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Jan 16, 2014

UK swing to the right could lift Scottish independence campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – The struggling campaign for Scottish independence could get a lift from an expected swing to an anti-EU party in Britain’s European parliament elections in May, the leader of Scotland’s Green Party said on Thursday.

With eight months until a September 18 referendum, opinion polls show about half of Scots oppose ending the 307-year-old union with England, about a third favor the Scottish National Party’s bid for independence and around 15 percent are undecided.

Jan 15, 2014
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British asylum for Afghan atheist hailed as ground-breaking decision

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(Britain’s Home Office in central London March 29, 2007. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico)

Britain’s decision to grant asylum to an atheist Afghan citizen for religious reasons was hailed  as ground-breaking for giving the same rights to non-religious people as to the religious.

Jan 14, 2014

Dave Lee Travis first in court in trials over showbiz sex abuse

LONDON (Reuters) – The first in a list of ageing celebrities accused of sexually abusing young fans over many years went on trial on Tuesday in an investigation that has rocked confidence in the BBC, Britain’s national broadcaster.

One of Britain’s best-known radio DJs in the 1970s and 1980s, the BBC’s Dave Lee Travis, who counted Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, is facing 14 charges involving 11 women aged from 15 upwards that date from between 1976 and 2008.

Jan 14, 2014

Ex-DJ first in court in UK trials over showbiz sex abuse

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The first in a list of ageing
celebrities accused of sexually abusing young fans over many
years went on trial on Tuesday in an investigation that has
rocked confidence in the BBC, Britain’s national broadcaster.

One of Britain’s best-known radio DJs in the 1970s and
1980s, the BBC’s Dave Lee Travis, who counted Myanmar’s Aung San
Suu Kyi among his fans, is facing 14 charges involving 11 women
aged from 15 upwards that date from between 1976 and 2008.

Jan 13, 2014

Britain promises to honor all state debt as Scottish vote approaches

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain sought on Monday to reassure bondholders by promising to honor all 1.2 trillion pounds ($2.2 trillion) of UK government debt regardless of whether Scots vote for independence in a referendum this year.

But with the terms of any Scottish breakaway yet to be defined, it was unclear how the Treasury would work out the “fair and proportionate share” of Britain’s liabilities that it wants Scots to take on if they vote to end a 307-year-old union with England.

Jan 9, 2014

Bastille, Disclosure lead top UK music awards, Bowie returns

LONDON (Reuters) – Pop acts Bastille and Disclosure led the field for Britain’s top music awards on Thursday with four nominations each, while veteran singer David Bowie was up for two of the annual BRIT Awards in a list dominated by a newcomers.

Alternative rock band Bastille and the electronic duo Disclosure of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence were both in the running for best British group and British breakthrough act of the year, while also competing for best single and best album.

Jan 9, 2014

Rolls-Royce Motor confident of another strong year as bling hits the road

LONDON (Reuters) – As Rolls-Royce delivered its fourth straight annual sales record on Thursday, the head of the luxury British car maker had a few predictions for 2014 – less bling, greater demand for customization, and more women buyers.

The 110-year-old car maker, bought by Germany’s BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in 1998, sold 3,630 vehicles in 2013, up from 3,575 in 2012, driven largely by demand for personalized vehicles from the super-rich in Asia and the Middle East.

Jan 8, 2014

‘Gravity’ leads BAFTA film nominations

LONDON (Reuters) – Space thriller “Gravity” won 11 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, putting it just ahead of the pack at Britain’s top film honours, while “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” were in the running in 10 categories.

“Gravity”, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was shortlisted in categories including best film, best actress, best director for Alfonso Cuaron, best sound and visual effects, and outstanding British film.

Jan 8, 2014

‘Gravity’ leads Britain’s BAFTA film nominations

LONDON (Reuters) – Space thriller “Gravity” won 11 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, putting it just ahead of the pack at Britain’s top film honors, while “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” were in the running in 10 categories.

“Gravity”, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was shortlisted in categories including best film, best actress, best director for Alfonso Cuaron, best sound and visual effects, and outstanding British film.

Dec 24, 2013
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UK’s Marks and Spencer apologises after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol

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(A pedestrian carrying an M&S plastic bag walks past a Marks & Spencer shop in Brussels April 11, 2001. REUTERS/Thierry Roge)

Retailer Marks and Spencer apologised on Monday to customers angered after a Muslim checkout worker refused to sell champagne for religious reasons.

    • 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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