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Nov 1, 2012

Dissident says reforming Lukashenko’s Belarus impossible

LONDON (Reuters) – Belarussian dissident Andrei Sannikov, granted political asylum in Britain, is worried about the safety of his family he left behind but believes the autocratic government of President Alexander Lukashenko could eventually fall, he said on Thursday.

A former deputy foreign minister, Sannikov, 58, moved to Britain in August after being released from prison where he said officials tried to push him to kill himself.

Nov 1, 2012

Deputy PM Clegg warns UK risks sliding to EU exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain faces a crisis that could end with the world’s sixth largest economy leaving the European Union, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned ahead of a showdown over budget spending with other states in the 27-member bloc.

A day after Prime Minister David Cameron was defeated in parliament for not demanding a cut to the EU budget, Clegg said on Thursday that the behavior of the rebel lawmakers could leave Britain isolated in the EU or outside it altogether.

Oct 24, 2012

Ecuador fears for Assange health, seeks UK safe passage

MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador is worried about the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and has asked Britain to guarantee him safe passage from its London embassy to hospital if he needs medical treatment, a senior Ecuadorean diplomat said in Moscow.

Assange, an Australian, has been holed up inside Ecuador’s embassy in central London since June to avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations.

Oct 24, 2012

Cameron says unhappy with corporate tax avoidance

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said
on Wednesday he was unhappy with the level of tax avoidance by
big corporations working in Britain and urged authorities to
make sure all companies paid their fair share of tax.

The tax affairs of major companies have been in the
spotlight as reports have shown some companies legally paying
very little tax by reducing their reported British profits.

Oct 22, 2012

BBC crisis deepens as UK’s Cameron demands answers

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Pressure on the BBC to address
allegations its bosses covered up sexual abuse claims levelled
at one of its former TV stars mounted on Monday after British
Prime Minister David Cameron said the broadcaster had serious
questions to answer.

The premier’s intervention came as the editor of the
internationally renowned media organisation’s flagship
“Newsnight” show stepped aside after admitting he had given an
“inaccurate” account of why the BBC had axed its own expose of
the alleged abuse of underage girls by the late Jimmy Savile.

Oct 22, 2012

BBC crisis deepens as new allegations emerge

LONDON (Reuters) – A crisis gripping Britain’s BBC deepened on Monday after it emerged a senior producer had warned the broadcaster could be accused of a cover-up when it axed its own expose into alleged sexual abuse by a one-time TV star.

Allegations that flamboyant BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, who died last year, operated unhindered as a paedophile for years while working for the BBC have rocked the publicly funded broadcaster.

Oct 17, 2012

Nuclear trafficking getting more professional: IAEA chief

LONDON (Reuters) – Terrorist groups trying to get hold of nuclear weapons on the black market are becoming more sophisticated and the world needs to do more to prevent sensitive material from falling into their hands, the U.N. nuclear chief said on Wednesday.

Addressing the Chatham House think tank in London, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said one of the main risks was that militants could detonate a so-called nuclear “dirty bomb” to contaminate a major city.

Oct 17, 2012

U.N. nuclear chief rejects Iran “saboteurs” accusation

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear chief said on Wednesday that Iran’s allegation his agency may have been infiltrated by saboteurs was baseless and voiced concern about “intensive activities” at the Parchin military installation that his inspectors want to examine.

Years of diplomacy and sanctions have failed to resolve a stand-off between the West and Iran over its nuclear activity, raising fears of last-resort Israeli military action and a new Middle East war destabilizing to the global economy.

Oct 15, 2012

Scotland seals terms of historic independence vote

EDINBURGH, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Scotland on Monday set up a
historic independence referendum after its leader signed an
agreement with Britain’s prime minister finalising arrangements
for a vote which could lead to the demise of its
three-centuries-old union with England.

Scotland’s drive for sovereignty, led by its nationalist
leader Alex Salmond, echoes separatist moves by other European
regions such as Catalonia and Flanders at a time when a
crisis-hit European Union is undergoing deep changes to its
identity.

Oct 14, 2012

Scotland moves step closer to independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland takes a big step on its path towards an independence referendum on Monday when its leader meets Britain’s prime minister to finalize arrangements for a vote which could lead to the demise of Scotland’s three-centuries-old union with England.

Scotland’s drive for sovereignty, led by its nationalist leader Alex Salmond, echoes separatist moves by other European regions such as Catalonia and Flanders at a time when a crisis-hit European Union undergoes deep changes to its identity.