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  • Silent Tribute To Be Held For Tunisia Victims
    Silent Tribute To Be Held For Tunisia Victims 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    A minute's silence will be observed across the country at midday – one week on from the Tunisian terror attack which killed 30 British tourists. Flags are being flown at half-mast over Buckingham Palace and government buildings, as an RAF operation to repatriate their bodies continues. The Queen will be joining people across the country in the act of remembrance, and will mark the silence during a visit to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. More »

  • Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump
    Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. More »

  • Fear, loathing and Australian politics
    Fear, loathing and Australian politics 3 hours ago

    Tony Abbott's proposed security measures are not making Australians feel any safer. More »

  • Conservatives see best chance in 18 years to cut welfare bill
    Conservatives see best chance in 18 years to cut welfare bill 3 hours ago

    By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have their best chance in almost two decades to remould Britain's economy next week, in their first budget statement after an unexpectedly decisive election victory. Freed from needing the support of their former coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives want to reduce borrowing faster this year and set out plans to cut the annual welfare bill by 12 billion pounds. Since he took office in 2010, deficit reduction has been a central theme for Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who Cameron views as a potential successor. More »

  • Migrants' children 'not in work'
    Migrants' children 'not in work' 3 hours ago

    The UK-born children of migrants are twice as likely to be unemployed than native Britons, according to new research. More »

  • Britain will hold a minute's silence for Tunisia victims
    Britain will hold a minute's silence for Tunisia victims 3 hours ago

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron will hold a minute's silence on Friday, a week after a gun massacre at a Tunisian beach resort in which 30 out of the 38 victims were Britons. More »

  • UK sells more of Lloyds bank stake, 12.5 billion pounds raised so far
    UK sells more of Lloyds bank stake, 12.5 billion pounds raised so far 4 hours ago

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has cut its stake in Lloyds Banking Group to below 16 percent, taking the total raised through the sale of the government's shares in the bank to more than 12.5 billion pounds ($19.5 billion). Lloyds said on Thursday that Britain's finance ministry had reduced its stake to 15.9 percent, from 16.9 percent, in a further step towards its full privatisation which is expected next year. The bank was rescued during the 2007-9 financial crisis at a cost of 20.5 billion pounds, leaving taxpayers with a 43 percent stake. More »

  • Top Charities Warn Over £200m Health Cuts
    Top Charities Warn Over £200m Health Cuts 5 hours ago

    Leading charities have warned that the Government's planned £200m cuts to public health budgets will cause the nation serious harm. Charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Diabetes UK said the cuts would also hamper attempts to reduce cost pressures in the long-term. Chancellor George Osborne announced the move last month. More »

  • Government warned over health cuts
    Government warned over health cuts 8 hours ago

    The Government's planned £200 million cuts to public health budgets will harm the nation's health, a number of leading charities and organisations have warned. More »

  • Hunt urges 'robust' action on IS
    Hunt urges 'robust' action on IS 11 hours ago

    Failing to take on Islamic State (IS) in its Syrian heartland could be seen as "weakness" by the jihadis, a Cabinet minister has claimed as the Government moved towards recommending British military action to take on the terror group. More »

  • Four allies quit Tsipras' coalition over bailout referendum
    Four allies quit Tsipras' coalition over bailout referendum 14 hours ago

    By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - A referendum on bailout terms that has morphed into a plebiscite on Greece's future in Europe has created the first real splits in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' ruling coalition. Four members of the right-wing Independent Greeks, uneasy bedfellows whose 13 votes Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party needs for a majority, defied him in the space of 24 hours by urging Greeks to accept more austerity in return for cash. With banks shut and Greeks queuing at cash machines for a meagre 60 euros a day, the dissenters made clear they felt Tsipras was courting a disastrous exit from the euro zone by calling for a 'No' vote. More »

  • Where They Stand: Scott Walker on issues of 2016 campaign
    Where They Stand: Scott Walker on issues of 2016 campaign 14 hours ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Where two-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stands on various issues that will be debated in the Republican presidential campaign, a race he's joining. More »

  • The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet 14 hours ago

    In a different era’s Democratic Party, Jim Webb might be a serious contender for the presidential nomination. In today’s leftward drifting Democratic Party, however, it’s hard to see Webb—who declared his candidacy Thursday—getting very far. As surprising as Bernie Sanders’s rise in the polls has been, he looks more like the Democratic base than Webb does. More »

  • With social media tease, Wisconsin's Walker jumps into 2016
    With social media tease, Wisconsin's Walker jumps into 2016 14 hours ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher's son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday. More »

