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Britain Upgrades 2012 Olympic Security

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain has again upgraded its security plan to protect athletes and visitors at this summer’s 2012 Olympics in London. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that Britain now plans to deploy 13,500 troops for the Games. The military mix will include ground troops, Typhoon fighter jets, helicopters, two warships and bomb disposal experts. Earlier […]

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British Foreign Secretary to Visit Burma

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s foreign secretary says he will visit Burma in early January, following a landmark trip to that Southeast Asian nation by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. William Hague made the announcement Monday during a news conference with Clinton in Washington. He said Britain welcomes Clinton’s visit, adding that the two countries share a common […]

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British PM Defends Veto of EU Treaty Changes

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his decision to block European Union treaty changes aimed at protecting the euro currency. Mr. Cameron told the British parliament Monday that the EU deal, which other members plan to go forward with outside EU auspices, would have damaged Britain’s key financial services industry. He said he went […]

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Cameron Ally: PM’s Opposition to EU Changes ‘Bad for Britain’

Posted December 11th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A top official in Britain’s ruling coalition says conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to block European Union treaty changes aimed at protecting the euro currency is “bad for Britain.” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Sunday on British television that he was “bitterly disappointed” by the outcome of last week’s EU summit, during which […]

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Britain Doubles 2012 Olympics Security Budget

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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British Olympic officials have almost doubled the budget for providing security at next year’s 2012 Summer Games in London. In an announcement Monday, officials said they would be spending an additional $424 million in order to increase the security staff from around 10,000 to the 23,700. The security staff is tasked with protecting more than […]

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Iranian Diplomats Leave London

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Iranian diplomats left Britain on Friday on a chartered plane after being expelled by the government for the attacks on the British Embassy in Tehran. The British Foreign Office said all diplomatic staff had taken off from London’s Heathrow airport Friday afternoon. The move comes after British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday that the […]

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Iranian Diplomats Leave London

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Expelled Iranian diplomats packed up Iran’s London embassy on Friday, as crowds staged new anti-Britain protests in Tehran. Embassy staff were to leave Britain by 1400 GMT on Friday — a deadline given by the British government after the ransacking of its embassy in Tehran earlier this week. The Iranian flag was still flying outside […]

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Britain Ratcheting Up the Pressure on Iran

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Britain wants to further isolate Iran’s financial sector, accusing Tehran of suppressing human rights within its own borders and helping to suppress human rights in Syria. British Foreign Secretary William Hague Thursday accused Iran of helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad suppress anti-government protesters. Speaking outside a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Hague […]

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Britain Expels Iran’s Diplomats, Shuts Its Embassy in Tehran

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain on Wednesday expelled all Iranian diplomats from the country and shut its embassy in Tehran after it was attacked by an angry mob a day earlier. Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London and gave Iran’s diplomatic staff 48 hours to leave the United Kingdom. Hague […]

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Government Workers Strike in Britain

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of thousands of medical workers, teachers, border guards and other public sector employees went on strike Wednesday in Britain to protest government plans to reduce their pension benefits. Most public schools and other services were closed Wednesday and many hospitals were only providing essential services. But the intended gridlock at London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s […]

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