Politics

Scottish nationalists seek to broaden independence debate beyond currency

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EDINBURGH - With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom.

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UK launches hunt for man with British accent on beheading video 20 Aug 2014

LONDON - British authorities launched a hunt on Wednesday for a man with an English accent who appeared in an Islamic State (IS) video purporting to show what Prime Minister David Cameron called the "barbaric and brutal" beheading of an American journalist. | Video

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Cameron returns to London to discuss Islamic State video 20 Aug 2014

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron will interrupt his holiday and return to London on Wednesday after Islamic State released a video that appeared to show the beheading of a man identified as a U.S. journalist, featuring comments by a man with a British accent.

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British role in Iraq will not involve ground forces - Cameron 18 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britain will not send ground forces to intervene in the crisis in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

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Scottish independence campaign edges forward despite TV debate flop 17 Aug 2014

LONDON - Popular support for an independent Scotland has risen slightly in the last month even though Alex Salmond, the fiery nationalist leading the breakaway campaign, failed to win a high-profile TV debate, two opinion polls showed on Sunday.

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Anti-EU party leader Farage seeks election to British parliament 15 Aug 2014

LONDON - Nigel Farage, leader of Britain's anti-EU party UKIP, took the first step towards seeking a seat in parliament on Friday, putting himself forward for selection by his party to run in a southern constituency controlled by the ruling Conservatives.

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Cameron balks at probing supply chain in UK anti-slavery bill - MP 14 Aug 2014

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prime Minister David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero had he ensured that a draft law to combat slavery contained provisions to prevent the "evil practice" in corporate supply chains, a senior politician said.

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Cameron cuts short holiday over Iraq, resists calls for air strikes 13 Aug 2014

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday to return to Britain to chair a meeting to discuss the Iraq crisis on Wednesday, but resisted calls to intervene there militarily and ruled out recalling parliament for now.

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UK politicians 'terrified' of military intervention in Iraq - ex-general 12 Aug 2014

LONDON - The British government is "terrified" of intervening militarily in Iraq ahead of elections due next year and is happy to posture rather than take real action, an ex-senior general who previously helped lead NATO missions said on Tuesday.

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Cameron will lose election on ethnic minority vote: Muslim ex-minister 11 Aug 2014

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives will lose next year's election because they have neglected ethnic minority voters, Britain's first Muslim cabinet minister, who last week resigned over the government's Gaza policy, warned on Sunday.

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UK’s strong GDP has a soft centre

The headline - 0.8 percent second-quarter growth - sounds good. But construction shrank and industrial production was weak. Only services were strong. It sounds like a warning of future problems. Expectations of a UK interest rate rise may be delayed, leading the pound down.