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Calls for Britain to cut EU ties after veto drama

Britain’s dramatic use of its European Union veto after years of threats has fuelled calls at home for a complete withdrawal from the bloc, with London left more isolated than ever. Prime Minister David Cameron went further than even “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher ever did, leaving Britain alone in blocking…

U.K. business secretary has sympathy for ‘Occupy London’

LONDON — U.K. Business Secretary Vince Cable said Sunday he sympathised with the feelings of anti-capitalism protesters camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Cable said the camp reflected the feeling that a small number of people had done “extraordinarily well” in the economic crisis, while many more were suffering…

London police brace for violence as students march

Thousands of students headed to London Wednesday to march against cuts to higher education funding, as a huge police operation sought to head off any repeat of violent protests one year ago. Scotland Yard has deployed 4,000 officers to police the demonstration against cuts to university funding and a hike in tuition…

Cameron threatens to cut aid over gay rights

Britain will consider withholding aid from countries that do not recognize gay rights, Prime Minister David Cameron said, afterCommonwealth leaders failed to adopt reforms on the issue. “Britain is now one of the premier aid givers in the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights, and…

Armed guards to defend British ships from pirates

LONDON — British merchant ships travelling around the Horn of Africa will for the first time be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Sunday. Officials said a legal ban will be relaxed so that shipping companies can apply for a…

Sarkozy ‘sick’ of Cameron’s EU interference: reports

French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister David Cameron at Sunday’s EU summit, saying he was “sick of him telling us what to do,” Britain’s press reported. During talks in Brussels to resolve the eurozone debt crisis, the French leader accused Cameron of “interfering in our…

Blackberry’s UK service would shut down on government orders

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – BlackBerry said on Thursday it would work with mobile operators to switch off its popular messenger service if they were ordered by authorities to do so during civil unrest, after police singled out the system as a key tool used in last month’s riots. Appearing…

U.K., French leaders arrive in Libya

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Libya on Thursday for a visit with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a spokeswoman for his Downing Street office said. “We can confirm he has arrived,” the spokeswoman said. Cameron and Sarkozy are the most senior Western leaders to visit Libya since Moamer Kadhafi…

British torture inquiry to examine Libya claims

A British inquiry into alleged complicity in the mistreatment of suspected terrorists said on Monday it would look into new claims that Britain was involved in rendition of suspects to Libya. Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Gibson inquiry in July 2010 to probe allegations that secret services were…

UK says it must tackle social problems

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs to tackle deep-seated social problems following riots and looting in English cities this week, the center-right government said on Saturday, and a U.S. street crime expert it has brought in said arrests alone would not solve the problem. “There are communities that have just been…

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