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Feb 4, 2014

England and Wales urge Scotland: Don’t leave us

LONDON (Reuters) – Despite sporting and historic rivalry, England and Wales had one message for Scotland on Tuesday: don’t leave us.

As debate over Scotland’s independence referendum heats up, an opinion poll showed a rising number of English and Welsh want Scotland to stay in the 307-year group forged by the Treaty of the Union that created the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Feb 3, 2014

Ex-BBC chief Mark Thompson apologises for failed $170 mln IT project

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – U.S. media executive Mark Thompson
apologised on Monday to the British public and parliamentarians
for the failure of a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital
project during his years of running the BBC.

Thompson, who left the publicly funded broadcaster in 2012
to become chief executive at the New York Times Company,
said the Digital Media Initiative (DMI) had failed and that
meant “the loss of a lot of public money”.

Jan 31, 2014

British nuclear plant says radiation alert caused by natural radon gas

SELLAFIELD, England (Reuters) – Sellafield, the largest nuclear site in Europe, declared an alert on Friday after discovering higher than usual levels of radioactivity, but later called it off, saying naturally occurring radon gas had triggered the alarm.

The fuel reprocessing plant in northwest England, the site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident in 1957 and once the producer of plutonium for nuclear bombs, told non-essential staff to stay away after the abnormality was detected overnight.

Jan 30, 2014

Athletes warned not to wear big country logos to Sochi

LONDON (Reuters) – Athletes heading to the Sochi Winter Olympics have been warned not to wear team kit with large logos promoting their country on their way to Russia due to security concerns, British Olympic officials said on Thursday.

Britain has joined the United States in cautioning athletes and officials against wearing “overtly branded” clothing en route to Sochi where the athletes’ village opens on Thursday.

Jan 30, 2014

Olympics-Athletes warned not to wear big country logos to Sochi

LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Athletes heading to the Sochi Winter Olympics have been warned not to wear team kit with large logos promoting their country on their way to Russia due to security concerns, British Olympic officials said on Thursday.

Britain has joined the United States in cautioning athletes and officials against wearing “overtly branded” clothing en route to Sochi where the athletes’ village opens on Thursday.

Jan 28, 2014

BBC faces damning criticism over failed 100 million pound digital project

LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC came under fire on Tuesday for botching a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital project in the latest of a series of reports to criticise top management for their running of Britain’s publicly funded broadcaster.

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) said BBC executives led by then Director General Mark Thompson, now New York Times Company chief executive, failed to realise in time that the Digital Media Initiative was in trouble.

Jan 28, 2014

BBC faces damning criticism over failed $170 million digital project

LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC came under fire on Tuesday for botching a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital project in the latest of a series of reports to criticize top management for their running of Britain’s publicly funded broadcaster.

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) said BBC executives led by then Director General Mark Thompson, now New York Times Company chief executive, failed to realize in time that the Digital Media Initiative was in trouble.

Jan 28, 2014

Ex-Deutsche Bank manager found dead in apparent suicide

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Jan 28 (Reuters) – William Broeksmit, a
former senior manager at Deutsche Bank with close
ties to co-Chief Executive Anshu Jain, has been found dead at
his home in London in what appears to have been a suicide.

Jain and the bank’s other co-CEO Juergen Fitschen announced
Broeksmit’s death in an internal mail to Deutsche Bank
employees.

Jan 27, 2014

Expat Scots demand a vote in independence referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – A million Scots living outside of Scotland should be allowed to vote in a referendum this year on whether their country becomes an independent nation, one of them said on Monday as he sought backing for a legal challenge.

James Wallace, a Scottish-born trainee lawyer who lives in England, is among the 1.15 million Scots who are excluded from the vote as they are not resident there.

Jan 27, 2014

British TV cook Nigella Lawson faces no action over drugs: police

LONDON (Reuters) – British TV cook Nigella Lawson will not face legal action after admitting to a court that she had taken drugs, as a prosecution could deter future witnesses from being truthful, police said on Monday.

Lawson, 54, dubbed the “Domestic Goddess” after the title of one of her cookery books, made headlines globally when she told a court she had taken cocaine several times and smoked cannabis at the end of her 10-year marriage to art dealer Charles Saatchi.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
      Languages:
      Swedish, Spanish, French
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