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Mar 12, 2014

Labour’s Miliband lowers chances of British vote on EU membership

LONDON (Reuters) – A future Labour government is unlikely to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union this decade, party leader Ed Miliband said in a political gamble that lowers the chances of Britain leaving the 28-member bloc.

Seeking to define the battle lines of the 2015 election, Miliband said he wanted to fight Prime Minister David Cameron on the ‘cost of living’ rather than spooking businesses with the prospect of a British exit from the EU.

Mar 12, 2014

Britain’s Labour makes chances of in-out EU vote less likely

LONDON (Reuters) – A future Labour government is unlikely to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union this decade, party leader Ed Miliband pledged on Wednesday.

In a political gamble that lowered the chances of Britain leaving the bloc, Miliband, who would be prime minister if Labour wins the 2015 election, said he would only hold an in-out vote if there were to be substantial transfers of powers from London to Brussels.

Feb 19, 2014

United Kingdom’s fate hinges on a tale of two referendums

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The United Kingdom has existed
for more than three centuries, and its territorial integrity has
buckled only once – when Irish nationalists created a breakaway
republic almost 100 years ago.

But an independence vote in Scotland in September and a
possible referendum on whether to leave the European Union in
2017 mean the world’s sixth largest economy now faces two
consecutive threats, promising at the very least short-term
volatility and, in the view of opponents of an EU exit, serious
long-term damage.

Feb 14, 2014

EU inflaming UK’s Europe debate: PM adviser

LONDON (Reuters) – One of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s advisers has likened the European Commission to a golf club that insults its members, saying it is “raising the temperature” in Britain’s debate over Europe.

In comments that reflect the ruling Conservative party’s desire to renegotiate its terms of membership of the 28-nation European Union if re-elected next year, Andrea Leadsom said member states had to take greater control and impose checks and balances on the unelected Commission, the EU’s executive.

Feb 13, 2014

EU exit would cost Britain its treasure, City warns

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A British exit from the EU would
torpedo London’s position as a world financial capital by
pushing money and talent to the United States and Asia, a lobby
group for powerful banks and money managers said on Thursday.

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, raising fears the
world’s sixth-largest economy could quit the club it joined in
1973.

Jan 21, 2014

Report details ‘industrial’ killing of 11,000 in Assad jails

LONDON (Reuters) – A Syrian military police photographer has supplied “clear evidence” showing the systematic torture and killing of about 11,000 detainees in circumstances that evoked Nazi death camps, former war crimes prosecutors said.

Syrian officials could face war crimes charges as a result of the evidence provided by the photographer, who has defected, the three prosecutors said.

Jan 20, 2014

Lawyers see war crimes charges for Syrian officials: newspaper

LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian officials could face war crimes charges after a military police photographer defected and provided evidence showing the systematic killing of 11,000 detainees, the Guardian newspaper reported, citing three lawyers who had examined the files.

The photographs will ratchet up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, who the United States and its Western allies say has committed war crimes against his own people. Assad denies war crimes and says he is fighting ‘terrorists’.

Nov 22, 2013

Father of Web says China will dismantle ‘great firewall’

LONDON (Reuters) – China’s rulers will ultimately take it upon themselves to dismantle the “great firewall” that limits its people’s access to the Internet because doing so will boost China’s economy, the inventor of the World Wide Web said.

In an interview about his World Wide Web Foundation’s rankings of the way 81 countries manage the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, also scolded the United States for undermining the Internet’s foundations with its surveillance programmes.

Nov 14, 2013

Love, money and power in Britain’s phone hacking drama

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – In a reversal of fortune fit for
one of their own front pages, two British former tabloid editors
have witnessed the dissection of their private and professional
lives in the full glare of the media at a trial in London’s most
famous criminal court.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, once Rupert Murdoch’s most
influential British newspaper chiefs, deny conspiracy to hack
the telephone messages of princes, politicians and the public in
a highly competitive quest for exclusive stories.

Oct 30, 2013

Bond trader turned energy boss takes on Britain’s “big power”

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Lambasting the country’s dominant
energy companies for gouging customers, the founder of a small
English supplier has emerged as an unlikely hero in a row over
soaring power and gas prices that could influence the 2015
election.

Taking on the six companies which control 99 percent of the
British energy retail market, Ovo Energy founder Stephen
Fitzpatrick turned a parliamentary grilling of energy bosses
into a dazzling marketing pitch for his 4-year-old company.