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Jul 28, 2010

Rogge impressed by London and Rio

LONDON (Reuters) – Olympic chief Jacques Rogge on Wednesday praised London’s 2012 Games delivery team for being on time and within budget as the two-year countdown to the event gets under way.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President also complimented Rio de Janeiro for the city’s initial preparatory work for the 2016 Games and expressed his hopes that an African country could soon win the right to host an Olympics.

Jul 28, 2010

Olympics-Rogge impressed by London and Rio

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Olympic chief Jacques Rogge on
Wednesday praised London’s 2012 Games delivery team for being on
time and within budget as the two-year countdown to the event
gets under way.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President also
complimented Rio de Janeiro for the city’s initial preparatory
work for the 2016 Games and expressed his hopes that an African
country could soon win the right to host an Olympics.

Jun 29, 2010

Gum goots designed with a blast to charge mobile phones

LONDON (Reuters) – Modern festival-goers who dread ending up with a dead mobile phone battery after days stuck in a muddy field with no electric plug power points may now have a solution — power boots.

Mobile phone company European Telco Orange has introduced a phone charging prototype — a set of thermoelectric gumboots or Wellington boots with a ‘power generating sole’ that converts heat from the wearer’s feet into electrical power to charge battery-powered hand-helds.

May 4, 2010

Loonies call for the vote that makes sense

LONDON (Reuters) – And now for something completely different.

Their ideas include wheezes like 99p coins for use in shoe shops, their candidates have daft names like R.U. Seerious (Derbyshire mid) and their clothes often look more like fancy dress than serious, vote-catching gear.

Arguably the only non-mainstream party to be fondly regarded by all voters, they are the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, who are fielding 45 candidates across the country.

Mar 19, 2010

British Airways crews to strike, angering PM

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – A three-day strike by many of
British Airways’ cabin crews will go ahead after union talks
with management collapsed, leaving the ruling Labour government
with a major headache weeks before a general election.

The strike begins on Saturday and is likely to disrupt
travel plans for thousands. It risks embarrassing Prime Minister
Gordon Brown because the Unite union organising the action is
Labour’s biggest single financial backer.

Mar 18, 2010

BA, union resume talks to try to halt strike

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – British Airways <BAY.L> (BA)
and the Unite union have resumed talks to try to avert a weekend
strike by cabin crew that would embarrass the ruling Labour
government weeks before an election.

“We’re at least talking. That’s the good news, but at the
moment there’s only talks and certainly no breakthrough and no
acceptable way forward for us but I’m still hopeful and
optimistic and that’s why I’m going back (for more talks),”
Unite joint general-secretary Tony Woodley told Sky News.

Mar 15, 2010
via UK News

Cameron survives Lewisham lion’s den

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On the face of it, the booing suffered by David Cameron at the hands of a boisterous group of students and job-seekers at a London college is not a good news story for the Tories.

Facing loud accusations of being a Thatcherite clone and jeers of “No Tory cuts” is presumably not what the Tory spin doctors hoped for when they organised this merry jaunt to Lewisham College.

Mar 12, 2010

Britain says China won’t risk isolation over Iran

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s ambassador to China
said on Friday that Beijing risks isolation if it fails to join
international efforts to impose sanctions on Iran over its
nuclear programme.

Speaking via videolink from Beijing before a visit to the
country by Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Sebastian Wood told
a London briefing that Britain and China shared the same goals
in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Mar 4, 2010

ICC chief: Sudan’s Bashir ‘will face justice’

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will eventually face justice in The Hague, according to the head of the International Criminal Court.

Speaking on the first anniversary of the ICC issuing an arrest warrant for Bashir, its president Judge Sang-hyun Song dismissed criticism that the man wanted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity has not been apprehended.

"When arrest warrants were issued against Slobodan Milosevic and Charles Taylor, people laughed and said it was a joke, but it took less than three years to get them brought before the tribunal," Song said on a visit to London.

Bashir has dismissed the ICC warrant and said any ruling by the court is worthless.

"President Bashir will be brought to the Hague to face justice," Song insisted.

The United Nations estimates seven years of violent conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region has left 300,000 dead.

Scott Gration, the U.S. special envoy for Sudan, said justice for Darfur was essential to securing lasting peace in Sudan following a recent ceasefire and efforts to bring rebel groups into talks with the government.

"We support efforts to ensure that President Bashir answers the questions that the ICC has posed and we support the process continuing as it’s outlined in the international system," he told reporters in Washington.

ICC prosecutors say Bashir "masterminded and implemented" a plan to destroy three ethnic groups, the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa, using a campaign of murder, rape and deportation.

It was the first warrant ever issued by the ICC for a sitting head of state.

Speaking at an event in parliament organized by the Henry Jackson Society, a geopolitical think-tank, Song said the ICC was a deterrent to despots across the world.

"Some at the U.N. have told me they have noticed a deterrent effect by the judicial actions we’ve taken. Perhaps the would-be perpetrators of atrocities fear us, and this is an indication of our progress," Song said.

Song also praised U.S. President Barack Obama for adopting a more positive attitude to the ICC than his predecessor.

"The U.S. government has ended its antagonistic stance toward the ICC and the key phrase that their officials use is having a ‘positive engagement’ with us," he said.

The United States has yet to ratify the 1998 Rome Statute, which established the ICC and which has been signed by 60 countries. Former President George W. Bush expressed concern that lawsuits could potentially be initiated with the ICC against U.S. citizens abroad. (Additional reporting by Paul Eckert in Washington; editing by Stefano Ambrogi and Todd Eastham)




Mar 4, 2010

ICC chief: Sudan’s Bashir "will face justice"

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will eventually face justice in The Hague, according to the head of the International Criminal Court.

Speaking on the first anniversary of the ICC issuing an arrest warrant for Bashir, its president Judge Sang-hyun Song dismissed criticism that the man wanted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity has not been apprehended.

"When arrest warrants were issued against Slobodan Milosevic and Charles Taylor, people laughed and said it was a joke, but it took less than three years to get them brought before the tribunal," Song said on a visit to London.

"President Bashir will be brought to the Hague to face justice."

Bashir has dismissed the ICC warrant and said any ruling by the court is worthless.

The United Nations believes that seven years of violent conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region has left 300,000 dead.

ICC prosecutors say Bashir "masterminded and implemented" a plan to destroy three ethnic groups, the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa, using a campaign of murder, rape, and deportation.

It was the first warrant ever issued by the ICC for a sitting head of state.

Speaking at the event in parliament organised by the Henry Jackson Society, a geopolitical think-tank, Song said the ICC was successfully acting as a deterrent to despots across the world.

"Some at the U.N. have told me they have noticed a deterrent effect by the judicial actions we’ve taken. Perhaps the would-be perpetrators of atrocities fear us, and this is an indication of our progress," Song said.

Song also praised U.S. President Barack Obama for adopting a more positive attitude to the ICC than his predecessor.

"The U.S. government has ended its antagonistic stance towards the ICC and the key phrase that their officials use is having a ‘positive engagement’ with us," he said.

The United States has yet to ratify the 1998 Rome Statute which established the ICC and which has been signed by 60 countries.

Former President George W. Bush expressed concern that lawsuits could potentially be initiated against U.S. citizens abroad. (Editing by Stefano Ambrogi)