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Mar 15, 2012

London father-in-law emailed Assad advice -Guardian

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad’s
father-in-law, a London doctor who had been seen as a
modernising influence on him, has been offering advice to the
Syrian leader on how to depict his bloody crackdown on a popular
uprising to the world, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said on
Friday, quoting intercepted emails.

Fawaz Akhras, the father of Assad’s British-born wife Asma,
sent his son-in-law suggestions on how to counter criticisms of
his government in private emails to the Syrian president,
according to the London daily.

Mar 14, 2012

Assad emails show he took Iran’s advice, joked about reforms – Guardian

LONDON (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad has taken advice from Iran on countering a revolt against his rule and joked about his promises of reform, according to a trove of e-mails taken from the personal accounts of the Syrian president and his wife, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday.

One of the estimated 3,000 emails which the Guardian said it obtained from an unnamed Syrian opposition member indicated that Assad and his family were urged to quit Syria in January by a daughter of the emir of Qatar, one of his sharpest Arab critics.

Mar 11, 2012

Lib Dems target the rich in pre-budget gambit

NEWCASTLE (Reuters) – Liberal Democrats proposed targeting the rich with a “tycoon tax” only days before they and their Conservative Party coalition partner present an annual budget, in a high stakes gamble to revive the party’s flatlining poll ratings.

The last-minute proposal is one of several levies on the rich the Lib Dems want included in the budget to pay for the party’s key policy of additional tax cuts for the lower paid.

Mar 10, 2012

Barclays bank pay packages excessive – Cable

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – Multi-million pound pay deals for the chief of Barclays and other executives of the British bank are excessive and unjustified, Business Secretary Vince Cable said on Saturday, calling on its shareholders to take action to curb huge payouts.

But the government would not intervene over high payouts to executives at taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland, because it wanted to avoid micro managing the lender, rescued by a state bailout during the 2008 credit crisis, he said in an interview.

Mar 6, 2012

RBS should be split up, says Cable

LONDON (Reuters) – The government should split its bailed out Royal Bank of Scotland and create a business bank dedicated to boosting lending to companies and supporting exports, Business Secretary Vince Cable said in an internal government letter.

Britain owns 82 percent of the loss-making RBS after rescuing it along with Lloyds Banking Group during the 2008 financial crisis.

Mar 6, 2012

RBS should be split up, says UK business minister

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Britain should split its
bailed out Royal Bank of Scotland and create a business
bank dedicated to boosting lending to companies and supporting
exports, Business Secretary Vince Cable said in an internal
government letter.

Britain owns 82 percent of the loss-making RBS after
rescuing it along with Lloyds Banking Group during the
2008 financial crisis.

Feb 26, 2012

Shock, horror! Murdoch’s Sun wants his readers back

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch bid to grab back the huge audience his News Corp lost when it closed Britain’s best-selling News of the World over a phone-hacking scandal with a new Sunday edition of his Sun tabloid filled with gossip, girls and celebrities.

With a front page splashing on a female TV presenter’s birthing difficulties – “My heart stopped for 40 seconds” – the top-selling daily Sun made its Sunday debut, aiming to win back the 2.7 million people who had read News of the World until its closure in July in Britain’s biggest recent press scandal.

Feb 21, 2012

Britain revamps border force over lax security

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Monday it was putting its border guards under separate control ahead of the London Olympics after a critical report found hundreds of thousands of people had been allowed into the country without full security checks.

Ministers are under pressure to ensure Britain’s borders are secure as the island nation prepares for an extra 700,000 visitors arriving for the games in July and August.

Feb 9, 2012

UK jails Islamists who plotted stock exchange bomb

LONDON (Reuters) – Nine Islamists who admitted an al Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb London’s stock exchange and set up a militant training camp in Pakistan were sentenced at a British court to a total of 120 years’ imprisonment on Thursday.

The men, mainly British nationals and all with Bangladeshi or Pakistani backgrounds, were arrested in 2010 after security services overheard two of them discussing how to build a pipe bomb based on instructions in a downloaded al Qaeda magazine.

Feb 2, 2012

Energy minister to learn if he will be charged

LONDON (Reuters) – Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will learn on Friday whether he is to be prosecuted over claims he lied to avoid a speeding ban, in a decision that could derail his political career and force a cabinet reshuffle.

If charged, Huhne, a Liberal Democrat who has promoted a strategy of green and renewable power, will face intense pressure to step down from the government.