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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.

Jun 11, 2014

Angelina Jolie, Hague, vow action against sexual violence in war

LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed on Tuesday to ensure the world’s first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict resulted in practical action to punish those responsible and help victims.

Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations are attending the June 10-13 summit that is the result of a two-year partnership between Jolie and Hague to combat rape as a weapon of war.

Jun 11, 2014

Author JK Rowling donates 1 million sterling to fight Scottish independence

LONDON (Reuters) – JK Rowling, Britain’s best-selling author and creator of teenage wizard Harry Potter, has donated 1 million pounds ($1.68 million) to the campaign against Scottish independence, saying on Wednesday she believed Scotland was better off staying in the United Kingdom.

Rowling lives in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh where she wrote the first of the Potter series in a local cafe and will be among about four million Scottish residents to decide on Sept. 18 whether to end the 307-year tie to England.

Jun 11, 2014

Author JK Rowling donates 1 mln stg to fight Scottish independence

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – JK Rowling, Britain’s
best-selling author and creator of teenage wizard Harry Potter,
has donated 1 million pounds ($1.68 million) to the campaign
against Scottish independence, saying on Wednesday she believed
Scotland was better off staying in the United Kingdom.

Rowling lives in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh where she
wrote the first of the Potter series in a local cafe and will
be among about four million Scottish residents to decide on
Sept. 18 whether to end the 307-year tie to England.

Jun 10, 2014

Angelina Jolie, UK’s Hague, vow action at sexual violence summit

LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed on Tuesday to produce practical action from the world’s first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict, to punish those responsible and help victims.

Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations will attend the June 10-13 summit, intended as a call for action to protect women, children and men from rape and sex attacks in war zones.

Jun 9, 2014

Fear, loathing sully debate on Scottish independence

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Retired military general Norman Arthur represented Queen Elizabeth in his Scottish neighborhood and is passionate that the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Stuart Campbell, a pro-independence campaigner based hundreds of miles south in England, disagrees fervently.

But both men have one thing in common: They have called in police after being threatened for their views.

Jun 9, 2014

Insight – Fear, loathing sully debate on Scottish independence

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Retired military general Norman Arthur represented Queen Elizabeth in his Scottish neighbourhood and is passionate that the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Stuart Campbell, a pro-independence campaigner based hundreds of miles south in England, disagrees fervently.

    But both men have one thing in common: They have called in police after being threatened for their views.

    • 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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      1994
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