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Oct 28, 2014

Qatar emir to face questions on militant funding on UK state visit

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim
bin Hamad Al Thani, is expected to reject allegations that his
country is funding Islamic State (IS) militants during a
three-day state visit to Britain which began on Tuesday.

Sheikh Tamim’s first official visit to Britain since
becoming emir in 2013 will include talks with Prime Minister
David Cameron and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth.

Oct 27, 2014

Anglican leader troubled by Britain’s anti-immigration rhetoric

LONDON (Reuters) – The Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, said on Monday he had seen evidence of a rising tide of xenophobic sentiment within British communities and was worried by the tone of the country’s political debate over immigration.

Immigration sits at the top of the British political agenda seven months before a national election amid rising support for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), whose calls to curb migration have pushed Prime Minister David Cameron and other party leaders to harden their stances on the issue.

Oct 21, 2014

Argentina complains to BBC over “Top Gear” presenter Clarkson

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Argentina’s ambassador in London
has made a formal complaint to the BBC, accusing Jeremy
Clarkson, the host of globally popular TV motoring show “Top
Gear,” of provocative and insulting behaviour during the filming
of an episode in Argentina.

Alicia Castro visited the BBC’s offices in person on Monday
to allege that Clarkson had evoked memories of the 1982
Falklands war during filming and then made insulting remarks
about the Argentine government and people.

Oct 20, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns Britain against “historic mistake” on immigration

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to placate domestic voters.

Cameron retorted that British voters were concerned about immigration, and he was responding to those concerns. He has pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership if his Conservative party wins a 2015 election, as he takes an increasingly hawkish view on curbing migration within the EU and reviewing its freedom of movement principle.

Oct 20, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns Britain against ‘historic mistake’ on immigration rhetoric

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to please domestic voters.

Barroso delivered his warning as Cameron, who has pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership if he wins a 2015 election, adopts an increasingly hawkish view on curbing migration within the bloc and reviewing its freedom of movement principle.

Oct 19, 2014

EU’s Barroso to Britain: Don’t alienate your friends in Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will on Monday issue a plea to Britain not to isolate itself in Europe by picking fights over immigration, saying that European Union membership boosts British international clout.

Britain’s future in the 28-country trading bloc has been thrown into question by Prime Minister David Cameron, who has adopted an increasingly defiant stance on immigration to tackle the threat of the anti-EU UK Independence Party. UKIP’s rising popularity threatens his bid for re-election in 2015.

Oct 19, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns against Cameron’s plan to change bloc’s migration rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Outgoing EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Sunday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against trying to rewrite the European Union’s freedom of movement principle, saying it was essential to the bloc’s internal market.

Barroso’s comments to the BBC will deal a blow to Cameron’s efforts ahead of a 2015 national election to appease voters who worry Britain is suffering economically and culturally because immigration is too high.

Oct 19, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns against UK PM Cameron’s plan to change bloc’s migration rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Outgoing EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Sunday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against trying to rewrite the European Union’s freedom of movement principle, saying it was essential to the bloc’s internal market.

Barroso’s comments to the BBC will deal a blow to Cameron’s efforts ahead of a 2015 national election to appease voters who worry Britain is suffering economically and culturally because immigration is too high.

Oct 15, 2014

UK jobless rate falls again, recovery shows signs of cooling

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s strong labor market recovery is showing signs of cooling, even as the unemployment rate once again fell more than expected in the three months to August.

Job creation was its weakest since the spring of last year and there was a sharp slowdown in the pace at which the number of people claiming unemployment benefit is falling.

Oct 14, 2014

After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges

LONDON (Reuters) – Less than a month after Scots spurned independence, separatists said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron was betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more spending powers to the Scottish parliament.

In a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the union days before the Sept. 18 referendum that threatened to break apart the United Kingdom, Britain’s three main political parties promised to give more powers to Scotland.