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Nov 6, 2015

Britain, U.S. intercepted ‘chatter’ supporting theory bomb took down Russian jet: officials

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – British and U.S. spies intercepted “chatter” from suspected militants and at least one other government suggesting that a bomb, possibly hidden in luggage in the hold, downed a Russian airliner on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, Western intelligence sources said.

Prime Minister David Cameron halted flights to and from Sharm al-Sheikh on Wednesday after intelligence shown to him indicated that it was likely that the Airbus A321 heading towards St Petersburg was brought down by a bomb.

Oct 22, 2015

British support for EU membership tumbles as migration crisis bites – poll

LONDON (Reuters) – British support for staying in the European Union has tumbled over the past four months as an influx of migrants into Europe has pushed many voters towards opting for an exit, the Ipsos MORI pollster said on Thursday.

Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking to renegotiate relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 ahead of a referendum on membership by the end of 2017.

Oct 22, 2015

China’s Xi seals nuclear power deal as part of £40 billion splurge in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has sealed a multi-billion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will unleash a wave of investment from the world’s second largest economy.

After a day of pomp, Communist Party General Secretary Xi on Wednesday turned from pageantry to discussion of 40 billion pounds’ ($62 billion) worth of deals with Cameron in his Downing Street residence, where the landmark nuclear deal was signed.

Oct 21, 2015

China’s Xi turns to money and politics in Britain after a day of pomp

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will
preside over the signing of a deal to build a nuclear power
station in Britain on Wednesday as Prime Minister David Cameron
seeks to clinch $46 billion in contracts with the world’s
second-largest economy.

After a day of pomp on the first full day of Xi’s state
visit to Britain, the Chinese leader will turn from pageantry to
politics and business at talks with Cameron in his Downing
Street residence and a London business summit.

Oct 16, 2015

‘Await a letter in November’, Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron sought to defuse fellow EU leaders’ frustration over a lack of detail in his demand for new membership terms from the bloc by promising on Thursday to send them his wish-list in writing in early November.

The British prime minister says his bid to renegotiate relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but many officials across the European Union have expressed irritation that London has yet to spell out specific proposals since Cameron was re-elected in May.

Oct 15, 2015

‘Await a letter in November’, Britain’s Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron sought to defuse fellow EU leaders’ frustration over a lack of detail in his demand for new membership terms from the bloc by promising on Thursday to send them his wish-list in writing in early November.

The prime minister says his bid to renegotiate relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but many officials across the European Union have expressed frustration that London has failed to submit precise detail on its proposals since Cameron was re-elected in May.

Oct 15, 2015

‘Wait until November,’ Britain’s Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Thursday to speed up Britain’s renegotiation of its ties with the European Union and lay out specific demands next month ahead of a referendum on whether to quit the bloc that is due before the end of 2017.

Cameron says his bid to recast Britain’s relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but some EU diplomats have privately expressed frustration that Britain has failed to submit precise detail of its proposals.

Oct 15, 2015

‘Wait until November’, Cameron tells EU on renegotiation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Thursday to speed up Britain’s renegotiation of its ties with the European Union and lay out specific demands next month ahead of a referendum on whether to quit the bloc that is due before the end of 2017.

Cameron says his bid to recast Britain’s relations with the bloc it joined in 1973 is “bloody hard work”, but some EU diplomats have privately expressed frustration that Britain has failed to submit precise detail of its proposals.

Oct 12, 2015

Britain’s pro-EU campaign opens with warning: Don’t turn your back on world

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – British pro-Europeans on Monday
launched their campaign to keep their country inside the
European Union, cautioning that turning away from the world’s
biggest economic bloc would hurt jobs and torpedo London’s
global financial clout.

“Do we continue to lead the world by leading in Europe or
risk diminishing our influence on the world stage by turning our
backs on Europe?” veteran business executive Stuart Rose, leader
of the new “Britain Stronger in Europe” campaign, asked.

Oct 8, 2015

‘Czar Putin': as secure as he seems?

PARIS (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin turned 63 this week with his now traditional display of sporting prowess, and an announcement that Russian naval vessels had launched a wave of missiles against Islamic State in Syria.

The Russian leader has never appeared more confident and his grip on power never more secure. In the past two years he has outmaneuvered the West in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria. Western sanctions have apparently failed to blunt his ambition.