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May 4, 2012

UK demands Argentina apologise for Falklands ad

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – Britain demanded an apology from
Argentina on Friday, accusing it of exploiting the upcoming
Olympic Games for political purposes by broadcasting a
“tasteless and insulting” TV advert that reasserted its claim to
the disputed Falkland Islands.

The offending advert shows an Argentine hockey player
training in the Falklands – the contested archipelago in the
South Atlantic which the two countries fought over in 1982 – and
exercising on the steps of a war memorial to British soldiers.

Mar 26, 2012

UK fuel tanker truck drivers vote to strike

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – British fuel tanker drivers
voted on Monday to go on strike to improve terms and conditions,
raising the prospect of disruption of supply to petrol stations
around the country in the run-up to the July London Olympics.

A spokeswoman for the Unite union said it needed to give
seven days’ notice, so a strike could begin next Monday at the
earliest.

Dec 21, 2011

Government plans to cut solar subsidy ruled legally flawed

LONDON (Reuters) – The government plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes were ruled legally flawed by the High Court Wednesday.

The decision was a victory for environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth and two solar companies, Solar Century and HomeSun, who said the plans were creating economic uncertainty.

Dec 21, 2011

UK plan to cut solar subsidy ruled legally flawed

LONDON (Reuters) – British government plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes were ruled legally flawed by the High Court on Wednesday.

The decision was a victory for environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth and two solar companies, Solar Century and HomeSun, who said the plans were creating economic uncertainty.

Aug 1, 2011

Tech firm says News International deleted emails

LONDON (Reuters) – A technology firm has told British legislators it was aware of the deletion of hundreds of thousands of emails at the request of News Corp unit News International between April 2010 and last month, parliamentarian Keith Vaz said on Monday.

The revelation came in a letter by the firm, HCL, to the Home Affairs Select Committee, of which Vaz is chairman.

Jul 27, 2011

New pressure on Gaddafi on foreign and rebel front

BENGHAZI/LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Pressure increased on
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday as the rebels
opposing him won diplomatic recognition from Britain and their
leadership withdrew an offer for him to stay in Libya if he gave
up power.

Britain, one of the main foreign players in the campaign to
oust Gaddafi, also expelled his diplomats from London and
invited the rebel National Transtional Council to replace them.

Jul 27, 2011

Britain recognizes Libyan rebels, frees assets

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday recognized the Libyan rebel movement as the country’s legitimate government and swiftly unblocked 91 million pounds in frozen assets.

It also invited the opposition to replace diplomats of Muammar Gaddafi’s government in London, who have been expelled.

Aug 18, 2010

“Cougar” trend of women chasing younger men a myth: study

By Stephen Addison

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Madonna and Demi Moore may be fuelling talk of a growing trend for older women on the prowl for younger men but a study on Wednesday said the phenomenon of the “cougar” is a myth, confined to the world of celebrities.

The study of online dating, by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), found men and women are still rather traditional when it comes to searching for their ideal partner.

Nov 24, 2009
via UK News

Will the Chilcot Iraq inquiry achieve anything?

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Few investigations can have begun with lower expectations than the Chilcot inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war.Critics have been withering:– the Chairman Sir John Chilcot, a former Whitehall mandarin, has strong links to the establishment and is unlikely to rock the boat, they say.– there are no senior legal figures on the panel capable of addressing the key issue of whether the invasion of Iraq was legal. None of the panel members has spoken out against the war.– there is no political pressure for a radical result because the Tories voted for the invasion and the last thing they want is to let the inquiry rock the boat ahead of their expected general election victory in the Summer.– the scope of the inquiry is too broad, possibly leading to insufficient detailed inquiries into complex issues.But Chilcot has denied that his report will be a whitewash, there is clearly a widespread public desire to have all the lingering questions answered and the government has granted immunity from disciplinary action to serving officials and military personnel giving evidence to encourage them to give frank evidence.Do you expect to learn anything new from the inquiry?