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2006-03-21 12:17:02

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Tuesday they were investigating Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor party in response to complaints related to the country's age-old honors system. "The Metropolitan Police Service has received three complaints about the Labor party under section 1 of the Honors Act 1925," the police said in a statement. "These allegations are being investigated by the Specialist Crime Directorate." It was not immediately clear who had made the complaints or...

2006-03-07 08:36:42

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's new parliament will almost certainly hold its first session on Sunday despite a request from the powerful Shi'ite Alliance to delay it, the outgoing speaker and other senior officials said on Tuesday. Some legal sleight of hand might be needed to meet Sunday's constitutional deadline while satisfying the Alliance's request to delay the election of a new speaker, senior political sources said. But the session should go ahead. Following the...

2006-03-01 18:20:41

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Liberal Democrats, potential kingmakers at the next election, will on Thursday choose a new leader tasked with reviving the party after a string of scandals which have left it in turmoil. Under Charles Kennedy, who quit as leader in January after saying he was battling an alcohol problem, the country's third biggest party won 22 percent of the vote in last May's election. Helped by its opposition to the Iraq war, that was...

2006-01-12 07:00:37

LONDON (Reuters) - Officials from Britain, France and Germany will meet counterparts from China, Russia and the United States in London next week to discuss how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Separately, Foreign Minister Jack Straw said he thought Iran would be referred to the U.N. Security Council due to its decision to restart sensitive nuclear work this week. Asked by reporters whether Iran would be referred to the Security...

2006-01-11 09:33:43

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - A complete ban on smoking in all English pubs and clubs looks increasingly likely after the government said on Wednesday it would allow its lawmakers to vote according to conscience and not along party lines. The move averts a likely parliamentary revolt and possible defeat for British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose plans propose a smoking ban which would exempt pubs which do not serve food and private clubs. Many lawmakers in Blair's Labour...

2006-01-10 15:06:44

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - A British court on Tuesday ordered two men to face trial on charges of leaking a memo that a lawmaker said described a plan by U.S. President George W. Bush to bomb Arabic television station Al Jazeera. The defendants, civil servant David Keogh and Leo O'Connor, a researcher who worked for a former British lawmaker, face a preliminary hearing on January 24 on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act and their lawyers are pushing for the...

2006-01-07 09:47:34

By Matthew Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's embattled leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats will make a statement at 1500 GMT prompting speculation that he may announce he is standing down. The Liberal Democrats said leader Charles Kennedy will make a statement at party headquarters in central London. Britain's third largest party was thrown into turmoil on Thursday after leader Charles Kennedy admitted to an alcohol problem but refused to resign despite pleas from party...

2006-01-06 12:38:21

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, facing a fight for the center ground with a Conservative opposition revived under its new leader, on Friday vowed to stay in office until he has seen through a program of reforms. Polls show youthful Conservative leader David Cameron is making headway in moving to the middle ground in his bid to oust Blair's Labor Party at the next election, expected in 2009. Already Cameron's success looks to have put...

2006-01-06 11:24:34

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of one of Britain's three main political parties faced a mutiny by followers on Friday when he refused to resign after admitting he had undergone treatment for alcohol abuse. One senior party figure called Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberal Democrats, a "dead man walking" and others vowed to resign from party posts next week if he did not go. But Kennedy, 46, who led the historically centrist third party to its best showing in decades...

2005-12-21 11:00:58

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Facing a charismatic new opponent, doubters in his party and a clock he set ticking on his own premiership, politicians and analysts say Tony Blair's departure date will dominate British politics next year. At his year-end news conference on Wednesday, the prime minister would not discuss when he will stand down and pledged defiantly to press on with policies many in his party oppose. "I've never felt more confident about the fact we are doing the...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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