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Home Secretary Theresa May said the level has been raised from “moderate” to “substantial,” the middle rung on a five-point threat scale.


British Library to post Greek texts on Web

LONDON | One of the world’s most important caches of Greek manuscripts is going online, part of a growing number of ancient documents to hit the Web in recent years.

The British Library said Monday that it was making more than a quarter of its 1,000-volume-strong collection of handwritten Greek texts available online free of charge, something curators there hope will be a boon to historians, biblical scholars and students of classical Greece.

Although the manuscripts — highlights of which include a famous collection of Aesopian fables discovered on Mount Athos in 1844 — have long been available to scholars who made the trip to the British Library’s reading rooms, curator Scot McKendrick said their posting to the Web was opening antiquity to the entire world.

Mr. McKendrick said that London could be an expensive place to spend time poring over the Greek texts’ tiny, faded script or picking through hundreds of pages of parchment.

“Not every scholar can afford to come here weeks and months on end,” he said. The big attraction of browsing the texts online “is the ability to do it at your own desk whenever you wish to do it — and do it for free as well.”

Although millions of books have been made available online in recent years — notably through Google Books’ mass scanning program — ancient texts have taken much longer to emerge from the archives.


President pulls back police after protest

BUCHAREST | Romania’s president says he has withdrawn police protection in response to an “illegal” protest by 6,000 officers facing wage cuts.

Traian Basescu accused officers of staging an illegal march outside his office on Friday that he said undermined the state’s authority.

Mr. Basescu asked the Interior Ministry to withdraw his police protection shortly after the protest. Mr. Basescu retains his own security outfit.

The officers were protesting plans to cut their wages by 25 percent, part of government’s austerity measures to reduce the budget deficit.

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