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Mar 22, 2015

Inslight – How Europe and U.S. stumbled into spat over China-led bank

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Sometime geopolitical shifts happen by accident rather than design.

Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China’s chequebook diplomacy came of age, giving the world’s number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two.

Mar 22, 2015

How Europe and U.S. stumbled into spat over China-led bank

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Sometime geopolitical shifts happen by accident rather than design.

Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China’s chequebook diplomacy came of age, giving the world’s number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two.

Mar 21, 2015

Anti-EU UKIP suspends two candidates

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s right-wing UKIP party has suspended two of its candidates for a national election as it attempts to limit damage to its image weeks before the May 7 vote in which it could play a decisive role.

UKIP’s rapid rise in popularity may cost Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives an outright victory, and the party hopes to use the election to advance its campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union.

Mar 20, 2015

UKIP suspends European member of parliament in expenses row

LONDON (Reuters) – Anti-EU UKIP party said on Friday it had suspended one of its members in the European parliament over what it called “allegations of a serious financial nature”, a potentially damaging scandal weeks before a national election.

The anti-European Union party, which hopes to use the election to advance its campaign to get Britain to leave the bloc, said it had suspended Janice Atkinson over a report published late on Thursday by The Sun newspaper.

Mar 20, 2015

Britain’s UKIP suspends European member of parliament in expenses row

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s anti-EU UKIP party
said on Friday it had suspended one of its members in the
European parliament over what it called “allegations of a
serious financial nature”, a potentially damaging scandal weeks
before a national election.

The anti-European Union party, which hopes to use the
election to advance its campaign to get Britain to leave the
bloc, said it had suspended Janice Atkinson over a report
published late on Thursday by The Sun newspaper.

Mar 17, 2015

Cameron, broadcasters agree to pre-election TV debate

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he had agreed with broadcasters to join a seven-way televised debate with other political leaders ahead of the May 7 election.

Months of bitter wrangling culminated earlier this month in Cameron being labelled a coward by rivals after he issued an ultimatum on the format of the debates and ruled out a head-to-head debate with opposition leader Ed Miliband.

Mar 17, 2015

British PM Cameron, broadcasters agree to pre-election TV debate

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron said on Tuesday he had agreed with broadcasters to join
a seven-way televised debate with other political leaders ahead
of the May 7 election.

Months of bitter wrangling culminated earlier this month in
Cameron being labelled a coward by rivals after he issued an
ultimatum on the format of the debates and ruled out a
head-to-head debate with opposition leader Ed Miliband.

Mar 17, 2015

UK to raise minimum wage by 3 percent, biggest rise since 2008

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s minimum wage will
rise by 3 percent to 6.70 pounds ($10) per hour, the biggest
real-terms increase since 2008, Prime Minister David Cameron
said on Tuesday, presenting the rise as a measure of economic
strength before a May 7 election.

The change will take effect from October 2015 and comes a
day before the government makes an appeal for voters’ support
with its last budget announcement ahead of an election in which
voters’ living standards and economic competence are expected to
be key issues.

Mar 11, 2015

British parliament votes to ban branding on cigarette packs

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Britain’s parliament approved
legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs,
drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country’s $29
billion tobacco industry.

Aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of
child smokers, the measure is likely to crimp tobacco company
profits and emulates Australia, which in 2012 enacted a law
forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain olive green packaging
with images showing the damaging effects of smoking.

Mar 8, 2015

UK plans airline laws to stop Britons from joining Islamic State

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will introduce new laws on Tuesday to try to stop airlines carrying passengers who may be traveling to join Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, a junior minister said on Sunday.

Security services estimate some 600 Britons have gone to Syria or Iraq to join militant groups, including the man known as “Jihadi John” who has appeared in several Islamic State beheading videos.