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Britain plagued by baffling epidemic of metal theft

Great Britain has recently been hit by a wave of metal thieves who appear to spare nothing in their path. Manhole covers, lead from church roofs, electric cables, even memorial statues and plaques with the names of war dead are vanishing in the face of rising demand from Asia and…

Britain hopes hosting Olympics will fix its ailing economy

LONDON — Britain will not reduce the London Games to an “austerity Olympics”, but instead try to use the event to kick-start the flagging economy in 2012, the minister responsible said Saturday. Jeremy Hunt, the Olympics secretary, told The Daily Telegraph newspaper that hosting the Games during the global economic…

Europe splits over fiscal union, Britain isolated

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe divided on Friday in a historic rift over building a fiscal union to preserve the euro, with a large majority of countries led by Germany and France agreeing to move ahead with a separate treaty, leaving Britain isolated. Twenty-three of the 27 leaders agreed to pursue…

Iranian diplomats leave Britain after protest violence

Diplomats at the Iranian embassy in London left Britain on Friday after being expelled following the storming of the British embassy in Tehran, the Foreign Office said. “I can confirm that, earlier this afternoon, all diplomatic staff of theIranian embassy in London took off from Heathrow airport,” said a spokesman. “They are returning to Iran in…

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