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Nov 6, 2014

Miliband dismisses reports of bid to oust him

LONDON (Reuters) – Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s centre-left opposition Labour party, on Thursday described media reports that members of his own party were conspiring to oust him as “nonsense”, as he sought to keep his bid to become prime minister on track.

Labour have a narrow lead over Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in opinion polls ahead of a national election in May 2015. But Miliband’s personal rating has sunk to its lowest ever level, raising doubts among supporters whether he is capable of delivering an outright win.

Nov 5, 2014

UK, Germany offer plan to break Bosnia’s EU deadlock

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and Germany put forward a plan on Wednesday to revive Bosnia’s stalled bid to join the European Union, offering to unlock EU funds in exchange for commitments to institutional reform from the country’s yet-to-be-formed new government.

Bosnia is stuck bottom of the pack of Western Balkan states seeking EU membership, hampered by an unwieldy system of ethnic power-sharing set out in the Dayton peace accords which ended a 1992-95 war and divided the former Yugoslav republic into two autonomous regions.

Nov 4, 2014

UK baulks at prospect of interest charges on contested EU bill

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday said it would be “wrong” for the European Union to levy late payment charges against it over a hotly-disputed 2.1 billion-euro EU budget bill that British Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to pay in its current form.

The row over the bill has heaped pressure on Cameron domestically, where he is already battling the growing popularity of the anti-EU UK Independence Party ahead of a 2015 election and struggling to control rebellious Eurosceptic lawmakers in his own party.

Oct 29, 2014

PM Cameron appeals to Qatar emir for more investment

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged Qatar to plough more of its vast oil and gas wealth into infrastructure projects across Britain during an official visit from the Gulf state’s emir.

Cameron asked Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to consider further funding to help Britain’s push to develop cities in the north of the country and connect them to London using a high speed rail line, a statement released by his office said.

Oct 29, 2014

Britain’s Cameron appeals to Qatar emir for more investment

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged Qatar to plough more of its vast oil and gas wealth into infrastructure projects across Britain during an official visit from the Gulf state’s emir.

Cameron asked Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to consider further funding to help Britain’s push to develop cities in the north of the country and connect them to London using a high speed rail line, a statement released by his office said.

Oct 29, 2014

British PM Cameron’s bid to guarantee EU referendum fails

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of enshrining into law his promise of a referendum on European Union membership have collapsed after lawmakers said late on Tuesday that his Liberal Democrat coalition partners had blocked the legislation.

Cameron wants to renegotiate Britain’s ties with Europe and hold a referendum by 2017, while the Liberal Democrats and the opposition Labour party say a vote would be destabilizing.

Oct 29, 2014

Cameron’s bid to guarantee EU referendum fails

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of enshrining into law his promise of a referendum on European Union membership have collapsed after MPs said late on Tuesday that his Liberal Democrat coalition partners had blocked the legislation.

Cameron wants to renegotiate Britain’s ties with Europe and hold a referendum by 2017, while the Lib Dems and the opposition Labour party say a vote would be destabilising.

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.