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Apr 6, 2013

North Korea asks embassies to consider moving diplomats out

LONDON/SEOUL, April 5 (Reuters) – North Korea warned on
Friday it could not guarantee the safety of diplomats after next
Wednesday and asked embassies to consider moving staff out of
the country, European diplomats said, amid high tension on the
Korean peninsula.

The requests came on the heels of declarations by the
government of the secretive communist state that real conflict
was inevitable, because of what it termed “hostile” U.S. troop
exercises with South Korea and U.N. sanctions imposed over North
Korea’s nuclear weapons testing.

Apr 5, 2013

North Korea warns embassies of conflict risk as missiles move

LONDON/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has asked embassies in Pyongyang that might wish to get staff out if there is a war to submit plans to it by April 10, Britain said on Friday, as it upped the pressure as part of a war of words that has set the Korean peninsula on edge.

Initial reports by Russia’s Foreign Ministry and China’s Xinhua news agency suggested that North Korea had suggested that embassies should consider closing because of the risk of conflict.

Mar 25, 2013

Britain’s MI5 spy chief to step down

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s MI5 spy chief, who oversaw a safe Olympics and helped transform the Security Service’s counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, will step down next month.

Sir Jonathan Evans, appointed director general of the domestic intelligence service less than two years after the July 7 bombings, presided over an expansion anti-terrorism operations. There were no major attacks on his five-year watch.

Mar 25, 2013

MI5 spy chief to step down

LONDON (Reuters) – The MI5 spy chief, who oversaw a safe Olympics and helped transform the Security Service’s counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, will step down next month.

Sir Jonathan Evans, appointed director general of the domestic intelligence service less than two years after the July 7 bombings, presided over an expansion anti-terrorism operations. There were no major attacks on his five-year watch.

Mar 24, 2013

Putin foe Berezovsky dead in Britain, circumstances “unexplained”

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who helped broker Vladimir Putin’s rise to the Kremlin’s top job only to become his sworn enemy, has been found dead at his home in Britain in unclear circumstances. He was 67.

Police in Britain, where the tycoon fled in 2000 after falling foul of the Kremlin under Putin, said on Saturday the death was unexplained and they had started an investigation.

Mar 23, 2013

Putin foe Berezovsky dead, circumstances “unexplained”

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who helped broker Vladimir Putin’s rise to the Kremlin’s top job only to become his fierce enemy, has been found dead at his home in Britain in unclear circumstances. He was 67.

“His death is currently being treated as unexplained and a full inquiry is under way,” police said in a statement on Saturday that did not identify Berezovsky by name.

Feb 28, 2013

Van Rompuy tells Britain: leaving EU “not free”

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Europe’s most powerful officials cautioned Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday that leaving the European Union could cost Britain dear and that the bloc’s other leaders do not want to renegotiate Europe’s founding treaties.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Britain had a chance to play a leading role in building the European economy now the euro zone had the “artillery” of economic tools to get itself out of the worst crisis in its history.

Feb 27, 2013

EU exit would hit UK influence like Suez: Clarke

LONDON (Reuters) – A British exit from the European Union would be a historic blunder that would dilute the country’s clout in the same way as the Suez crisis did, the most pro-European Conservative minister in Britain’s government says.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to try to claw back powers from the EU and put any new settlement to voters in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017, heightening fears that Britain could leave the club it joined in 1973.

Feb 25, 2013

EU gamble risks killing UK’s “golden goose”: Mandelson

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron risks wrecking Britain’s financial center with his bid to wrest back powers from the European Union ahead of a vote on whether to leave, one of the UK’s most influential Europhiles says.

Peter Mandelson, once one of Britain’s most powerful men, told Reuters Cameron was imperilling the country’s future by promising to claw back powers from the EU and to hold an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017.

Feb 23, 2013

UK downgrade pressures reluctant Osborne to change course

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister insisted on Saturday he would not change course after the loss of the country’s ‘AAA’ credit rating but George Osborne is facing pressure to do just that as his bet on austerity falters ahead of the 2015 election.

Moody’s dealt Britain its first sovereign rating downgrade on Friday, saying the $2.5 trillion economy faced years more sluggish growth and debt would continue to rise until 2016.