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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...

2006-06-23 12:11:49

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged tougher measures to tackle crime on Friday in an effort to reassert his leadership of the country and his ruling Labour Party in the face of bad press and heavy criticism. Months of damaging headlines accusing his government of being adrift on law, order and immigration issues, as well as a sex scandal involving Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, have eroded the government's standing in the polls....

2006-05-26 11:18:30

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair appealed on Friday for more international support for Iraq and urged quick reform of world bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank and IMF to tackle future crises like Iraq. Many nations, including Germany and France, opposed the invasion of Iraq, and Blair said it was time not only for reconciliation in Baghdad but in the international community. "The war, I know, split the world. The struggle of Iraqis...

2006-05-26 09:26:01

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged the world on Friday to stand by a new democratic Iraq and called for major reform of bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank and IMF to help tackle world crises. Many nations, such as Germany and France, opposed the invasion of Iraq, and Blair said the time had come for reconciliation not only in Baghdad but in the international community. "The war split the world. The struggle of Iraqis for...

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...

2006-05-08 17:45:21

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday rejected calls from within his party to name a date for his departure but promised to give his successor ample time to settle in before the next election. Trying to quash unrest in the ruling Labor Party over when he will stand down, Blair promised a smooth transition and backed finance minister Gordon Brown as his chosen successor. Blair was forced to speak out after dismal local election results...

2006-05-08 14:43:46

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday rejected calls from within his party to name a date for his departure but promised to give his successor ample time to settle in before the next election. Trying to quash unrest in the ruling Labour Party over when he will stand down, Blair promised a smooth transition and backed finance minister Gordon Brown as his chosen successor. Blair was forced to speak out after dismal local election results...

2006-05-08 05:55:49

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair was set to defy calls on Monday to name a date for his departure as he seeks to quell mounting unrest in his Labour Party that threatens to destabilize the government. Blair was to hold a regular news conference and later address Labour parliamentarians amid charges by his allies that left-wingers are staging a coup to topple him. One senior party official, who declined to be named, told Reuters Blair had no...

2006-05-05 09:49:25

By Katherine Baldwin and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair sacrificed two top ministers in a major cabinet shakeup on Friday after his Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in 1997. The overhaul comes after accusations of government sleaze and incompetence over the past few weeks as well as the poor local election results, which put huge pressure on Blair to give his government new impetus or step...

2006-05-05 08:41:42

By Katherine Baldwin and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair sacrificed two top ministers in a major cabinet shakeup on Friday after his Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in 1997. The overhaul comes after accusations of government sleaze and incompetence over the past few weeks as well as the poor local election results, which put huge pressure on Blair to give his government new impetus or step...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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