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Mar 4, 2011

UK’s Queen Elizabeth to make historic Irish visit

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is to travel to Ireland this year in the first official visit by a British monarch since before the Irish state gained independence from Britain in 1921.

No date or itinerary was given for the state visit, announced on Friday by Buckingham Palace and Irish President Mary McAleese.

Mar 3, 2011

MP accuses more Murdoch papers over hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – A phone hacking scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch’s top-selling Sunday tabloid may extend to more of his newspapers, a legislator said on Thursday.

Opposition Labour MP Tom Watson made the claims in parliament as the government said it was giving the green light for Murdoch’s News Corp to take full control of satellite pay-TV group BSkyB.

Mar 3, 2011

UK lawmaker accuses more Murdoch papers over hacking

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – A phone hacking scandal that has
shaken Rupert Murdoch’s top-selling British Sunday tabloid
newspaper may extend to more of his newspapers, a legislator
said on Thursday.

Opposition Labour lawmaker Tom Watson made the claims in
parliament as the government said it was giving the green light
for Murdoch’s News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to take full control of British
satellite pay-TV group BSkyB (BSY.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) [IDn:nLDE72205C].

Feb 17, 2011

Cameron seeks to end “sick-note” culture

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is to examine why so many people end up on long-term sick leave, fuelling a 192 billion pound annual bill for welfare, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Thursday.

The government is already preparing to reassess the circumstances of 1.5 million people off work on long-term incapacity benefits to see if they are fit enough to return to employment.

Feb 17, 2011

Government to consult on legalising gay marriage

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain moved closer on Thursday to allowing gay partners to marry, saying it would end a bar on the celebration of same-sex unions in religious premises and consult on legalising homosexual marriage.

The government said lifting the ban in England and Wales would advance equality for homosexuals, but evangelical groups condemned the move, with gay rights campaigners saying the proposals were too timid.

Feb 17, 2011

Britain to consult on legalising gay marriage

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain moved closer on Thursday to allowing gay partners to marry, saying it would end a bar on the celebration of same-sex unions in religious premises and consult on legalising homosexual marriage.

The government said lifting the ban in England and Wales would advance equality for homosexuals, but evangelical groups condemned the move, with gay rights campaigners saying the proposals were too timid.

Feb 16, 2011

UK to review human rights laws after sex ruling

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it would review the way European human rights rules are interpreted in British law after Prime Minister David Cameron criticized a court ruling in favor of sexual offenders.

The government said it would reluctantly comply with a decision by Britain’s Supreme Court to give convicted rapists and pedophiles the right to ask for their name to be removed from a life-long register of sex offenders.

Feb 16, 2011

Human rights laws to be reviewed after sex ruling

LONDON (Reuters) – The government said on Wednesday it will review the way European human rights rules are interpreted in British law after Prime Minister David Cameron said he was appalled by a ruling in favour of sexual offenders.

The move came as ministers said they would reluctantly comply with a decision by the Supreme Court to give convicted rapists and paedophiles the right to ask for their name to be removed from a life-long register of sex offenders.

Feb 14, 2011

Cameron raises stakes over “Big Society” plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will raise the stakes over his faltering “Big Society” volunteering program Monday in the face of public scepticism the policy is just cover for state spending cuts.

Cameron will tie his political credibility to the flagship scheme, declaring it a mission he will fight for every day.

Feb 13, 2011
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UK to allow same-sex marriage in church – reports

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(Bride and groom figurines on wedding cakes at Cake and Art bakery in West Hollywood, California June 4, 2008/Mario Anzuoni)

Britain plans to allow same-sex unions to be celebrated in places of worship, removing a key legal distinction between homosexual civil partnerships and heterosexual marriage, newspapers reported on Sunday. The move would lift the ban on religious ceremonies for the registration of gay unions imposed when Britain legalised civil partnerships six years ago.