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Apr 12, 2015

Saudi Arabia dismisses Iran calls for Yemen ceasefire

ADEN/RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia dismissed Iranian calls to end air strikes on neighboring Yemen on Sunday as Saudi-led attacks hit a military camp in the Yemeni city of Taiz, killing eight civilians according to a medical source.

Riyadh said Tehran should not interfere in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began air strikes against Iranian-allied Houthi militia fighters over two weeks ago to try and prevent them making further advances.

Mar 16, 2015

Fashion duo Dolce and Gabbana attacked for ‘synthetic’ babies comment

LONDON (Reuters) – Outraged celebrities tore into Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Monday after Dolce described children born to gay couples through fertility treatment as “synthetic”.

Pop superstar Elton John, leading the chorus of criticism, called for a boycott of the brand on Sunday.

Mar 16, 2015

History and legend fight it out in McMurtry’s Old West yarn

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – If your idea of Wyatt Earp is a
strong, honourable lawman in the shape of Henry Fonda or Kevin
Costner, you’d better think again.

In Larry McMurtry’s new novel, “The Last Kind Words Saloon,”
Earp and his sidekick, the dentist-gambler Doc Holliday, are a
lazy, mean-spirited, violence-prone pair. It’s a portrait that’s
truer to history

Feb 26, 2015

Cuba’s Milanes skirts politics, builds bridges with songs

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Pablo Milanes’s latest album is
titled “Renacimiento” (Rebirth) but an air of nostalgia was in
the air at the Cuban singer-songwriter’s concert in London on
Wednesday night.

It was not just a pining for the headier days of Cuba’s
revolution but embraced more universal themes of romance.

Jan 20, 2015

Nils Lofgren, guitarman to the stars, also shines solo

LONDON (Reuters) – After 26 gruelling months on tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing stadiums across the globe, guitar man Nils Lofgren deserves to put his feet up until the phone rings again.

But the irrepressible Lofgren is already back on the road, treating his loyal fans to his own music in intimate venues.

Nov 18, 2014

Singer Jackson Browne still manning the barricades

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne
has always worn his heart on his sleeve, whether singing about
romance or railing against U.S. foreign policy and global
injustice.

His new album “Standing in the Breach” shows he has not
given up the struggle. Gun control, bankers’ greed and
environmental destruction are all targets for his ire.

Sep 19, 2014

Cheers and tears from winners and losers in Scotland referendum

Edinburgh (Reuters) – As Scotland’s regions reported their decisions in a momentous independence referendum to the central counting operation in Edinburgh in the early hours of Friday morning, the “Yes” supporters’ mood grew ever more deflated.

The votes piled up in favor of staying with the United Kingdom. And when it became clear that the independence campaign’s dream was not to be realized, there were grim faces and tears on their side and whoops and cheers from the unionists.

Sep 19, 2014

Scots vote against independence in four small constituencies

EDINBURGH, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Scotland voted against
breaking apart the United Kingdom in four small constituencies,
early referendum results showed on Friday, as Scots agonized
over the fate of their country following a divisive independence
campaign.

Scotland’s verdict on the union should be clear around
breakfast time on Friday, but a YouGov poll of 1,828 voters the
organisation had previously polled indicated 54 percent of Scots
would back the union while 46 percent would seek independence.

Sep 19, 2014

Scots vote in record numbers, await independence verdict

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scots agonized over the fate of their country on Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time on Friday, but a YouGov poll of 1,828 voters the organization had previously polled indicated 54 percent of Scots would back the union while 46 percent would seek independence.

Sep 18, 2014

Scots independence polls close, UK’s future in the balance

EDINBURGH, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Scotland has voted on whether
to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307-year-old
union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global
consequences.

Its verdict should be clear around breakfast time on Friday.

Polling booths closed at 2100 GMT from remote highlands and
islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow with surveys
suggesting Scots were almost equally divided in a vote watched
closely by Britain’s allies, investors and restive regions at
home and abroad.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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