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Apr 10, 2013

Cameron: “Iron Lady” Thatcher made Britain great again

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, remembering a divisive and combative leader who transformed the country and set a political course still followed today.

In a special session of parliament, Cameron said his fellow Conservative “defined and overcame the great challenges of her age” after a remarkable journey from the family grocer’s shop to the highest office in the land.

Apr 7, 2013

Britain’s Cameron to meet EU leaders to push reform plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to overcome opposition to his plan to claw back power from Brussels when he meets the leaders of Germany, France and Spain this week for talks on Britain’s future in the European Union.

Cameron infuriated European allies in January when he said he would try to renegotiate terms of Britain’s EU membership and ask voters in a referendum if they wanted to stay in the bloc.

Apr 7, 2013

Cameron to meet EU leaders to push reform plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to overcome opposition to his plan to claw back power from Brussels when he meets the leaders of Germany, France and Spain this week for talks on Britain’s future in the European Union.

Cameron infuriated European allies in January when he said he would try to renegotiate terms of Britain’s EU membership and ask voters in a referendum if they wanted to stay in the bloc.

Mar 28, 2013

Spy who foiled jet bomb plot to be MI5 intelligence chief

LONDON (Reuters) – A British spy who thwarted an al Qaeda plot to blow up planes with explosives hidden in drinks bottles and led the response to the 2005 London bombings will be the new head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, the government said on Thursday.

Andrew Parker has three decades’ experience at the agency, known as MI5, countering Islamist militants, Irish republicans and organised criminals, and was deputy head since 2007.

Mar 28, 2013

Spy who foiled jet bomb plot to be Britain’s MI5 intelligence chief

LONDON (Reuters) – A British spy who thwarted an al Qaeda plot to blow up planes with explosives hidden in drinks bottles and led the response to the 2005 London bombings will be the new head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, the government said on Thursday.

Andrew Parker has three decades’ experience at the agency, known as MI5, countering Islamist militants, Irish republicans and organized criminals, and was deputy head since 2007.

Mar 19, 2013

Government to offer childcare tax break to parents

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a new tax break on Tuesday to help working parents with their childcare costs from 2015, the government said, seeking to placate families squeezed by austerity, a stagnant economy and weak wage growth.

The announcement comes a day before Chancellor George Osborne is due to reject calls to abandon the coalition government’s deficit reduction programme when he delivers his budget statement to parliament.

Mar 19, 2013

Britain to offer childcare tax break to parents

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a new tax break on Tuesday to help working parents with their childcare costs from 2015, the government said, seeking to placate families squeezed by austerity, a stagnant economy and weak wage growth.

The announcement comes a day before Chancellor George Osborne is due to reject calls to abandon the coalition government’s deficit reduction programme when he delivers his budget statement to parliament.

Mar 15, 2013

EU rejects Franco-British push to arm Syrian rebels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments on Friday rejected Franco-British efforts to lift an EU arms embargo to allow weapons supplies to Syrian rebels, saying this could spark an arms race and worsen regional instability.

France and Britain found little support for their proposal at an EU summit in Brussels, diplomats said, but EU foreign ministers will consider the issue again next week.

Feb 19, 2013

Author Hilary Mantel attacks “plastic” princess Kate

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Britain’s most celebrated authors has launched a withering attack on the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, branding her a “shop-window mannequin” with a plastic smile whose only role in life is to breed.

In an unusually scathing public attack on a royal, Hilary Mantel said the princess had no personality, a “perfect plastic smile” and appears to have been designed by a committee.

Feb 19, 2013

British author attacks “plastic” princess Kate

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Britain’s most celebrated authors has launched a withering attack on Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, branding her a “shop-window mannequin” with a plastic smile whose only role in life is to breed.

In an unusually scathing public attack on a British royal, Hilary Mantel said the princess had no personality, a “perfect plastic smile” and appears to have been designed by a committee.