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2006-04-30 07:45:29

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair, struggling to overcome a spate of ministerial scandals, is braced for a drubbing in Thursday's local elections, widely seen as a test of how long the prime minister can hold on to power. Blair has staggered from one bad headline to another in the last two months and a Sunday poll showed most people think his government is "sleazy and incompetent" and indicated a slide in his personal ratings to a historic low. Last week...

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...

2006-04-27 00:35:00

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced the challenge on Thursday of restoring his Labour Party's authority as a government after it was engulfed in scandal and crisis just 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...

2006-04-01 11:46:35

LONDON (Reuters) - Rock star Chris Martin has joined forces with Britain's right-wing opposition to unseat British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after his Hollywood wife Gwyneth Paltrow met the Conservative leader's wife at yoga class. Meanwhile, Blair's own wife Cherie has removed the landmark black door of his Number 10 Downing Street office and swapped it for a red one. And engineers have discovered that ginger nut biscuits are the ideal material for paving roads. It's April Fools...

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...

2006-03-27 08:35:37

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...

2006-03-26 23:37:14

By Adrian Croft and James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Iraq and Afghanistan were decisive battlegrounds for the values the West believes in and warned of the risk of a U.S. retreat into isolationism. In a speech to the Australian parliament, Blair made his case for the West to get involved in a broad range of issues, not just on the security front, in its struggle against Islamist militants. U.S. allies Australia and Britain both...

2006-03-21 14:18:35

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Tuesday they were investigating Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor party to find out whether it offered Lordships to wealthy businessmen in exchange for large loans of money. The move was the most dramatic twist yet in a row over party funding which has tarnished Blair's image and increased calls for him to resign. "The Metropolitan Police Service has received three complaints about the Labor party under section 1 of the Honors...

2006-03-21 08:29:51

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday will call for a global, interventionist approach to confront terrorism head on and win a battle over values and ideas. "This is not a clash between civilizations, it is a clash about civilization," Blair will say in a speech this afternoon, according to extracts released by his official spokesman. "'We' is not the West. 'We' are as much Muslim as Christian or Jew or Hindu. 'We' are those who believe...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.