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Jun 10, 2011

Colin Firth adds honor from Queen Elizabeth to Oscar

LONDON (Reuters) – “King’s Speech” actor Colin Firth was awarded an honor by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Saturday, joining more than 900 people from all walks of British life in the twice-yearly list.

Firth, who won a best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the stammering King George VI, the queen’s father, in the Oscar-winning movie “The King’s Speech” was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Jun 10, 2011

Actors, bankers and cricketers shine in UK honours

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – “King’s Speech” actor Colin
Firth and Bank of England governor Mervyn King were among a host
of entertainers, business people and sports stars awarded
honours by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Saturday.

A total of 965 people were on the twice-yearly honours list,
which recognises achievements in all walks of British life, from
the rich and famous to community workers.

Jun 9, 2011

UK concedes earlier borrowing powers to Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Thursday it would allow Scotland’s government to start borrowing money this year, bowing to a demand from the Scottish National Party for greater financial autonomy from London.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on a visit to Edinburgh that London would let Scotland borrow money from this year to invest in infrastructure such as a new bridge over the Firth of Forth estuary.

Jun 8, 2011

Revamped agency to fight organised crime

LONDON (Reuters) – A beefed-up national crime force will take on Britain’s estimated 6,000 organised crime gangs as well as guard the country’s borders and protect children from online predators under a revamp announced on Wednesday.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the new National Crime Agency would be fully up and running by 2013 to fight organised crime that costs Britain up to 40 billion pounds a year.

Jun 8, 2011

Labour accuses Cameron of messing up on policies

LONDON (Reuters) – Labour accused Prime Minister David Cameron of making a “total mess” of government policy on justice and health Wednesday after he was reported to have scrapped plans to halve sentences for offenders pleading guilty.

Cameron ordered Justice Secretary Ken Clarke to drop the proposals after public opposition to them threatened to undermine his Conservative party’s reputation for being tough on crime, the Times newspaper reported.

May 25, 2011

Doha trade round lost if no deal by July

LONDON (Reuters) – World leaders have just two months to clinch a global free trade agreement before the long-running Doha round is declared a failure, said former World Trade Organisation Director-General Peter Sutherland.

Negotiators had an effective deadline of July to find a deal for ministers to sign when they meet in Geneva at a WTO summit in December, Sutherland told Reuters in an interview.

May 24, 2011

Doha round lost if no deal by July – Sutherland

LONDON (Reuters) – World leaders have just two months to clinch a global free trade agreement before the long-running Doha round is declared a failure, said former World Trade Organisation Director-General Peter Sutherland.

Negotiators had an effective deadline of July to find a deal for ministers to sign when they meet in Geneva at a WTO summit in December, Sutherland told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

May 20, 2011

South African photographer missing in Libya believed dead

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African freelance photographer missing in Libya since April is believed dead after being shot in the stomach and abandoned in the desert by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, his family said on Friday.

Anton Hammerl, 41, who also had Austrian nationality and lived in London, was hit in the stomach after coming under fire on April 5, family friend Bronwyn Friedlander said.

May 19, 2011

Army faces armoured vehicles shortage – watchdog

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s ability to respond to future military conflicts will be hit by a shortage of suitable armoured vehicles lasting till at least 2025 unless defence spending is increased, a financial watchdog said on Friday.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said over-ambitious requirements and unstable financial planning meant the armed forces had received only a fraction of the armoured vehicles ordered though its standard procurement process.

May 17, 2011

Government seeks smaller, elected House of Lords

LONDON (Reuters) – The huge and centuries-old House of Lords will be cut in size and replaced by a wholly or mainly elected second chamber under plans announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Tuesday.

First elections to the new body could take place as early as 2015, with around 300 members serving 15-year terms, down from around 800 members now, Clegg said.