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Nov 13, 2013

Embassies quit elite London streets as diplomatic life changes

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Foreign embassies are abandoning
London’s premier addresses such as Mayfair and Kensington as the
world of diplomacy changes in the face of security risks and new
technology, just as property prices are reaching untold heights.

The trend to move further afield to more secure, functional
properties is being led by the United States, which on Wednesday
marked out its future in a new site south of the River Thames.

Nov 13, 2013

Prince Charles defies critics to make new plea for organic farming

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has made a fresh appeal for more organic farming, insisting his approach was based on science rather that “a quirk” and dismissing those who would prefer he keeps his opinions private.

Charles, who turns 65 this week, has often voiced strong views on the environment, architecture and social affairs, a stance that contrasts sharply with his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who never reveals her thoughts on such matters.

Oct 24, 2013

Richard Branson says quit Britain for health not tax

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Billionaire businessman Richard
Branson said on Thursday his decision to quit Britain to live on
his private Caribbean island was not to dodge paying UK tax but
to give him a healthier lifestyle as he approaches 65.

The Virgin Group founder came under fire this month after it
emerged he was living full-time on Necker in the British Virgin
Islands, which he bought as an uninhabited island in 1979.

Oct 23, 2013

Prince William and Kate hold private christening for new prince

LONDON (Reuters) – Just 21 guests were invited to the christening of Britain’s Prince George on Wednesday, a sign of how much his parents intend to guard the privacy of a baby born to be king.

Prince William, whose mother Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997, hounded by paparazzi, and his wife Kate only invited very close family members and godparents, according to a guest list released ahead of the 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) ceremony.

Oct 22, 2013

Hollywood photographer to record christening of British prince

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A British photographer known for
his portraits of rock stars and Hollywood actors was named on
Tuesday as the official photographer of the world’s newest
celebrity – Prince George.

Prince William and his wife Kate have chosen Jason Bell to
photograph the christening on Wednesday of their son, the
third-in-line to the British throne, a palace statement said.

Oct 20, 2013

Prince George makes second outing for christening of the year

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – After arriving to a global media
frenzy, Britain’s Prince George will make his second official
appearance this week at a christening designed to be as low-key
as possible for the world’s most-hyped baby.

Prince George, third-in-line to the British throne, will be
christened on Oct. 23 in a private, 45-minute ceremony in the
Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace by the spiritual leader of the
Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Oct 18, 2013

BBC’s commercial arm eyes expansion to match global rivals

LONDON (Reuters) – BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of Britain’s public broadcaster, unveiled a three-pronged plan on Friday to expand globally by boosting spending on TV content, strengthening its online site, and launching three new channel brands.

Tim Davie, who took over as head of BBC Worldwide in April, said BBC Worldwide had too many different websites and digital propositions, saying there needed to be a greater focus and scale to compete with global rivals, such Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, owner of LoveFilm.

Oct 16, 2013

Nearly 30 million people in slavery: index

LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly 30 million people are living in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labor, according to a global slavery index released on Thursday.

The index by anti-slavery charity Walk Free Foundation ranked 162 countries on the number living in slavery, the risk of enslavement, and the strength of government responses to combating the illegal activity.

Oct 15, 2013

Job fears and abuse take toll on bankers’ health: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Fears of job cuts and “banker bashing” are taking a toll on the health of bank workers of all levels, according to an international study published on Wednesday that follows a trail of burnouts and tragedies in the world of finance.

The study by Swiss-based UNI Global Union found more than 80 percent of banking and insurance unions in 26 countries cited deteriorating health as a major problem for their members in the past two years, with many now working in a “climate of fear”.

Oct 15, 2013

Senior Barclays banker takes time off for stress

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The head of compliance at
Barclays Plc has become the latest senior banker to
take time off for stress as the fallout from the financial
crisis takes its toll on employees’ health.

Hector Sants was suffering from exhaustion and stress
following five years at the helm of Britain’s top financial
regulator, the Financial Services Authority, and a busy start to
his role at Barclays this year, the bank said on Tuesday.

    • 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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      London
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      1994
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