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Apr 10, 2014

Scottish nationalists mark 160-day countdown to independence vote

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) – Despite a drumbeat of warnings from businessmen, financiers and British government officials that an independent Scotland would be doomed to failure, Scottish nationalists go into their spring conference this weekend with banners flying and polls showing support for their dream is gathering pace.

Under the conference slogan “Forward,” the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) will hammer home its message that oil-rich Scotland can be a prosperous nation that decides its own future if it votes on September 18 to end the 307-year tie with England.

Apr 4, 2014

Prince George’s first tour stifles Australia/New Zealand republicans

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain’s younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old prince, third-in-line to the British throne, will accompany his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a three-week tour of the two former British colonies.

Apr 3, 2014

Prince George’s first tour stifles Australia/NZ republicans

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain’s younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old prince, third-in-line to the British throne, will accompany his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a three-week tour of the two former British colonies.

Apr 3, 2014

British Prince George’s first tour stifles Australia/NZ republicans

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain’s younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old prince, third-in-line to the British throne, will accompany his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a three-week tour of the two former British colonies.

Apr 2, 2014

Wales considers banning public use of electronic cigarettes

LONDON (Reuters) – Wales could become the first part of the United Kingdom to ban electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces due to fears their use could “re-normalize” smoking conventional cigarettes.

Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the rapid spread of e-cigarettes could undermine the health benefits of banning the smoking of conventional cigarettes in public in 2007.

Apr 2, 2014

English universities see first fall in foreign students since 1985

LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) – The number of overseas students
at English universities has fallen for the first time in nearly
30 years as students choose the United States and Australia
instead due to tougher visa rules and higher fees, research
showed on Wednesday.

Numbers fell to 307,205 in 2012 from 311,800 in 2011, the
first drop in 29 years, analysis by the Higher Education Funding
Council for England (HEFCE) showed, despite foreign student
numbers rising in other countries.

Mar 31, 2014

British lawmakers fear for BBC World Service under new funding

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers raised fears on Monday for the future of the BBC World Service, the world’s largest international broadcaster, as funding shifts from government grants to financing by domestic television user fees.

Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said it was concerned that a change in funding and a lack of presence on the BBC’s executive or management boards would erode the on-air and online influence of the radio and television service.

Mar 27, 2014

Scottish financiers back independence as means of staying in EU

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – A group of Scottish financiers
came out in support of independence on Thursday to counter a
flood of warnings over Scotland going it alone, cautioning that
staying within the United Kingdom could mean losing European
Union membership.

George Mathewson, former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland
and chairman of Toscafund, and five other current and
former Scottish financial players raised the possible risks of
remaining in the United Kingdom in a letter to a newspaper.

Mar 26, 2014

Women struggling to crack glass ceiling in top UK companies: report

LONDON (Reuters) – More women are sitting on the boards of Britain’s biggest companies but the glass ceiling is yet to crack, with most top jobs still held by men and companies needing to do more for gender balance, a report showed on Wednesday.

The latest of three British government reports on gender in boardrooms found women now hold a fifth, or 20.7 percent, of board positions in FTSE 100 companies, up from 17.3 percent in April 2013 and 12.5 percent in 2011, but short of a 2015 target.

Mar 24, 2014

Scottish islanders seek votes for own independence

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – As the battle over Scottish
independence heats up, residents of three groups of remote
Scottish islands, some of which straddle oil and gas fields
northeast of Britain, are calling for their own breakaway votes
and greater autonomy.

Islanders from Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have
lodged a petition with the Scottish parliament asking for a vote
on Sept. 25, a week after a referendum on whether Scotland
should end its ties with the United Kingdom after 307 years.

    • 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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