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2005-11-29 05:52:37

By Mike Peacock and Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-nuclear protesters staged a rooftop demonstration on Tuesday in a hall where British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to launch a major review of Britain's future energy needs, forcing him to deliver his speech elsewhere. Speculation is rife that Blair favors a new generation of nuclear power stations to help fill a looming energy gap. The Greenpeace protesters, dressed in suits to mix in with the business audience,...

2005-11-29 04:08:33

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will launch a review on Tuesday of Britain's energy needs and stoke speculation that he favours nuclear power by warning that renewable sources cannot fully meet the country's needs. Any move to build new nuclear power stations will run into fierce opposition both from environmental campaigners and dozens of lawmakers in his own Labour party. Officials said Blair will tell the Confederation of British Industry...

2005-11-17 10:00:07

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair, who suffered his first-ever parliamentary defeat this month when rebels in his own party voted against him, is facing another possible revolt -- this time over education reform. He suffered a humiliating setback over his anti-terrorism plans, prompting many analysts to suggest he was losing his vice-like grip over the ruling Labor party. Now, 27 Labor lawmakers have signed a motion opposing plans to free schools from...

2005-11-14 06:55:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON -- Environmental activists accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday of failing to tackle global warming despite many pledges of tough action. As Greenpeace dumped five tonnes of coal outside Blair's London residence in protest at what they said was his backsliding, the World Wide Fund for Nature accused him of saying one thing but doing the opposite on climate change. "Blair has gone from being the great hope to being the great threat," Greenpeace spokesman...

2005-11-13 19:11:55

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will urge world leaders on Monday to step up their efforts to secure a deal at next month's trade talks and warn that the global economy will suffer if no agreement is reached. With about a month to go before an expected showdown between global trading powers in Hong Kong, Blair will set out the steps he thinks need to be taken to get an accord to cut farm subsidies and lower tariffs around the world. "In a modern world there is no...

2005-11-13 11:40:59

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday he was determined to push through health and education reforms as he fights to maintain his authority after his first ever parliamentary defeat last week. Blair, prime minister since his center-left Labour Party won a landslide victory in 1997, was weakened by the 2003 Iraq war. Critics say he has been a lame duck since last year, when he vowed to stand down before the next election due in 2009....

2005-11-10 09:35:03

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair set himself up on Thursday for high-risk clashes with his party, refusing to compromise on future reforms despite a first parliamentary defeat that raised doubts about his ability to govern. Forty-nine lawmakers in Blair's Labour Party rebelled on Wednesday against government plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge. Commentators said the shock vote marked a turning point for a...

2005-11-10 07:46:08

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair set himself up on Thursday for high-risk clashes with his party, refusing to compromise on future reforms despite a first parliamentary defeat that raised doubts about his ability to govern. Forty-nine lawmakers in Blair's Labour Party rebelled on Wednesday against government plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge. Commentators said the shock vote marked a turning point for a...

2005-11-09 21:01:19

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair faces a fight to shore up his ailing political authority on Thursday after his first parliamentary defeat over new anti-terrorism powers raised doubts about his political future. Six months after he overcame opposition to his support for the Iraq war to win a third term in office, a slew of front page newspaper headlines asked: "Is this the beginning of the end?." Dozens of members of Blair's ruling Labor party rebelled in...

2005-11-09 14:16:33

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair suffered his first major parliamentary defeat in more than eight years in power on Wednesday over new anti-terrorism powers, raising fresh questions about his future. The elected House of Commons voted by 322 to 291 against plans to let police hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge, as nearly 50 members of Blair's Labour Party refused to support him. Police called for the new powers after Islamist...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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