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May 30, 2012

PM’s former aide Coulson held over suspected perjury

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s former spokesman was detained on Wednesday by police on suspicion of perjury after he denied in court any knowledge of phone hacking by reporters at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World.

The detention of Andy Coulson, a former editor of the tabloid, damages Cameron because it calls into question his judgement in seeking to win Murdoch’s backing by employing one of his most powerful journalists.

May 30, 2012

British PM’s former aide held over suspected perjury

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron’s former spokesman was detained on Wednesday by police
on suspicion of perjury after he denied in court any knowledge
of phone hacking by reporters at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the
World.

The detention of Andy Coulson, a former editor of the
tabloid, damages Cameron because it calls into question his
judgement in seeking to win Murdoch’s backing by employing one
of his most powerful journalists.

May 28, 2012

Radical cleric Abu Qatada loses British bail request

LONDON (Reuters) – A radical preacher accused of giving spiritual inspiration to one of the 9/11 hijackers on Monday lost a bid to be freed from the British prison where he is being held ahead of moves to deport him to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

The decision to refuse Abu Qatada bail at a special court will come as a relief to the British government which has been trying to expel the Jordanian cleric for a over decade.

May 8, 2012

Cameron, Clegg relaunch UK coalition after losses

BASILDON, England, May 8 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister
David Cameron rallied behind his coalition with the Liberal
Democrats on Tuesday, hoping to revive its fortunes after big
losses in local elections, but tempting the wrath of an unruly
Conservative right.

Cameron and Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg renewed
their coalition vows in a rare joint appearance at a tractor
factory, pledging to see through an unpopular austerity plan and
to get a shrinking economy back on track.

May 7, 2012

Cameron seeks to calm party rebels after poll losses

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will try to calm his fractious Conservative party on Tuesday after his worst month in office by stressing his determination to fix an ailing economy in a joint appearance with the leader of his coalition partners.

Cameron will speak alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in a public rebuff to right-wing politicians in his Conservative Party who pin the blame for heavy defeats in local elections last week on his alliance with the Liberal Democrats.

May 7, 2012

UK PM seeks to calm party rebels after poll losses

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will try to calm his fractious Conservative party on Tuesday after his worst month in office by stressing his determination to fix an ailing economy in a joint appearance with the leader of his coalition partners.

Cameron will speak alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in a public rebuff to right-wing politicians in his Conservative Party who pin the blame for heavy defeats in local elections last week on his alliance with the Liberal Democrats.

May 7, 2012

Newspaper smuggles fake bomb into London Games park

LONDON (Reuters) – A newspaper embarrassed the organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday by disclosing it had smuggled a fake bomb past two security checkpoints into the London complex housing the sporting festival’s main stadiums.

The best-selling Sun newspaper conducted the stunt on Friday, at the end of a week-long pre-Olympics military exercise that saw a warship sail up the River Thames and plans announced to put missiles on rooftops near the Games venue in east London.

May 6, 2012

Olympics-Paper smuggles fake bomb into London Games park

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – A newspaper embarrassed the
organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday by disclosing it
had smuggled a fake bomb past two security checkpoints into the
London complex housing the sporting festival’s main stadiums.

The best-selling Sun newspaper conducted the stunt on
Friday, at the end of a week-long pre-Olympics military exercise
that saw a warship sail up the River Thames and plans announced
to put missiles on rooftops near the Games venue in east London.

May 5, 2012

London win eases Cameron’s UK vote setback

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson dodged a humiliating
nationwide defeat for Prime Minister David Cameron by winning
London in local elections that saw voters angry at Britain’s
economic woes flock to opposition Labour and a right-wing
anti-European fringe party.

Maverick mayor Johnson’s silver-lining win in London was the
only good news for Cameron whom local media said had been given
a bloody nose by voters upset at spending cuts and Britain’s
return to recession.

May 1, 2012

Northern Cyprus says has Plan B if unity talks fail

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkish Cypriot authorities are preparing a unilateral “Plan B” for northern Cyprus should long-running talks on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island founder, according to a senior envoy for the breakaway state.

Kudret Ozersay did not elaborate what form the action might take; but Turkish media have suggested northern Cyprus might allow Greek Cypriots to reclaim property in Varosha, a seafront town seized by Turkish troops in a 1974 invasion triggered by a Greek-backed coup intended to unite the island with Greece.