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:
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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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
LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – France is such a hopeless country
where nothing works that investors should pull their money out
quickly, the head of British retailer John Lewis said in an
extraordinary dinner speech after his train was delayed from
“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.
BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – In Britain’s strongest interjection yet over clashes in Hong Kong between riot police and pro-democracy protesters, finance chief George Osborne urged China to seek peace and said the former colony’s prosperity depended on freedom.
Britain had until Tuesday been wary of angering Beijing with anything that could be interpreted as meddling in the affairs of Hong Kong which it handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of imperial control.