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Oct 16, 2013

British lawmakers 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 lawmakers 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.

Oct 14, 2013

Cameron attacks EU red tape before reform drive

LONDON (Reuters) – European Union regulation is strangling economic growth and costing the continent billions of euros, according to a British government report on Tuesday that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will bolster his case for reform of the 28-nation bloc.

Cameron set up the review of EU red tape in June, addressing one of the biggest grievances of British Eurosceptics who complain that the bloc’s rules are often petty, interfering and expensive to implement.

Oct 14, 2013

Britain’s Cameron attacks EU red tape before reform drive

LONDON (Reuters) – European Union regulation is strangling economic growth and costing the continent billions of euros, according to a British government report on Tuesday that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will bolster his case for reform of the 28-nation bloc.

Cameron set up the review of EU red tape in June, addressing one of the biggest grievances of British Eurosceptics who complain that the bloc’s rules are often petty, interfering and expensive to implement.

Oct 13, 2013

Most British manufacturers want to stay in EU: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight out of 10 British manufacturers would choose to stay in the European Union if a referendum on membership of the 28-nation bloc were held today, a survey found on Monday.

The results feed into a debate over Britain’s future in Europe that could help decide if Prime Minister David Cameron wins a second term in office at the next election in 2015.

Oct 9, 2013

Britain’s Cameron to raise human rights with Sri Lanka at Commonwealth summit

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday rejected calls to boycott a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next month because of concerns over the country’s human rights record, but said he would raise difficult issues at the talks.

Rights groups have urged world leaders to stay away from the meeting in Colombo to protest against what they have described as a “human rights crisis” in the former British colony, suggesting attendance could help legitimize the situation.

Oct 9, 2013

Cameron to raise human rights with Sri Lanka at Commonwealth summit

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday rejected calls to boycott a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next month because of concerns over the country’s human rights record, but said he would raise difficult issues at the talks.

Rights groups have urged world leaders to stay away from the meeting in Colombo to protest against what they have described as a “human rights crisis” in the former British colony, suggesting attendance could help legitimise the situation.

Oct 8, 2013

Britain says in talks with Iran about reopening embassies

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and Iran have started talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations two years after an angry mob ransacked the British embassy, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday.

The announcement reflects a significant thawing in Iran’s relations with the West which imposed tough economic sanctions on Tehran after the embassy storming. It may raise hopes of a breakthrough in talks with world powers about its disputed nuclear program in Geneva next week.

Oct 8, 2013

Britain’s Cameron ‘playing with fire’ over EU – Clegg

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to reform Britain’s relations with the European Union is an ill-fated attempt to unite his party that could lead to the “economic suicide” of leaving the bloc, his coalition partner said on Tuesday.

Deputy Premier Nick Clegg, leader of the Lib Dems, the pro-EU party that shares power with Cameron’s larger Conservatives, accused him of starting a chain reaction that could lead to Britain tumbling out of the EU.

Oct 7, 2013

Cameron ‘playing with fire’ over EU – Clegg

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to reform Britain’s relations with the European Union is an ill-fated attempt to unite his party that could lead to the “economic suicide” of withdrawal from the bloc, his deputy will say on Tuesday.

Nick Clegg, leader of the Lib Dems, the pro-EU party that shares power with Cameron’s larger Conservatives, will accuse the prime minister of starting a chain reaction that could lead to Britain tumbling out of the EU.

Oct 7, 2013

Britain’s Cameron ‘playing with fire’ over EU: deputy PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to reform Britain’s relations with the European Union is an ill-fated attempt to unite his party that could lead to the “economic suicide” of withdrawal from the bloc, his deputy will say on Tuesday.

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, the pro-EU party that shares power with Cameron’s larger Conservatives, will accuse the prime minister of starting a chain reaction that could lead to Britain tumbling out of the EU.