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Sep 15, 2015

Britain proposes paramilitary watchdog to break N.Ireland impasse

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday proposed the creation of an independent watchdog to monitor paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland after a shooting linked to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) threatened to unravel a two-decade old peace deal.

The region’s pro-British First Minister Peter Robinson, who last week walked out of a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists Sinn Fein, said he would need more details before deciding if his party would commit to multi-party talks.

Sep 15, 2015

Britain proposes paramilitary watchdog to break Northern Ireland impasse

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday proposed the creation of an independent watchdog to monitor paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland after a shooting linked to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) threatened to unravel a two-decade old peace deal.

The region’s pro-British First Minister Peter Robinson, who last week walked out of a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists Sinn Fein, said he would need more details before deciding if his party would commit to multi-party talks.

Sep 12, 2015

Scottish nationalists to set out ‘triggers’ for new independence vote – Sunday Herald

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Scottish nationalist leader
Nicola Sturgeon will include triggers for a second independence
referendum in the party’s manifesto for the 2016 Scottish
election, the Sunday Herald newspaper reported.

The Sunday Herald said that Sturgeon had told the paper in
an interview her Scottish National Party’s (SNP) 2016 manifesto
would set out triggers for a second independence referendum,
though it did not immediately supply a direct quote from
Sturgeon.

Sep 8, 2015

‘Brexit’ by accident? Events risk overtaking PM Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – As little as a year before Britain votes on whether to leave the European Union, events risk derailing Prime Minister David Cameron’s carefully-laid plan to renegotiate EU membership and keep Britain in.

First Cameron compromised on the referendum question, then Eurosceptic Conservative backbenchers defeated him on campaign rules, the government’s first defeat since his unexpectedly strong victory in the May 7 general election.

Aug 24, 2015

UK says Iran sanctions could be lifted next spring

TEHRAN (Reuters) – International sanctions on Iran could start to be lifted as early as spring next year, Britain’s foreign minister said on Monday, as Tehran and the West rebuild their ties and potentially open up billions of dollars of trade deals.

Six world powers agreed in July to lift sanctions in return for Iran accepting long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear arms.

Aug 24, 2015

Britain says Iran sanctions could be lifted next spring

TEHRAN (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday he expected sanctions on Iran could start to be lifted as early as Spring next year.

Speaking to Reuters on a visit to Tehran to reopen Britain’s embassy in the Iranian capital, Hammond said he expected Iran and the United States could endorse the nuclear deal they reached last month by October.

Aug 24, 2015

Shell eyes Iran, to pay debt when sanctions end

TEHRAN, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will
repay a $2 billion debt to the National Iranian Oil Company
(NIOC) when sanctions on Iran are lifted and will consider
investing in the country’s vast energy sector, Shell’s boss for
new business said.

Much would depend on the terms offered by the Islamic
Republic once sanctions were lifted, said Edward Daniels,
Shell’s executive vice-president for commercial and new
business development. He was speaking to Reuters while on a
British government visit to reopen the country’s embassy in
Tehran.

Aug 23, 2015

Britain reopens embassy in Iran ransacked in 2011

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran on Sunday, a striking signal of how Western ties with Iran have thawed since protesters stormed the compound nearly four years ago.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond watched the British flag being raised in the garden of the opulent 19th century building while the national anthem played. In 2011, the attackers burned the Union Jack and ransacked the ambassador’s residence.

Aug 23, 2015

‘Old Fox’ Britain keeps souvenirs of storming in Tehran embassy

TEHRAN (Reuters) – “Death to England” is scrawled in oddly tidy Farsi above a photograph of Queen Elizabeth on the wall of the 19th Century embassy in Tehran, testimony to the perception here that Britain is a perfidious intriguer in Iranian affairs.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reopened the embassy in Tehran on Sunday, nearly four years since it was ransacked by protesters who left graffiti across the walls of a building which many in Iran believe is a lair of spies working for the “Old Fox”, as Britain is sometimes known.

Aug 23, 2015

In thaw of Iran ties, Britain reopens ransacked embassy in Tehran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran on Sunday nearly four years after protesters ransacked the ambassador’s residence and burned the Union Jack.

In a signal of the most striking thaw in Western ties with Iran for over a decade, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond watched the British flag being raised in the garden of the opulent 19th century building while the national anthem played.