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LONDON (Reuters) – British aid organisation Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about “a culture of sexual abuse” involving aid workers had not been taken seriously by the charity’s bosses. Helen Evans’ statement deepened the scandal around one of the best-known international NGOs, which has
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LONDON (Reuters) – A British judge refused on Tuesday to halt legal proceedings against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for jumping bail and fleeing to the Ecuadorean embassy in London in June 2012. The ruling leaves Assange, 46, in a legal and diplomatic impasse, with no way out of the embassy where he has lived for
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(Reuters) – Britain has partnered with a London-based firm to develop an algorithm that can identify terrorist content online with greater accuracy than anything previously known, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told tech leaders in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. “This is an incredibly exciting development which could help remove significant amount of the terrorist material we’re
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LONDON (Reuters) – Former soccer coach Barry Bennell was found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys in the 1980s, British media reported on Tuesday. The 64-year-old, who was once a talent spotter at Crewe Alexandra and a coach at Manchester City, was convicted of 36 charges including rape and indecent assault by a jury
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LONDON (Reuters) – British inflation unexpectedly held close to its highest level in nearly six years in January, highlighting the challenge facing the Bank of England and reinforcing expectations of a rise in interest rates in May. Consumer price inflation held at an annual rate of 3.0 percent in January, unchanged from December, after hitting
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LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will hear on Tuesday whether his legal bid to halt action against him for breaching bail has been successful, in a ruling that could pave the way for him to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Even if a judge rules in his favour, though, he may elect
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LONDON (Reuters) – KPMG and other leading accountancy firms face serious questions over their work with failed construction firm Carillion after making millions of pounds out of their relationships with the company, British lawmakers said on Tuesday. Lawmakers from two parliamentary committees examining the collapse of Carillion said that KPMG had earned 29.4 million pounds
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s two biggest banks have set targets for ethnic minority representation in top roles after criticism of some of the country’s largest companies for being opaque about diversity. Lloyds Banking Group said its targets marked the first time a FTSE 100 company had publicly laid out goals for ethnic diversity. The Royal
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s two biggest banks have set targets for ethnic minority representation in top roles after criticism of some of the country’s largest companies for being opaque about diversity. Lloyds Banking Group said its targets marked the first time a FTSE 100 company had publicly laid out goals for ethnic diversity. The Royal
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LONDON (Reuters) – The deputy head of Oxfam resigned on Monday over what she said was the British charity’s failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti and Chad. One of the best-known international NGOs, with aid programmes running across the globe, Oxfam was under threat
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LONDON (Reuters) – If Prime Minister Theresa May allows Brexit to be watered down or halted by supporters of European Union membership, Britain will be thrust into its gravest constitutional crisis since World War Two, Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said. Farage, who as UKIP leader convinced Prime Minister Theresa May’s predecessor, David Cameron, to call
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LONDON (Reuters) – British charity Oxfam was fighting to save its government funding on Monday following revelations about sexual misconduct by staff working in Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Senior managers were summoned to a meeting with Britain’s aid minister Penny Mordaunt during which she was expected to demand the full facts, with
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DUBLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish leader Leo Varadkar will meet with Northern Ireland’s main political parties in Belfast on Monday to urge the restoration of the province’s devolved administration. Northern Ireland has been without an executive and assembly for over a year following Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein’s withdrawal from
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(Reuters) – Billionaire financier George Soros will pledge an additional 100,000 pounds to Best for Britain, a campaign group seeking to keep Britain in the European Union, the group said in an email to Reuters. Soros, who donated 400,000 pounds to the campaign last week, will match any donations given to Best for Britain up
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LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will make two speeches on Brexit in the coming weeks to provide more details setting out the country’s path to leaving the European Union. Britain is hoping to seal a transition deal next month to smooth its exit from the EU, and reach agreement on a long-term
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LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England is likely to need to raise interest rates again to tackle inflation but will not do so aggressively, the central bank’s chief economist said in a newspaper article published on Sunday. Andy Haldane, on a visit to northeast England, referred to the BoE’s statement after its policy meeting
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