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  • Battle For Number 10: Leaders In Showdown
    Battle For Number 10: Leaders In Showdown 7 hours ago

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have attempted to convince voters they have what it takes to lead the country into 2020 in the first major showdown of the election campaign. In 90 minutes of the Sky News Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 programme the two men faced tough questioning from the arch inquisitor Jeremy Paxman and members of the studio audience, hosted by Kay Burley. Mr Miliband attempted to burnish new hardman credentials by telling Paxman "hell yes I'm tough enough" to run the country and said he had stood up to the "leader of the free world" Barack Obama over military action in Syria. In a candid exchange with the studio audience Mr Miliband admitted he had been "bruised" by the leadership battle with his brother, David, in 2010  and it had left the relationship strained but it was healing. More »

  • Cameron wins first TV encounter of close election - poll
    Cameron wins first TV encounter of close election - poll 7 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron won the first TV encounter of a close national election in Britain, an opinion poll showed, but opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband leveraged a rare opportunity to promote himself on a national stage. With Cameron's Conservatives neck-and-neck in the opinion polls with Labour, both are trying to grab an elusive lead over the other before the May 7 ballot to avoid another possible coalition or even a minority government. Britain's future in the European Union and its territorial integrity could ride on the outcome as Cameron is pledging an EU membership referendum and Miliband may need to do a deal with Scottish nationalists intent on breaking up the United Kingdom. A snap Guardian/ICM poll afterwards showed 54 percent of those asked thought Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, had won, compared to 46 percent who judged Miliband had triumphed. More »

  • Before close election, Cameron says got some things wrong, but got economy  …
    Before close election, Cameron says got some things wrong, but got economy  … 8 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday conceded he'd made mistakes during his five years in power during a special pre-election interview, but implored voters to give him a second term to finish the job of rebuilding the economy. Opinion polls indicate neither Cameron's Conservatives nor the opposition Labour Party will win an overall majority on May 7 as millions of voters turn to Nigel Farage's anti-EU UKIP and the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP). Subjected to his toughest cross-examination in years by veteran journalist Jeremy Paxman, Cameron appeared uncharacteristically unsettled and conceded he'd broken a pledge to cut immigration and hadn't cut the deficit fast enough. More »

  • In first UK election TV encounter, Miliband shrugs off 'geek' accus …
    In first UK election TV encounter, Miliband shrugs off 'geek' accus … 8 hours ago

    By William James and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband rejected criticism that his image as "a geek" made him an electoral liability for his party, saying he didn't care what the country's mostly right-leaning press said about him. Opinion polls indicate neither Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives nor Labour will win an overall majority on May 7 as millions of voters turn to Nigel Farage's anti-EU UKIP party and the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP). In at times heated and personal exchanges, Miliband was repeatedly asked by veteran journalist Jeremy Paxman whether the former Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown had borrowed too much. More »

  • Gov. Scott Walker's immigration stance at center of dispute 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's position on immigration erupted on Thursday, highlighting the Republican's struggle to appeal to conservatives on the explosive issue as he prepares to launch a Republican presidential bid. More »

  • Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws
    Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws 13 hours ago

    A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a ... More »

  • World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe
    World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe 17 hours ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs. More »

  • Obamas to host Pope Francis at White House Sept. 23 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis in Washington when he visits the United States this fall. More »

  • Migrant job-seekers can be denied benefits, EU lawyer says 17 hours ago

    By Jan Strupczewski and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations can deny benefits to EU migrants unless they have previously worked in their host country, the EU's top lawyer said on Thursday, in a case brought by Germany and keenly watched in Britain. His opinion, which judges must consider in their final ruling, was likely to be welcomed by Eurosceptic parties in the 28-nation EU which argue that governments must do more to stop "benefit tourism" by EU migrants. Wathelet's view reinforces the precedent set by a November ruling that said EU migrants can be denied benefits if they move to a country with no intention of finding a job. British Prime Minister David Cameron repeated his call last week for a "wide-scale change to the rules on welfare and benefits", in a reference to popular suspicion that EU immigrants come to Britain to scrounge off the state. More »

  • Pair died 'in bid to swim ashore'
    Pair died 'in bid to swim ashore' 18 hours ago

    Two illegal immigrants plunged to their deaths after desperately jumping from a ship in an attempt to swim to shore after a failed attempt to smuggle themselves in to the UK, an inquest has heard. More »

  • For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak
    For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak 23 hours ago

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began. More »

  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek
    Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek 23 hours ago

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 250-kilometer (150-mile) walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail. More »

  • Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war - UNHCR
    Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war - UNHCR Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialised countries to a 22-year high last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees. Our response has to be just as generous now as it was then," said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. Syrians accounted for nearly 150,00 applications for asylum in 44 industrialised countries last year, one in every five claims, it said. Iraqis placed second with 68,700 requests, almost doubling the 2013 figure, "a reflection of the calamity and the violence that is taking place in Iraq right now and over the past half year," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing. More »

  • Police 'spied on Labour ministers'
    Police 'spied on Labour ministers' Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Police spied on Labour MPs including then home secretary Jack Straw and ex-Cabinet ministers Peter Hain and Harriet Harman during the 1990s, a former undercover officer has claimed. More »

  • Watchdog says casino-hotel won green light with Reid's help Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    When a $415 million casino-hotel needed its immigration visa applications sped through for foreign investors in order to keep the business deal alive, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid leaned on the director of the ... More »

  • 'No appetite' for second coalition
    'No appetite' for second coalition Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Voters have little enthusiasm for another five years of coalition, despite broad acceptance for many of the current Government's reforms, a major study of public attitudes has found. More »

