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Britiain Warns Against Early Afghan Withdrawal

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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British Defense Secretary Liam Fox is cautioning against taking too many troops out of Afghanistan too early, weeks ahead of the expected start of the U.S. withdrawal from the country. Fox made his comments Thursday while visiting British troops stationed in Afghanistan. He echoed the view of U.S. officials by saying the coalition’s military gains […]

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Britain Urged Not to Deport Tamils

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International is urging Britain not to deport a group of Sri Lankans, because they risk torture when they return to their country. The rights group says Britain was set to return at least 20 Sri Lankans, mostly ethnic-Tamils, from London to Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, on Thursday. Amnesty’s Sri Lanka researcher, Yolanda Foster, says […]

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Sri Lanka Rejects War Crimes Allegations

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka says it “categorically denies” allegations of war crimes committed by government troops and is questioning the validity of a new documentary purportedly showing such rights violations. The Sri Lanka High Commission in London Wednesday criticized Britain’s Channel 4 for using video supplied by Tamil Tiger rebels or pro-rebel groups in the documentary, “Sri […]

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Study: Britain Corruption on the Rise

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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An international monitoring group says institutional corruption in Britain is a growing threat and government responses to combat the problem are inadequate. Transparency International’s two-year study finds British political parties, prisons, parliament, and professional sports are areas most susceptible to corruption. The group cites political bribery, prison smuggling, and match-fixing as particular concerns. While over […]

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Britain Urges Sri Lanka to Act on War Atrocity Claims

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The British government on Wednesday pressed Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of atrocities committed during the final stage of its civil war, after Britain’s Channel 4 aired new footage of alleged war crimes. British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said a failure to probe the allegations at the end of the 25-year war with Tamil […]

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Thailand Extradites British Fraud Suspect to UAE

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Dubai say Thailand has extradited a British man accused of fraud in the United Arab Emirates. The state news agency WAM reported Sunday that Michael Bryan Smith was extradited from Thailand on June 7, and is now in custody in Dubai. Smith is wanted by the emirate on charges of embezzling $150 million […]

Britain Says Eritrea Releases Four Detained Nationals

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain says Eritrea has released four British nationals it accused of spying and kept in detention for five and a-half months. Britain’s Foreign Office said Sunday that the four men have been able to leave the east African country and will be reunited with their families. It thanked the government of Qatar for facilitating their […]

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British Queen Celebrates 85th Birthday

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Britain is celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth with traditional pomp and ceremony. The Queen and her husband rode in a carriage through central London Saturday for the annual military parade in her honor. Her grandson, newlywed Prince William and his bride, Catherine, were also on hand for the celebration. The prince rode on horseback […]

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Queen Elizabeth Honors ‘King’s Speech’ Actor Colin Firth

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Queen Elizabeth on Saturday will honor British actor Colin Firth, who portrayed her father King George VI in the movie “The King’s Speech.” The Oscar winner is one of hundreds receiving one of the queen’s birthday honors. Firth will be named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. Other awards include […]

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Britian’s Prince Philip Turns 90 Friday

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Prince Philip celebrates his 90th birthday on Friday. The husband of Queen Elizabeth is the longest serving spouse in British monarchy history. He has taken a low key demeanor about becoming a nonagenarian and intends to spend part of the day hosting a charity event. The official celebration of Prince Philip’s birthday will include […]

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