Britain announcing changes to anti-terror laws

Britain's government is publishing proposed reforms of its unpopular counterterrorism laws to strike a new balance between personal freedoms and public safety.

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce later Wednesday new rules to restrict powers held by police and prosecutors to combat terrorism.

May is expected to confirm curbs on police powers to stop and search suspects. She will also announce a drastic cut in the amount of time officers are permitted to detain those arrested over purported plots before they must be charged with a crime or freed.

Britain's coalition government has said the previous administration had "abused and eroded fundamental human freedoms" and promised to overhaul what it says are the most draconic features of its counterterrorism policy.