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Dozen held in UK anti-terror swoop

Dozen held in UK anti-terror swoop

LONDON: British police on Monday arrested 12 men on suspicion of plotting an act of terrorism, in a major operation involving pre-dawn raids across the country.
The dozen, aged between 17 and 28, were detained “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK”, police said in a statement. “This is a large-scale, pre-planned and intelligence-led operation involving several forces,” said Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who

UK to aid citizens caught in terrorist attack

LONDON: The government will assist any British nationals affected by what it deems terrorist incidents abroad, reversing an earlier decision to only help those who had travel insurance, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Assistance measures include medical evacuation, payment of immediate medical expenses and repatriation.
“Acts of terrorism are singularly heinous crimes, usually targeting innocent people at random. It is right that all British victims of terrorist

Prosecutors to appeal UK bail for Assange

LONDON: Prosecutors said on Tuesday they would appeal against a British judge’s decision to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been arrested in Britain on Swedish allegations of sex crimes. Prosecution lawyer Gemma Lindfield announced the decision at a court hearing, without giving reasons.
Judge Howard Riddle, who had earlier granted Assange bail under stringent conditions, said Assange must remain in custody until the appeal was heard within 48 hours.

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Higgins wins UK title in thriller

LONDON: John Higgins produced what he said was his “finest hour” in snooker as he marked his return to top-flight competition by staging a remarkable rally to beat Mark Williams 10-9 in the UK Championship final in Telford, central England, on Sunday. Higgins had been five frames down and was on the brink of defeat at 9-5 behind, with Welsh left-hander Williams needing just one more frame.
The UK Championship winner in 1998 and 2000, Higgins was playing in his first major

UK police search house in Stockholm blasts probe

LONDON: British police were searching a house in southern England as part of an investigation into bombings in a busy shopping district of the Swedish capital on Saturday.
Police said on Monday they had begun examining a terraced house in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, on Sunday night under the terrorism act.
“No arrests have been made and no hazardous materials found,” police said in a statement. The property has been cordoned off. Britain’s interior ministry said it

University fees plan row damages UK coalition partner

LONDON: The popularity of Nick Clegg, leader of Britain’s coalition government’s junior partner, has plummeted and supporters are deserting his party over plans to raise university tuition fees, said a poll published on Sunday.
Parliament voted on Thursday in favour of plans to allow English universities to almost treble current fees, a policy that has divided Clegg’s Liberal Democrat party and led to violent protests in London.
Before May’s election Clegg and all his

Musharraf, Aziz forced me not to resist UK petroleum deal: ex-minister

ISLAMABAD: Usman Aminuddin, former petroleum minister, has revealed that ex-president Pervez Musharraf and ex-premier Shaukat Aziz had forced him not to resist British Petroleum deal for buying Occidental Petroleum’s shares in Badin field.
While commenting on the petition filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan by Jamaat-e-Islami former chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed, he said Occidental Petroleum’s shares in Badin Gas Field were being sold at a throwaway price in 2002. However, he did

Strict UK visa policy global, not Pakistan-specific: UK HC

ISLAMABAD: The restriction on migration from non-European states to United Kingdom was global and not Pakistan-specific, UK High Commissioner Adam Thomson said in a press conference on Wednesday.
“The UK’s coalition government seeks to tighten migration taking place from all non-European Union states,” he said. Steps were recently taken by the UK government to reduce the number of people migrating for work or residence to create more job opportunities for British citizens,

Ban Fazl’s entry in UK: Burney

KARACHI: Former federal minister Ansar Burney on Tuesday requested the British government ‘not to allow’ JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman from entering the UK, due to his ‘extremist political background’ and known links with the Taliban.
In a letter to British officials, Burney said the ‘extremist’ leader would spread hatred and promote terrorism in the UK if granted entry.
Fazl told reporters in Lahore he was shocked to hear about Burney’s allegations as he always thought of him

UK immigration ‘unacceptably high’, must be cut: PM

LONDON: Immigration to Britain is “unacceptably high” and must be brought down, but this can be done while ensuring businesses can import talent, Prime Minister David Cameron said in remarks aired on Sunday.
He spoke a few days after the state Migration Advisory Committee, charged with setting limits for skilled migrants, said the number of skilled workers from outside the European Union allowed into Britain should be cut by up to a quarter.
“Over recent years we’ve had net

JI demands govt stance against Qazi’s UK visa cancellation

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has called upon the federal government to protest against the cancellation of British visa to former Jamaat chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed and other (Jamaat) leaders of the country.
In a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi, he said that Qazi Hussain Ahmed had to visit Britain on the invitation of the UK Islamic Mission to attend various events. The British High Commission in Islamabad had issued a

UK trade offensive yields Rolls-Royce deal

BEIJING: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to double trade with China by 2015 received a boost on Tuesday when engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce won a $1.2-billion order from China Eastern Airlines.
Cameron, making his first visit to China since taking office in May, has aimed for annual trade of more than $100 billion with the world’s second-largest economy within five years.
The prime minister told British reporters he would bring up human rights issues with

Govt warns UK to refrain from mistreating Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Expressing concern over the reported targeting of Pakistanis in the UK by immigration authorities, Pakistan on Thursday warned the British government that ill treatment of its citizens would have an impact on bilateral ties.
The warning was conveyed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to British High Commissioner Adam Thomson, who was summoned to the Foreign Office in the wake of media reports that Pakistanis living in the UK were being targeted by the UK

Woman jailed for stabbing UK politician over Iraq

LONDON: A female student, thought to have been converted to violence by a radical preacher being hunted in Yemen, was jailed for life on Wednesday for trying to murder a British politician in revenge for him voting for the Iraq war.
Roshonara Choudhry, 21, knifed former Treasury Minister Stephen Timms twice in the stomach during an advice surgery at an east London community centre in May.
A security source told Reuters on Tuesday the student had been radicalised by

Pakistan, UK renew MoU on deportations

ISLAMABAD
Pakistan and the United Kingdom on Tuesday renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) allowing the deportation of illegal immigrants from the two countries back to their respective homelands.
The renewed MoU will cover illegal immigrants only and it is no way an extradition treaty or understanding to exchange criminals, Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik said at a joint press conference with British Home Secretary Theresa May, who is also incharge of

UK asks Pakistan to boost anti-terror effort

ISLAMABAD
The UK on Monday asked Pakistan to increase its counter-terrorism efforts, assuring Islamabad of all-out support for the success of its efforts in this regard.
British Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality Theresa May, who arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a three-day visit, met President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
She had a detailed discussion with the Pakistani leadership on various aspects of terrorism, especially

‘UK to assist Punjab govt in health and education’

LAHORE
The British government will continue to extend cooperation with Punjab in the education and health sectors as well as supporting the province in its anti-terrorism initiatives, British Interior Minister Theresa Mary May said on Sunday.
May made these comments when she called on the Punjab CM here in the provincial metropolis. After meeting Shahbaz, the British interior minister, along with her team, attended a meeting of the Punjab Security Board at the Chief

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