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May 6, 2015

SNP set to sweep Scotland, but what next?

EDINBURGH/GLASGOW (Reuters) – With Scottish nationalists set to crush their opponents north of the border, their role in Britain’s future political landscape was being fiercely argued on Wednesday on the eve of the United Kingdom’s parliamentary election.

Prime Minister David Cameron made a rare visit to Scotland to warn of what he saw as the dangers posed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party.

May 5, 2015

In former PM Brown’s home town, Scottish Labour Party fights for its life

KIRKCALDY, Scotland (Reuters) – – No election battle more starkly demonstrates the sudden collapse of Britain’s Labour Party in Scotland than the one unfolding in the home town of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which his party looks set to lose for the first time in 80 years.

The fight is not yet over and Labour still hopes to cling to the constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in Thursday’s election. But the latest polls predict victory for the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), which lost a referendum on independence last year only to emerge as Scotland’s dominant political force.

May 1, 2015

Scottish nationalist Sturgeon steals the show in British election

LONDON (Reuters) – Detractors have vilified her as the most dangerous woman in Britain and an existential threat to the United Kingdom.

New-found admirers have lauded her as an astute operator who has shaken up Britain’s male-dominated political establishment.

May 1, 2015

Sturgeon steals the show in British election

LONDON (Reuters) – Detractors have vilified her as the most dangerous woman in Britain and an existential threat to the United Kingdom.

New-found admirers have lauded her as an astute operator who has shaken up Britain’s male-dominated political establishment.

Apr 30, 2015

Songlines world music awards honour Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – Nigerian artists spanning five
decades of music-making took honours in Songlines magazine’s
2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen
winning Best Artist and Ibibio Sound Machine picked as Best
Newcomers.

The Malian father and son duo of Toumani Sidiki Diabate were
named Best Group for their work highlighting the griot (story
teller) tradition in the awards, announced on Thursday.

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.

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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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