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Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane-force winds hit Scotland, close in on Germany

BERLIN/LONDON Dec 5 (Reuters) – Hurricane-force winds
disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and
threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed in on
north Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the
most powerful storms to hit the continent in years.

British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to
protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would
shut on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal
tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David
Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy.

Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane Xaver batters Scotland as Germany braces for storm

BERLIN/LONDON Dec 5 (Reuters) – Hurricane-force winds
disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and
threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed on
northern Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the
most powerful storms to hit the continent in years.

British authorities announced the Thames Barrier, designed
to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would
close on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal
tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David
Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy.

Dec 3, 2013

Britain vows to crack down on slavery after women’s rescue

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Britain vowed on Tuesday to step
up its fight against modern-day slavery, warning that the
discovery last month of three women imprisoned for 30 years in
horrific conditions in London was just the tip of the iceberg.

Home Secretary Theresa May said police last week rescued a
further 17 people in Leeds, northern England, mainly Slovakians,
who were living in poor housing with no access to local support
services while forced to work long hours for little or no pay.

Nov 28, 2013

Church of England proposes ‘blessings’ for gay marriage

LONDON (Reuters) – Church of England clergy would be able to “bless” same-sex relationships under long-awaited proposals unveiled on Thursday as the church adopts a more open – but disputed – approach to homosexuality.

Although gay couples would still not be able to legally marry in a church, the proposed change would officially sanction clergy to let gay and lesbian couples mark and celebrate same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in a church service.

Nov 26, 2013

Battle lines drawn as Scotland unveils independent future

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – The Scottish government unveiled its long-awaited vision for independence on Tuesday, promising Scots they could forge their own prosperity but keep the pound and the queen if they vote next year to end a 306-year-old union with England.

With separatists lagging in opinion polls, First Minister Alex Salmond said an independent Scotland would take charge of its own finances, raising taxes and spending revenues from North Sea oil and gas reserves as it sees fit.

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.

    • 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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