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Oct 27, 2015

Osborne ‘isolated’ after peers block welfare cuts

LONDON (Reuters) – A defeat for proposed welfare cuts in Britain’s upper house of parliament was widely seen on Tuesday as a deep blow to Chancellor George Osborne, leaving him “isolated” and “humiliated” after he asked the country to live within its means.

    Forced to backtrack on cuts to benefits for low-earning families, Osborne’s determination to push through measures critics said would hurt Britain’s most vulnerable people was deemed ill-judged by newspapers and some lawmakers.

Oct 27, 2015

Britain’s finance minister ‘isolated’ after peers block welfare cuts

LONDON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A defeat for proposed welfare
cuts in Britain’s upper house of parliament was widely seen on
Tuesday as a deep blow to finance minister George Osborne,
leaving him “isolated” and “humiliated” after he asked the
country to live within its means.

Forced to backtrack on cuts to benefits for low-earning
families, Osborne’s determination to push through measures
critics said would hurt Britain’s most vulnerable people was
deemed ill-judged by newspapers and some lawmakers.

Oct 27, 2015

In Britain’s pubs, Brexit debate is well underway

LOWESTOFT, England (Reuters) – Tempers flared and insults flew, but after more than an hour of opposing ‘facts’, a few scare stories and the odd saucy joke, the vote was in – 82 percent of people were in favor of Britain quitting the European Union.

The ‘out’ campaign had won over three dozen waverers – a third of the 105-strong audience – in the Livingstones pub in rural eastern England. It was one of the first dry runs of a debate that will be waged up and down Britain before a referendum on whether to stay in the 28-member bloc.

Oct 25, 2015

UK nuclear deterrent to cost 167 bln pounds, far more than expected

LONDON (Reuters) – The overall cost of replacing and maintaining Britain’s nuclear deterrent will reach 167 billion pounds ($256 billion), much more than expected, according to a lawmaker’s and Reuters’ calculations based on official figures.

    If the figure is confirmed, it is likely to spur critics who say Britain should not be committing to spending billions of pounds on defence at a time when they say deep cuts under the government’s “austerity” policies are hurting families.

Oct 25, 2015

Exclusive: UK nuclear deterrent to cost 167 billion pounds, far more than expected

LONDON (Reuters) – The overall cost of replacing and maintaining Britain’s nuclear deterrent will reach 167 billion pounds ($256 billion), much more than expected, according to a lawmaker’s and Reuters’ calculations based on official figures.

If the figure is confirmed, it is likely to spur critics who say Britain should not be committing to spending billions of pounds on defense at a time when they say deep cuts under the government’s “austerity” policies are hurting families.

Oct 21, 2015

Welcomed with pomp and protests, China’s Xi hails ties with Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the “brighter future” of close ties with Britain on Tuesday at the start of a pomp-laden visit that should seal more than $46 billion of deals but drew criticism from rights campaigners.

Britain rolled out the red carpet for Xi, welcoming him with a 41-gun salute before he rode to Buckingham Palace in a gilded carriage with Queen Elizabeth.

Oct 20, 2015

Pageantry and protests welcome China leader to Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping rode in a gilded carriage to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday after a royal salute began a pomp-laden visit Britain hopes will secure investment but which has drawn criticism over human rights.

With a few dozen protesters outnumbered by the thousands of China supporters thronging The Mall, one of London’s most famous avenues, Xi and Queen Elizabeth rode by in a closed carriage to the palace for a private lunch.

Oct 20, 2015

Rights supporters throng palace route as China’s Xi starts UK visit

LONDON (Reuters) – Human rights protesters vied with China supporters and tourists to see President Xi Jinping ride in a carriage to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the first day of a state visit Britain hopes will cement financial ties.

Hailed as the beginning of a ‘golden era’ or ‘golden time’ in Sino-British relations, the visit, which will seal a host of business deals, has been criticized by activists who accuse Prime Minister David Cameron of turning a blind eye to abuses.

Oct 19, 2015

China’s Xi to be feted on British trip despite criticism

LONDON (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping will be feted by the royal family and leading politicians during a trip this week which Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will cement Britain’s lucrative place as China’s closest friend in the West.

Hailed as the beginning of a ‘golden era’ or ‘golden time’ in Sino-British ties, the visit, which will seal a host of business deals, has been criticized by human rights activists who accuse Cameron of turning a blind eye to abuses.

Oct 13, 2015

Britain and China to hail ‘golden’ ties during Xi visit

LONDON (Reuters) – When British finance minister George Osborne told Chinese students his daughter studied Mandarin during a visit to Beijing in 2013, it was a clear personal bid to heal strained ties.

Fast forward two years and Osborne’s revelation and his dogged pursuit of better ties have hit the mark, helping to attract billions of pounds in potential investment to Britain in what China calls a “golden time” in relations.