withdrawing

British rights groups and lawyers withdrew Thursday from an inquiry into alleged secret service involvement in the torture of terror suspects, criticising its lack of “credibility or transparency.” Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and legal charity Reprieve were among 10 groups that said they would not submit any more evidence…

Britain to pay compensation to Guantanamo detainees

A British minister will address parliament Tuesday following media reports that the government is to pay millions of pounds in compensation to former Guantanamo Bay detainees. The Cabinet Office, which handles government business, said in a statement that the government would update parliament about the case on Tuesday. The settlement…

UK Prime Minister announces torture inquiry

LONDON — The government unveiled details Tuesday of a judicial inquiry into claims its security services were complicit in the torture of suspected violent extremists after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that the probe, to be led by retired judge Sir…

For some reason, I find this comforting

We’re not the only ones who have our priorities straight: [Opposition leader] David Cameron has revealed his much commented upon centre-parting at last week’s prime minister’s questions was the result of wearing a bike helmet. Mr Cameron, who normally parts his hair to one side, had a new look for…

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