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Aug 28, 2015

Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

LONDON (Reuters) – The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies.

By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. The flow has continued unabated through August.

Jun 26, 2015

Coordinated or not, attacks show Islamic State’s growing reach

LONDON (Reuters) – The attacks came one after the other in the space of a few hours.

In France, a decapitated body covered in Arabic writing was found after an attacker rammed his car into a gas container, triggering an explosion. In Kuwait, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a packed Shi’ite mosque during Friday prayers, killing two dozen. And in Tunisia, a gunman opened fire at a popular tourist hotel, killing at least 37 people.

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.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1986
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      French, Russian, German
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