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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...

2006-07-25 06:40:24

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union trade chief Peter Mandelson said the United States was trying to give Boeing an advantage in possible talks to resolve a row with European plane maker Airbus over state subsidies. "The problem is that while both sides genuinely want negotiations, from our perspective we see the U.S. side trying to set down the parameters in a way that tilts too far in Boeing's favor," Mandelson said on Tuesday. He also told a news conference that he did not expect...

2006-07-18 08:25:00

By Adrian Croft LONDON -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair was roundly mocked as a U.S. poodle on Tuesday after an off-the-cuff chat with President George W. Bush was accidentally broadcast. Bush and Blair enjoyed a gossip over lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg on Monday, unaware that a microphone in front of them was switched on and their words would be relayed around the world. Breaking with diplomatic formalities, Bush hailed Blair, his closest European ally, with the...

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...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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