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  • RBS mulls bid for UK government-owned mortgage portfolio - Sky News
    RBS mulls bid for UK government-owned mortgage portfolio - Sky News 3 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) is one of many prospective bidders that have shown an interest in buying Granite, a £13 billion mortgage securitisation vehicle earmarked for sale by the UK government, Sky News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. RBS may team up with other bidders, including private equity firms to buy Granite, or may decide to not bid at all, Sky News said on Tuesday. The state-owned bank is looking to deploy some of its surplus funds through the potential purchase, and invest primarily in UK retail and commercial business to grow its position in mortgages, the website said. More »

  • Donor hints at support for Kendall
    Donor hints at support for Kendall 4 hours ago

    Liz Kendall's Labour leadership campaign could receive a significant financial boost after a major donor suggested she appeared the most likely to take the party in the right direction. More »

  • New tax laws in Queen's Speech
    New tax laws in Queen's Speech 4 hours ago

    New laws to keep the lowest paid workers out of tax will be included in the Queen's Speech but plans to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) are expected to be slowed down amid intense opposition. More »

  • Advertisers ditch TLC's troubled '19 Kids and Counting'
    Advertisers ditch TLC's troubled '19 Kids and Counting' 4 hours ago

    By Daina Beth Solomon and Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four advertisers pulled out of TLC's reality show "19 Kids and Counting," putting pressure on the U.S. cable network to decide the fate of the top-rated programme about a Christian family after reports that the eldest son had molested underage girls. Retailers Walgreen Co and Payless Shoesource Inc, and hotel chain group Choice Hotels International Inc on Tuesday followed the lead of General Mills Inc in removing their ads from the programme. TLC, which is owned by Discovery Communications , had pulled episodes of the show last week and said Tuesday it had no comment on whether it would cancel the show. More »

  • Queen Elizabeth to unveil EU referendum plans as parliament opens
    Queen Elizabeth to unveil EU referendum plans as parliament opens 4 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen will set out the government's plans for a European Union membership referendum on Wednesday as Prime Minister David Cameron faces pressure to explain when it will be held and what changes to the EU he wants before then. Cameron has said he would be ready to hold the referendum before 2017 if he completes the renegotiation early, something some pro-EU campaigners advocate. More »

  • Speech to set out 'clear vision'
    Speech to set out 'clear vision' 5 hours ago

    New laws to keep the lowest paid workers out of tax will be included in a Queen's Speech that sets out a "clear vision for what our country can be", David Cameron has said. More »

  • Arizona House Democrat to challenge McCain for Senate
    Arizona House Democrat to challenge McCain for Senate 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said Tuesday she will challenge Republican John McCain for his Senate seat next year, launching an uphill bid to unseat the five-term senator in the GOP-leaning state. More »

  • RBS Eyes Shock Bid For £13bn Mortgage Book
    RBS Eyes Shock Bid For £13bn Mortgage Book 5 hours ago

    The taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has emerged as a surprise bidder for parts of a £13bn state-owned mortgage portfolio earmarked for sale by George Osborne. Sky News has learnt that RBS is among a pack of prospective bidders which have registered an interest in acquiring Granite, a mortgage securitisation vehicle established by Northern Rock nearly 15 years ago. If RBS proceeds, it would be the first significant acquisition made by the lender since it was bailed out with £45.5bn of taxpayers' money more than six years ago. More »

  • Bernie Sanders 2016: Can he raise a liberal army? 7 hours ago

    Self-described “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday in his hometown of Burlington, Vt. He’s hoping to attract an army of left-leaning Democrats who aren’t happy about Hillary Clinton’s past coziness with Wall Street and her Senate vote to authorize the Iraq War. “I know what I believe,” said Senator Sanders in a fundraising e-mail issued prior to the event. How many liberals are there in America, and is their number on the increase? More »

  • The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet 7 hours ago

    Specifically, Bernie style: There will be free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a Vermont zydeco band. On the Republican side, a large crop of expected candidates are near to finally making their decisions—spurred, perhaps, by the desire to make the cut for the GOP debates, which start this fall and are only going to take the 10 highest-polling candidates. More »

  • Britain faces tension over push for less EU control
    Britain faces tension over push for less EU control 9 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron heads to continental Europe this week on a campaign to curtail EU involvement in national affairs. France and Germany, meanwhile, want to move in the opposite direction. More »

  • Supreme Court to hear Texas Senate districts case 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. More »

  • Lords could water down government plans on EU, human rights 9 hours ago

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new Conservative government will have a fight on its hands when it tries to get legislation on an EU membership referendum and on human rights through parliament's House of Lords, where it is in a minority. The Conservatives unexpectedly won an overall majority in the House of Commons in a general election on May 7, but as the euphoria of their surprise victory dissipates they face a complicated situation in parliament. In the 650-strong Commons they have a majority of 12 seats, while in the unelected House of Lords opposition members outnumber them by 91. More »

