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United Kingdom
Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - 07:54 UTC

UK announces retail sale of £2 billion worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group

UK Treasury said the public would be offered 5% discount to market price and  investors who hold on to the stock for more than a year would receive a bonus

The British government said on Monday it plans to sell at least £2 billion ($3.04 billion) worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group PLC to the general public at a discount next spring as part of a broader move to cash out its stake in the bailed-out lender.

Monday, October 5th 2015 - 19:23 UTC

Falklands' veteran Simon Weston launches book on “My Life; My Story”

Simon Weston: My Life; My Story, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, Friday, October 16, 7.30pm, £15 (£13), 01342 302000, www.chequermead.org.uk

A Falklands' war veteran who survived the bombing of his ship when most of those on board were killed takes to the stage to tell the story of his life. In “My Life; My Story”, which comes to East Grinstead's Chequer Mead on Friday, October 16, Simon Weston OBE, will share truths about the conflict, the day the RFA Sir Galahad was attacked and the impact the event and its consequences have had since.

Monday, October 5th 2015 - 08:29 UTC

Gibraltar calls for UK to remain in the EU: “it needs to be fixed, not thrown away”

“I am confident that almost all of them (22.000 Gibraltarians) will vote in favor of remaining in Europe” said Chief Minister Picardo

The European Union needs to be ‘fixed, not thrown away’, Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said in a letter to The Times. The letter follows news that Nigel Lawson is to lead the Conservative movement to leave the EU and Mr. Picardo told the newspaper that those whose best future lies in remaining in a secure Europe “need to speak up”.

Monday, October 5th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

“Hands off, Tories will never sell out the Falklands”:Hammond's message to Cristina Fernandez

Hammond said the right to self-determination is being challenged not only in eastern Europe and the Middle East, but also in Gibraltar and South Atlantic.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has issued a firm hands-off warning to Argentina by insisting the government will “never sell out” the Falkland Islands. The Foreign Secretary insisted the “bullying and harassment” against the Islanders must stop, adding it is counter-productive and “shameful”.

Thursday, October 1st 2015 - 08:31 UTC

A homage, ‘Keep calm and carry on’

Traditionally a portent of historic things to come, the fact that the eclipsed moon bore a striking resemblance to the colors in the Catalan flag made it all the more powerfully symbolic.   At any rat

By Alex Salmond (*) - I do not know if Artur Mas, the president of Catalonia, deliberately chose the eclipse of the super-moon as the day on which to hold the most important election in Catalonia’s democratic history.

Thursday, October 1st 2015 - 07:54 UTC

Cameron rules out reparations for slave trade and urges Caribbean countries to 'move on'

Britain's PM Cameron said he hoped “we can move on from this painful legacy and continue to build for the future.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out making reparations for Britain's role in the historic slave trade and urged Caribbean countries to “move on”. Cameron acknowledged that “these wounds run very deep” during his visit to Jamaica, where he faced calls to apologize from campaigners.

Thursday, October 1st 2015 - 05:19 UTC

Falklands: Argentina waiting for a reply to its project to identify remains buried at Darwin

Foreign minister Timerman met in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly with Peter Maurer, president of the Red Cross International Committee

Argentina is concerned that there has been no reply from the UK regarding its initiative and request to identify the remains of the Argentine combatants buried at the Darwin cemetery, or Argentine memorial, in the Falkland Islands, according to a release from the Argentine foreign ministry.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 06:38 UTC

Plenty of Cristina's friends referred to the Malvinas claim at the UN

  “It's obvious that in a limited span of time the president can't address all issues and she had priorities”, pointed out Timerman

Although president Cristina Fernandez, to the surprise of many, did not mention a word about Argentina's claim over the Falkland Islands, particularly since this was her last address to the UN General Assembly, Minister Hector Timerman said that nobody could doubt the president's commitment to the Malvinas question, and there were plenty of mentions to the issue from allied countries.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 - 06:54 UTC

A repeat of the Corbyn surprise in United States?

Senator Sanders was also seen as a complete no-hoper when he threw his hat into the ring: no money and far too left-wing to win the Democratic nomination

By Gwynne Dyer - Jeremy “Jez” Corbyn and Bernie Sanders are very much alike - and so are their ambitions. Corbyn wants to lead Britain's Labour Party into the next election and become prime minister; Sanders wants to win the Democratic Party nomination and become the next President of the United States. And then each man plans to turn his country sharply to the left.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 - 06:19 UTC

Corbyn's Falklands 'negotiable' approach causes dissent among Labour

At a reception, Hilary Benn said: “I am the shadow foreign secretary… as far as I’m concerned, we believe in self determination for the Falkland Islands”. (Pic AP)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn statement that the Falkland Islands are 'negotiable', a position he has maintained since he was first elected to Parliament, not only triggered immediate reaction from veterans and Falkland Islanders when he was chosen earlier this month: in effect, senior members from the party, even those within his shadow cabinet openly express their disapproval of his views, according to UK media reports.


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