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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...

2006-06-30 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...

2006-06-26 14:57:46

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday the Group of Eight industrialized nations had failed to make progress on some of last year's commitments to end global poverty, particularly on world trade. In a speech at London University, Blair urged world leaders to do more to lift Africa out of poverty and tackle climate change, Britain's twin priorities as G8 President last year. He singled out trade as his main disappointment in the 2005...

2006-05-15 05:01:58

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's regional parliament will meet for the first time in nearly four years on Monday as political enemies strive to overcome decades of hatred and mistrust to forge agreement on sharing power. Progress is expected to be slow. Assembly members will gather only briefly in the morning before the meeting is adjourned -- politicians are due at a garden party hosted by Northern Ireland's Secretary of State in the afternoon. They have...

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.

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...