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Foreign Minister Hague said the UK is now "more open to direct contact" with Iran; talks have begun on reopening their respective embassies. Hague also said that unless Iran takes concrete steps to address its breach of UN resolutions on its nuclear program, the UK will continue to maintain strong sanctions against Iran.
Home Secretary May said security has been heightened at shopping centers after the Westgate massacre in Nairobi, and noted that a number of potential terrorists have left the UK to fight in Somalia and Syria. The chairman of the UK's Charity Commission warned that money raised to help Syrian refugees was "undoubtedly" going to extremist groups. A committee representing the UK's largest charities has raised at least £20 million for Syrian relief since March and cannot guarantee that the money is not falling into the hands of terrorists.
A 33-year-old Anglo-Libyan man suspected of links to terrorist groups, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, has filed a legal challenge with the European Court of Human Rights to the UK's control order on his activities. The suspected terrorist, identified only as "AF," had previously contested government restrictions. In recent years UK terrorism suspects have resorted to the Strasbourg court to circumvent the UK justice system.
An appeals court upheld the seizure of the house of convicted terrorist Munir Farooqi, who had used the home to recruit fighters for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Farooqi also lost an appeal against his conviction, as did co-defendants Matthew Newton and Israr Malik. Farooqi had fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan and later turned his Manchester home into a terrorist propaganda center with over 50,000 pieces of extremist literature.
The Home Office said that 249 persons were arrested for terrorism-related offenses in 2012/13. Of the 249 arrested, 37 were charged with a terrorism-related offense, and so far 23 of the 37 have been convicted.
Prime Minister Cameron said the UK would not intervene militarily in Syria, but promised that Britain would "lead the world" in delivering humanitarian aid where needed in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. Politicians are demanding information about the alleged export to Syria in 2012 of chemicals used to make nerve gas; the government claims the exports did not take place after revocation of the export licenses due to Syrian sanctions.
Foreign Secretary Hague said the UK would offer only diplomatic support to its allies in any Syrian military intervention. A British colonel denied claims that UK troops abused, mutilated, or executed Iraqis after a fierce battle near Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq in May 2004.