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2006-08-01 12:25:55

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - The British government failed in a legal bid on Tuesday to resurrect anti-terrorism powers that were thrown out in court in June. The Court of Appeal refused to allow the government to appeal against a High Court ruling that threw out "control orders" -- enacted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to put terrorism suspects under partial house arrest. The ruling came on the day the government unveiled a new security alert system which said Britain...

2006-07-28 04:52:01

By Adrian Croft ABOARD BLAIR'S PLANE (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will push for a speedy U.N. resolution on the Middle East crisis and dispatch of a peacekeeping force when he meets President Bush in Washington on Friday. "We do need to step up a gear, we want to increase the urgency, the pace of diplomacy," a spokesman for Blair told reporters aboard his plane as he flew to the United States. "What we should be working toward is a U.N. resolution as early as...

2006-07-27 17:06:31

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing pressure to distance himself from his ally the United States over the Middle East as he headed for talks with President Bush in Washington on Friday. As he did during the Iraq war, Blair has sided squarely with Washington over the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas, putting himself at odds with Arab nations and European allies by refusing to call for an immediate ceasefire. Blair has...

2006-07-17 15:30:00

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A microphone picked up an unaware President Bush saying on Monday Syria should press Hizbollah to "stop doing this shit" as they discussed the upsurge in violence in the Middle East. Bush was talking privately to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during a lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St Petersburg. Neither immediately realized a microphone was transmitting their candid thoughts on the Middle East and other issues. "I think Condi (Secretary of State...

2006-07-04 12:31:41

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's House of Lords ushered in a new era on Tuesday, abolishing the 1,400-year-old post of Lord Chancellor and for the first time electing a speaker to preside over parliament's upper house. The election of Baroness Helene Hayman, a former Labor government minister, is a staging post in a constitutional shake-up that outraged traditionalists when British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced the plans in 2003. It spells the end of the line...

2006-06-30 08:13:03

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair's political woes mounted on Friday when a poll showed he is now less popular than his main rival and his Labour Party suffered a humiliating election setback. The reverses are likely to fuel discontent among Labour legislators, many of whom want Blair -- in power for nine years -- to set a date for handing over to his likely successor, finance minister Gordon Brown. Labour failed to regain a Welsh parliamentary...

2006-06-27 05:29:10

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a new challenge to his authority on Tuesday when a former senior cabinet minister accused him of losing his "sense of purpose and direction." The outburst by Charles Clarke, a former Blair ally, heightened a sense of division and infighting within the Labor Party after nine years in power which has sent its popularity plunging. Blair, who led Labor to an unprecedented third straight election victory last...

2006-06-26 22:36:26

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a new challenge to his authority on Tuesday when a former senior cabinet minister accused him of losing his "sense of purpose and direction." The extraordinary outburst by Charles Clarke, a former Blair ally, heightened a sense of division and infighting within the Labour Party after nine years in power which has sent its popularity plunging. Blair, who led the Labour Party to an unprecedented third...

2006-05-09 05:31:38

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - Senior members of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party tried to halt a damaging feud over its leadership on Tuesday as an opinion poll showed the party's support falling to a 14-year low. Blair, in office for nine years, has been under pressure from members of his own party to name a date to hand over the reins to finance minister Gordon Brown, his likely successor. Calls for Blair to leave soon have grown following a series of sleaze...

2006-05-05 05:19:06

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair named treasury minister Des Browne as his new defense secretary, replacing John Reid, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday. Reid is taking over the interior ministry from Charles Clarke in a major cabinet reshuffle. Browne, number two minister at the Treasury, is a leading ally of Blair's heir apparent, finance minister Gordon Brown.


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.