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Feb 13, 2011

Government calls for international action on Mubarak assets

LONDON (Reuters) – A British government minister said on Sunday there should be an international approach to dealing with the overseas assets of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family.

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which investigates financial crime, has launched a hunt for cash and assets linked to Mubarak, the Sunday Times reported, without citing sources.

Feb 13, 2011

UK calls for international action on Mubarak assets

LONDON (Reuters) – A British government minister said on Sunday there should be an international approach to dealing with the overseas assets of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family.

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which investigates financial crime, has launched a hunt for cash and assets linked to Mubarak, the Sunday Times reported, without citing sources.

Feb 13, 2011

Cameron defends faltering “Big Society” plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will relaunch his faltering “Big Society” programme after a series of damaging blows to the plan for volunteers to take over local services, Sunday’s Observer newspaper said.

Cameron has identified himself closely with the flagship policy, which builds on his Conservative party’s belief in smaller government by devolving power to local people.

Feb 9, 2011

Coalition seeks growth by helping small firms to export

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it would seek to boost growth in its faltering economy by helping more of its small companies to find business overseas.

The government will offer improved trade finance and insurance products for exporters, lobby in Europe for lighter regulations for smaller companies and launch an online service offering sales leads around the world.

Feb 9, 2011

Government seeks growth by helping small firms export

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said Wednesday it would seek to boost growth in its faltering economy by helping more of its small companies to find business overseas.

The government will offer improved trade finance and insurance products for exporters, lobby in Europe for lighter regulations for smaller companies and launch an online service offering sales leads around the world.

Feb 7, 2011

UK says Labour government aided Libya over bomber release

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former Labour government did “all it could” to help Libya seek the Lockerbie bomber’s release, according to a report by the top British civil servant published on Monday that could arouse anger in Washington.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was jailed for life for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988. Scottish authorities freed him in August 2009 on compassionate grounds after concluding he had just months to live because of cancer.

Feb 7, 2011

UK says Labour govt aided Libya over bomber release

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s former Labour government
did “all it could” to help Libya seek the Lockerbie bomber’s
release, according to a report by the top British civil servant
published on Monday that could arouse anger in Washington.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was jailed for life for blowing up
Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988. Scottish authorities
freed him in August 2009 on compassionate grounds after
concluding he had just months to live because of cancer.

Feb 4, 2011

BBC defends “Top Gear” jokes about Mexico

LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC apologized to Mexico’s London ambassador on Friday after presenters on the popular motoring show “Top Gear” said he would be too sleepy to protest as they described Mexicans as lazy and feckless.

But it defended the original remarks, saying jokes centered on national stereotypes were part of the humor both of the show and of Britain in general.

Feb 4, 2011

UK’s Clegg rejects criticism of growth plan delay

LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – A long-awaited growth plan for
Britain’s faltering economy will be based on “hard-headed
analysis,” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was to say on
Friday, in response to criticism of the government’s industrial
policy.

The 8-month-old coalition is under pressure to produce its
blueprint for rebalancing the economy away from its large
financial sector after weaker-than-expected growth data and the
planned closure of a U.S.-owned drugs laboratory in England.

Feb 3, 2011

Liverpool pulls out of Cameron’s Big Society

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool City Council said on Thursday it was withdrawing from Prime Minister David Cameron’s flagship Big Society project after losing 100 million pounds of central government funding.

Analysts said the council’s decision was embarrassing but not fatal for the scheme, which Cameron has described as his “great passion” and a new type of politics amounting to the biggest redistribution of power in modern times.