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Dec 22, 2013

Bulgaria warns UK’s Cameron over ‘isolationist’ immigration plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev has attacked British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to tighten immigration rules for Bulgarians and Romanians, saying it will damage London’s global standing for the sake of short-term political gain.

Cameron, trailing in the polls before a 2015 election, faces a threat from the UK Independence Party, which wants stricter immigrations controls and has been warning about large numbers of eastern Europeans coming to Britain in the New Year.

Dec 19, 2013

UK spies told to ignore U.S. detainee abuse after 9/11: inquiry

LONDON (Reuters) – British intelligence officers in Afghanistan knew about the mistreatment of suspected militants by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but were told not to intervene for fear of offending Washington, an inquiry found on Thursday.

In a series of episodes which the government said had damaged Britain’s international reputation, the report also found that British spies had been involved in the U.S. practice of “rendition”, in which captured militants were transferred without legal process to third countries.

Dec 18, 2013

Cameron to resist closer EU defence plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will block any attempts to give the European Union a bigger role in co-ordinating the bloc’s defence policy when he attends a meeting of EU leaders this week, a British official said on Wednesday.

The EU is debating how to strengthen its arms sector and bolster a common defence policy across the 28-nation bloc, possibly by encouraging co-operation on big military projects.

Dec 18, 2013

Britain’s Cameron to resist closer EU defence plans

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will
block any attempts to give the European Union a bigger role in
co-ordinating the bloc’s defence policy when he attends a
meeting of EU leaders this week, a British official said on
Wednesday.

The EU is debating how to strengthen its arms sector and
bolster a common defence policy across the 28-nation bloc,
possibly by encouraging co-operation on big military projects.

Dec 16, 2013

In echo of Bush, UK’s Cameron says mission accomplished in Afghanistan

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that British troops could leave Afghanistan next year with a sense of having accomplished their mission, despite worries about the ongoing Taliban insurgency, drug cultivation and human rights abuses.

British media compared his comments to a banner bearing the words “Mission Accomplished” that was strung across the bridge of an American aircraft carrier in 2003 for a speech about the Iraq war by former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Dec 13, 2013

Syrian opposition seeks more help from abroad, warns of chaos

LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian opposition leaders called on Western and Arab allies on Friday to give them funding to reorganize their forces after Islamist fighters seized some of their weapons.

Monzer Akbik, chief of staff in the Syrian National Coalition, said an attack by Islamists on warehouses and headquarters belonging to the opposition’s Supreme Military Council near the Turkish border highlighted the need to restructure the rebel forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

Dec 11, 2013

‘War game’ highlights risks of Britain’s EU exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s renegotiation of its EU ties risks starting a chain of events that could lead to the 28-nation bloc’s paralysis or disintegration, politicians and analysts said on Wednesday.

German, French, Irish and Italian participants in a “war game” simulating the process said British attempts to repatriate powers would open Pandora’s Box, with other EU nations jockeying to win concessions and appeal to voters swayed by the rise of eurosceptic parties.

Dec 4, 2013

Britain to give all-clear to Huawei security centre

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will clear Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei to run a UK-based cyber security center if it agrees to tighter rules to allay spying and hacking fears, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Huawei supplies software and equipment which channels phone calls and data around Britain and has found itself at the center of a debate, particularly in the United States, over whether it is a risk for governments to allow foreign suppliers access to their networks.

Dec 3, 2013

Britain’s special U.S. ties would survive EU exit: Republican Rubio

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will keep its strong relationship with the United States even if it votes to leave the European Union in a planned referendum, a leading Republican senator tipped as a possible 2016 presidential contender said on Tuesday.

In a speech on Anglo-American ties in London, Marco Rubio, a first-term U.S. senator from Florida, said the United States must respect the wishes of the British electorate in any vote on its membership of the 28-nation bloc.

Dec 2, 2013

Energy firms to limit price rises after tax pledge

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest energy companies agreed on Monday to limit increases to household bills, giving some relief to Prime Minister David Cameron on an issue that has angered voters and given opponents a potent line of attack before a 2015 election.

Soaring energy costs have become a big political issue in Britain since Labour leader Ed Miliband said in September he would freeze consumer bills for 20 months if he wins power.