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Jun 17, 2014

Gas and currency deals crown Chinese premier’s UK visit

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – A $20 billion liquefied natural
gas deal and a move to strengthen London’s position in offshore
yuan trading will crown a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to
Britain on Tuesday.

In a trip aimed at burying a row over Tibet and deepening
commercial ties between the world’s second-largest economy and
Europe’s financial capital, Li met Queen Elizabeth and was due
to hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

Jun 16, 2014

Britain smoothes visa process to tap lucrative Chinese tourist trade

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Britain is overhauling its visa
system to make it easier for Chinese tourists and businesses to
visit the country, interior minister Theresa May said on Monday,
marking the start of a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Li arrived in London on Monday for a three-day official
visit which includes an audience with Queen Elizabeth and is
aimed at putting aside a recent history of political tension and
building closer trade and commercial ties.

Jun 9, 2014

UK schools report finds ‘campaign’ linked to Muslim extremism

LONDON (Reuters) – A culture of “fear and intimidation” exists in some British schools due to an alleged Muslim extremist plot, the top school inspector said on Monday, citing faith and gender segregation and funding misuse.

A government investigation, launched after an anonymous letter reported a campaign dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse”, found evidence of a drive to impose Muslim cultural norms in some schools in the central city of Birmingham, said Michael Wilshaw, head of the Ofsted schools inspectorate.

Jun 8, 2014

UK’s Clegg makes appeal to win back disenchanted liberal voters

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) – Nick Clegg, leader of Britain’s
embattled junior coalition partner Liberal Democrat party, will
on Monday propose a mix of liberal policymaking and economic
prudence to recover from its disastrous election results in May.

His Liberal Democrats lost all but one of their 11 seats in
European Parliament elections and more than 300 local council
seats last month, sparking calls for Clegg, whom many activists
accuse of forsaking the party’s values, to resign.

May 30, 2014

West has little chance of curbing Putin Ukraine intervention: Czech foreign minister

LONDON (Reuters) – The West has little power to bring an end to the Russian-sponsored intervention in Ukraine, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek told Reuters on Friday, saying a change in Russia’s stance was only likely to come about in the long term.

Speaking during a visit to London to meet British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Zaoralek said that Russia was clearly behind violent unrest in eastern Ukraine, but that there were no immediately effective steps the West could take to stop it.

May 21, 2014

UK’s Osborne, Labor in clash over business policy

LONDON (Reuters) – The two contenders to win Britain’s national election next year traded blows over their business policies on Wednesday after finance minister George Osborne accused the opposition Labor party of “pulling up the drawbridge” on foreign investment.

Labor said Osborne was guilty of hypocrisy, arguing that his own Conservative party’s promise to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union by the end of 2017 was spooking business by raising the prospect of a “Brexit”.

May 21, 2014

Osborne dubs Labour’s economic plans “anti-business”

LONDON (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne plans in a speech on Wednesday to accuse the opposition Labour party of being “anti-business” and warning that they would cut off foreign investment into Britain.

In an address courting business leaders ahead of a national election in 2015, Osborne, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, will say Britain is recovering but his decade-long plan to fix the economy is less than half-completed.

May 20, 2014

UK’s Osborne dubs Labor’s economic plans ‘anti-business’

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister George Osborne plans in a speech on Wednesday to accuse the opposition Labor party of being “anti-business” and warning that they would cut off foreign investment into Britain.

In an address courting business leaders ahead of a national election in 2015, Osborne, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, will say Britain is recovering but his decade-long plan to fix the economy is less than half-completed.

May 19, 2014

Facing tough EU election, Clegg attacks ‘false patriot’ euro-sceptics

LONDON (Reuters) – Politicians who want Britain to withdraw from the European Union are “false patriots” who act against Britain’s national interests, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will say in a speech on Tuesday.

Clegg, a Lib Dem, aimed the attack at the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and euro-sceptic factions of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives two days before European elections, which are forecast to bring big losses for his pro-Europe party.

May 19, 2014

Facing tough EU election, UK’s Clegg attacks ‘false patriot’ euro-skeptics

LONDON (Reuters) – Politicians who want Britain to withdraw from the European Union are “false patriots” who act against Britain’s national interests, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will say in a speech on Tuesday.

Clegg, a Liberal Democrat, aimed the attack at the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and euro-skeptic factions of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives two days before European elections, which are forecast to bring big losses for his pro-Europe party.