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May 11, 2015

Victorious Cameron to brief party on EU strategy

LONDON (Reuters) – Buoyed by a surprisingly clear-cut election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron will name his new cabinet on Monday and meet Conservative lawmakers keen to hear how he plans to claw back more powers from the European Union.

Cameron won an outright majority in Thursday’s parliamentary election with 12 seats more than all the other parties combined, freeing him to ditch his previous Liberal Democrat coalition partners and govern alone.

May 10, 2015

‘Winner takes all’ vote system exaggerates Britain’s divisions

LONDON (Reuters) – David Cameron can thank Britain’s winner-takes-all voting system for handing him an outright majority in parliament on just 37 percent of the vote. But by boosting the power of Scottish nationalists, it has also intensified one of his biggest headaches.

The results of Thursday’s election highlight more starkly than ever the anomalies of a system that allocates seats not according to the parties’ total number of nationwide votes but on the basis of 650 local ‘first-past-the-post’ contests.

May 6, 2015

Rivals still tied in last hours of election campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – A late burst of opinion polls suggested on Wednesday that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour challenger Ed Miliband had fought each other to a standstill on the eve of Britain’s most unpredictable election in a generation.

Despite five weeks of campaigning, neither party has opened up a clear lead, pointing to a potentially messy and uncertain outcome from Thursday’s vote.

May 6, 2015

British rivals still tied in last hours of election campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – A late burst of opinion polls suggested on Wednesday that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour challenger Ed Miliband had fought each other to a standstill on the eve of Britain’s most unpredictable election in a generation.

Despite five weeks of campaigning, neither party has opened up a clear lead, pointing to a potentially messy and uncertain outcome from Thursday’s vote.

Oct 27, 2014

Mourinho frustrated as United break out of jail

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho shared the honours with former mentor Louis van Gaal as his Chelsea side drew at Manchester United in the Premier league on Sunday, but there was no doubt which of the pair was happier with the 1-1 result.

Leading through Didier Drogba’s header early in the second half, Chelsea never looked like surrendering the lead until Robin van Persie fired home in stoppage time after Thibaut Courtois could only parry a powerful Marouane Fellaini header.

Oct 27, 2014

Chelsea denied by Van Persie but go four points clear

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Chelsea went four points clear at the top of the Premier League on Sunday but felt it should have been six after Manchester United captain Robin Van Persie scored a dramatic late goal to deny them victory in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

“We are not happy with a point,” said Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho after a strong second half performance in which Didier Drogba, playing from the start because Diego Costa was unfit, headed the visitors in front in the 53rd minute.

Oct 26, 2014

Mourinho and Van Gaal settle for a point apiece

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and his old friend Louis van Gaal of Manchester United had different reasons to be satisfied with a point after their teams drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Robin van Persie snatched a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to earn United a deserved share of the spoils after Didier Drogba, starting for the injured Diego Costa, headed the visitors in front in the 53rd minute from a corner.

Oct 26, 2014

Soccer-Mourinho and Van Gaal settle for a point apiece

MANCHESTER, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and his old friend Louis van Gaal of Manchester United had different reasons to be satisfied with a point after their teams drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Robin van Persie snatched a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to earn United a deserved share of the spoils after Didier Drogba, starting for the injured Diego Costa, headed the visitors in front in the 53rd minute from a corner.

Sep 3, 2014

Confusion as Ukraine and Russia announce progress towards peace

KIEV/MOSCOW, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Wednesday
its president had agreed with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on steps
towards a “ceasefire regime” in Kiev’s conflict with pro-Russian
rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing
confusion on the eve of a NATO summit.

“The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that
will facilitate the establishment of peace,” said a statement by
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office, replacing an
earlier statement that had spoken of a “permanent ceasefire”.

Sep 2, 2014

Russia reviews military doctrine, reflecting chill with NATO

MOSCOW, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Russia will update its military
doctrine this year to take account of new threats including the
Ukraine crisis, a Kremlin security aide said on Tuesday in
forceful comments that highlighted a deepening Cold War-style
standoff with NATO.

Mikhail Popov, deputy head of the Kremlin’s advisory
Security Council, told RIA news agency that changes were being
drafted in the light of risks connected with the Arab Spring,
the Syrian civil war and the conflict between the Ukrainian
government and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

    • About Mark

      "I've reported for Reuters from about 35 countries, with postings in Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Wellington and Berlin. Career highlights including covering the collapse of the Soviet Union and reporting on many aspects of the "war on terror" as security correspondent between 2003 and 2008. I now work on the political and general news desk in London, and as an editorial trainer."
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      1986
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