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Nov 27, 2014

UK strikes deal to grant Scotland more powers to counter separatists

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s main political parties struck what they said was a historic deal to grant Scotland tax-raising powers and greater autonomy to try to satisfy disappointed separatists who lost an independence vote two months ago.

The deal, which was unveiled on Thursday but will not be implemented until after a UK-wide parliamentary election next year, amounts to the biggest transfer of powers to Scotland from the United Kingdom since 1999 when a Scots parliament was set up.

Nov 15, 2014

Scottish nationalist ‘kingmakers’ eye post-2015 election deal with Labour

PERTH Scotland (Reuters) – If Scottish nationalists win a ‘kingmaker’ position in Britain’s May 2015 election, they would consider supporting a minority Labour government but would never get into bed with the Conservatives, their leader in the London parliament said.

Since Scots voted by 55-45 percent to preserve the United Kingdom in a Sept. 18 referendum, support for the Scottish National Party has surged on a perception that Britain’s rulers are backsliding on pledges to grant more powers.

Nov 14, 2014

Scotland may seek new independence vote if UK delays devolution, Salmond says

PERTH Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland may seek another independence vote if Britain’s rulers fail to honor their pledge to grant it further autonomy, outgoing Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond warned on Friday, less than two months after Scots spurned independence.

Salmond, in his final speech as party leader, told members that Scotland would eventually secure his dream of independence from London. He also delivered a warning to British Prime Minister David Cameron:

Nov 7, 2014

‘Cannibal’ tries to eat woman in British murder case: reports

LONDON (Reuters) – British police confronted a man trying to eat the eyeball and face of a woman and used a stun gun on the cannibal who later died, local media quoted witnesses as saying.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder investigation has been opened.

Nov 5, 2014

“Stop shouting at Europe”, City lobby group tells UK’s rulers

LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – British politicians should stop
shouting at their European Union partners from the sidelines and
start building alliances to ensure proper reform of the world’s
richest region, a lobby group for powerful banks and money
managers said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate the
terms of Britain’s European Union membership and hold an
“in-out” referendum if re-elected in 2015.

Nov 4, 2014

UK spy chief demands more access to Twitter, Facebook to thwart attacks

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Twitter and Facebook are so
important to militant groups that the U.S. technology giants
should give security services greater access to allow Western
governments to foil attacks, the head of Britain’s eavesdropping
agency said.

The new director of Britain’s GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, said
Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and WhatsApp were in
denial about their unintended role as “the command and control
networks of choice for terrorists”.

Oct 14, 2014

After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges

LONDON (Reuters) – Less than a month after Scots spurned independence, separatists said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron was betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more spending powers to the Scottish parliament.

In a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the union days before the Sept. 18 referendum that threatened to break apart the United Kingdom, Britain’s three main political parties promised to give more powers to Scotland.

Oct 10, 2014

Anti-EU party up-ends UK politics by targeting left and right

LONDON (Reuters) – After years of promising a political earthquake, the UK Independence Party is causing tremors. It poached one of Prime Minister David Cameron’s parliamentary seats and almost took another from the Labor party.

The anti-EU party’s success, four months after it won European elections in Britain and seven months before a national election, threatens to up-end a generations-old political settlement which has seen the two main parties take turns to govern.

Oct 3, 2014

Britain names career spy to head MI6 intelligence service

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has named Alex Younger, a career spy who helped lead London’s counter-terrorist defence of the 2012 Olympics, as chief of its MI6 Secret Intelligence Service – Britain’s most prestigious intelligence job.

An economics graduate and former soldier, Younger has worked for MI6 in Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan since 1991, according to a short biography released by the government.

Oct 3, 2014

John Lewis boss apologises for saying France in decline, station squalid

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The head of British retailer John
Lewis has apologised after saying France is such a hopeless
country where nothing works that investors should pull their
money out quickly.

“I have never been to a country more ill at ease … nothing
works and worse, nobody cares about it,” Managing Director Andy
Street was quoted by the Times newspaper as telling a London
audience in a dinner speech after his train was delayed from