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Jun 4, 2012

Queen Elizabeth and crowds brave rain for jubilee armada

LONDON (Reuters) – “Elizabeth rules the waves!” was just one headline from gushing British press coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee on Monday, the third day of celebrations that have bolstered a royal family once mired in scandal and dismissed as outdated.

Newspapers featured pages of crowds braving heavy rain to witness Sunday’s spectacular flotilla on London’s River Thames to mark Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, and previewed Monday night’s star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace.

May 29, 2012

New global arms treaty must set tough rules: Oxfam

LONDON (Reuters) – States must set legally binding global rules on weapon and ammunition sales, aid agency Oxfam said on Tuesday, ahead of a United Nations summit to agree an arms treaty to prevent arms reaching human rights violators.

Citing the example of Syria, which has continued to receive arms shipments even as it is accused of killing more than 9,000 civilians in a crackdown on a popular uprising, Oxfam said it is vital that regulations on weapons sales are strengthened.

May 28, 2012

Odds lengthen on Osborne’s UK debt reduction gamble

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – In George Osborne’s office, a
framed cartoon shows Britain’s finance minister being crushed by
an elephant labeled debt.

The irony may be choking for Osborne: his bet on Britain
growing out of its debt addiction is in doubt and the $2.5
trillion economy is bracing for the what Prime Minister David
Cameron has warned could be the break up of the euro zone.

May 23, 2012

Amnesty accuses U.N. council of “failed leadership”

LONDON (Reuters) – Rights group Amnesty International lambasted the United Nations Security Council on Thursday as “tired, out of step and increasingly unfit for purpose”.

In its annual report, Amnesty said the failure of world powers to take stronger action on Syria was evidence that a sclerotic security council was hamstrung by vested interests, and also warned of abuses arising from Europe’s economic crisis.

May 22, 2012

UK steps closer to renewing nuclear firepower

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Britain moved a step closer to
renewing its Trident nuclear weapons system on Tuesday, awarding
350 million pounds worth of contracts to design a new generation
of submarines that critics say are the result of outdated, Cold
War thinking.

The Successor class submarine would be used to replace the
four Vanguard class vessels currently carrying Britain’s Trident
nuclear missiles, but a debate has raged about whether
like-for-like renewal at an estimated cost of up to 20 billion
pounds ($31.5 billion) is necessary.

May 21, 2012

Watchdog to probe UK minister Jeremy Hunt in News Corp row

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s beleaguered media minister Jeremy Hunt, under fire over his contacts with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, came under renewed pressure on Monday after a parliamentary watchdog said it would investigate allegations he had failed to declare donations from media firms.

Labour has already called for his resignation amid allegations he was too close to News Corp as he deliberated whether to allow it to buy the portion of pay TV group BSkyB it does not already own.

May 21, 2012

Watchdog to probe UK minister in News Corp row

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s beleaguered media
minister Jeremy Hunt, under fire over his contacts with Rupert
Murdoch’s News Corp, came under renewed pressure on
Monday after a parliamentary watchdog said it would investigate
allegations he had failed to declare donations from media firms.

Labour has already called for his resignation amid
allegations he was too close to News Corp as he deliberated
whether to allow it to buy the portion of pay TV group BSkyB
it does not already own.

May 10, 2012

Government forced into fighter jet U-turn

LONDON (Reuters) – The government said it was to buy vertical take-off fighter jets for its future aircraft carriers, a policy shift on a key weapons purchase that risks being seen as another government gaffe and further evidence of defence mismanagement.

Britain said on Thursday it will buy the F-35B variant of the Lockheed Martin-built Joint Strike Fighter, the model David Cameron said was too expensive, following a defence review after he became prime minister in 2010.

May 10, 2012

Britain forced into fighter jet U-turn

LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – Britain said it was to buy
vertical take-off fighter jets for its future aircraft carriers,
a policy shift on a key weapons purchase that risks being seen
as another government gaffe and further evidence of defence
mismanagement.

Britain said on Thursday it will buy the F-35B variant of
the Lockheed Martin-built Joint Strike Fighter, the
model David Cameron said was too expensive, following a defence
review after he became prime minister in 2010.

May 9, 2012

Elusive growth overshadows UK plans for new laws

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s coalition government
proposed to streamline employment laws and reform business
regulation in new legislative plans on Wednesday, but critics
said ministers were shrinking from taking bolder action to drag
the economy out of recession.

The broad parliamentary programme, disclosed according to
tradition by Queen Elizabeth, will also split banks into retail
and investment arms, reform the upper house of parliament and
the utility market and create a “green investment bank”.