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  • Miliband: Cameron And Clegg Have Eroded Trust
    Miliband: Cameron And Clegg Have Eroded Trust 12 hours ago

    Ed Miliband has blamed the "broken promises" by the Lib Dems on scrapping tuition fees and the Tories on curbing immigration for helping "erode trust" in all political leaders. In a move to underline its commitment to its pledges, Labour is having its manifesto engraved into an 8ft high stone which it has specially commissioned. Ed Miliband said: "Nick Clegg and David Cameron have helped erode trust in all political leaders by the way they broke promises on issues like tuition fees and immigration after the last election. More »

  • Lib Dem 'Red Lines' Seek To Restore Trust
    Lib Dem 'Red Lines' Seek To Restore Trust Sat, May 2, 2015

    After weeks of only talking about "priorities", Nick Clegg has issued a flurry of "red lines" and is expected to lay down another one this weekend. The Liberal Democrat leader says he wants to be "categorical" and "unambiguous" so voters know what the issues are that his party will not budge on in any coalition. His people deny the red line move is because of the fallout from the U-turn on tuition fees last time round but there is no doubt the issue still haunts the party. Tim Snowball, an advisor to Nick Clegg until last year, believes the fees issue became about so much more than the policy itself. More »

  • Is a generational battle bubbling beneath Britain's general election? Fri, May 1, 2015

    An 82-year old retiree exits a supermarket in London's Hampstead neighborhood with her shopping stroller half full. Rose need not worry, according to Robin Dick, a college student, directly across the street. As Brits head to the polls to elect a new government May 7, pensions are safe from cuts, while housing prices balloon and tuition fees have been hiked – a sign of how the elderly are being unfairly wooed in the British political system, he says. More »

  • Expo 2015 shows potential as diplomatic backdrop
    Expo 2015 shows potential as diplomatic backdrop Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Expo 2015 world's fair is showing surprising potential as a backdrop for some serious diplomacy as it opens Friday for a six-month run. North Korea stepped out of its isolation as a last-minute participant, ... More »

  • Miliband: I'd Rather Lose Than Do SNP Deal
    Miliband: I'd Rather Lose Than Do SNP Deal Fri, May 1, 2015

    Ed Miliband has said if being prime minister meant a deal with the SNP then there would be no Labour government. It is the furthest the Labour leader has gone on ruling out any agreement with the Scottish National Party, leaving little wriggle room for post 7 May negotiations. As the General Election campaign enters its endgame both Mr Miliband and David Cameron attempted to persuade voters to help them win a majority victory in a week’s time. An ICM/Guardian poll on the TV battle, with 30-minute sessions for each of the three main parties, suggested Mr Cameron was the victor. More »

  • Albania to open files of former Communist secret police Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania has passed legislation that gives victims of the country's former Communist regime access to the previously classified files of the hated Sigurimi secret police. More »

  • Question Time special: David Cameron beats Ed Miliband in final TV showdown
    Question Time special: David Cameron beats Ed Miliband in final TV showdown Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    David Cameron has won what could be a crucial pre-election victory after a snap poll showed that the prime minister came out on top of the Question Time leaders' special. The Tory leader faced tough questions over his pledge to cut net migration to less than 100,000 in the UK and his promise to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU in 2017. The event, hosted in Leeds Town Hall and chaired by veteran presenter David Dimbleby, saw a lively audience fire hard questions at the prime minister. At one point, the prime minister pulled out a copy of the infamous Liam Byrne note, which the former Treasury secretary left Cameron's government after Gordon Brown was kicked out of office in 2010. More »

  • Danny Alexander’s revelation of Tory cuts to working families’ benefits is the …
    Danny Alexander’s revelation of Tory cuts to working families’ benefits is the … Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    In spite of what Nick Clegg may say about the LibDems adding a “heart to a Tory government”, I have seen little evidence of this over the past five years. Today, it was the turn of Danny Alexander, the LibDem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to sneak up and sucker-punch the Tories. More »

  • Election 2015: David Cameron just made a very silly promise and it's our …
    Election 2015: David Cameron just made a very silly promise and it's our … Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    David Cameron's pledge to enshrine in law a promise not to raise income tax, VAT or National Insurance in the next parliament fits the first of these to a tee. The so-called "five-year lock", announced by Cameron to great fanfare on 29 April, is the perfect election giveaway in its utter stupidity. Under the proposed policy, even if another financial crisis were to rock Britain and there was an urgent need to raise government revenue, Cameron is locked in for the next five years: taxes can't go up without a change in the law, which takes time and could prove tricky. In seeking to win the general election for the Conservatives, David Cameron has made a rod for Britain's back in the event of another crash. More »

