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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.

Jan 23, 2013

Big words, little action in UK’s campaign against Sahara jihadists

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Britain has vowed a tough
response against militants in North Africa, but behind its tough
language lies the ugly reality of a fast-shrinking army, deep
budget cuts and little U.S. interest in another costly war in a
distant desert.

Enraged by the death of British citizens in a hostage taking
crisis in Algeria, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a
global response to jihadist threats in North Africa and warned
it could take decades to tame the increasingly volatile region.

Jan 13, 2013

IMF deal will help Egypt’s ailing economy – EU’s Rompuy

CAIRO (Reuters) – A senior EU official urged Egypt on Sunday to conclude its talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan agreement, saying the deal would help restore international confidence in its wrecked economy.

Already struggling after two years of unrest following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the economy has been hit by a new bout of turmoil in recent weeks, with tensions over a new constitution damaging people’s confidence in the government.

Jan 13, 2013

EU’s Rompuy: IMF deal will help Egypt’s ailing economy

CAIRO (Reuters) – A senior EU official urged Egypt on Sunday to conclude its talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan agreement, saying the deal would help restore international confidence in its wrecked economy.

Already struggling after two years of unrest following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the economy has been hit by a new bout of turmoil in recent weeks, with tensions over a new constitution damaging people’s confidence in the government.

Jan 13, 2013

Egypt opens old wound with Mubarak retrial

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt ordered a retrial of deposed president Hosni Mubarak on Sunday after accepting an appeal against his life sentence, opening up an old wound in the painful transition from decades of authoritarian rule.

Mubarak, 84, was ousted in 2011 after 30 years in power and jailed for life last year over the killing of protesters by security forces trying to quell a mass street revolt.

Jan 10, 2013

Syria overshadows Iran charm offensive in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Shi’ite Iran, increasingly isolated over its nuclear programme, tried to improve ties with Egypt on Thursday, playing down differences over Syria and seeking to reduce sectarian tensions by courting the country’s top Sunni scholar.

Iran has been at odds with the Arab world’s most populous nation since Tehran’s Islamic revolution in 1979. But a new era of Egyptian politics that followed the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak has led to more contacts.