Maria's Feed
Mar 24, 2013

Putin foe Berezovsky dead in Britain, circumstances “unexplained”

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who helped broker Vladimir Putin’s rise to the Kremlin’s top job only to become his sworn enemy, has been found dead at his home in Britain in unclear circumstances. He was 67.

Police in Britain, where the tycoon fled in 2000 after falling foul of the Kremlin under Putin, said on Saturday the death was unexplained and they had started an investigation.

Mar 23, 2013

Putin foe Berezovsky dead, circumstances “unexplained”

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who helped broker Vladimir Putin’s rise to the Kremlin’s top job only to become his fierce enemy, has been found dead at his home in Britain in unclear circumstances. He was 67.

“His death is currently being treated as unexplained and a full inquiry is under way,” police said in a statement on Saturday that did not identify Berezovsky by name.

Mar 19, 2013

Boris Johnson finally admits he’d like to be prime minister

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s popular mayor Boris Johnson, tipped as a possible rival to British Prime Minister David Cameron, has admitted he would like to “have a crack” at being prime minister one day.

Known for his blunt but colourful quotes and a boyishly eccentric personality, the 48-year-old Johnson used a rugby analogy to express his ambitions for the top job and then immediately played them down.

Mar 19, 2013

London mayor finally admits he’d like to be prime minister

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s popular mayor Boris Johnson, tipped as a possible rival to British Prime Minister David Cameron, has admitted he would like to “have a crack” at being prime minister one day.

Known for his blunt but colourful quotes and a boyishly eccentric personality, the 48-year-old Johnson used a rugby analogy to express his ambitions for the top job and then immediately played them down.

Mar 12, 2013

Britain pledges to defend distant cousins on Falkland Islands

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron warned Argentina on Tuesday that Britain would always be ready to defend citizens in the remote Falkland Islands after they voted almost unanimously in a referendum to remain British.

Argentina, 300 miles to the west of the Falklands, has claimed the South Atlantic archipelago for almost 200 years and in 1982 invaded the islands only to be repulsed in a 74-day war with Britain.

Mar 10, 2013

Children at risk from British welfare cuts, says archbishop

LONDON (Reuters) – In his first major political move since taking office, the spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans attacked Britain’s government over welfare on Sunday, saying further cuts to welfare benefits would drive thousands of children into poverty.

By wading into one of the most emotive debates in Britain, Justin Welby underscored his resolve to take an active stance on social issues where he believes the Church should have more say.

Mar 7, 2013

Furious with Europe, British fishermen lament demise of trade

ABOARD THE WHITBY ROSE, North Sea, March 7 (Reuters) – His
eyes fixed on the North Sea horizon, British skipper Howard
Locker steers his boat far out to sea where he hopes to stumble
on enough fish to save the day.

But things are not looking good for Locker – one of the last
remaining trawler men in the northeastern town of Whitby where
fishing quotas, climate change and decades of overfishing have
crushed the local fishing industry.

Feb 14, 2013

U.S. legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin dies in London

LONDON (Reuters) – American legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, the man behind some of the most influential theories of law and morality in modern jurisprudence, died on Thursday. He was 81.

His family said in a statement that Dworkin died of leukaemia in London early in the morning. He is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren.

Feb 10, 2013

Horse trading exposed by British beef scandal

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – As Britons choke on discovering
they may have eaten horse that was imported as beef, and
ministers blame an “international criminal conspiracy”, this new
scandal has exposed the sometimes murky labyrinth by which food
reaches Europe’s dinner tables.

Lurid headlines reveal a culinary gulf between distaste for
the notion of horsemeat in Britain and its status as a delicacy
elsewhere in Europe. But as governments play down the health
risks, a greater impact may stem from a shattering of public
confidence in EU systems of labelling and quality control
introduced after previous threats hit the human food chain.

Jan 25, 2013

Future of London Olympic stadium “to be secured in March”

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – British Olympic chiefs, keen to
secure a lasting future for London’s splashy sporting arenas,
hope to find a permanent tenant for its centrepiece stadium by
March – a deal seen as a barometer of the project’s financial
health.

Six months since London won worldwide kudos for hosting the
Games, wrangling over the future of the stadium is seen as a
litmus test for Britain’s ability to turn the sprawling Olympics
complex into a new and vibrant part of London.