UK will not hold Litvinenko death public inquiry: Coroner

LONDON (AFP) - Britain will not hold a public inquiry into the death of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, a coroner said on Friday, leaving the current, lower-level inquest proceedings close to collapse.

Coroner Robert Owen had sought a full public inquiry to replace his inquest into the 2006 murder of the former spy in London, as he is not authorised to investigate the possible involvement of the Russian state.