  • How Republicans avoided a budget revolt – for a day, anyway Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Just last week, it was widely speculated that Republicans who wanted steep budget cuts would deal Speaker Boehner a defeat when the GOP budget resolution came up for a vote Wednesday. Defense hawks could back a third plan that topped up the war account by another $2 billion, without offsets. More »

  • Watchdog says SLS Las Vegas got green light with Reid's help Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Homeland Security's inspector general says applications for immigration visas for investors in the SLS Las Vegas casino-hotel development were sped through the approvals process with pressure from Sen. ... More »

  • DREAM Act fails in New York, but movement makes headway elsewhere Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Plans to extend financial aid to undocumented college students in New York collapsed once again this week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) removed the measure from state budget negotiations. More »

  • Christie joins legal fight against Obama immigration reform Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has repeatedly refused to outline his positions on the nation's immigration system, has quietly signed onto an amicus brief opposing President Obama's executive action on immigration. More »

  • Britain fights slavery with tough new law as part of global battle Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Katie Nguyen and Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human traffickers may face life imprisonment under a British law passed on Wednesday to crack down on modern-day slavery, one of a raft of measures designed to lead the way in combating the $150 billion a year industry. With an estimated 13,000 victims of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude in Britain, the government has come under pressure to act before parliament is dissolved ahead of a tightly contested general election in May. ... More »

  • Syria's Assad meets far-right Belgian politician
    Syria's Assad meets far-right Belgian politician Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received a delegation of Belgian lawmakers led by far-right Flemish nationalist Filip Dewinter, state media reported. More »

  • AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood
    AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ... More »

  • Here's the pitch: House Whip Scalise can play hardball
    Here's the pitch: House Whip Scalise can play hardball Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Are you a Republican House member who can't decide whether to vote "aye" or "nay" on controversial legislation? Please step through this door between sculptures in Statuary Hall and into a quiet, curved parlor you may never have noticed. Have a seat by the fireplace — on the left-hand side — where Abraham Lincoln is said to have warmed himself on chilly nights. More »

  • British government has 'buried' review into EU ties - MPs
    British government has 'buried' review into EU ties - MPs Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Members of Parliament on Wednesday accused the British government of burying a major review into Britain's relationship with the European Union meant to inform public opinion ahead of a possible referendum on membership of the bloc. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's EU ties before holding a referendum by the end of 2017 if re-elected at a national vote in May. His government commissioned an extensive civil service investigation into how the EU affects British life in 32 areas from health and education to the economy, tax and immigration, which was completed at the end of last year. People need to know the facts about the UK-EU relationship," said Timothy Boswell, Chairman of the House of Lords EU Committee. More »

  • Factbox - What's at risk in Yemen: oil routes, al Qaeda and proxy war Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    If Yemen's conflict draws in Saudi Arabia and rival Iran it might ignite a proxy war on the Arabian peninsula, home to the world's biggest oilfields, and pour more fuel on a sectarian conflagration driving multiple wars around the Middle East. The sudden rise to power in Yemen of the Iranian-allied Houthi militia means that Saudi Arabia's most populous neighbours, Yemen and Iraq, are now dominated by the Sunni Muslim kingdom's biggest regional rival, Shi'ite Tehran. The Houthis, backed by troops loyal to influential former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, reached the outskirts of Aden on Wednesday and appeared poised to inflict defeat on President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, an ally of Riyadh and the West. Hadi, a former general seen by the Shi'ite Muslim Houthis as a pawn of Washington and an alliance of Gulf Arab states called the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), has been holed up in Aden since he fled Sanaa in February. More »

  • Labour pledges not to raise NI
    Labour pledges not to raise NI Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Labour has countered David Cameron's pledge not to increase VAT if the Conservatives win the general election with its own promise not to hike National Insurance. More »

  • Pre-election support for anti-EU party at lowest in over a year - poll
    Pre-election support for anti-EU party at lowest in over a year - poll Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Support for Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party has fallen to its lowest level in more than a year ahead of a close-fought May 7 national election, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, after a spate of scandals involving its candidates. The ComRes phone poll found only 10 percent of those questioned planned to back UKIP, down from a peak of 19 percent in October last year and the lowest in the polling series since December 2013. UKIP, which threatens to split the right-wing vote making it harder for Prime Minister David Cameron to win, is keen to limit damage to its image before the election where it is hoping to win a handful of seats. More »

  • 'No blacks' Chinese restaurant shut down in Kenya
    'No blacks' Chinese restaurant shut down in Kenya Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    A Chinese restaurant in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has been shut down and its owners summoned by authorities after it emerged it was barring black patrons, reports said Wednesday. More »

  • Report criticizes official who helped Dems with visa program
    Report criticizes official who helped Dems with visa program Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When influential Democrats with stakes in different investment groups needed help securing visas as part of a complicated foreign investor program, they sought out a fellow Democrat who just happened to be in charge of the immigration agency overseeing their applications. More »

  • 230 suspected jihadis prevented from leaving Australia Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East this month, including at least three teenage boys, officials said Wednesday. More »

  • AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?
    AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy? Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. More »

  • China gives 'priority list' of wanted officials to U.S. Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The Chinese government has provided a "priority" list to the United States of Chinese officials suspected of corruption and are believed to have fled there, a top state-run newspaper said on Wednesday. Last year, Chinese officials said more than 150 "economic fugitives", many of them described as corrupt government officials, were in the United States. Xu Jinhui, head of the anti-graft bureau at the state prosecutor, told the official China Daily that "a priority list of alleged Chinese corrupt officials" believed to be at large in the United States has been provided to U.S. authorities. More »

  • Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence
    Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors seeking U.S. visas in three cases involving prominent Democrats, including a company run by the ... More »

  • Appeals court sets April hearing on Obama immigration action Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced Tuesday. More »