  • Tunisia Attack Victims' Bodies Arrive Back In UK
    Tunisia Attack Victims' Bodies Arrive Back In UK 15 hours ago

    The bodies of nine Britons shot dead in the Tunisia beach attack have arrived back in the UK, as the final British death toll was confirmed. The C-17 military transport aircraft touched down at RAF Brize Norton carrying coffins bearing the bodies of Lisa and William Graham, Philip Heathcote, Trudy Jones, Ann and James McQuire, Janet and John Stocker, and David Thompson. They were among 38 people killed by Seifeddine Rezgui in the resort of Sousse in Friday's attack, before the gunman was shot dead by police. More »

  • Kuwait promotes unity in wake of bombing designed to divide
    Kuwait promotes unity in wake of bombing designed to divide 16 hours ago

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An Islamic State sympathizer's deadly bombing in a packed Kuwaiti mosque last week was designed to fit an all-too-familiar pattern: extremists attack Shiites to stoke sectarian hatred and then proclaim themselves the defenders of Sunnis against those they denounce as heretics. More »

  • Pope's South American trip - defending the poor and the planet
    Pope's South American trip - defending the poor and the planet 16 hours ago

    The July 5-13 trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay will be his first abroad since he made a clarion call for defence of the environment and the poor in his landmark encyclical "Laudato Si" last month. It is also the Argentine pope's first trip to Spanish-speaking South America - he made a trip to Brazil for a youth festival in 2013 to substitute for his predecessor Benedict after his sudden resignation. In Ecuador, he will comfort elderly patients in a hospice and visit sick children. More »

  • UK Mulls Syria Strikes To 'Destroy' IS Threat
    UK Mulls Syria Strikes To 'Destroy' IS Threat 17 hours ago

    The Prime Minister has indicated the Government is paving the way for airstrikes on Islamic State terrorists in Syria in the wake of the Tunisian beach massacre. David Cameron has said there is a "strong case for us doing more in Syria" but said there needed to be "clear consensus for such action" among MPs. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon outlined the case for allowing RAF bombers to attack key IS targets ahead of a debate on the issue in the House of Commons. More »

  • Tunisia arrests eight with 'direct links' to beach massacre
    Tunisia arrests eight with 'direct links' to beach massacre 17 hours ago

    Tunisia has arrested eight people in connection with last week's jihadist massacre at a seaside resort, as the remains of more slain Britons were flown home Thursday. More »

  • UK 'to take anti-IS fight to Syria'
    UK 'to take anti-IS fight to Syria' 18 hours ago

    David Cameron has warned that Islamic State (IS) must be destroyed in its Syrian heartland as Labour signalled it was ready to back further military action in the wake of Tunisia beach attack. More »

  • UK woman charged with being member of Islamic State, girl held 20 hours ago

    British police said on Thursday they had charged a woman with being a member of Islamic State and inciting terrorism on social media, and in a separate case had arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of a terrorism offence. The woman, 26, from Burton upon Trent in central England who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at London's Heathrow Airport in February after arriving on a flight from Turkey. West Midlands Police said she had been charged with publishing messages on Twitter in October last year which encouraged people to commit or prepare acts of terrorism, and being a member of the banned organisation Islamic State (IS). More »

  • Police hold two women for alleged terror offences
    Police hold two women for alleged terror offences 20 hours ago

    Police on Thursday charged a 26-year-old woman with inciting terror through Twitter and membership of the Islamic State group, and arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of preparing an attack. More »

  • Margareta Pagano: Ending Greek tragedy with a Grexit doesn't mean the European …
    Margareta Pagano: Ending Greek tragedy with a Grexit doesn't mean the European … 21 hours ago

    Hercules, my Greek painter friend, is not going back to Athens for this Sunday's historic referendum on the latest bailout terms because he's too busy painting murals in one of our grandest cathedrals. One option would be to create an electronic currency – rather like the euro between 1999 and 2001 – which could be used to pay the most important bills such as salaries and pension payments. More »

  • BBC to cut over 1,000 jobs as Britons trade TVs for tablets
    BBC to cut over 1,000 jobs as Britons trade TVs for tablets 21 hours ago

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - The British Broadcasting Corporation will cut more than 1,000 jobs to cover a 150-million-pound gap in licence fee income next financial year as millions of viewers turn off their televisions and watch programmes on tablets and mobile phones. The BBC, the largest broadcaster in the world, is grappling with swiftly changing viewing practices, the fallout from failing to investigate a prolific child abuser in its ranks, and scrutiny from Prime Minister David Cameron's government ahead of a review of BBC funding in 2016. BBC chief Tony Hall told employees he wanted to forge a leaner organisation with fewer layers of management to cope with the expected shortfall from the annual 145.50 pound ($227.17) licence fee that every UK household with a television must pay. More »

