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Nov 26, 2013

Independent Scotland would keep the pound and the queen, says Salmond

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defense force and collect its own taxes, First Minister Alex Salmond said on Tuesday.

In a 670-page blueprint aimed at convincing Scots they should vote on September 18 next year to end a 306-year union with England, Salmond said there would be no need to increase taxes if Scotland broke away.

Nov 26, 2013

It’s the economy, Scots: independence plan unveiled

GLASGOW (Reuters) – The Scottish government will focus on the potential economic gains from independence on Tuesday when it unveils its vision for the future if Scots choose to end a 306-year union with England.

Alex Salmond, head of a devolved government in Scotland – which for now is still part of the United Kingdom – has promised to spell out exactly what would happen if Scots vote on September 18 next year to leave the UK.

Nov 23, 2013

Women enslaved in London joined a ‘collective’ with captors: police

LONDON (Reuters) – Three women enslaved in London for 30 years lived in some kind of “collective” where they were controlled by their captors – a couple now in their 60s – through brainwashing and beatings, police said on Saturday.

The women were freed four weeks ago but the police only spoke about it on Thursday after making two arrests, detailing one of the strangest and longest-running cases of domestic servitude to emerge in Britain.

Nov 22, 2013

Women enslaved in UK beaten and emotionally abused: police

LONDON (Reuters) – Three women enslaved for 30 years in a London house were beaten and subjected to psychological abuse, in one of the worst cases of domestic servitude to emerge in Britain, police said on Friday.

The women were rescued from the house in south London four weeks ago after calling an anti-slavery charity for help. On Thursday police investigating the case arrested a man and a woman, both aged 67.

Nov 21, 2013

Three ‘slave’ women held for 30 years rescued from London house

LONDON (Reuters) – Three women enslaved for 30 years have been rescued from a house in London including one who has spent her entire life in domestic servitude, police said on Thursday.

Officers, who arrested a man and a woman, both 67, at their south London home, described it as the worst case of servitude to have emerged in the British capital.

Nov 21, 2013

Three women held for 30 years rescued from house in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Three women claiming to have been held in captivity as domestic slaves for 30 years have been rescued from a house in London and a man and a woman arrested, police and charity workers said on Thursday.

Police officers from a human trafficking unit took the man and woman, both aged 67, into custody at their home in south London early Thursday.

Nov 20, 2013
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Church of England synod paves the way for women bishops in 2014

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(Members of the Church of England’s General Synod listen to speeches in Church House in central London November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning )

The Church of England’s governing body voted overwhelmingly in favour of female bishops on Wednesday, ending a 20-year impasse that could see women ordained as senior clergy by the end of 2014.

Nov 20, 2013

Church of England paves way for women bishops in 2014

LONDON (Reuters) – The Church of England’s law-making body voted in favor of female bishops on Wednesday, a move that ended a 20-year impasse and could see women ordained as senior clergy by the end of 2014.

A vote on a package of measures endorsing women bishops was supported by 378 members of the General Synod while eight voted against and 25 abstained.

Nov 19, 2013

Scotland says will lower tax to attract companies if independent

LONDON (Reuters) – An independent Scotland would cut corporation tax to lure investment and boost exports, helping to create new jobs and build a prosperous new nation, the Scottish government said on Tuesday.

The report on economic policy should Scotland opt to break away from the United Kingdom next year was released one day after a think-tank warned that an independent Scotland could have to cut public spending and raise taxes.

Nov 18, 2013

Google, Microsoft tighten online searches to combat child porn

LONDON (Reuters) – Web search giants Google and Microsoft said on Monday they will block online searches for child abuse images.

The world’s two largest search engine operators, in a rare display of unity, said as many as 100,000 search terms will now fail to produce results and trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal.

    • 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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