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Jul 17, 2012

Shock fall in UK inflation gives BoE room to act again

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – British inflation fell faster
than forecast to its lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years in
June, reflecting weak demand in a shrinking economy.

At just 2.4 percent, annual consumer price inflation was
slightly more than half the 4.2 percent rate at the end of last
year and a shadow of the 5.2 percent peak last September.

Jul 16, 2012

Athletes, visitors flock to London after security row

LONDON (Reuters) – The first wave of Olympic athletes and visitors began pouring into Britain on Monday and officials played down fears that a packed London would buckle under the pressure of its biggest peacetime security and transport operation.

An embarrassing shortage of security guards, fears over airport queues and questions about the capital’s creaking transport system have overshadowed preparations for the Games.

Jul 16, 2012

Olympics-Athletes, visitors flock to London after security row

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – The first wave of Olympic
athletes and visitors began pouring into Britain on Monday and
officials played down fears that a packed London would buckle
under the pressure of its biggest peacetime security and
transport operation.

An embarrassing shortage of security guards, fears over
airport queues and questions about the capital’s creaking
transport system have overshadowed preparations for the Games.

Jun 21, 2012

Britain not laughing at comedian’s tax “scam”

LONDON (Reuters) – Trailing in the polls and under fire over painful austerity measures, British Prime Minister David Cameron has struck a populist tone with an attack on rich celebrities who aggressively avoid paying tax.

The Conservative leader, often derided as a wealthy figure adrift from the economic hardship faced by many Britons, weighed into a row over the tax affairs of a top comedian, branding his tax avoidance “morally wrong”.

Jun 19, 2012

Beatles film actor Victor Spinetti dies

LONDON (Reuters) – British actor Victor Spinetti, who befriended the Beatles while working on three of their biggest films in the 1960s, has died of cancer at the age of 82, his agent said on Tuesday.

The Welsh-born entertainer was caught up in the frenzy of Beatlemania after appearing with the Fab Four in “Help!”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Magical Mystery Tour”.

Jun 18, 2012

Surrey’s Tom Maynard killed by train

LONDON (Reuters) – A Surrey county cricketer was killed by a train in London on Monday shortly after police saw a man matching his description run from a car they had flagged down because it was being driven erratically.

Batsman Tom Maynard, 23, son of former England and Glamorgan player Matthew Maynard, was hit by the train on the subway network near Wimbledon Park station in the southwest of the capital just after 05:00 a.m.

Jun 18, 2012

Cricket-Surrey’s Tom Maynard killed by train

LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – A Surrey county cricketer was
killed by a train in London on Monday shortly after police saw a
man matching his description run from a car they had flagged
down because it was being driven erratically.

Batsman Tom Maynard, 23, son of former England and Glamorgan
player Matthew Maynard, was hit by the train on the subway
network near Wimbledon Park station in the southwest of the
capital just after 0400 GMT (0500 BST).

Jun 15, 2012

Britain’s recession woes deepen as exports slump

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s goods trade deficit unexpectedly widened in April as exports plunged, raising the threat of a third quarter of economic contraction and adding urgency to new measures to foster growth as trading partners in the euro zone weaken.

The country slid back into recession around the turn of this year, and more pain looms as a relentless debt crisis in the euro zone – the main market for Britain’s exports – hits trade and makes companies reluctant to invest and hire.

Jun 5, 2012

Husband’s absence tempers jubilee joy for Queen Elizabeth

LONDON (Reuters) – On the long, slow walk alone down the aisle of St. Paul’s Cathedral, people bowing and curtseying on either side as she passed, Queen Elizabeth cut a forlorn figure.

Her husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, was hospitalized on Monday with a bladder infection, removing a familiar face from the closing stages of a long weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking the monarch’s 60th year on the throne.

Jun 5, 2012

Husband’s absence tempers jubilee joy for UK queen

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – On the long, slow walk alone down
the aisle of St. Paul’s Cathedral, people bowing and curtseying
on either side as she passed, Queen Elizabeth cut a forlorn
figure.

Her husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, was hospitalised on
Monday with a bladder infection, removing a familiar face from
the closing stages of a long weekend of Diamond Jubilee
celebrations marking the monarch’s 60th year on the throne.