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UK police face fresh probe over racist murder of Stephen Lawrence

Two decades after the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence shook Britain, the government on Thursday ordered a second major inquiry into the role of the police following "profoundly shocking" new revelations. The Macpherson inquiry in 1999 found the police investigation into Lawrence's murder six years earlier was seriously flawed and marred by "institutional racism", a finding viewed as a watershed moment in British race relations.

French police extend custody of man held in Alps murder probe

French police on Thursday extended the custody of a man arrested in a probe into the killing of a British-Iraqi family, though they have admitted he seems to have no link to the case. A source close to the probe said the detention of the ex-policeman had been extended by 48 hours as investigators pursue suspicions he was involved in arms trafficking. A second man arrested in connection with the case also remained in detention.

Two women arrested in Britain on terror grounds

British police arrested two women on Thursday on suspicion of terror offences, including one who was about to catch a flight to Istanbul, Scotland Yard said. Counter-terror police arrested the women aged 26 and 27 "on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism", London's police headquarters said. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman would not comment on whether the arrests were in connection with foreign fighters travelling to fight in Syria, across the border from Turkey.

Alps murder victim's brother facing no further police action

The brother of a British-Iraqi man mysteriously gunned down with his family in the French Alps in 2012 was released from bail Wednesday and told he faces no further police action. Zaid al-Hilli, who was arrested in June last year on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, had his bail cancelled because there was not enough evidence to charge him, Surrey Police said in a statement. "At this stage there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any criminal offence and no further police action is being taken at this time," it said.

Policeman admits lying over Britain's 'Plebgate' scandal

A British policeman admitted Friday that he falsely claimed to have witnessed a row over a bicycle that brought down a government minister. Police constable Keith Wallis, 53, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office by pretending he witnessed the brief argument between the then government chief whip Andrew Mitchell and an officer at the gates of Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street residence last September.

Policeman admits lying over Britain's 'Plebgate' scandal

A British policeman on Friday admitted he falsely claimed to have witnessed a row over a bicycle that brought down a government minister. Police constable Keith Wallis, 53, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office by pretending he witnessed the argument between former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell and an officer at the gates of Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street residence last September.

Judge: Colorado theatre shooting suspect's statements about bombs can be used against him

DENVER - Most of the statements defendant James Holmes made to investigators about explosives found in his apartment can be used against him, even though he was denied access to an attorney at the time of the interrogation, a judge ruled Thursday. What Holmes told the investigators hasn't been made public, but his statements could give prosecutors more evidence to argue he wasn't insane, as he claims, when the deadly shootings were planned and executed.

MI5 in the spotlight over British soldier killing

Britain's MI5 domestic security agency was put under the microscope Friday over what it knew about the two Islamic extremists who hacked a soldier to death in London. Michael Adebolajo, 29, and his accomplice Michael Adobowale, 22, were convicted on Thursday of the brutal slaying of soldier Lee Rigby outside his barracks in May. Adebolajo claimed MI5 repeatedly tried to recruit him as an informant after he was arrested in Kenya in 2010. He was reportedly trying to reach Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia.

Policeman charged, seven disciplined in Britain's 'plebgate' row

A British policeman was charged on Tuesday with lying and seven others face disciplinary proceedings over the so-called "plebgate" scandal which brought down a government minister. Former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell was involved in an altercation with police as he tried to push his bicycle through the gates at Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street residence.

Policeman charged, seven disciplined in Britain's 'plebgate' row

A British policeman was charged on Tuesday with lying and seven others face disciplinary proceedings over the so-called "plebgate" scandal which brought down a government minister. Former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell was involved in an altercation with police as he tried to push his bicycle through the gates at Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street residence.
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