  • French-German euro zone blueprint could frustrate Cameron plans
    French-German euro zone blueprint could frustrate Cameron plans 10 hours ago

    By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France have agreed plans to strengthen cooperation among euro zone countries without changing existing EU treaties, in a potential setback for British Prime Minister David Cameron as he holds key meetings this week with both countries' leaders. The blueprint would bolster the 19-nation euro zone, of which Britain is not a member, by holding more regular summits of its leaders, strengthening the Eurogroup forum of finance ministers and establishing euro zone-specific structures within the European Parliament. It envisages no change to EU treaties. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande to discuss future of EU as Brexit looms
    Merkel, Hollande to discuss future of EU as Brexit looms 11 hours ago

    President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands after a joint press conference following their meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 19, 2015 More »

  • France's Sarkozy, on comeback trail, wins right to rename party
    France's Sarkozy, on comeback trail, wins right to rename party 12 hours ago

    Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy won a court fight on Tuesday for the right to rename his conservative party "The Republicans", a prelude to an expected attempt to win back the presidency in 2017. A French court dismissed demands for an emergency ban on Sarkozy's plan to change his party's name from the clunkier Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). Dozens of people had filed an emergency complaint to stop the rebranding, arguing that the name, by alluding to France's Fifth Republic, founded 57 years ago, was an attempt by the political right to usurp the values of the entire nation. More »

  • Does Cameron want Britain to leave the EU? Restricting vote, mentioning the …
    Does Cameron want Britain to leave the EU? Restricting vote, mentioning the … 14 hours ago

    Until a couple of weeks ago, I was 100% determined that I wanted Britain to remain inside the European Union because I am, at heart, an internationalist. This is because I would like to give a bloody nose to David Cameron and the wealthy elite whose craven self-interest and vested power helped elect him. Until very recently, I presumed that the best way to do this would be to vote to leave the EU, an institution that I thought the PM and his tycoon friends cherished. More »

  • Robinson Stable After Suspected Heart Attack
    Robinson Stable After Suspected Heart Attack 15 hours ago

    A temporary first minister will not be appointed in Northern Ireland while Peter Robinson recovers from a suspected heart attack, a senior colleague has insisted. Even though a political crisis is developing over welfare reform, the DUP's deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, has said it is "business as usual" in Stormont – adding his party had a "very, very strong team" to negotiate over disagreements with Sinn Fein. Mr Robinson, 66, is currently in a stable condition following surgery at the specialist cardiac unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. More »

  • France: Calais police tackle illegal migrants stowing away on trucks to UK
    France: Calais police tackle illegal migrants stowing away on trucks to UK 15 hours ago

    Tensions are rising in the French port of Calais as an increasing number of migrants try to enter Britain illegally. Authorities are constructing a steel fence to secure the ferry port in Calais from illegal immigrants. Stopped from crossing the English channel, migrants have set up makeshift camps in and around the city that are slowly becoming their permanent homes and French authorities are trying to clear the camps inside the city. More »

  • Rouhani says most Iranians want peace
    Rouhani says most Iranians want peace 16 hours ago

    An overwhelming majority of Iranians want peace with the rest of the world, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday, defending the nuclear negotiations under way with major powers. More »

  • Scottish nationalists pledge to resist planned UK spending cuts
    Scottish nationalists pledge to resist planned UK spending cuts 17 hours ago

    Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday her party would seek to resist UK-wide public spending cuts planned by Britain's newly-elected Conservative government, saying they would harm the economic recovery. Sturgeon's party, the SNP, ultimately wants Scotland to become independent and won 56 of 59 Scottish seats in the Westminster parliament on May 7 after successfully campaigning on an anti-austerity platform. Sturgeon, who is also Scotland's First Minister, said Scots had voted for neither austerity nor the Conservatives in large numbers. More »

  • Amanda Brunker has a lovely vagina… It’s The Dredge
    Amanda Brunker has a lovely vagina… It’s The Dredge 17 hours ago

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  • Moody's says UK may not cut public spending as fast as planned
    Moody's says UK may not cut public spending as fast as planned 18 hours ago

    Britain's government may struggle to cut public spending as fast as it plans, due to the large reductions required and the likelihood that the easiest cuts were made in earlier years, ratings agency Moody's said on Tuesday. Moody's did not change Britain's Aa1 sovereign rating with a stable outlook in an update of its research after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives' unexpected outright majority in this month's election. "We expect the budget deficit to decline continuously over the coming years, a credit positive," Moody's economists wrote in a note to clients. More »

  • Scotland to fight to stay in the EU
    Scotland to fight to stay in the EU 19 hours ago

    Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Government will make a "strong and positive" case for the UK to remain in the EU to prevent Scotland being forced out against its will. More »

  • Cameron Tells EU Chief Europe Must Change
    Cameron Tells EU Chief Europe Must Change 19 hours ago

    David Cameron has started his European renegotiation talks by telling the EU Commission president that Britain will no longer accept the "status quo". The Prime Minister pleaded with Jean-Claude Juncker that the EU "needs to change" over a dinner of spring salad and pork belly at  Chequers. Downing Street said Mr Juncker had insisted he would "seek to help" with the renegotiation. More »

  • British-based banks planning for EU 'no' stymied by lack of European …
    British-based banks planning for EU 'no' stymied by lack of European … 21 hours ago

    By Sinead Cruise and Anjuli Davies LONDON (Reuters) - A shortage of prime office space in rival European financial centres may torpedo plans by some of London's banks to quit the UK capital if Britain opts out of European Union membership. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU and then hold a vote by the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the bloc or leave. ... More »

  • Analysis - Poll surge raises election win prospect for Canada's leftist …
    Analysis - Poll surge raises election win prospect for Canada's leftist … 22 hours ago

    By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - A surge in support for Canada's left-leaning New Democrats is forcing strategists and investors to consider a once unthinkable prospect - the party which has never governed federally might now win the October election. The New Democratic Party (NDP) scored a stunning upset in Alberta's provincial election this month, ending four decades of Progressive Conservative rule. The NDP still faces a formidable opponent in the governing Conservatives, who have held power for more than nine years. More »

  • Factbox - Policies of Canada's New Democratic Party 22 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The following are some of the policies that have been released by Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP): CORPORATE TAXES The NDP wants to raise the rate of tax businesses pay to bring it closer to the average among Canada's Group of Seven peers, though the NDP has not released details of what the new rate would be. In 2011, the NDP advocated raising the rate to 19.5 percent. TAX RATES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES In January, party leader Thomas Mulcair said he would reduce the small business tax rate to an eventual 9 percent from 11 percent, with a cut to 10 percent to be effective immediately if the party takes office. More »

  • Cooper wants free childcare for all
    Cooper wants free childcare for all 23 hours ago

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has said her party needs to revolutionise the way it supports families by offering free childcare for all. More »

  • Female activists walk the Korean divide for peace
    Female activists walk the Korean divide for peace Tue, May 26, 2015

    Demand for Korean War peace treaty by prominent activists casts light on issue drawing criticism and support. More »

  • Britain and Russia agree to resume talks on Syria
    Britain and Russia agree to resume talks on Syria Tue, May 26, 2015

    Britain's David Cameron and Russia's Vladimir Putin have agreed to re-start talks on finding a solution to the crisis in Syria, a statement from Cameron said on Monday. More »

  • Cameron's Charm Offensive To Woo EU Leaders
    Cameron's Charm Offensive To Woo EU Leaders Tue, May 26, 2015

    David Cameron's opening gambit in an EU charm offensive will be to plead with world leaders not to dismiss his renegotiation demands as "too difficult", arguing that the British public will no longer accept the "status quo". Government officials have told Sky News that the Prime Minister will urge the EU commission president and European counterparts to "work with us" as he tries to find a solution ahead of an EU referendum. One possible stumbling block is that fact that a number of other leaders do not want to bow to Mr Cameron's demands for treaty change ahead of a referendum in Britain. More »

  • Cameron tells EC president that Europe must change
    Cameron tells EC president that Europe must change Tue, May 26, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron told the president of the European Commission that the country needed a new deal on Europe, before he presses his case for reforms to the bloc with other national leaders this week. Talks between Cameron and EC President Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner on Monday focussed on reforming the European Union and renegotiating the UK's ties with Brussels, a government spokeswoman said. Juncker reiterated he wanted to find a "fair deal for the UK and would seek to help", she said, and they agreed more discussions would be needed to find a way forward. More »

  • Manufacturers urge Britain to hold speedy EU referendum in 2016 Tue, May 26, 2015

    Britain must "get on with it" and hold its planned referendum on whether to leave the European Union no later than next year to avoid a long period of damaging uncertainty, the country's leading manufacturing association said. Prime Minister David Cameron, re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017 but has said he could hold it earlier if talks go well. The EEF group, which represents manufacturing, engineering and technology giants such as Rolls Royce, BaE Systems and around 20,000 firms in total, said the referendum ought to be held as early as May 2016 or during the autumn of next year. More »

  • EU must change, PM tells Juncker
    EU must change, PM tells Juncker Tue, May 26, 2015

    David Cameron told European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker that the EU "needs to change" to meet UK voters' concerns as he stepped up pre-referendum efforts to secure a reformed relationship with Brussels. More »