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Same-sex marriage to become legal in UK at midnight

The countdown began on Friday to the moment at midnight when same-sex marriage becomes law in England and Wales, the final stage in the long fight for equality for gay men and lesbians. Several couples are vying to make history by saying “I do” in the first few minutes of…

Britain to submit UN resolution on Syria

Britain will on Wednesday submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning suspected chemical attacks in Syria and demanding “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. The announcement came as the United States and its allies pressed their case for likely military action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, despite…

United States and allies build case for military action in Syria

The United States and its allies built their case Wednesday for likely military action against the regime in war-torn Syria over alleged chemical weapons attacks, despite stern warnings from Russia. The ground for a military intervention was set out by US Vice President Joe Biden, who for the first time…

British social network clamps down on bullying after 14-year-old girl hangs herself

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) – Online social network Ask.fm said on Monday it would clamp down on bullying after coming under fire from child safety campaigners for a string of suicides in Britain that were linked to the website popular with teenagers. Earlier this month Hannah Smith, 14, hanged…

UK lawmakers approve marriage equality

British lawmakers voted in favour of legislation allowing gay marriage on Tuesday despite a split in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party. Members of parliament voted by 400 to 175 to approve the draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales. In a late intervention just two…

Tensions high on 30th anniversary of Falklands war

Britain and Argentina on Monday marked 30 years since the invasion of the Falkland Islands triggered a 74-day war, with diplomatic tensions still running high. In a statement to mark the anniversary, Prime Minister David Cameron described the invasion as a “profound wrong” and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to upholding…

UK government under fire over ‘slave labor’ job scheme

The government was accused this week of introducing “slave labour” through a scheme that can see unemployed youngsters lose their benefits if they quit a work experience placement. The ten-month-old voluntary programme, part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s welfare reforms, is intended to help the record number of jobless youths…

Senior Church of England cleric condemns British government’s same-sex marriage plans

The second most senior cleric in the Church of England, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, on Saturday condemned the British government’s plans to introduce same-sex civil marriages. “Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” the Ugandan-born archbishop told the Daily Telegraph newspaper, adding that only “dictators” tried…

PM David Cameron’s camp ‘world’s stupidest’: French regulator

PARIS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron proved the British political right is the world’s stupidest by refusing last week’s European summit deal on fiscal reform under pressure from narrow financial lobby interests, the head of France’s financial sector regulator said Monday. “For a long time it was said that…

UK tabloids brace for more damage at ethics inquiry

Britain’s tabloids are braced for more damaging celebrity testimony this week at a public inquiry that has turned the tables on Fleet Street and could lead to major changes in the regulation of the press. Singer Charlotte Church and Alastair Campbell, the former spin doctor of ex-prime minister Tony Blair,…

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