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Sep 18, 2013

Forty-five percent of Scots say independence would harm economy: poll

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scottish separatists may feel their goal of an independent state built on national pride and commercial acumen heaving into view; but a poll published on Wednesday suggested nearly a half of Scots fear a break with London would damage their economy.

With exactly a year to go until Scotland votes on independence, campaigners were out in force on the streets of Edinburgh, flying the Scottish flag – diagonal white cross on blue background – posing with children and arguing the case for ending a 300-year-old union with England.

Sep 18, 2013

45 pct of Scots say independence would harm economy-poll

EDINBURGH, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Scottish separatists may feel
their goal of an independent state built on national pride and
commercial acumen heaving into view; but a poll published on
Wednesday suggested nearly a half of Scots fear a break with
London would damage their economy.

With exactly a year to go until Scotland votes on
independence, campaigners were out in force on the streets of
Edinburgh, flying the Scottish flag – diagonal white cross on
blue background – posing with children and arguing the case for
ending a 300-year-old union with England.

Sep 10, 2013

Britain warns EU against trying to control its defense industry

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain warned the European Commission on Tuesday that it would oppose any moves to enforce new rules on the region’s defense industry that impinged on the competitiveness of British companies.

Defense Secretary Philip Hammond expressed skepticism over proposals from Brussels aimed at helping Europe’s defense industry cope with the pressures of falling military budgets and increased competition from new markets.

Sep 9, 2013

Ex-BBC boss Thompson defends BBC severance payments in British parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – Former BBC Director General Mark Thompson, now chief executive of the New York Times Company, on Monday defended large severance payments to senior BBC bosses that he said had ultimately helped the publicly funded broadcaster cut costs.

British lawmakers are trying to understand why Thompson sanctioned payments at least 1.4 million pounds ($2.19 million) beyond contractual obligations to senior BBC managers during the last three years of his 2004-2012 watch.

Sep 6, 2013

NY Times head accuses BBC chief of misleading parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC’s former director general Mark Thompson has accused the head of its governing body of misleading Britain’s parliament about huge pay-offs to senior executives, in an escalating spat that has put the two men’s reputations on the line.

Thompson, who quit the British broadcaster last year to become chief executive of the New York Times, is under fire over payments of 25 million pounds ($40 million) made to 150 departing BBC staff between 2009 to 2012.

Sep 5, 2013
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Britain’s new Chief Rabbi Mirvis faces task of uniting UK Jewish community

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(Former chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks (R), congratulates the new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, during a ceremony at St John’s Wood Synagogue in London September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/pool )

Britain’s new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who has vowed to remain traditional by barring women rabbis and same-sex marriage, was sworn in on Sunday to face the challenge of uniting the nation’s polarized Jewish community.

Sep 5, 2013

Wealthy Londoners race underground before basement bonanza ends

LONDON (Reuters) – Wealthy homeowners in some of London’s most affluent neighborhoods are racing to build luxury basements with swimming pools and wine cellars before new rules limiting underground developments come into force.

Over the past decade a growing number of property owners unable to build up or out in tight London streets have opted to dig down, bypassing rules governing above-ground work and encouraged by technological advances in building basements.

Sep 4, 2013

“Don’t knows” may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote

LONDON (Reuters) – With a year until Scotland’s referendum on independence, enough voters are “don’t knows” to swing the vote and only one in four are certain to vote for separating from Britain, according to an opinion poll on Wednesday.

The survey follows a flurry of warnings from British government figures this year on the potential negative economic impact of independence. Finance minister George Osborne said this week it would make Scotland four percent poorer over the next 30 years and over-dependent on volatile tax receipts from the oil and gas industry.

Sep 3, 2013

Gas driller freezes plans in rural Britain after fracking protests

LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Oil exploration at a site in
rural England that sparked anti-fracking protests two weeks ago
will be put on hold later this month and reconsidered next year
with the freeze hailed a “cautious victory” by campaigners.

Shale gas driller Cuadrilla Resources on Tuesday withdrew an
application to extend drilling and horizontal well testing at a
site near Balcombe village in West Sussex beyond Sept. 28 when
its current permit expires and said it would submit new plans.

Sep 3, 2013

Developers face heat for London’s car-frying skyscraper

LONDON (Reuters) – A new London skyscraper that reflects sunlight at an intensity capable of melting parts of a car became the latest attraction in the city’s financial district on Tuesday as the developers promised to find a quick fix.

The glass-clad tower, dubbed the Walkie Talkie for its distinctive flared shape, was blamed this week for warping the wing mirror, panels and badge on a Jaguar car parked on the street below the 37-storey building that is under construction.

    • 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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