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Jul 3, 2012

Church of England vote on women bishops could be derailed

LONDON (Reuters) – A vote to allow women bishops in the Church of England looks set to be derailed by its own supporters, who say a last-minute concession to conservative opponents is a step too far.

Pro-women bishop campaigners want a final vote at the church’s General Synod, or parliament, on Monday to be delayed so the amendment can be sent back to the House of Bishops for reconsideration.

Jul 2, 2012

Londoners prepare for transport disruption

LONDON (Reuters) – When Londoners wake on Monday they will see the latest sign of the Olympics impacting their lives, and probably the most annoying.

As they slept, workmen painted the iconic Olympic rings on some of the capital’s roads, marking the 30 miles of tarmac which will be out of bounds to motorists between July 27 and August 12.

Jul 1, 2012

Olympics-Londoners prepare for transport disruption

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – When Londoners wake on Monday
they will see the latest sign of the Olympics impacting their
lives, and probably the most annoying.

As they slept, workmen painted the iconic Olympic rings on
some of the capital’s roads, marking the 30 miles of tarmac
which will be out of bounds to motorists between July 27 and
Aug. 12.

Jul 1, 2012

Barclays chairman to quit; Libor discussed with BoE

LONDON (Reuters) – Barclays Plc (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chairman Marcus Agius is set to quit on Monday as the interest rate rigging scandal takes its first major scalp and threatens to widen to other banks, raising questions about the involvement of the Bank of England.

Agius, chairman at Barclays for 5-1/2 years, is expected to resign on Monday, a person familiar with the matter said.

Jun 30, 2012

UK orders bank review, calls Diamond to panel

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has ordered an independent review into the workings of key lending rates between banks, after Barclays (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was found guilty of rigging them, a spokeswoman for Britain’s Prime Minister said on Saturday.

The decision follows news that U.S. and British authorities fined Barclays $450 million for manipulating the London Interbank Offer Rate (Libor), the interest rate on loans that banks make to each other.

Jun 22, 2012

Britons cheer torch relay to halfway mark

LONDON (Reuters) – About four million Britons have turned out to cheer the Olympic torch relay to the halfway mark of its 70-day tour of the country before it arrives in London for the opening ceremony next month, organizers said on Friday.

During the past 35 days the flame has traveled up Wales’s highest mountain, been ferried across the River Mersey in northwest England and also visited Dublin on a rare trip outside the United Kingdom.

Jun 22, 2012

Olympics-Britons cheer torch relay to halfway mark

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) – About four million Britons have
turned out to cheer the Olympic torch relay to the halfway mark
of its 70-day tour of the country before it arrives in London
for the opening ceremony next month, organisers said on Friday.

During the past 35 days the flame has travelled up Wales’s
highest mountain, been ferried across the River Mersey in
northwest England and also visited Dublin on a rare trip outside
the United Kingdom.

Jun 19, 2012

WikiLeaks’ Assange seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy

QUITO/LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian
Assange has taken refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London and
asked for asylum, officials said on Tuesday, in a last-ditch bid
to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime accusations.

Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said his country
would weigh the request from the 40-year-old hacker, famous for
leaking hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables.

Jun 19, 2012

Ecuador says WikiLeaks’ Assange seeks asylum

QUITO/LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is seeking asylum in Ecuador after arriving at the South American nation’s embassy in London, Ecuador’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, a move that may help the self-styled anti-secrecy crusader avoid extradition to Sweden.

The 40-year-old Australian hacker famous for leaking hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables has been fighting to avoid being sent to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over sex crimes.

Jun 8, 2012

“Ticket fatigue” slows London sales

LONDON (Reuters) – London Olympic organisers were warned against embarking on a quick fire-sale of tickets ahead of next month’s Games after the latest batch unusually failed to fly off the shelves, amid fears the British public had become weary of a controversial process.

The London Olympic organising committee (LOCOG), responsible for staging the Games, has become used to putting up the “sold out” sign within minutes of each tranche of tickets going on sale.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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