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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.

Aug 5, 2014

UK minister quits over ‘morally indefensible’ Gaza policy

LONDON (Reuters) – Sayeeda Warsi, a senior minister in Britain’s Foreign Office, resigned on Tuesday, accusing Prime Minister David Cameron’s government of taking a “morally indefensible” approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

While the British government has repeatedly called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, Cameron has come under criticism from political opponents for what they say has been his reluctance to condemn Israel’s actions in stronger terms.

Aug 1, 2014

NATO must change to better repel Russian threat: UK’s Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – NATO must overhaul itself to be able to better defend its members from a potential Russian military threat, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday,

He said the U.S.-led Atlantic alliance had to rethink its ties with Moscow because of the Ukraine crisis.

Jul 29, 2014

Britain cuts EU migrants’ access to welfare payments

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday set out new welfare rules to cut access to social security payments for migrants from the European Union, the latest in a string of British measures aimed at addressing voter concern over immigration.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Cameron said that from November migrants coming to Britain from the EU to find work would be entitled to claim unemployment and child benefits for three months, rather than the previous six months.

Jul 23, 2014

Ukraine crisis puts Britain’s Cameron on spot over Russian donations

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure over the Ukraine crisis on Wednesday after he was forced to defend a party political donation from the wife of a former minister in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Lyubov Chernukhina, the wife of Vladimir Chernukhin, a former deputy finance minister in Putin’s government, agreed to pay 160,000 pounds ($272,500) to Cameron’s Conservative Party at a fund-raising gala this month in exchange for a game of tennis with Cameron and Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.

Jul 22, 2014

Hardline Muslims tried to impose Islam in British city’s schools: government report

LONDON (Reuters) – A British government inquiry has found that hardline Muslims tried to impose an “intolerant and aggressive” Islamic agenda on some schools in the city of Birmingham, including separation of boys and girls in lessons and banning Christmas celebrations.

Some of the majority-Moslem schools invited speakers with known extremist views to assemblies and promoted organizations that would be categorized as ‘extremist’ under government classifications, according to the report by Peter Clarke, former head of London Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.