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Apr 4, 2013

Desmond Tutu wins $1.7 million Templeton Prize

LONDON (Reuters) – South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has won the 2013 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for helping inspire people around the world by promoting forgiveness and justice, organizers said on Thursday.

A leading human rights activist of the late 20th century, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town played a pivotal role in the downfall of apartheid and subsequently worked to heal wounds in South Africa’s traumatized society.

Mar 27, 2013

Britain opens inquest into Berezovsky’s unexplained death

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain opens a judicial inquiry into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky on Thursday to establish how he died in the locked bathroom of his vast mansion near London.

Berezovsky, who survived years of intrigue, power struggles and assassination attempts in Russia, was found dead on Saturday in his home in Ascot, a town close to Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle.

Mar 25, 2013

Russian tycoon Berezovsky died by hanging: police

LONDON (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found in the locked bathroom of his luxury mansion near London over the weekend, died by hanging, British police said on Monday.

Police, who had earlier removed his body from his home to conduct an autopsy, said there were no signs of a violent struggle, adding that further tests would be carried out, including toxicology and histology examinations.

Mar 25, 2013

Berezovsky’s body undergoing autopsy after unexplained death

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – British police removed the body
of exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky from his mansion near
London on Monday before conducting an autopsy that could shed
some light on his sudden unexplained death.

Once known as the grey cardinal of Kremlin politics, the
former billionaire power broker helped Vladimir Putin come to
power before fleeing in 2000 for Britain where he became one of
the Russian government’s fiercest critics.

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.