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Mar 26, 2011

Anarchists battle UK police after anti-cuts rally

LONDON, March 26 (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 125 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 theatre district.

Mar 26, 2011

Protestors battle police in UK anti-govt protest

LONDON (Reuters) – Breakaway protestors scuffled with police and smashed windows in central London on Saturday as tens of thousands of Britons marched against government austerity cuts.

Groups dressed in black and wearing masks threw flares and smoke grenades and broke into a branch of HSBC bank in the center of the capital.

Mar 25, 2011

How Edward VIII wooed a mistress before Mrs Simpson

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – A letter penned by the future King Edward VIII to his mistress depicts him as a starry-eyed, incurable romantic, years before his sensational decision to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson cost him the British throne.

The hand-written letter sent to married socialite Freda Dudley Ward shows him to be head over heels in love 17 years before his devotion to Simpson plunged the monarchy into crisis.

Mar 9, 2011

Victorian smokers had rotten teeth to match lungs

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Smoking was as bad for the Victorians as it is for anyone today, but back in those days it seems it did far more damage to their teeth. In the mid-19th century, prior to the invention of the cigarette, when tobacco was copiously consumed through clay pipes, smoking often resulted in nasty dental disfigurement.

A Museum of London study of skeletal remains excavated from a Victorian cemetery in Whitechapel, east London, found most people had “notches” in at least two, and often four, front teeth made through the habitual holding of pipe stems.

Mar 9, 2011

UK to ban displays of cigarettes, tobacco in shops

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) – All shops in England will be
banned from openly displaying tobacco products by April 2015 as
part of a government package of measures to cut smoking.

The Department of Health, announcing the legislation on
national No Smoking Day, said the new rules would be phased in
to give retailers time to adjust.
Cigarettes and other tobacco products must be kept out of
sight in large stores and supermarkets by 2012 and in small
shops by 2015, ministers said.

Mar 9, 2011

Government to ban displays of cigarettes in shops

LONDON (Reuters) – All shops in England will be banned from openly displaying tobacco products by April 2015 as part of a government package of measures to cut smoking.

The Department of Health, announcing the legislation on national No Smoking Day, said the new rules would be phased in to give retailers time to adjust.

Mar 6, 2011

UK diplomatic team leaves Libya after issues resolved

BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON (Reuters) – A British diplomatic team, which is reported to have included special forces soldiers, left Libya on Sunday after being captured by rebels in the eastern town of Benghazi.

Britain said the team left Libya after running into difficulties. It did not mention the special forces soldiers.

Mar 6, 2011

Rebels in Libya hold British special forces – source

BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON (Reuters) – Rebels in eastern Libya have captured members of a British special forces team but the issue will be resolved shortly, rebel sources said on Sunday.

The Special Air Service (SAS) unit was on a secret diplomatic mission to make contact with opposition leaders involved in the struggle against Muammar Gaddafi’s government, the Sunday Times reported earlier.

Mar 6, 2011

UK silent on report Libyan rebels seize troops

CARDIFF/LONDON (Reuters) – A small British diplomatic team is in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Defense Secretary Liam Fox said on Sunday, but he declined comment on a report that Libyan rebels had captured a British special forces unit.

“I can confirm that a small British diplomatic team is in Benghazi. We are in touch with them, but it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on that for reasons I’m quite sure you understand,” Fox told the BBC.

Mar 5, 2011

Government to send advisers to Libya and troops if needed

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Saturday it was hoping to send a diplomatic taskforce to Libya soon to make contact with opposition leaders and had readied a battalion of troops to aid humanitarian and evacuation efforts if needed.

Government sources told Reuters a team of experts including foreign office officials would travel to Benghazi in the east of the country in due course to see what anti-Gaddafi forces required.