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Britain, Hong Kong to Develop London as Yuan Trading Hub

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Britain says it is partnering with Hong Kong to develop London as an international trading center for China’s currency. British Finance Minister George Osborne told a a meeting of Asian finance officials and executives in Hong Kong Monday the joint venture is designed to establish London as a “new hub” for the yuan. “It reflects […]

British Spies Will Not Face Torture Charges

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Agents working for Britain’s spy agencies will not face criminal charges in connection with their alleged complicity in the mistreatment of foreign detainees. Police and Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service say there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against the agents who were working for the spy agencies MI5 and MI6. However, they say further investigation […]

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Scotland, Britain Clash Over Independence Vote

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Scottish leader Alex Salmond says the people of Scotland should set the terms of a referendum on independence from Britain, not the British government. The Scottish first minister said Wednesday his government is prepared to debate the issue, but will not be bullied by London. “We won’t be talked down to from Downing Street. The […]

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Scotland, Britain Clash Over Independence Vote

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Scottish leader Alex Salmond says that the people of Scotland should set the terms of a referendum on independence from Britain — not the British government. London on Tuesday set out the conditions under which Scotland can decide whether to sever its centuries-old constitutional ties with Britain. But the government said such a vote would […]

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Scotland May Vote on Independence in 2014

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Britain has set out the conditions under which Scotland can decide whether to sever its centuries-old constitutional ties with Britain. The British government offered with certain conditions Tuesday to remove legal hurdles so Scots can hold a referendum on independence from Britain. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond wants to delay the vote until late […]

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Britain to Grant Scotland Independence Vote

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain has set out conditions under which Scotland can decide whether to sever centuries-old constitutional ties with Britain. The British government said Tuesday it will remove legal hurdles so Scots can hold a referendum on gaining independence from Britain for the first time since the early 18th century. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond wants […]

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Britain Approves High-Speed Rail Network

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s government has approved construction of a controversial high-speed rail network aimed at cutting in half the travel time between the country’s two largest cities. The 150-kilometer long rail line is projected to shorten the travel time between London and Birmingham to 49 minutes. The government says the $50 billion project will generate about $70 […]

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Britain Marks 200 Days to Start of Olympics

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the 2012 London Olympics will bring “a lasting legacy” to Britain, as he marked 200 days until the Summer Games begin. Mr. Cameron on Monday held his first Cabinet meeting of the New Year at the Olympic Park in Stratford, in east London, instead of at his official […]

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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Calls for More Reforms in Burma

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday the Burmese government needs to enact more reforms before sanctions on the country could be lifted. Hague, the first British foreign secretary to visit Burma in more than 50 years, said that reforms undertaken so far by President Thein Sein raise hopes that democracy is within reach in […]

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2 Britons, 2 Afghans Held in Afghanistan After Over Unregistered Weapons

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghani authorities on Thursday put on display for the media two Britons and two Afghan nationals arrested two days earlier in the capital, Kabul, while driving with unregistered weapons. Government spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the four, all employees of a private security company Garda World, were detained in possession of 30 AK-47 assault rifles and […]

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