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Jan 7, 2013

British coalition pledges no split before 2015 vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The leaders of Britain’s governing coalition parties put on a show of unity on Monday, saying they would stay together until 2015 to try to reduce a large budget deficit despite policy differences over the European Union and state handouts.

Under pressure from supporters to reassert their own party identities, Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, and Nick Clegg, his deputy and a Liberal Democrat, appeared together to list their past achievements and future aims.

Jan 7, 2013

Britain’s coalition leaders seek to regain voters’ trust

LONDON (Reuters) – The leaders of Britain’s fractious coalition pledged on Monday to cap the cost of long-term care for the elderly and to improve state pensions in an effort to re-engage with electors midway into their five-year government.

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy, Nick Clegg, have seen popular support fall away as voters suffer squeezed incomes and the economy fails to stage a stable recovery from the 2008/2009 financial crisis.

Jan 4, 2013
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Church of England ends ban on gay bishops, says they must pledge celibacy

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(Bishop of Norwich Graham James makes a statement after the vote for women bishops failed during the Synod at Church House in London November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

The Church of England has lifted a ban on gay male clergy who live with their partners from becoming bishops on condition they pledge to stay celibate, threatening to reignite an issue that splits the 80-million-strong globanglican community.

Jan 4, 2013

Church of England ends ban on gay bishops

LONDON (Reuters) – The Church of England has lifted a ban on gay male clergy who live with their partners from becoming bishops on condition they pledge to stay celibate, threatening to reignite an issue that splits the 80-million-strong global Anglican community.

The issue of homosexuality has driven a rift between Western and African Anglicans since a Canadian diocese approved blessings for same-sex couples in 2002 and U.S. Anglicans in the Episcopal Church appointed an openly gay man as a bishop in 2003.

Dec 19, 2012

British police seek evidence of conspiracy in “plebs” row

LONDON (Reuters) – British police investigating claims an officer fabricated evidence that led to a minister resigning said on Wednesday they were looking for any signs of a conspiracy in an affair that could damage the force’s reputation.

The officer posed as a member of the public and falsely claimed to have witnessed a row between cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell and police outside Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street office, according to a Channel 4 News report.

Dec 19, 2012

Police face inquiry over Andrew Mitchell’s “pleb” row

LONDON (Reuters) – A British former minister who quit after failing to shake off claims that he called police “plebs” called for an inquiry on Tuesday after a television programme said he may have been falsely accused and the victim of a dirty tricks campaign.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said the programme’s suggestion that a police officer may have fabricated evidence against Andrew Mitchell was “exceptionally serious” and urged police to investigate the matter urgently.

Dec 18, 2012

Police face inquiry over minister’s “pleb” row

LONDON (Reuters) – A British former minister who quit after failing to shake off claims that he called police “plebs” called for an inquiry on Tuesday after a television programme said he may have been falsely accused and the victim of a dirty tricks campaign.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said the programme’s suggestion that a police officer may have fabricated evidence against Andrew Mitchell was “exceptionally serious” and urged police to investigate the matter urgently.

Dec 9, 2012

Australia royal hoax radio station to review procedures

PERTH, Australia/LONDON (Reuters) – An Australian radio station under fire over a prank call to a hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate said on Sunday it would review its procedures after a nurse’s apparent suicide.

New South Wales Police said they were in contact with London’s police force and were ready to assist in any investigation, as the incident sparked fresh soul-searching over the behavior of the media.

Dec 9, 2012

UK hospital says royal prank call appalling after Indian-origin nurse death

LONDON/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) – The London hospital that treated Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate condemned on Saturday an Australian radio station that made a prank call seeking information about the duchess, after the apparent suicide of a nurse who answered the phone.

There has been renewed soul-searching over media ethics after Jacintha Saldanha, 46, the nurse who was duped by the station’s call to the King Edward VII hospital, was found dead in staff accommodation nearby on Friday.

Dec 8, 2012

UK hospital says royal prank call appalling after nurse death

LONDON/PERTH, Australia, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The London
hospital that treated Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate
condemned on Saturday an Australian radio station that made a
prank call seeking information about the duchess, after the
apparent suicide of a nurse who answered the phone.

There has been renewed soul-searching over media ethics
after Jacintha Saldanha, 46, the nurse who was duped by the
station’s call to the King Edward VII hospital, was found dead
in staff accommodation nearby on Friday.