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35,000 activists and union members march in UK

A rally of 35,000 demonstrators organized by Britain’s Trades Union Congress marched peacefully in Manchester, UK on Sunday to protest the opening of the Conservative Party’s annual conference. A statement from the TUC had announced that it was “organising a march and rally to show opposition to the coalition government’s…

British parliament to vote against Murdoch deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Summoning a degree of national unity rarely seen outside times of war, Britain’s parliament will tell Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday to drop an expansion plan for his media empire while police probe possible crimes by his journalists. In a watershed moment for British politics, a barrier of…

Cambodians rally against widespread child labor

PHNOM PENH — Hundreds of Cambodian school children marched through the country’s capital on Sunday to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, waving banners calling for an end to the widespread practice. The demonstration was organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Cambodian government, who have set…

Royal wedding guest list causes controversy

LONDON — The guest list for the royal wedding sparked controversy on Sunday after monarchs from countries with poor rights records were invited but two former prime ministers were not. Rights groups criticised Prince William and Kate Middleton for inviting foreign royals from Bahrain, Swaziland and other nations where authorities…

Murdoch paper’s phone hacking targeted ex-prime minister: reports

LONDON — Britain’s opposition Labour party called Sunday for a fresh police probe into phone-hacking by journalists, amid reports that former prime minister Gordon Brown was among the high-profile figures targeted. Fresh revelations in the scandal over phone hacking at the Rupert Murdoch owned News of the World forced Prime…

Israel’s Barak quits Labour and forms new party

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he was leaving his struggling Labour party and setting up a new centrist party called “Independence,” in a move set to strengthen the Israeli government. The surprise decision will see Barak and four other deputies leaving the strife-torn faction as…

Former British defense secretary says it’s time to legalize, regulate drugs

A former British defense secretary and drugs minister called Thursday for a “grown-up debate” on drug legalization and said that the country’s war on drugs has been “nothing short of a disaster.” In stunning comments that depart from his party’s stance on drug policy, the Labour MP asserted that the…

‘Who is this guy?’ Blair claims confused Bush asked about Belgian PM

“George had immense simplicity in how he saw the world,” Blair writes British newspapers Thursday called the memoirs of former prime minister Tony Blair a good read but said they risk re-opening old wounds in his Labour party just as it struggles to fight back from electoral defeat. Blair’s memoirs…

Labour contender under fire over ‘kill Thatcher’ joke

LONDON — A Labour leadership hopeful said on Tuesday he had not meant to upset anyone after claiming he wished he could go back in time and kill former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. John McDonnell, speaking at a Labour leadership event on Monday, drew loud applause when he said he…

David Cameron becomes British prime minister, ending conservatives’ 13 years as minority

LONDON  – David Cameron finally took office as British premier Tuesday, ending his Conservative party’s 13 years in opposition and vowing to form a “strong and stable” coalition after cliff-hanger polls. The 43-year-old — who becomes Britain’s youngest prime minister for some two centuries, with a pregnant wife — was…

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