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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


(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.

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.

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      "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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