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Jun 8, 2014

World leaders face pressure to act against sexual violence at UK summit

LONDON (Reuters) – The kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls and several recent horrific murders of women is expected to raise pressure on the world community to take concrete action to punish those responsible for sexual violence at a global summit in London this week.

Invited by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, government ministers, military and judicial leaders and aid workers from about 150 nations will join the first global summit to end sexual violence in conflict.

Jun 7, 2014

UK government removes Lego figures from Scotland independence campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has removed images of Lego figures enjoying the possible gains of Scots rejecting a vote for independence, after the Danish toy maker complained about the use of its characters in a online campaign.

The government produced a list of 12 things Scots could buy with the extra 1,400 pounds ($2,300) a year it said they would have if they voted to stay part of the United Kingdom in a Sept. 18 referendum, using figures made from Lego to illustrate the options.

Jun 7, 2014

UK govt removes Lego figures from Scotland independence campaign

LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) – The British government has
removed images of Lego figures enjoying the possible gains of
Scots rejecting a vote for independence, after the Danish toy
maker complained about the use of its characters in a online
campaign.

The government produced a list of 12 things Scots could buy
with the extra 1,400 pounds ($2,300) a year it said they would
have if they voted to stay part of the United Kingdom in a Sept.
18 referendum, using figures made from Lego to illustrate the
options.

Jun 4, 2014

Scottish independence vote will be close, top unionist says

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s vote on leaving the United Kingdom will be close but the economic argument for the 307-year union with England will sway many undecided voters, the head of the anti-secessionist campaign said on Wednesday.

In the biggest challenge to the union since Irish nationalists created a breakaway republic almost 100 years ago, about 4 million residents of Scotland over the age of 16 will vote on Sept. 18 on whether to declare independence from London.

Jun 3, 2014

Church of England to bar clergy from joining parties seen as racist

LONDON (Reuters) – The Church of England may dismiss clergy if they back political parties promoting the “sin of racism”, its bishops agreed on Tuesday in an unprecedented move by the mother church of the world’s 80 million Anglicans.

William Fittall, secretary general of the Church’s General Synod, said they would be disciplined if they joined or sought support for the British National Party or National Front, whose views the Church considers incompatible with its teachings.

Jun 3, 2014

Pakistan’s Karachi in lockdown after politician arrested in London

LONDON/ISLAMABAD, June 3 (Reuters) – One of the most
divisive and feared figures in Pakistan was arrested in London
on Tuesday, his party said, sparking fears of a violent backlash
in Pakistan and sending the country’s biggest city into
lockdown.

Altaf Hussain, who is wanted at home in relation to a murder
case, has lived in London in self-imposed exile since the early
1990s.

Jun 2, 2014

TV star Savile may have abused 500 children, youngest 2 – charity

LONDON (Reuters) – Late British television presenter Jimmy Savile was a far more prolific sex offender even than previously suspected, a charity said on Monday, abusing children as young as two and targeting victims in a high-security psychiatric hospital.

Savile, a major BBC celebrity and charity fundraiser in the 1970s and 1980s, was unmasked after his 2011 death aged 84 as one of Britain’s worst sex offenders. He preyed largely on children at hospitals and BBC premises, relying on his celebrity status to deter or block any complaints.

Jun 2, 2014

British TV star Savile may have abused 500 children, youngest 2-charity

LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) – Late British television presenter
Jimmy Savile was a far more prolific sex offender even than
previously suspected, a charity said on Monday, abusing children
as young as two and targeting victims in a high-security
psychiatric hospital.

Savile, a major BBC celebrity and charity fundraiser in the
1970s and 1980s, was unmasked after his 2011 death aged 84 as
one of Britain’s worst sex offenders. He preyed largely on
children at hospitals and BBC premises, relying on his celebrity
status to deter or block any complaints.

May 27, 2014

Britain’s Prince Charles stirs controversy with warning over climate

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles warned business leaders on Tuesday to take action against climate change or watch the world continue on a path to destruction – the latest forthright comment from the heir to the British throne in a month when his views have caused political and diplomatic waves.

Charles sparked a diplomatic spat last week by comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, with some lawmakers calling for the 65-year-old prince to keep his personal opinions private.

May 25, 2014

Vandalised Rothko painting rehung in London after pioneering restoration

LONDON (Reuters) – (This May 13, 2014 story was refiled to correct the final words in quote in last paragraph and adds how Reuters received a copy of Umanets’ video statement)

A Mark Rothko painting vandalized at London’s Tate Modern gallery 18 months ago went back on public view on Tuesday after the first-ever effort to strip graffiti ink off a major artwork without damaging the layers of paintwork.

    • 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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