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Nov 29, 2011

Storming of UK embassy in Iran complicates nuclear issue

LONDON (Reuters) – The storming of British Embassy compounds by Iranian protesters complicates the search for a negotiated solution to the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme, and appears to reflect infighting among Iranian factions.

The incident, a day after Iran’s Guardian Council approved a bill downgrading diplomatic relations with London in response to new British sanctions, was a sign of rivalry among political factions in Tehran in the face of intensifying Western pressure, said some analysts.

Nov 29, 2011

Analysis: Storming of UK embassy complicates nuclear issue

LONDON (Reuters) – The storming of British Embassy compounds by Iranian protesters complicates the search for a negotiated solution to the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program, and appears to reflect infighting among Iranian factions.

The incident, a day after Iran’s Guardian Council approved a bill downgrading diplomatic relations with London in response to new British sanctions, was a sign of rivalry among political factions in Tehran in the face of intensifying Western pressure, said some analysts.

Nov 24, 2011

UK agrees $180 mln jet sale to U.S., criticises BAE

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Britain has agreed a $180
million deal to sell 72 retired Harrier aircraft to the U.S.
Marine Corps for use as spare parts, a British minister said on
Thursday.

The sale’s announcement came during a lengthy parliamentary
debate when Harrier maker BAE Systems, Europe’s biggest
defence contractor, was criticised for not doing more to
safeguard British jobs.

Nov 14, 2011

Government offers unions new pension deal to avert strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government offered unions a revised deal on public sector pension reforms on Wednesday, but unions said it was not enough to avert a day of strike action planned for later this month.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers have been locked in a bitter dispute with the Conservative-led coalition government over its plans to raise pension contributions as part of austerity measures to tackle a big budget deficit.

Nov 2, 2011

UK offers unions new pension deal to avert strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government offered unions a revised deal on public sector pension reforms on Wednesday, but unions said it was not enough to avert a day of strike action planned for later this month.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers have been locked in a bitter dispute with the government over its plans to raise pension contributions as part of austerity measures to tackle a big budget Udeficit.

Nov 2, 2011

Government offers unions new pension deal to avert strike

LONDON (Reuters) – The government offered unions a revised deal on public sector pension reforms on Wednesday, but unions said it was not enough to avert a day of strike action planned for later this month.

Unions representing upwards of 2 million workers have been locked in a bitter dispute with the Conservative-led coalition government over its plans to raise pension contributions as part of austerity measures to tackle a big budget deficit.

Oct 28, 2011

Commonwealth leaders agree to be more proactive on human rights

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) – Leaders of the Commonwealth group of mostly former British colonies Friday took tentative steps to tighten up on human rights abuses by members, but have still to address tougher measures some warn the group must take to remain relevant.

Britain’s 85-year-old Queen Elizabeth opened the meeting of leaders of the 54 states of the Commonwealth, home to a third of the world’s population and five of the G20 leading economies but struggling to make much impact on global policies.

Oct 28, 2011

UK’s Cameron rallies EU countries not in euro zone

PERTH, Australia, Oct 28 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister
David Cameron on Friday said he would work with other European
Union members outside the euro zone to ensure their interests
are not compromised in efforts to fix the region’s sovereign
debt crisis.

Cameron reminded the European Commission, the EU executive
body, it had a duty to safeguard the 27-member EU bloc, amid
concerns of “caucusing” — decision making by some members of a
group — by the 17 euro zone states that share the embattled
currency.

Oct 24, 2011

UK’s Cameron faces rebellion over Europe

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron
faced the biggest rebellion of his premiership on Monday with
dozens of his own party members in parliament set to back calls
for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

The debate reignites a long-simmering row over Britain’s
relationship with Europe which tore apart the Conservatives in
the 1990s and which Cameron — a pragmatic eurosceptic — had
tried to defuse since he became party leader six years ago.

Oct 19, 2011

Mideast mediators want border proposals: Blair

LONDON (Reuters) – International mediators will press Israel and Palestinians to table their ideas on security arrangements and the borders for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict within three months, envoy Tony Blair said on Wednesday.

Blair said the mediators would hold separate meetings with the Israelis and Palestinians next week in Jerusalem, the latest effort to revive the peace process.