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Jun 21, 2011

Britain says can stay in Libya fight as long as needed

LONDON/DAFNIYA, Libya (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron brushed aside doubts on Tuesday over how long Britain could maintain its role in Libya, saying it could stay in the fight for as long as needed.

Senior British military officers have complained about the strain on defense resources as the NATO bombing campaign enters its fourth month and rebels seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sustain new losses.

Jun 21, 2011

Britain says can stay in Libya fight as long as

LONDON/DAFNIYA, Libya (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron brushed aside doubts on Tuesday over how long Britain could maintain its role in Libya, saying it could stay in the fight for as long as needed.

Senior British military officers have complained about the strain on defense resources as the NATO bombing campaign enters its fourth month and rebels seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sustain new losses.

Jun 21, 2011

UK drops plan to cut jail sentences

By Jodie Ginsberg

(Reuters) – Britain is dropping plans that would have allowed criminals to serve only half their sentences if they pleaded guilty at an early stage, following pressure from lawmakers and the public.

The policy — which would have saved 130 million pounds for a government striving to slash its deficit — had come under fire from politicians of all parties and from victims’ groups, particularly over fears it could apply to rapists.

Jun 9, 2011

BMW to invest £500 million in UK on new Mini

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s BMW said it will invest 500 million pounds in Britain over the next three years, mostly on facilities to build next-generation Minis, but stopped short of promising new jobs or increased production.

The British government is pinning its hopes on manufacturing and exports to help recover from the banking crisis but announcements by carmakers this week have so far been more about maintaining the status quo than ramping up output or new plants.

Jun 9, 2011

BMW to invest 500 mln pounds in UK on new Mini

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it
will invest 500 million pounds in Britain over the next three
years, mostly on facilities to build next-generation Minis, but
stopped short of promising new jobs or increased production.

The British government is pinning its hopes on manufacturing
and exports to help recover from the banking crisis but
announcements by carmakers this week have so far been more about
maintaining the status quo than ramping up output or new plants.

May 20, 2011

Media should know about gagging orders – judge

LONDON (Reuters) – Media organisations should be told in advance about applications for gagging orders against them, one of Britain’s top judges recommended on Friday, amid growing tensions over media freedom and the right to privacy.

Media groups and politicians have expressed concern about a perceived rise in gagging orders, which they fear could be being used to quash information of genuine public interest rather than as a legitimate tool to protect someone’s privacy.

May 6, 2011

Britons punish Lib Dems for coalition role

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s Liberal Democrats slumped in local elections and were expected to lose a referendum on electoral reform on Friday as voters punished the party for its role in a coalition making huge spending cuts.

Votes were being counted after regional and council polls held on Thursday, but early results showed support for the center-left Lib Dems, junior coalition partners in a Conservative-led government, had plunged.

May 6, 2011

Scottish leader calls for more local powers

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s first minister called for greater powers for the Scottish assembly on Friday after his party’s “spectacular” success in voting for the devolved parliament.

Early wins for Alex Salmond’s Scottish National Party (SNP) were a blow to the Labour party, which had hoped to do well in Scotland, its traditional stronghold, as it tries to rebuild itself after defeat in last year’s UK general election.

May 6, 2011

Voting system reform likely to be rejected

LONDON (Reuters) -Britons are expected to reject proposed changes to the country’s voting system following an ill-tempered campaign that divided the ruling coalition and failed to spark public interest.

In the first nationwide referendum for more than 30 years, Britons were asked whether they wanted to replace the first-past -the-post method of electing Westminster politicians with an “alternative vote” system in which they could rank candidates in order of preference.

May 2, 2011

All meaning and none in Royal Wedding looking-glass

LONDON (Reuters) – Most of those who watched it — including even the most arch of anti-monarchists — agreed on one thing after the Royal Wedding: no one does pomp and pageantry quite like the British.

But after the dresses were put aside, the liveried horses stabled and the last guests waved off from Buckingham Palace, few could agree what the marriage of Prince William, likely future king, to “commoner” Kate Middleton meant for Britain.

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