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Oct 4, 2015

Russia is conducting ‘asymmetric warfare’ in Syria: Britain’s Hammond

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Russia is engaged in “classic asymmetric warfare” in Syria by using its military clout to prop up President Bashar al-Assad while saying it is attacking Islamic State militants, Britain’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

Russia last week began striking targets in Syria – a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in the civil war which has been criticized by the West as an attempt to prop up Assad, rather than its purported aim of attacking Islamic State.

Oct 4, 2015

Russia is conducting ‘asymmetric warfare’ in Syria – Hammond

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Russia is engaged in “classic asymmetric warfare” in Syria by using its military clout to prop up President Bashar al-Assad while saying it is attacking Islamic State militants, Britain’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

Russia last week began striking targets in Syria – a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in the civil war which has been criticised by the West as an attempt to prop up Assad, rather than its purported aim of attacking Islamic State.

Oct 4, 2015

Cameron refuses to rule out Brexit, says recasting EU ties hard work

MANCHESTER, England, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David
Cameron said his renegotiation of Britain’s ties with the
European Union was “bloody hard work” and refused to rule out
campaigning for a British exit in a referendum if other EU
leaders failed to grant him the concessions he wants.

As his ruling Conservative Party gathered for an annual
meeting, Cameron urged his party to be patient over Britain’s
relationship with Europe ahead of a vote on membership which he
has promised by the end of 2017.

Oct 4, 2015

Cameron says Russian military action in Syria a ‘terrible mistake’

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday that Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin’s decision to take military action in Syria to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a “terrible mistake”.

Russia has begun striking targets in Syria – a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in the civil war which has been criticized by some as an attempt to prop up Assad, rather than its purported aim of attacking Islamic State militants.

Sep 28, 2015

Corbyn says will not impose his views on party

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – The new left-wing leader of the opposition Labour Party will promise in a speech on Tuesday to make decisions by nationwide consultation – an approach critics say could cause confusion about party policy and deepen internal divisions.

Veteran parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn was elected earlier this month on a pledge to involve general membership more closely in policy and eschew the central policy discipline of recent decades. He won over nearly 60 percent of members and supporters, but fewer of Labour’s more than 230 lawmakers.

Sep 28, 2015

Labour will force big companies to pay “fair share”

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Monday if it wins the next election it would force large corporations such as Starbucks, Vodafone, Amazon and Google to pay their “fair share” of taxes to help end austerity policies.

In a speech aimed at silencing critics who say Labour has moved too far left under its new leadership, finance spokesman John McDonnell largely struck a more moderate stance than previously on central bank independence and taxing financial transactions.

Sep 28, 2015

UK’s Labour: will force big companies to pay “fair share”

BRIGHTON, England, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition
Labour Party said on Monday if it wins the next election it
would force large corporations such as Starbucks, Vodafone,
Amazon and Google to pay their “fair share” of taxes to help end
austerity policies.

In a speech aimed at silencing critics who say Labour has
moved too far left under its new leadership, finance spokesman
John McDonnell largely struck a more moderate stance than
previously on central bank independence and taxing financial
transactions.

Sep 17, 2015

UK terrorism watchdog criticizes government anti-extremism plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s anti-extremism strategy risks increasing the threat of radicals in Muslim communities, the country’s terrorism law watchdog said on Thursday, warning it could play into the hands of those seeking to recruit extremists.

Prime Minister David Cameron has described the need to stop young Britons being radicalized as the “struggle of our generation” and is planning new laws later this year to counter extremism and the spread of the Islamist ideology of Islamic State militants.

Sep 16, 2015

UK urges student body not to oppose anti-radicalization reforms

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain urged the National Union of Students on Thursday not to undermine government efforts to prevent young Britons being radicalized on university campuses, criticizing the body’s opposition to new regulations against extremism.

The warning came days before new rules come into force that legally oblige higher education institutions to vet campus speakers and work with the government to prevent radicalization of their students.

Sep 16, 2015

British PM, new opposition leader spar politely in parliament’s ritual joust

LONDON (Reuters) – The new leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, veteran leftist Jeremy Corbyn, confronted Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament for the first time on Wednesday and said the house’s raucous weekly question-and-answer session should be less theatrical and more about hearing ordinary people’s voices.

Kicking off with questions on unaffordable housing, mental health and welfare, Corbyn’s low-key performance did little to ruffle Cameron, who gave detailed answers in an unusually muted manner.