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Oct 24, 2013

Cameron pledges energy review to cut “unacceptable” prices

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron sought to regain the initiative in a political battle over soaring energy prices on Wednesday, promising to improve competition in the sector and cut green taxes that have helped inflate prices.

His announcement caused a rift with his coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, who dismissed it as a panicky policy that had been “made up on the hoof … by a party getting cold feet on the environment”.

Oct 23, 2013

UK’s Cameron pledges energy review to cut ‘unacceptable’ prices

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron sought to regain the initiative in a political row over
soaring energy prices on Wednesday, promising to try to improve
competition in the sector and to cut green taxes that have
helped inflate prices.

Energy costs have become a high-profile political issue in
Britain after the opposition Labour Party promised to freeze
bills for 20 months if it won the next election in 2015 and
several energy firms unveiled sharp price increases.

Oct 22, 2013

Syrian opposition resists calls to commit to peace talks

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Syria’s opposition in exile
resisted calls from Western and Arab countries on Tuesday to
commit to attending peace talks, saying they would not take part
if there was any chance President Bashar al-Assad could cling to
power.

Eleven countries meeting in London pressed the opposition
National Coalition to join talks to end a conflict that has
killed over 100,000 people, but the group listed conditions and
said it would decide in the coming weeks whether to attend.

Oct 22, 2013

Syria peace talks plans in jeopardy after opposition, Saudi moves

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Plans for talks to end the
fighting in Syria were in jeopardy on Tuesday after the
opposition refused to attend unless President Bashar al-Assad is
forced from power and a furious Saudi Arabia made clear it would
no longer co-operate with the United States over the civil war.

Western nations and their Middle Eastern allies pressed
Syria’s fractured opposition to join the proposed peace talks,
although Assad has indicated he will not bow to opposition
demands that he should step down as a pre-condition.

Oct 22, 2013

West pushes Syrian opposition to attend peace talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Western nations and their Middle Eastern allies pressed Syria’s fractured opposition on Tuesday to join proposed peace talks, although President Bashar al-Assad has made clear he will not step down – which is their condition for participating.

The United States and Russia said in May they would convene a “Geneva 2″ conference to try to end a conflict that has killed well over 100,000 people and forced millions from their homes, but it faces huge obstacles and no firm date has been set.

Oct 21, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury pressures energy giants over price rises

LONDON (Reuters) – The Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, weighed into Britain’s debate over energy prices on Sunday, calling on companies to justify the latest rises and siding with cash-strapped families.

Justin Welby, a former oil company executive who has taken on the corporate world several times since starting the job in January, said suppliers should be “conscious of their social obligations”.

Oct 20, 2013

Northern Ireland police to question witnesses to Bloody Sunday deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – Police in Northern Ireland said on Sunday they plan to question witnesses to the killing by British soldiers of 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland 40 years ago.

The interviews form part of a murder investigation announced by the police in 2012 in relation to the “Bloody Sunday” killings, one of the most notorious episodes during 30 years of sectarian violence in the British-ruled province.

Oct 20, 2013

Anglican leader pressures British energy giants over price rises

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The Archbishop of Canterbury,
spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, weighed into
Britain’s debate over energy prices on Sunday, calling on
companies to justify the latest rises and siding with
cash-strapped families.

Justin Welby, a former oil company executive who has taken
on the corporate world several times since starting the job in
January, said suppliers should be “conscious of their social
obligations”.

Oct 17, 2013

Britain’s economic rebound helps PM Cameron pull level: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economic recovery has helped Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives to pull level with the Labour Party, an opinion poll showed on Thursday, with about 18 months to go before an election in 2015.

The Ipsos MORI survey for the Evening Standard newspaper put Labour on 35 percent, down two points since September and level with the Conservatives, who rose one point.

Oct 16, 2013

MPs attack government ‘timidity’ over Sri Lanka

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s decision to set aside worries about Sri Lanka’s human rights record and back its selection as host of a Commonwealth leaders’ meeting showed a lack of principle, a panel of MPs said on Thursday.

In a critical report, the British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said the government had opposed Sri Lankan attempts to host the meeting in 2011 on human rights grounds, only to support its 2013 bid without seeing evidence of change.