As a sort of counter-balance to Washington's preference to kick the can down the road, British Prime Minister David Cameron is tackling head-on a huge issue for Europe: He has pledged a referendum on British membership of the European Union. John Burns has been following the story from Britain for our partner The New York Times.
Ecuador's government says it will grant political asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Assange has been inside Ecuador's embassy in London since June. He's been seeking asylum in Ecuador in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes. Yesterday, Ecuador's foreign minister said the UK had threatened to enter the embassy to arrest Assange.
With only 11 days until the Olympic Games opens in London, thousands of athletes and officials are pouring into the British capital. But there are some serious concerns about security preparations for the Games.
British lawmakers who investigated phone hacking at the British newspaper News of the World have issued a damning report which concludes that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to run a major international company. Joining us is John Burns, London bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, and Paul McMullan, Former Features Editor at News of the World
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, ruled today that Britain can legally deport five suspects wanted in the United States on charges of terrorism. The ruling came despite an argument from European attorneys that prison conditions in the U.S. are inhumane for terror suspects and convicts. John Burns is the London bureau chief for The New York Times.
James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, has stepped down as executive chairman of News International, the British arm of News Corporation. Murdoch and his role at News International have come under scrutiny amid Britain's expanding phone hacking scandal at Murdoch-owned newspapers such as the now-defunct News of the World.
A inquiry by the British Parliament into the hacking scandal and bribery that lead News Corporation to close the News of the World tabloid resumes today in London. Four present and former employees of News International, News Corporation's British newspaper subsidiary, are testifying over what News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son James, who runs the conglomerate's European and Asian operations, knew about phone hacking and other illegal activities at News of the World. Will today's revelations conflict with the Murdochs' testimony to Parliament in July? John Burns, London bureau chief for The New York Times, is listening to the hearings.
The situation in Libya is rapidly changing. We're hearing for the first time since the raid on Tripoli from the man who runs NATO — Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He's been speaking to our partner the BBC. And at the same the British Defense Secretary, Liam Fox, has been weighing in about the help being given to NATO. Not clear at this stage the two are singing from the same hymn sheet. We speak with John Burns, from our partner The New York Times and Rana Jawad, correspondent from our partner the BBC.
New York Times reporter John Burns discusses the parallels between Moammar Gadhafi and Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein, and what their similarities mean for the future of Libya.
John Burns, London bureau chief for The New York Times, joins us live from London to discuss the situation in Libya. Burns recently spent several weeks in the hotel in Tripoli that is currently housing Western journalists. He speaks on the dangers facing foreign correspondents in the city, the hopeful and relieved mood of Libyans and both the nation's and Gadhafi's futures as the threat of the ICC looms over his head.
Looting and arson has spread across London for a third successive night, as rioters took to the streets of more deprived boroughs from Hackney in the East to Ealing in the West. While much of the British capital remains quiet, including the major financial and government districts, police and fire crews have struggle to contain the violence where it has occurred. Over 450 people have been arrested, and more than 6,000 police were deployed across London on Monday night.
"You don't make decisions in hindsight, you make them in the present," British Prime Minister David Cameron told an unruly special session of Parliament this morning. "You live and you learn, and believe you me, I have learnt."
The day after News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch, arguably one of the most powerful men in Britain, defended himself and his company over charges of hacking and bribery at his newspapers, Britain's leader faced Parliament to defend his ties to the Murdoch organization.
News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son James are now appearing before the British Parliament, to answer questions over the phone hacking scandal that has enveloped the media conglomerate for nearly two weeks. Later, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.'s British newspaper operations who was editor of News of the World at the time the alleged hacking and police bribing occurred, will testify. John Burns, London bureau chief of The New York Times, has the latest from the hearings.
Three of Britain's most powerful media executives are facing questions this morning over the phone hacking scandal that has already resulted in the shuttering of a newspaper and a spate of high profile arrests and resignations. News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son James are testifying before Parliament, along with Rebekah Brooks, who headed their British newspaper operations before resigning last week. Brooks was arrested, questioned by police, and released without charges on Sunday.
The fallout from the News of the World hacking scandal seems far from contained this morning, as U.S. lawmakers call for an investigation into whether any American laws were broken during the alleged hacking practices at News Corporation's British newspaper subsidiary News International. Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer, Jay Rockefeller, and Frank Lautenberg, called for the FBI to investigate the day after News Corporation announced it was pulling out its $12 billion bid to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting, a British pay-for-TV outlet.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James — also a News Corporation executive — are refusing to appear before the British Parliament's Commons Culture Select Committee to respond to allegations of illegal practices at their News International newspaper publishing group. Both Murdochs are American citizens, and therefore cannot be compelled to testify before Parliament. Rebekah Brooks, the embattled News International executive, who is a British subject, has agreed to appear, though she is not expected to be cooperative. Meanwhile, Neil Wallis, another former News of the World editor, has been arrested by Scotland Yard.
NATO unleashed its most punishing attacks yet on Tripoli yesterday, in Libya, with 60 air strikes all around the capital. John Burns, London bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, speaks with us from Tripoli.
Airstrikes aimed at Col. Moammar Gadhafi's residence sent shocks through Tripoli, Libya. The heavy bombing was the latest in several rounds of strikes over the past two days. London bureau chief for The New York Times, John Burns is in Libya's capital. He says the latest bombing is a "change in the pattern" and shocks were felt in his hotel.
NATO planes attacked Libya's capital, Tripoli, early Tuesday striking at least 15 targets, in the area near Moammar Gadhafi's command compound. NATO says they were aimed at a government vehicle storage facility adjacent to the Gadhafi compound. Many of the buildings were empty, reports John Burns, who is in Tripoli for The New York Times. Burns says that NATO commanders and the leaders of Britain, France and the United States "are seriously worried about a stalemate that has settled over this conflict, we are now deeply committed and we need some kind of game changer... and these attacks certainly felt like a potential game changer."
There are rumors that Libya's oil minister may have fled to neighboring Tunisia over the weekend, and sources in Libya say rebel fighters - aided by NATO airstrikes, which destroyed eight artillery vehicles - killed more than a dozen of Colonel Gadhafi's forces Wednesday. But it is unclear how and in what form U.S. involvement in the mission will continue. The New York Times' John Burns reports from Tripoli on the latest. In the United States, Friday, it will have been 60 days since President Obama told Congress about the campaign in Libya. According to the War Powers Act, he has until then to secure congressional support for the war.