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May 14, 2013

Britain’s Cameron faces leadership questions over Europe

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron faced questions about his leadership on Tuesday after he buckled to pressure from within the Conservative Party to bring forward draft legislation enforcing a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership.

Just hours after U.S. President Barack Obama cautioned against rushing towards the EU exit, Cameron was forced by a rebellion in his party into promising a bill that would pave the way for an in-out vote on Europe.

May 14, 2013

Cameron faces leadership questions over Europe

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron faced questions about his leadership on Tuesday after he buckled to pressure from within the Conservative Party to bring forward draft legislation enforcing a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership.

Just hours after U.S. President Barack Obama cautioned against rushing towards the EU exit, Cameron was forced by a rebellion in his party into promising a bill that would pave the way for an in-out vote on Europe.

May 9, 2013

Turkish Airlines backs down on lipstick ban

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Turkish Airlines is
quashing a ban on female flight attendants wearing red lipstick
and nail polish, its chief executive said on Thursday, after an
outcry by secular Turks worried the country is becoming too
Islamic.

The national carrier had said in a statement this month the
use of red and dark pink lipstick and nail polish would impair
the “visual integrity” of its staff.

May 3, 2013

Anti-EU party shakes British PM’s Conservatives in local vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The anti-European Union UK Independence Party made big gains in local elections on Friday, siphoning support from British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in a vote that underlined the threat it poses to his re-election chances in 2015.

Its success in council elections in mostly English rural areas that have traditionally been Conservative strongholds rattled Britain’s three main parties, as voters deserted their ranks to switch allegiance to the populist group.

May 3, 2013

Anti-EU party shakes PM’s Conservatives in local vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The anti-European Union UK Independence Party made big gains in local elections on Friday, siphoning support from British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in a vote that underlined the threat it poses to his re-election chances in 2015.

Its success in council elections in mostly English rural areas that have traditionally been Conservative strongholds rattled Britain’s three main parties, as voters deserted their ranks to switch allegiance to the populist group.

Apr 16, 2013

Thatcher’s legacy: citadel of finance atop once-derelict docks

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – Where a maze of derelict
warehouses and old cranes once testified to Britain’s decline,
glass skyscrapers teeming with traders now dominate London’s
docks, a metaphor – for good and ill – for Margaret Thatcher’s
free-market revolution.

Thatcher called the dockside development one of the most
exciting projects she had ever known. Its aim: To transform a
virtual wasteland into a cluster of towers that would, combined
with her ‘Big Bang’ reforms of the City of London, become the
spine of the only financial capital to threaten New York.

Apr 9, 2013

“Iron Lady” Thatcher mourned, but opponents celebrate

LONDON (Reuters) – Admirers of Margaret Thatcher on Tuesday mourned the “Iron Lady” who as Britain’s longest serving prime minister in over a century pitched free-market capitalism as the only medicine for her country’s crippled economy and the crumbling Soviet bloc.

World leaders past and present, from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to U.S. President Barack Obama, led tributes the grocer’s daughter who sought to arrest Britain’s decline and helped Ronald Reagan broker an end to the Cold War.

Apr 9, 2013

“Iron Lady” Thatcher mourned, but critics speak out

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and admirers worldwide are mourning Margaret Thatcher, who has died aged 87, as the “Iron Lady” who rolled back the state and faced down her enemies during 11 years as Britain’s first woman prime minister.

Her impact on the 1980s was such that opponents, including Labour’s Tony Blair and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, led tributes to a legacy that radically transformed the British economy along free-market lines now widely taken for granted and includes her role in the peaceful end to the Cold War.

Apr 8, 2013

“Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher dies

LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power, died on Monday following a stroke. She was 87.

Britain’s only woman prime minister, the unyielding, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British premier since the early 19th century.

Apr 8, 2013

Britain’s “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher dies

LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power, died on Monday following a stroke. She was 87.

Britain’s only woman prime minister, the unyielding, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British premier since the early 19th century.