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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.

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...

2006-04-26 07:33:12

By William Schomberg BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's trade chief on Wednesday welcomed what he said were signs the United States might offer more on agriculture in global trade talks but said Brussels was worried the negotiations could fail. With the World Trade Organization negotiations two years behind schedule, Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson reiterated the European Union could enhance its offer on farm trade, if it gets the kind of concessions it wants from other partners. "If...

2006-04-21 05:21:22

By Rex Merrifield HELSINKI (Reuters) - Europe's trade chief blamed the United States on Friday for a virtual deadlock in global trade negotiations, saying Washington must scale back its demands for sweeping cuts to agriculture tariffs. With time running out for a World Trade Organization (WTO) deal, the European Union, the United States and other trading powers have locked horns over how to cut barriers to commerce, raising fears that the Doha round of negotiations could fail. Hours...

2006-04-06 12:22:47

By Paul Hoskins ARMAGH (Reuters) - Britain and Ireland set a November deadline on Thursday for restoring Northern Ireland's regional administration in a final push to persuade the province's warring politicians to share power. "The moment has come as we always knew it would for the ultimate decision," British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a news conference near the border with the Republic of Ireland. Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern unveiled plans to recall the Belfast...

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...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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