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Aug 4, 2015

‘Bearded voter-repellent’ or cure for ‘virus’? Leftist shakes up Labour

LONDON (Reuters) – Reeling from their worst defeat in decades, senior figures in the Labour Party want to tack to the centre to win back voters, but party activists are rallying behind a leftist stalwart who says it is time to get radical.

Labour is so divided over the choice of a leader to replace failed prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband that some are questioning whether the party that created Britain’s welfare state and health service can even hold together.

Aug 4, 2015

“Bearded voter-repellent” or cure for “virus”? Leftist shakes up UK’s Labour

LONDON (Reuters) – Reeling from their worst defeat in decades, senior figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party want to tack to the centre to win back voters, but party activists are rallying behind a leftist stalwart who says it is time to get radical.

Labour is so divided over the choice of a leader to replace failed prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband that some are questioning whether the party that created Britain’s welfare state and health service can even hold together.

Aug 2, 2015

Britain and France urge EU-wide action on Calais migrant crisis

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and France on Sunday urged other European Union states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings into England.

The French port of Calais has become a focal point for the huge influx of migrants entering Europe to escape poverty and violence in the Middle East and Africa.

Jul 28, 2015

Labour Party ‘frightened of its own shadow’, says Andy Burnham

LONDON (Reuters) – The Labour Party lacks the courage and big ideas to win back lost voters, MP Andy Burnham, a frontrunner to become the party’s new leader, will say on Tuesday as Labour battles to define its political identity after a painful election defeat.

Labour is searching for a new leader after Ed Miliband resigned in May in the wake of the centre-left party’s heaviest election loss since 1987, at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.

Jul 27, 2015

Labour Party ‘frightened of its own shadow’, says leadership frontrunner

LONDON (Reuters) – The Labour Party lacks the courage and big ideas to win back lost voters, lawmaker Andy Burnham, a frontrunner to become the party’s new leader, will say on Tuesday as Labour battles to define its political identity after a painful election defeat.

Labour is searching for a new leader after Ed Miliband resigned in May in the wake of the centre-left party’s heaviest election loss since 1987, at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.

Jul 24, 2015

Britain needs to stay in EU to support transatlantic ties, Obama says

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said he wants Britain to stay in the European Union and help maintain the post-war transatlantic partnership, prompting angry responses from Eurosceptic lawmakers in London.

“Having the United Kingdom in the European Union gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union,” Obama said in an interview with the BBC. He said Britain being inside the EU had helped make the world a safer and more prosperous place since World War Two.

Jul 22, 2015

Koran fragments found in UK library are among world’s oldest, says university

LONDON (Reuters) – Fragments of a Koran manuscript found in a British university library are from one of the world’s oldest surviving copies of the Islamic text, and may even have been written by someone who knew Prophet Mohammad, researchers said on Wednesday.

Radiocarbon dating indicated that the parchment folios held by the University of Birmingham in central England were at least 1,370 years old, which would make them one of the earliest written forms of the Islamic holy book in existence.

Jul 21, 2015

UK’s Osborne tightens screws on government spending plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister George Osborne launched a new front in his austerity push on Tuesday as he challenged some government departments to find spending cuts of up to 40 percent by the end of the decade.

Osborne said he would announce on Nov. 25 how he would find an extra 20 billion pounds ($31 billion) of annual departmental savings, on top of deep cuts to welfare spending that he unveiled earlier this month in a post-election budget.

Jul 20, 2015

UK’s Cameron unveils anti-extremism plan, urges internet firms to help

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron set out a five-year strategy to tackle extremism in Britain on Monday, vowing to take on those responsible for radicalising young British Muslims and demanding that internet companies do more to help.

To tackle what he called the “struggle of our generation” Cameron outlined a counter-extremism strategy designed to halt the spread in Britain of the radical ideology promoted by Islamic State militants (IS or ISIL) in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 17, 2015

Britain says its pilots conducted Syria air strikes

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – British pilots have taken part
in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, the
defence ministry said on Friday, angering some lawmakers who two
years ago refused to back military action there.

The ministry said pilots had taken part in Syrian missions
on behalf of its allies, the United States and Canada, and were
“effectively operating as foreign troops”.