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Apr 7, 2015

Scottish nationalists raise prospect of another independence vote after 2016

LONDON (Reuters) – Just a month before the most unpredictable British election in a generation, Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon raised the prospect of another independence referendum after 2016 that could break apart the United Kingdom.

Though Scots voted to stay part of the United Kingdom in a Sept. 18 referendum, support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) has surged before a UK-wide general election on May 7.

Mar 16, 2015

Britain’s Labour Party rules out coalition with Scottish nationalists

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party ruled out forming a coalition government with the Scottish National Party (SNP) after a May 7 national election, a tactical move it hopes will resurrect its flagging fortunes in Scotland and calm nervous English voters.

Since Scots voted by 55-45 percent to preserve the United Kingdom in a referendum last year, support for the SNP has surged, largely at the expense of Labour, on a perception that Britain’s rulers are backsliding on pledges to grant Scotland more powers.

Mar 11, 2015

Balls says Labour wants financial services to flourish

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour Party will help the financial services industry prosper as a global exporter but will ensure vigilant scrutiny by regulators if Ed Miliband wins the May 7 national election, the opposition party’s finance minister-in-waiting said on Wednesday.

In an attempt to allay financiers’ concerns that a possible Miliband government would damage London’s position as the only financial capital to rival New York, Ed Balls said he wanted to see the financial services sector expand.

Feb 4, 2015

Germany must ease up on austerity to revive euro zone: UK Labour

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany must relax its insistence on austerity and stoke domestic demand so struggling euro zone nations like Greece can grow their way out of crisis, the man who could be Britain’s finance minister after May elections said.

On Britain, the opposition Labour party’s finance minister-in-waiting said Prime Minister David Cameron’s planned referendum on European Union membership was the biggest risk in at least a generation to Britain’s $2.8 trillion economy.

Jan 8, 2015

Britain’s MI5 chief warns al Qaeda in Syria planning mass attacks on West

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets”, the head of Britain’s MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.

Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely.

Jan 8, 2015

MI5 chief warns al Qaeda in Syria planning mass attacks on West

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets”, the head of MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.

Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely.

Dec 11, 2014

Father of Web tells Russia’s Putin: Internet is not a ‘CIA project’

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The inventor of the World Wide
Web said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was
incorrect when he alleged the Internet was a project created by
U.S. spies in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Putin, a former KGB spy who does not use email, has said he
will not restrict Internet access for Russians, but in April he
stoked concerns that the Kremlin might seek to crackdown by
saying the Internet was born out of a “CIA project”.

Dec 4, 2014

Fleeing war and crumbling economy, Ukrainians flock to Europe

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Andriy left his home town in
western Ukraine earlier this year on a journey that brought him
through the hands of shady traders in Poland to one of the
world’s booming markets for illegal immigrants – London.

Fleeing the strife of war with Russian-backed fighters and a
shattered economy, Andriy is following a path similar to one
taken by thousands of his fellow Ukrainians who have travelled
either eastwards to Russia or westwards to the European Union.

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.