  • Changing viewing habits prompt BBC to cut 1,000 jobs
    Changing viewing habits prompt BBC to cut 1,000 jobs 22 hours ago

    The BBC said Thursday it is cutting more than 1,000 jobs as part of a long-term savings programme, made more urgent by a shift to online viewing that threatens its funding. More »

  • Cameron asks MPs to mull UK air strikes on IS in Syria
    Cameron asks MPs to mull UK air strikes on IS in Syria 22 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron asked lawmakers to consider whether Britain should join U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but his spokeswoman said he hadn't yet decided whether to push for a parliamentary vote on the issue. Britain conducts regular attacks in neighbouring Iraq and flies drones over Syria to gather intelligence on the group. More »

  • UK to give English MPs veto powers in parliament
    UK to give English MPs veto powers in parliament 22 hours ago

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - English lawmakers will be given a veto in Britain's parliament over legislation that only impacts England, the government said on Thursday, removing the ability of Scottish lawmakers to have a decisive say on laws that do not affect them. Decades-old grievances over imbalances in the way laws are made in Britain came to the fore last September after a last-ditch promise to hand powers to Scotland's devolved parliament helped swing Scottish opinion in favour of keeping the United Kingdom together in a referendum. Thursday's announcement follows a pre-election promise by Prime Minister David Cameron to address the situation whereby Scottish parliamentarians are allowed to vote on laws affecting only England, while English lawmakers cannot vote on similar Scottish matters handled by Scotland's devolved parliament. More »

  • What's in a name? Why the BBC is right to keep using 'Islamic State …
    What's in a name? Why the BBC is right to keep using 'Islamic State … 23 hours ago

    David Cameron does a sort of meta-commentary whenever he’s on the BBC. If he’s interviewed by Andrew Marr, he spends most of his time complaining that he is not allowed to speak - seemingly unaware of the fact he needs to speak in order to express it. When he was on Radio 4 earlier this week, he told off the corporation for using an inappropriate word for Islamic State, or Isis, or Isil, or Daesh – whatever you want to call it. More »

  • Political Times: Heathrow row takes off, driving instructors caught out and …
    Political Times: Heathrow row takes off, driving instructors caught out and … Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    This week, the Airports Commission published its final report into London's airport capacity issue. The independent group, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, backed a plan to build a third runway at Heathrow. The issue is a touchy for David Cameron, as London's mayor, Boris Johnson, opposes the move. More »

  • British Muslims in the spirit of Ramadan
    British Muslims in the spirit of Ramadan Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Muslim charities help to alleviate the hidden poverty in the UK in the spirit of Ramadan. More »

  • German anti-euro party fails to profit from Greek turmoil
    German anti-euro party fails to profit from Greek turmoil Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Greece's debt crisis should have been a boon for Germany's anti-euro party, but instead the group has failed to reap gains as it heads into a weekend congress and, say some, may even fall apart. More »

  • Government sells £500m Lloyds stake
    Government sells £500m Lloyds stake Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The taxpayers' stake in Lloyds Banking Group has fallen to below 16% after the Government sold off another tranche of shares. More »

  • UK sells more of Lloyds bank stake, $19.5 billion raised so far
    UK sells more of Lloyds bank stake, $19.5 billion raised so far Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has cut its stake in Lloyds Banking Group to below 16 percent, taking the total raised through the sale of the government's shares in the bank to more than 12.5 billion pounds ($19.5 billion). Lloyds said on Thursday that Britain's finance ministry had reduced its stake to 15.9 percent, from 16.9 percent, in a further step towards its full privatisation which is expected next year. The bank was rescued during the 2007-9 financial crisis at a cost of 20.5 billion pounds, leaving taxpayers with a 43 percent stake. More »

  • Companies should invest more in workforce to ease UK productivity woes - CI … Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Companies will be unable to contribute to solving Britain's dire productivity problem unless they invest more in workforce development and "smarter" working practices, an industry body said on Thursday. Weak productivity has been a major problem for Britain since the financial crisis, and the economic recovery has not led it to pick up as much as the Bank of England expected, potentially weighing on how much Britons can expect to earn in the future. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that fewer than half of British businesses consider increasing productivity to be a current priority, while a third do not use any measures of productivity. More »

  • Minister call to end housing crisis
    Minister call to end housing crisis Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Ending the housing crisis is the "defining test" of the present generation of politicians, Communities Secretary Greg Clark will tell town hall chiefs. More »