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Apr 24, 2011

Bahrain crown prince declines royal wedding invite

LONDON (Reuters) – Bahrain’s crown prince said he would not attend Britain’s royal wedding on April 29 because of continuing unrest in his Gulf Arab kingdom, defusing a potentially embarrassing row over his invitation.

Human rights campaigners criticising Bahrain’s fierce security crackdown on anti-government protesters called on Britain’s royal family to withdraw the wedding invite sent to Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa.

Apr 24, 2011

Coalition squabbles over referendum “lies”

LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of the Liberal Democrats accused the Conservatives of telling lies on Sunday in a referendum campaign on voting reform, his sharpest attack yet on his coalition partners that reflects strains in the alliance.

Lib Dems leader Nick Clegg said Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron was “defending the indefensible” by aligning himself with opponents of a change to a more proportional system in parliamentary elections, the subject of a May 5 referendum.

Apr 23, 2011

UK teachers to ballot for strike on pension reform

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s teachers are set to launch the first challenge to proposed government reforms of public sector pensions after one of the largest education unions agreed on Saturday to ballot members on strike action.

The move by delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference in Harrogate, northeast England, could lead to strikes in June and follows a similar decision by the smaller Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) this week.

Apr 9, 2011

News of the World faces rush of phone hack claims

LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s UK news arm
faces a flood of fresh compensation claims and could be exposed
to criminal prosecution after admitting its role in a
long-running phone hacking scandal, lawyers said on Saturday.

News International, parent company of Britain’s top-selling
News of the World tabloid, said on Friday it would admit
liability and pay compensation in eight cases — although many
more believe they were targeted. [ID:nLDE7371L1]

Apr 8, 2011

Review backs Gove on scrapped school building plan

LONDON (Reuters) – A government commissioned review on Friday backed Education Secretary Michael Gove over his decision to scrap a 55 billion pound school rebuilding programme devised by the former Labour administration.

The review’s chairman, Sebastian James, said Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme had been too bureaucratic, failed to take advantage of economies of scale and as a result had wasted nearly a third of the money spent.

Apr 7, 2011

British queen to visit Irish republic

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth will visit some of the most symbolic memorials of Ireland’s struggle for independence from Britain when she travels to the republic next month, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.

The 84-year-old monarch’s itinerary between May 17-20 will include Croke Park stadium in Dublin, where British troops killed 14 people in 1920 in retaliation for the assassination of undercover British agents during Ireland’s war of independence.

Apr 7, 2011

Queen to visit Irish republic

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Queen will visit some of the most symbolic memorials of Ireland’s struggle for independence when she travels to the republic next month, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.

The 84-year-old monarch’s itinerary between May 17-20 will include Croke Park stadium in Dublin, where British troops killed 14 people in 1920 in retaliation for the assassination of undercover British agents during Ireland’s war of independence.

Apr 4, 2011

UK coalition puts brake on NHS reform

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s coalition government said on Monday it would slow the pace of a radical shake up of the state-funded National Health Service, reflecting growing unease over the issue within the ruling alliance.

Tensions in the 11-month-old coalition surfaced last month when the Liberal Democrats, the junior coalition partners, voted for alterations to the plans at a party conference.

Apr 4, 2011

Coalition puts brake on health service reform

LONDON (Reuters) – The coalition government said on Monday it would slow the pace of a radical shake up of the National Health Service, reflecting growing unease over the issue within the ruling alliance.

Tensions in the 11-month-old coalition surfaced last month when the Liberal Democrats voted for alterations to the plans at a party conference.

Mar 31, 2011

Government hands private prison management deal to G4S

LONDON (Reuters) – The government handed the running of an existing state-run jail to private managers for the first time on Thursday and said it was ready to use troops to keep order if prison officers strike over the deal with G4S.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said the government had appointed G4S to manage Birmingham prison as well as a new jail, Featherstone 2, being built in nearby Wolverhampton.