  • Katy Perry risks China Firework as she dons Taiwan flag
    Katy Perry risks China Firework as she dons Taiwan flag Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The intricacies of cross-strait diplomacy may not have been uppermost on her mind but Katy Perry caused a stir in both Taiwan and China with her politically tinged attire at a Taipei concert this week. More »

  • Senate panel votes to expand tax-free college accounts Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    A Senate panel passed a bill Wednesday that would expand popular tax-free college savings accounts that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The Senate Finance Committee voted 26-0 to send the ... More »

  • Election 2015: Ed Miliband has sexed up his brand but hasn't shed geeky …
    Election 2015: Ed Miliband has sexed up his brand but hasn't shed geeky … Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    It's just as well that most election manifesto pledges get quietly forgotten. Lord Heseltine refutes claims that David Cameron lacks passion. Not only the media coverage and attention devoted to a much wider range of parties, but also because the political outcome has been made so genuinely uncertain by the phenomenon that is Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. In contrast, Nigel Farage has felt like a new product launch that has got lots of trial, looked and sounded good for a while, but is fading now that the established political brands have got their act together on Ukip's protest issues. More »

  • Liberal Democrats - We can be kingmakers with half as many seats
    Liberal Democrats - We can be kingmakers with half as many seats Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and Andrew Osborn EASTLEIGH, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, believe they can return to government even if they lose almost half their seats in next month's election, a senior party source said on Monday. Most polls show Cameron's Conservatives level with the opposition Labour Party before the May 7 election, but neither party is expected to win an outright majority. The Liberal Democrats have seen their poll ratings slump by around two-thirds since forming a coalition with the Conservatives in 2010. The source spoke as Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg held a campaign rally in Eastleigh, southern England, telling supporters his party should not be written off. More »

  • Class sizes fall in universities
    Class sizes fall in universities Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Universities are spending more on facilities and class sizes are falling, a study has found. More »

  • Cable: I want to be Chancellor
    Cable: I want to be Chancellor Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has indicated that he would like to take over from George Osborne as Chancellor in any future coalition with Conservatives. More »

  • Nick Clegg's Wife Reveals Secret Food Blog
    Nick Clegg's Wife Reveals Secret Food Blog Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Nick Clegg's wife has been writing an anonymous food blog for the last three years without telling Lib Dem party officials. Miriam Gonzalez Durantez revealed she and her three sons regularly upload their favourite recipes to the blog. The 46-year-old, the daughter of two Spanish teachers, made the the revelation during an online chat on the website Mumsnet. Ms Gonzalez Durantez, who has been married to Mr Clegg since 2000 after meeting him while he was working in Europe, wrote on Mumsnet: "I am careful at what I eat. More »

  • New doctors 'have £82,000 debts'
    New doctors 'have £82,000 debts' Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Doctors who graduated last year will have amassed debts of more than £82,000, and are unlikely to be able to pay back their student loans, according to research. More »

  • SNP won't call shots, says Miliband
    SNP won't call shots, says Miliband Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Ed Miliband has strongly rejected claims he would allow the SNP to "call the shots" at Westminster as he sought to fend off Tory accusations that a minority Labour government would be a prisoner of the nationalists. More »

  • Five years of coalition: The legacy of Cameron and Clegg
    Five years of coalition: The legacy of Cameron and Clegg Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    After the 2010 general election resulted in a hung parliament, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government. This is followed by wider anti-austerity protests in 2011, with the March for the Alternative rally in London attracting 500,000 people. An Alternative Vote referendum is held across the UK, asking how MPs should be elected at future general elections. A number of former News of the World staff are arrested and convicted, including David Cameron's former communications director, Andy Coulson. More »

  • China jails outspoken journalist, 71, for seven years
    China jails outspoken journalist, 71, for seven years Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A Chinese court convicted and jailed a 71-year-old journalist Friday for leaking state secrets in a decision condemned by rights groups as part of Beijing's widening "attack on freedom of expression". More »

  • Election 2015: David Cameron boosted on economy as unemployment drops to 5. …
    Election 2015: David Cameron boosted on economy as unemployment drops to 5. … Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    David Cameron will be able to boast about his job creation credentials in the final run-up to the general election as the UK's unemployment fell to 5.6% in the three months to February. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said that the employment rate has risen to 73.4%, up from 72.4% a year earlier. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander was quick off the mark to brag about the figures. The senior Liberal Democrat took to Twitter within minutes of the release to outline that the government had overseen "record jobs, strong growth, rising pay, low inflation, more pensions [and a] income tax cut". More »

