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Jul 5, 2012

London Shard looms over the capital

LONDON (Reuters) – Rising like a gleaming splinter of glass into a grey sky, London’s tallest building is designed to mirror a dynamic city living ahead of its time.

But for Londoners dwelling in its shadow, the futuristic new skyscraper known as the Shard is more a reflection of their own unease at the city’s fast-changing and confusing identity.

Jul 4, 2012

London Shard looms over Britain’s eclectic capital

LONDON (Reuters) – Rising like a gleaming splinter of glass into a grey sky, London’s tallest building is designed to mirror a dynamic city living ahead of its time.

But for Londoners dwelling in its shadow, the futuristic new skyscraper known as the Shard is more a reflection of their own unease at the city’s fast-changing and confusing identity.

Jul 2, 2012

British police say expect more riots

LONDON (Reuters) – British police expect another outburst of rioting in London, possibly even this summer, as economic hardship pushes more people towards social unrest, a study found on Monday, as the country prepares to host the Olympic Games.

Thousands of angry young people rioted through the streets of London and other big cities last August, looting shops and burning buildings, prompting pledges from government to crack down on crime.

Jun 20, 2012

Haunted by past, Suu Kyi receives Oxford doctorate

OXFORD (Reuters) – Hardened by decades of political struggle, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi confronted emotional scars of a different kind on Wednesday when she received an honorary degree from Britain’s Oxford University where she once studied and fell in love.

Having spent most of the last two decades under house arrest, the Nobel laureate has been greeted as a hero on her visit to Britain this week after being released by Myanmar’s rulers and allowed to travel abroad.

Jun 20, 2012

Suu Kyi says ready to lead Myanmar to democracy

LONDON/OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced in Britain on Tuesday that she was prepared to take the helm as the leader of her people, the strongest signal yet she saw herself as someone who could lead her country to democracy one day.

Myanmar’s military rulers have freed the Oxford-educated daughter of Myanmar’s assassinated independence hero from house arrest, ushering in an era of hope for change and allowing her to travel abroad for the first time in decades.

Jun 19, 2012

Suu Kyi says British support helped sustain her

LONDON/OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi began an emotional visit to Britain on Tuesday, saying her own stubbornness and the support of the British people had given her the strength to endure almost two decades of house arrest in her native Myanmar.

Now one of the world’s most famous symbols of non-violent political protest, Suu Kyi, 67, left her two sons and husband in Britain in 1988 to take up the fight for democracy in Myanmar as the military crushed pro-democracy protests and seized power.

Jun 19, 2012

Global resources grab kills 1 person a week: NGO

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – At least one person is being
killed in an environmental dispute around the world each week as
the battle for land, natural resources and forests becomes
increasingly violent, a report said on Tuesday.

Global Witness, a human rights group focused on the
exploitation of natural resources, said at least 106 people were
killed in 2011 alone, nearly twice the death toll in 2009, in
targeted attacks and clashes in resource-rich countries such as
Brazil, Indonesia and Peru.

Jun 14, 2012

Murdoch’s UK chief told Cameron “we’re in this together”

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper
chief told David Cameron the night before a crucial political
speech in 2009 that they were “professionally in this together”,
an inquiry revealed on Thursday, embarrassing the man who now
rules Britain.

The text message to Cameron, then in opposition, from
Rebekah Brooks, then the head of News Corp’s British newspaper
operation, was read out to the prime minister on live television
during a grilling about his ties to Murdoch’s media empire.

Jun 14, 2012

Cameron faces Murdoch storm at UK media probe

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper chief told David Cameron the night before a crucial political speech in 2009 that they were “professionally in this together”, an inquiry revealed on Thursday, embarrassing the man who now rules Britain.

The text message to Cameron, then in opposition, from Rebekah Brooks, then the head of News Corp’s British newspaper operation, was read out to the prime minister on live television during a grilling about his ties to Murdoch’s media empire.

Jun 12, 2012

Miliband calls for new limits on UK media ownership

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition leader told a judicial hearing on Tuesday the government should move to cap the market share of news organizations, saying Rupert Murdoch’s News International media empire had become too powerful and arrogant.

Speaking at an inquiry into a phone-hacking scandal that erupted a year ago over Murdoch’s British tabloids, Labor leader Ed Miliband said the tycoon’s near 40 percent share of national newspaper readership gave him too much power.