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Aug 22, 2013

Britain is a more modest military power, new defense chief says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain should have lower expectations of its military power because government spending cuts mean it will not be able to fight every potential war it faces, the new head of its armed forces said.

The European Union’s biggest military spender is grappling with cuts which some of its top brass, as well as allies such as the United States, fear will make it difficult for it to fight another war on the scale of those in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Aug 21, 2013

Bank intern’s death raises questions over workaholic race to wealth

LONDON (Reuters) – The death of an intern working at the London offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch has prompted calls for city firms to take more responsibility for the ambitious graduates who push themselves to the limit to secure jobs at the world’s top banks.

Attracted to the glass towers of finance in London, New York and Singapore by the prospect of securing a full-time job and hefty wage, future “masters of the universe” often face 20-hour days in some of the most adrenaline-soaked offices on earth.

Aug 19, 2013

Prince William and Kate release family snapshots of baby George

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Kate released two informal family snapshots as the first official photos of their son, Prince George, on Tuesday, disappointing royal fans hoping to get a good look at Britain’s newest royal heir.

George, the third in line to the British throne, was born on July 22 amid a global media frenzy, reflecting the international popularity of his parents and ongoing fascination with the British royal family.

Aug 19, 2013

Website clamps down on bullying after teenage suicides

LONDON (Reuters) – Online social network Ask.fm said on Monday it would clamp down on bullying after coming under fire from child safety campaigners for a string of suicides in Britain that were linked to the website popular with teenagers.

Earlier this month Hannah Smith, 14, hanged herself at her family’s home after suffering months of bullying on the Latvia-based website, which allows users to post questions and comments to each other, anonymously if they want.

Aug 16, 2013

Travel firms cancel holidays as violence grips Egypt

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) – Violence sweeping Egypt hit the nation’s tourism industry on Friday as European governments warned holidaymakers to stay away from its Red Sea resorts, prompting some travel agents to stop all trips to Egypt.

German tour operators Thomas Cook Germany and TUI Germany, part of Europe’s largest tour operator TUI Travel, canceled all trips to Egypt after the German foreign ministry advised against travelling to the beach resorts popular with European sun-seekers and divers.

Jul 23, 2013

Royal baby worth his weight in gold to the Firm

LONDON (Reuters) – The Firm, as Britain’s royal family calls itself, has a new asset.

With the world media in a frenzy over the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate’s son, companies from airlines to champagne-makers have jumped on the chance to cash in on the wave of popularity sweeping over the royal family.

Jul 23, 2013

World awaits first glimpse of Britain’s new prince

LONDON (Reuters) – The world was awaiting the first glimpse of Britain’s new prince on Tuesday with camera crews poised to photograph Prince William and his wife, Kate, leaving a London hospital with their baby son.

Kate, 31, gave birth to the couple’s first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival and surprising royal watchers, who were widely expecting a girl.

Jul 23, 2013

Boy for Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate

LONDON (Reuters) – The world was awaiting the first glimpse of Britain’s new prince on Tuesday with camera crews poised to photograph Prince William and his wife, Kate, leaving a London hospital with their baby son.

Kate, 31, gave birth to the couple’s first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival and surprising royal watchers, who were widely expecting a girl.

Jul 22, 2013

British royal baby dominates world media – like it or not

LONDON (Reuters) – From live TV coverage of a hospital door to a gaggle of royal baby experts, the world’s media was in a frenzy on Monday over the arrival of the future heir to the British throne, offering moment-by-moment coverage if very little actual news.

For three weeks photographers from across the globe have been camped outside St. Mary’s Hospital in west London waiting for the arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate’s first child, who will be third in line to the throne.

Jul 18, 2013

Real-life mystery of JK Rowling’s ‘secret’ novel uncovered

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – A real-life mystery over who
blew the cover on JK Rowling writing a detective novel under a
pseudonym was uncovered on Thursday when the culprit was
revealed to be – her law firm, which apologised unreservedly for
the leak.

Rowling, whose Harry Potter series made her Britain’s
best-selling author, posed as a retired military policeman
called Robert Galbraith to write “The Cuckoo’s Calling” that was
released in April to strong reviews but minimal sales.

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