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Nov 7, 2012

Britain to talk to Syria opposition military figures

AMMAN (Reuters) – Britain will begin contacts with Syrian opposition military figures to help unite the fragmented rebel movement to oust President Bashar al-Assad, British officials said on Wednesday.

Foreign Secretary William Hague will announce the effort later on Wednesday, the same day Prime Minister David Cameron will meet Syrian refugees in Jordan, the prime minister’s office said.

Nov 7, 2012

Deal unlikely on “ludicrous” EU budget – Cameron

AMMAN (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday branded the EU’s proposed budget increase “ludicrous” in one of his strongest attacks yet, and said hopes were low for an EU spending deal at a summit this month.

The tough rhetoric indicates Cameron is likely to use his veto, and comes ahead of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later on Wednesday amid signs that EU leaders are growing increasingly annoyed by what they see as Britain’s isolationism.

Nov 7, 2012

UK’s Cameron: deal unlikely on “ludicrous” EU budget

AMMAN, Nov 7 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron on Wednesday branded the EU’s proposed budget increase
“ludicrous” in one of his strongest attacks yet, and said hopes
were low for an EU spending deal at a summit this month.

The tough rhetoric indicates Cameron is likely to use his
veto, and comes ahead of talks with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel later on Wednesday amid signs that EU leaders are growing
increasinlgy annoyed by what they see as Britain’s isolationism.

Nov 6, 2012

Blasts in Damascus, brother of parliament speaker killed

JEDDAH/AMMAN (Reuters) – Deadly explosions struck a Damascus district housing members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect and gunmen killed the brother of the speaker of parliament, as violence escalated in the capital.

Britain suggested offering Assad immunity from prosecution as a way of persuading him to leave power. The opposition said at least 100 more people were killed in the 19-month old revolt.

Nov 6, 2012

Britain floats safe exit for Syria’s Assad

JEDDAH/AMMAN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Britain floated the notion
on Tuesday of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad leaving power
with immunity from prosecution while the opposition said at
least 100 more people were killed in the country’s 19-month
revolt.

“Anything, anything, to get that man out of the country and
to have a safe transition in Syria,” British Prime Minister
David Cameron told Al Arabiya news network in Abu Dhabi before
flying to Saudi Arabia.

Nov 6, 2012

Assad’s safe exit “could be arranged”: Britain’s PM Cameron

JEDDAH (Reuters) – A safe exit and possible immunity from prosecution for President Bashar al-Assad “could be arranged” if it would end Syria’s increasingly bloody conflict, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday before a visit to Saudi Arabia.

Some 32,000 people have been killed in Syria during a revolt against Assad that began with peaceful protests in March 2011 but became an armed rebellion after a deadly military crackdown.

Nov 6, 2012

Assad’s safe exit “could be arranged” – Cameron

JEDDAH (Reuters) – A safe exit and possible immunity from prosecution for President Bashar al-Assad “could be arranged” if it would end Syria’s increasingly bloody conflict, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday before a visit to Saudi Arabia.

Some 32,000 people have been killed in Syria during a revolt against Assad that began with peaceful protests in March 2011 but became an armed rebellion after a deadly military crackdown.

Nov 5, 2012

UK’s Cameron orders investigation of child abuse claims

ABU DHABI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron ordered an investigation on Monday into the way claims
of child abuse in Wales were examined after a victim said an
unidentified Conservative Party figure had abused children in
social care in the 1970s.

Speaking during a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates,
Cameron said the allegations, aired by the BBC’s flagship
current affairs programme Newsnight, were so grave that they
needed further investigation.

Nov 5, 2012

Cameron seeks arms deals, says supports Arab Spring

DUBAI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron sought to balance concern over human rights in Gulf Arab
states with winning lucrative arms deals for Britain as he
started a tour of the region on Monday.

Cameron said supported calls for greater democracy in the
Middle East and that the British government was engaging Gulf
states – some of which are trying to stifle political unrest -
on their human rights record.

Nov 5, 2012

Cameron visits Gulf, Typhoon jet sales high on agenda

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the Gulf and Middle East on a three-day diplomacy and trade trip this week, his office said on Monday, adding that selling BAE Systems-built fighter jets would be high on the agenda.

Cameron will visit the United Arab Emirates on Monday, and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before travelling to another destination in the Middle East, in a trip his office said “was to help Britain compete and thrive in the global race”.