  • Chinese court jails veteran journalist
    Chinese court jails veteran journalist Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Lawyer says Gao Yu, one of 50 "world press heroes" of 2000, to appeal seven-year sentence for leaking state secrets. More »

  • Lib Dems: We'll Protect No 10 From 'Extremes'
    Lib Dems: We'll Protect No 10 From 'Extremes' Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has warned against a coalition that would see Nigel Farage or Alex Salmond walk through the doors of Number 10 as he launched his party's manifesto. More »

  • In UK election, party promises range from nukes to bees
    In UK election, party promises range from nukes to bees Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — It's a common refrain: Politicians are all the same. The party platforms released this week for Britain's May 7 election tell a more diverse story, revealing, amid their hundreds of pages, which party wants to bring an NBA team to Britain and which has pledged to help bees. More »

  • Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto
    Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has pledged to protect spending on education from ages two to 19 as a central part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. The Lib Dem leader says his party, unlike Labour or the Conservatives, will maintain funding for nurseries, schools and further education institutions in real terms and per pupil. On the NHS, the Lib Dems have pledged to meet what is described as a potential funding shortfall of £8bn per year by the end of the next parliament. The Lib Dems are focussing on tried and tested policy ideas for their manifesto. More »

  • Green manifesto: A mixture of the good, the well intentioned and the illibe …
    Green manifesto: A mixture of the good, the well intentioned and the illibe … Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The policies contained within the Green party’s manifesto are a mixture of the good, the well-intentioned, the woolly and the illiberal. Among many other things, the Greens promise to scrap tuition fees, cancel all student debt, end all foreign wars, end NHS privatisation, nationalise rail, build 500,000 council houses, control rents, increase pensions and reverse public sector cuts. Among other things the Greens would look at restricting horse and dog racing, impose “a complete ban on cages for hens and rabbits” in farms, a ban on all circus animals and all hunting for sport. Under the Greens all GM crops would be banned as would any cloning of farm animals. More »

  • From monarchs to Gandhi, South African statues vandalized
    From monarchs to Gandhi, South African statues vandalized Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Excrement thrown at the statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes began a wave of vandalizing protests in South Africa. More »

  • Labour Pledges Better UK But Funding Questioned
    Labour Pledges Better UK But Funding Questioned Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Labour's leader has attempted to convince voters he can be trusted with the economy, pledging to cut the deficit every year and saying: "I am ready" to lead the country. More »

  • Myanmar's military: Judge, jury, executioner
    Myanmar's military: Judge, jury, executioner Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    What's the likelihood of Myanmar's army disciplining itself to fulfil its obligations under international law? More »

  • Quebec student protest boils over
    Quebec student protest boils over Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    An ongoing student protest in Quebec is boiling over following clashes with riot police, arrests and significant damage to a university campus, reminiscent of 2012 demonstrations that gripped the Canadian province. More »

  • After fall of statue, South African university weighs colonial legacy Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    For 81 years, the brooding bronze likeness of colonial titan Cecil John Rhodes has gazed out across the University of Cape Town's verdant campus. Although the number of black students at UCT rose steeply after the end of apartheid, whites still make up by far the largest racial group — just under half the student body of 26,000 — in a country where their overall share of the population hovers around 9 percent. More »

  • Tories 'in the gutter' - Miliband
    Tories 'in the gutter' - Miliband Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Ed Miliband has angrily accused the Conservatives of dragging the election campaign "into the gutter" after they claimed that he would "stab the United Kingdom in the back" over the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent. More »

  • White backlash as colonial statue comes down in South Africa
    White backlash as colonial statue comes down in South Africa Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    As preparations were made to remove the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes from the University of Cape Town Thursday, white groups launched protests to protect what they see as their heritage. More »

  • Clegg: I'm still full of energy
    Clegg: I'm still full of energy Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Nick Clegg has insisted he is more full of "vim and vigour" now than at the start of the coalition despite five years of criticism about his decisions as Deputy Prime Minister. More »

  • South African university to remove Rhodes statue following student protests
    South African university to remove Rhodes statue following student protests Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    South Africa's University of Cape Town decided on Wednesday to remove a contentious statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes which has triggered protests from students over the past month. The statue of a seated Rhodes overlooking the main rugby fields of the university, one of Africa's top academic institutions, has been covered up for the past few weeks as students, both whites and blacks, regularly marched past with placards calling for its removal. They insist the statue, unveiled in 1934, is a symbol of the institutional racism they say prevails in South Africa two decades after the end of white-minority rule which marginalised blacks. It is one of three monuments to the arch-imperialist erected around Cape Town, including the massive Romanesque granite Rhodes Memorial on the slopes of Table Mountain overlooking the university. More »