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Apr 13, 2011

Lansley says sorry to nurses over UK health reforms

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON(Reuters) – Health Secretary Andrew Lansley apologized for the poor communication of his health reforms and said changes would be made to draft legislation after nurses passed a vote of no confidence in him.

At their annual conference on Wednesday, members of the powerful Royal College of Nursing (RCN) voted 99 percent in favor — the first time a no confidence a motion has been carried against a minister in more than 30 years.

Apr 13, 2011

Furious nurses vote “no confidence” in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – Nurses overwhelmingly passed a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s handling of health reforms on Wednesday, warning budget cuts could have “catastrophic” consequences for patient care.

At their annual conference, members of the powerful Royal College of Nursing (RCN) voted 99 percent in favor – the first time such a motion has been carried against a minister in more than 30 years.

Apr 13, 2011

Furious nurses vote “no confidence” in Lansley

LONDON (Reuters) – Nurses overwhelmingly passed a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s handling of health reforms on Wednesday, warning budget cuts could have “catastrophic” consequences for patient care.

At their annual conference, members of the powerful Royal College of Nursing (RCN) voted 99 percent in favour — the first time such a motion has been carried against a minister in more than 30 years.

Apr 8, 2011

Nazi warplane lying off UK coast is intact

LONDON (Reuters) – A rare World War Two German bomber, shot down over the English Channel in 1940 and hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea, is so well preserved a British museum wants to raise it.

The Dornier 17 — thought to be world’s last known example — was hit as it took part in the Battle of Britain.

Apr 8, 2011

Bodies found from London’s old Bedlam hospital

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of skeletons at a 16th Century burial ground in the heart of the city that once served London’s most notorious psychiatric hospital, the original “Bedlam.”

The bones are expected to yield valuable information about mortality, diet and disease in the period.

Apr 4, 2011

Army and navy to shed 2,600 staff in initial job cuts

LONDON (Reuters) – The government fleshed out details of planned redundancies across the army and navy on Monday as a top commander warned the military could struggle to cope with future demands if extra funding was not forthcoming.

Announcing the lay-offs Commodore Jonathan Woodcock, head of pay and manning, said the British army would lose 1,000 personnel and the navy 1,600 in the first of four rounds of lay-offs to meet cuts outlined in a defence review in October.

Mar 31, 2011

Young Arabs crave economic opportunity: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Young Arabs are crying out for change but their economic dreams are being blocked by rigid, intolerant societies which fail to recognize their huge potential, an in-depth study found on Thursday.

The Gallup poll of more than 16,000 nationals aged between 15 and 29 across 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa was taken before a wave of uprisings that has engulfed the region in the past few months.

Mar 30, 2011

Tesla says sues BBC’s Top Gear over Roadster race

LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – American electric carmaker
Tesla Motors Inc TSLA.0 said on Wednesday it is suing the
BBC’s hit motoring show Top Gear for allegedly faking a race
between its electric sports car and a petrol-driven Lotus Elise.

The firm said it issued a writ in London’s High Court on
Tuesday claiming defamation and malicious falsehood over a show,
aired two years ago, that supposedly tested its Roadster Sport.

Mar 28, 2011

Police aim to prevent royal wedding riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Police said on Monday they were considering tough measures to prevent disorder at next month’s royal wedding amid fears anarchists will target the event following rioting at a weekend protest in London.

Black-clad, masked youths smashed the fronts of shops, banks and the exclusive Ritz hotel and battled riot police during a rampage across the capital, leaving 84 people injured including 31 officers while there were more than 200 arrests.

Mar 27, 2011

Rioters battle UK police after anti-cuts rally

LONDON (Reuters) – Black-clad, masked youths battled riot police and attacked banks and luxury stores in central London on Saturday, overshadowing a protest by more than a quarter of a million Britons against government spending cuts.

Police said they had arrested more than 200 people after anarchist groups splintered from the main union-led protest march and fought running skirmishes with riot police across the West End shopping and theater district.