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2006-05-05 04:48:30

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair moved Foreign Minister Jack Straw and Interior Minister Charles Clarke in a reshuffle that follows dismal local election results, British media reported on Friday. Clarke will leave the government while Straw will become the leader of the lower house of parliament. His former role will be split into two with one minister named for Europe and one for the rest of the world, Sky Television said.

2006-04-30 05:46:49

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, struggling to overcome two major ministerial scandals, suffered a fresh blow on Sunday when a poll showed most people think Labour is "sleazy and incompetent." The poll for the Sunday Times, which also shows a slide in his personal ratings to a historic low, comes just five days before local elections that are seen as a test of how long Blair can cling on to power. Blair has said he will not stand for a...

2006-04-27 03:50:08

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced the challenge on Thursday of restoring his government's authority after it was engulfed in scandal and crisis a week ahead of crucial local elections. The man once dubbed "Teflon Tony" for his ability to shrug off political dirt, woke up to a slew of headlines which screamed of a "triple whammy" for "a government in meltdown." Newspapers cleared their pages to detail the three crises which blew up a week...

2006-04-13 05:05:27

LONDON (Reuters) - Divorced fathers campaigning for equal access to their children tied a crucified dummy Jesus Christ to the front of London's Westminster Abbey on Thursday. Two protesters clambered up the abbey with the dummy figure that wore a T-shirt bearing the words: "Our Father Who Art in Hell." The "Real Fathers For Justice" said in a statement that they had staged their Easter protest to "demand that both parents be as equal in family law as they are in the eyes of God."...

2006-04-05 08:28:09

By Paul Hoskins and Michael Smith DUBLIN (Reuters) - Police launched a murder inquiry on Tuesday after finding the mutilated body of former Sinn Fein member Denis Donaldson who last year admitted spying on fellow Irish nationalists on behalf of British security forces. The Irish Republican Army, which like Sinn Fein wants to end British rule in Northern Ireland, denied it was behind a killing that risks heightening mistrust two days before a fresh bid by Dublin and London to end a...

2006-03-31 06:56:11

By Gideon Long and Sue Pleming BLACKBURN (Reuters) - Local Muslims and anti-war activists told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to "Go Home" when British counterpart Jack Straw led her on a tour of his home town on Friday. Around 250 protesters gathered outside a school which Rice visited, waving placards and shouting as her motorcade arrived during a rare visit to the area by an overseas politician. Many of them were locals from Straw's constituency of Blackburn, a former cotton...

2006-03-27 08:44:44

By Adrian Croft CANBERRA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair sparked a fresh bout of conjecture over his future on Monday when he said it may have been a mistake to rule out a fourth term. Newspapers also reported that Blair, facing media calls to resign over a "cash-for-favors" row, had decided when to stand aside but that he was not yet revealing the date. The prime minister, on a visit to Australia, was asked in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp if his...

2006-03-27 08:35:37

By Adrian Croft CANBERRA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair sparked a fresh bout of conjecture over his future on Monday when he said it may have been a mistake to rule out a fourth term. Newspapers also reported that Blair, facing media calls to resign over a "cash-for-favors" row, had decided when to stand aside but that he was not yet revealing the date. The prime minister, on a visit to Australia, was asked in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp if his...

2006-03-22 13:37:52

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice officially turned her back on Wednesday on her dream job -- commissioner of the National Football League. "Unfortunately it came open at the wrong time," said Rice, an avid fan of pro football and especially the Cleveland Browns. The job is coming open after the commissioner for 16 years, Paul Tagliabue, announced on Tuesday he will retire in July. Rice, who has served President George W. Bush first as national...

2006-03-21 14:18:35

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Tuesday they were investigating Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor party to find out whether it offered Lordships to wealthy businessmen in exchange for large loans of money. The move was the most dramatic twist yet in a row over party funding which has tarnished Blair's image and increased calls for him to resign. "The Metropolitan Police Service has received three complaints about the Labor party under section 1 of the Honors...