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Aug 25, 2014

Family of UK Ebola victim says he is in best place for treatment

LONDON (Reuters) – The family of a British volunteer nurse repatriated from Sierra Leone after contracting the deadly Ebola virus said on Monday he was in the best place possible for treatment.

William Pooley, 29, is the first Briton to test positive for the hemorrhagic fever that has killed almost 1,500 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, in the deadliest outbreak of the disease to date.

Aug 25, 2014
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Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil

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(Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand – and she started to wear a headscarf.

Aug 25, 2014

PM leads tributes for film veteran Richard Attenborough

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes on Monday for actor and director Richard Attenborough who died aged 90 after a career in the film industry spanning over six decades.

Attenborough died on Sunday. His agent described him as a “truly great man of both the cinema and the arts” and tributes poured in from the worlds of entertainment, sports and politics.

Aug 25, 2014

British PM leads tributes for UK film veteran Richard Attenborough

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron led tributes on Monday for actor and director Richard
Attenborough who died aged 90 after a career in the film
industry spanning over six decades.

Attenborough died on Sunday. His agent described him as a
“truly great man of both the cinema and the arts” and tributes
poured in from the worlds of entertainment, sports and politics.

Aug 23, 2014

British national contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

LONDON/FREETOWN, Aug 23 (Reuters) – A British national
living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first
Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease that has spread
across the West African region since March, the Department of
Health said on Saturday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that the
current Ebola epidemic – the world’s worst ever with 1,427
documented deaths – will likely take six to nine months to halt.

Aug 23, 2014

Britain plans tougher laws to tackle UK jihadists

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley.

British Muslims and politicians have expressed horror at the apparent involvement of a Briton in the murder, which has fed concerns about the number of Islamist militants from Britain joining conflicts overseas and then returning home radicalized.

Jun 16, 2014

UK makes forced marriage illegal as pursues campaign of ‘British values’

LONDON (Reuters) – Forcing women, men and children into marriage was made a criminal act in Britain on Monday as the government escalated a campaign to promote “British values” of freedom and equality and combat accusations of being too lenient on extremism.

A new law made it a criminal offence to force people into marriage with a maximum jail term of seven years. It also made it a criminal act to force a British national into marriage outside the United Kingdom.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. joins Jolie’s call to end use of rape in war

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and the British government on Friday in calling for action to end the use of rape as a weapon of war.

Closing the world’s first global summit on sexual violence in conflict, Kerry echoed Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague by demanding concrete steps to ensure those responsible for such crimes were punished, and victims helped.

Jun 12, 2014

Africa and West pledge more support in war against Boko Haram

LONDON (Reuters) – Nigeria will get more military and tactical support to help combat the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and find 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, African and Western officials pledged at a meeting in London on Thursday.

Although Boko Haram has been fighting for five years, carrying out bombings and attacks on civilians and the security forces, the kidnapping in April of more than 200 girls has focused world attention on them and prompted demands for action.

Jun 12, 2014

Hollywood duo Pitt, Jolie put spotlight on sexual violence in war

LONDON (Reuters) – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie appeared together on Thursday at a global summit on ending sexual violence in conflict, in a show of celebrity power that British Foreign Secretary William Hague said was helping put a spotlight on the issue of rape as a weapon of war.

Dressed in black, Pitt and Jolie flanked Hague at the opening of the third day of a four-day summit in London that is the culmination of two years’ joint work by the actress and Hague.

    • About Belinda

      "As Chief Correspondent, Britain, at Reuters I cover a wide range of stories ranging from how politics and the economy impact day-to-day life to the royal family and the BBC. During my 20 years at Reuters, I have also worked in Australia, the United States and Sweden, covering politics, companies, commodities and investment banking. I was also Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle based in New York and I ran inhouse training for Reuters' 2,500 journalists."
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