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Aug 28, 2014

British PM Cameron suffers blow as lawmaker defects to anti-EU UKIP party

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a setback on Thursday when a lawmaker from his ruling Conservative party unexpectedly defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) party, which wants Britain to leave the European Union.

The move, by Douglas Carswell, a Eurosceptic, comes eight months before a national election in which UKIP threatens Cameron’s re-election chances. UKIP won May’s European elections in Britain after taking votes from the Conservatives.

Aug 28, 2014

Cameron suffers blow as MP defects to UKIP

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a setback on Thursday when a lawmaker from his ruling Conservative party unexpectedly defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) party, which wants Britain to leave the European Union.

The move, by Douglas Carswell, a Eurosceptic, comes eight months before a national election in which UKIP threatens Cameron’s re-election chances. UKIP won May’s European elections in Britain after taking votes from the Conservatives.

Aug 22, 2014

Pressure mounts on Europeans to take more action against Islamic State

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – European leaders face calls to take direct action against the Islamic State including in Syria after the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, but politicians are reluctant to take the lead after previous missteps in the region.

The release of a video this week showing Foley’s beheading by a black-clad Islamic State (IS) militant with a British accent has emerged as a possible game-changer in the fight against the jihadist group.

Aug 21, 2014

British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt

LONDON (Reuters) – British Muslim leaders urged people to contact police if they knew the identity of the man with an English accent who appeared in a video showing the beheading of an American journalist.

The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim umbrella group in the country, condemned the “abhorrent murder” of James Foley in Syria and called for united action by Muslims to stop the “poison of extremism” infiltrating their communities.

Aug 20, 2014

UK launches hunt for man with British accent on beheading video

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – British authorities launched a
hunt on Wednesday for a man with an English accent who appeared
in an Islamic State (IS) video purporting to show what Prime
Minister David Cameron called the “barbaric and brutal”
beheading of an American journalist.

A masked IS jihadist, dressed in black, who stood next to a
kneeling James Foley in the video released online spoke with
what sounded like a London accent.

Aug 13, 2014

UK’s Cameron cuts short holiday over Iraq, resists calls for air strikes

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday to return to Britain to chair a meeting to discuss the Iraq crisis on Wednesday, but resisted calls to intervene there militarily and ruled out recalling parliament for now.

Cameron returned as Iraq’s new prime minister-designate won endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran. He also called on Iraqi leaders to end feuds that have let jihadists seize much of the country.

Aug 10, 2014

UK’s Cameron will lose election on ethnic minority vote: Muslim ex-minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives will lose next year’s election because they have neglected ethnic minority voters, Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister, who last week resigned over the government’s Gaza policy, warned on Sunday.

Sayeeda Warsi, a former Foreign Office minister who has played a key role in the Conservatives’ appeal to Muslim voters, last week embarrassed Cameron by resigning via Twitter over what she said was the government’s “morally indefensible” approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Aug 7, 2014

British police raid pub in search for ‘Holy Grail’

LONDON (Reuters) – British police raided an English country pub this week in search of a stolen wooden relic believed by some to be the Holy Grail – a cup from which, according to the Bible, Jesus is said to have drunk at his final meal before crucifixion.

The Grail has captivated religious experts for centuries, spawning myriad theories about its location and inspiring numerous fictional accounts from the Middle Ages onwards.

Aug 6, 2014

Colourful London mayor, potential Cameron successor, plans return to parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s colourful mayor, Boris Johnson, widely regarded as a potential challenger for Prime Minister David Cameron’s job, said on Wednesday he would try to run for parliament in next year’s national election.

Winning a parliamentary seat would be the first step in any bid to succeed Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party – a job that Johnson has coyly denied interest in for years while at the same time fuelling constant media speculation.

Aug 5, 2014

Britain eyes regulation for virtual currencies

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Britain on Wednesday took its
first steps toward regulating the rapidly expanding use of
virtual currencies, launching a study to look at the
opportunities and risks presented by digital currency Bitcoin
and its rivals.

The announcement came in a package of measures unveiled by
finance minister George Osborne aimed at boosting financial
innovation in London to help fend off challengers to the city’s
status as the world’s leading financial centre.