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Jun 11, 2014

Angelina Jolie, Hague, vow action against sexual violence in war

LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed on Tuesday to ensure the world’s first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict resulted in practical action to punish those responsible and help victims.

Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations are attending the June 10-13 summit that is the result of a two-year partnership between Jolie and Hague to combat rape as a weapon of war.

Jun 11, 2014

Author JK Rowling donates 1 million sterling to fight Scottish independence

LONDON (Reuters) – JK Rowling, Britain’s best-selling author and creator of teenage wizard Harry Potter, has donated 1 million pounds ($1.68 million) to the campaign against Scottish independence, saying on Wednesday she believed Scotland was better off staying in the United Kingdom.

Rowling lives in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh where she wrote the first of the Potter series in a local cafe and will be among about four million Scottish residents to decide on Sept. 18 whether to end the 307-year tie to England.

Jun 11, 2014

Author JK Rowling donates 1 mln stg to fight Scottish independence

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – JK Rowling, Britain’s
best-selling author and creator of teenage wizard Harry Potter,
has donated 1 million pounds ($1.68 million) to the campaign
against Scottish independence, saying on Wednesday she believed
Scotland was better off staying in the United Kingdom.

Rowling lives in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh where she
wrote the first of the Potter series in a local cafe and will
be among about four million Scottish residents to decide on
Sept. 18 whether to end the 307-year tie to England.

Jun 10, 2014

Angelina Jolie, UK’s Hague, vow action at sexual violence summit

LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed on Tuesday to produce practical action from the world’s first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict, to punish those responsible and help victims.

Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations will attend the June 10-13 summit, intended as a call for action to protect women, children and men from rape and sex attacks in war zones.

Jun 9, 2014

Fear, loathing sully debate on Scottish independence

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Retired military general Norman Arthur represented Queen Elizabeth in his Scottish neighborhood and is passionate that the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Stuart Campbell, a pro-independence campaigner based hundreds of miles south in England, disagrees fervently.

But both men have one thing in common: They have called in police after being threatened for their views.

Jun 9, 2014

Insight – Fear, loathing sully debate on Scottish independence

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Retired military general Norman Arthur represented Queen Elizabeth in his Scottish neighbourhood and is passionate that the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Stuart Campbell, a pro-independence campaigner based hundreds of miles south in England, disagrees fervently.

    But both men have one thing in common: They have called in police after being threatened for their views.

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.

    • 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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