Associated Press in London

BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to multiple assaults on young girls. Prosecutors said on Thursday that the 83-year-old sports broadcaster has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults. Hall was arrested in January for questioning about alleged crimes committed between 1967 and 1986.

The Grand Slam is still on for England thanks to a 23-13 win at Twickenham, with Manu Tuilagi’s fortunate 54th-minute try helping to turn the tide after the winless French went into halftime 10-9 ahead.

Shaun Wright-Phillips scored against his former club in the 78th minute to give last-place Queens Park Rangers a 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday.

A senior British judge says the country needs a new, independent media regulator to eliminate a subculture of unethical behavior that infected segments of the country’s press.

Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada on Monday won his appeal against deportation from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

Unemployment in the 17-country euro zone hit a record high of 11.6 per cent in September, official figures showed on Wednesday, a sign the economy is deteriorating as governments struggle to get a grip on their three-year debt crisis.

The total debt of the 17 countries that use the European single currency at the end of the second quarter was worth 90 per cent of the value of the group’s economy – the highest since the euro was launched in 1999.

BBC reporters put their own bosses in the hot seat over their role in an expanding paedophile scandal, airing footage from a previously-unseen expose of one of the BBC’s most popular entertainers and quizzing senior management about why they canned the bombshell programme.

Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard’s soaring story of love, loss and killer whales, was named best picture at the London Film Festival on Saturday.


Britain’s Health Protection Agency has published an early genetic sequence of the new respiratory virus related to Sars that shows it is most closely linked to bat viruses.