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Dec 13, 2010

Libraries and arts at risk as council cuts listed

LONDON (Reuters) – Local authorities in England on Monday said they faced the biggest spending cuts in generations as the government told individual councils how much their central funding would be reduced over the next two years.

At least 100,000 local authority jobs are expected to be lost over the coming four years as councils adjust to a 28 percent cut in funding over the period to help tackle Britain’s record budget deficit.

Dec 4, 2010

Humiliated Gaddafi caused nuclear scare: WikiLeaks

LONDON (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi caused a month-long nuclear scare in 2009 when he delayed the return to Russia of radioactive material in an apparent fit of diplomatic pique, leaked U.S. embassy cables showed on Saturday.

The incident was kept secret by U.S. diplomats who feared “shoddy” security at Libya’s Tajoura nuclear facility, near Tripoli, risked the theft of the 5.2 kilograms (11.5 pounds) of highly enriched uranium (HEU), according to documents released by the website WikiLeaks.

Dec 2, 2010

WikiLeaks’ Assange in UK, police know where: report

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks website founder Julian Assange is in Britain and police know his whereabouts but have refrained so far from acting on an international warrant for his arrest, a British newspaper said on Thursday.

A spokesman for WikiLeaks said Assange had faced assassination threats and had to remain out of the public eye.

Dec 2, 2010

WikiLeaks spokesman says does not know source of leaks

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks staff do not know if a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst detained by military authorities was the source for the confidential U.S. diplomatic cables released this week, a spokesman said on Monday.

Kristinn Hrafnsson said WikiLeaks had contributed to a fund established to pay for the defense of Bradley Manning, 23, who is being held at a Marine base near Washington in connection with the disclosure of U.S. secrets.

Dec 1, 2010

WikiLeaks spokesman says disclosures broke no laws

LONDON (Reuters) – The disclosure of a trove of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks is perfectly legal, a spokesman for the whistle-blowing website said on Wednesday.

Kristinn Hrafnsson said people had a right to know what officials working on their behalf were doing and dismissed concern that the publication of classified U.S. communications would damage cooperation between countries.

Nov 28, 2010

High death rates found at 19 hospitals in England

LONDON (Reuters) – Patients are dying at a higher than expected rate at 19 hospital trusts in England, a health information body said on Sunday, raising concerns about the consistency of care across the National Health Service.

Dr Foster, an NHS partner organisation that collates and analyses healthcare data, said two of the hospitals also had unusually high levels of patient death after surgery.

Nov 27, 2010

Ed Miliband says Labour can return as people’s party

LONDON (Reuters) – Labour leader Ed Miliband said on Saturday his party had to reconnect with voters who deserted it at the May election as he launched a review of policy to become once again the “people’s party.”

Miliband said just waiting for the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition to “screw up” was not a viable strategy for a return to government.

Nov 25, 2010

Mood of the nation to be measured, alongside GDP

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron set out plans on Thursday to measure the national mood and help to build a more family-friendly Britain, a potentially fraught endeavour at a time of sharp spending cuts.

Cameron said the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which produces data on economic growth, unemployment and crime, would start measuring the quality of life from next April, arguing that current indicators do not show overall wellbeing.

Nov 24, 2010

Teacher training and exams face reforms

LONDON (Reuters) – The government will make it easier to discipline students, including giving teachers the power to use force or search pupils, under a wide-ranging shake up of the education system revealed on Wednesday.

Former armed forces members will be encouraged to become teachers, and the government will demand better quality degrees from graduates hoping to qualify for financial incentives to enter the profession, the changes outlined in a new “white paper” showed.

Nov 24, 2010

Teacher training and exams face reforms in England

LONDON (Reuters) – Teachers will be trained in schools rather than at universities and pupils will take fewer but tougher exams under plans to reform education in England to be unveiled by the government on Wednesday.

Education Secretary Michael Gove will also detail proposed legislation to give teachers greater powers to discipline unruly students and for headteachers to expel the most troublesome.