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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.

May 21, 2014

Tale of two towns as Scottish independence shows social divide

KILMARNOCK Scotland (Reuters) – With Edinburgh’s old town abuzz with tourists and its trendy restaurants full, the Scottish capital has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring.

But in Kilmarnock, 50 miles (80 kms) west, it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping center.

May 20, 2014

U.S. resumes search for missing British sailors after public appeal

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities resumed a hunt on Tuesday for four British yachtsmen missing in the Atlantic Ocean after a public appeal backed by UK politicians and British billionaire Richard Branson not to give up on finding them just yet.

The sailors on board the yacht Cheeki Rafiki went missing on Friday as they were returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean and reported that the vessel was taking on water, forcing them to change course to head to the Azores.

May 14, 2014

Scottish independence bid flags questions about Union Jack

LONDON (Reuters) – For centuries the Union Jack has been the symbol of British power across the globe but a bid by secessionists in Scotland to break the union with England has thrust the future of the red-white-and-blue flag into question.

Gracing gunboats, guitars and even iPhones, the Union Flag has by turns served as a banner of imperial might and of British identity for everyone from monarchs to the Sex Pistols.

May 13, 2014

Vandalized Rothko painting rehung in London after pioneering restoration

LONDON (Reuters) – 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.

Rothko’s “Black on Maroon” was attacked in October 2012 by an aspiring artist who scrawled “Vladimir Umanets ’12, A Potential Piece of Yellowism” in a lower corner. One of the Seagram Murals commissioned for the Four Seasons restaurant in 1958, the painting was valued at five million to nine million pounds by Sotheby’s. Rothko donated it to the Tate in 1970.

    • 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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