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FILE PHOTO: A view shows the scene of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. With Fakhrizadeh the fifth Iranian nuclear scientist killed in targeted attacks since 2010, security experts are suggesting Iran’s enemies have found its Achilles’ heel. This is essential for us.”Iran’s military and clerical rulers have accused Israel of killing Fakhrizadeh. Israel had identified him as a prime player in what it says is Iran’s nuclear weapons quest though Tehran denies seeking nuclear arms. Israel has not commented on the incident but in the past has acknowledged pursuing covert operations against Iran’s nuclear programme to gather intelligence.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s, Hossein Dehghan, Fakhrizadeh, , , Israel, Kasra Aarabi, Tony Blair, Ali Shamkhani, Henry Rome, Behnam Ben Taleblu, Benjamin Netanyahu, Qassem Soleimani, Mahmoud Mousavi, Majd, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Trump, Hassan Rouhani Organizations: Reuters, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Revolutionary Guards ’ Security Force, Iran’s, Tony, Tony Blair Institute, Supreme National Security Council of, Eurasia Group, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Revolutionary Guards, Quds Force, U.S, , White House Locations: DUBAI, Islamic Republic, Tehran, Iran, WANA, Israel, Republic, Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Washington, U.S, Iraq
FILE PHOTO: Signage can be seen outside a Topshop and Topman store, owned by Arcadia Group, in central London, Britain June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsThe collapse of British businessman Philip Green’s Arcadia fashion empire into administration on Monday looks set to bring an inglorious end to a remarkable, and controversial, career. He had bought department store chain BHS for 200 million pounds in 2000, then Arcadia for 850 million pounds two years later and twice tried, and failed, to buy Marks & Spencer. After the pensions regulator pursued him, Green wrote a cheque for 363 million pounds in 2017 to help plug the BHS pensions fund hole. The collapse of the group is a bitter blow to Green, who has long prided himself on his financial acumen.
Persons: Henry Nicholls, Philip Green’s Arcadia, Queen, Tony Blair, David Cameron, Kate Moss, Sylvester Stallone, Lionheart, Beyonce, Green, Spencer, Leonard Green, Inditex’s Zara, Midas, Topshop, Dominic Chappell, Green’s, Tina, , Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Miss Selfridge, Evans, Burton, lockdowns Organizations: Arcadia Group, REUTERS, Leonard Green & Partners, Carmel College, BHS, Arcadia, Lawmakers, Reuters Locations: London, Britain, British, Monaco, Arcadia, United States, York, Topshop, England
UK cuts foreign aid spending commitment, causing outcry
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Estelle Shirbon | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain reduced its foreign aid spending commitment on Wednesday to 0.5% of gross domestic product from 0.7%, causing an immediate outcry from international development organisations and the spiritual head of the Church of England. Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak carries the "Spending Review 2020" document as he leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. “Cutting the aid budget during a global pandemic is like closing fire stations during a heatwave,” said Patrick Watt, Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns at Christian Aid. The 0.7% target, originally introduced by Tony Blair when he was prime minister, was a commitment made by the ruling Conservative Party in the run-up to last year’s election and repeated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Prior to Sunak’s announcement, former prime ministers Blair and David Cameron had urged the government to retain the target.
Persons: Britain's, Rishi Sunak, Downing, Henry Nicholls, ” Sunak, , of Canterbury Justin Welby, , Patrick Watt, Danny Sriskandarajah, Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, Blair, David Cameron Organizations: of England, REUTERS, Twitter, Public Affairs, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Oxfam GB, Conservative Party Locations: Britain, London
A recent opinion poll showed Sunak was the most popular figure among rank-and-file members of the ruling Conservative Party. The same poll gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson an approval rating of minus 10 percent. The prime minister, who was hospitalized with the coronavirus in April, is currently self-isolating after being exposed to the virus again. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak takes part in a BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In' on April 23, 2020 in London. Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street in London in July.
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Cutting aid budget would hit UK influence, two former PMs say
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron attend a memorial service for Lord Paddy Ashdown at Westminster Abbey, in London, Britain September 10, 2019. “Abandoning the 0.7 target for aid would be a moral, strategic and political mistake,” Cameron, prime minister from 2010 to 2016 and a member of Johnson’s Conservative Party, said. The two former leaders argued that any move to cut spending on aid would undermine Britain’s position when it hosts the G7 summit in 2021. The decision comes as the country embarks on a new future outside the European Union. Blair, a Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007 who introduced the 0.7% target, said the spending had tackled disease, boosted education and helped to increase living standards across large swathes of Africa.
Persons: Tony Blair, David Cameron, Paddy Ashdown, Chris J Ratcliffe, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Rishi Sunak, ” Cameron, Blair, , ” Johnson Organizations: Westminster Abbey, Telegraph, Johnson’s Conservative Party, European Union, Labour Locations: Westminster, London, Britain, British, Africa
Opinion | The Lady and the Trump
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Maureen Dowd | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
But eventually I had to turn off the new season of “The Crown,” focusing on Princess Diana, and drag my attention back to Donald Trump, who is trashing this place before checking out like he’s Axl Rose at a Four Seasons. Diana almost upended the monarchy and Donald is doing his worst to upend democracy. In terms of empathy, hugging the afflicted, the radiant Diana and the radioactive Donald are opposites. And while watching her fractured fairy tale breaks your heart, watching his fractious exit makes your head hurt. The young princess feared she was going mad amid barking corgis; the 74-year-old president wallows in his barking madness.
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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the devolution of powers to Scotland “a disaster”, a comment that played into the hands of Scottish nationalists pushing for an independence referendum that opinion polls suggest they could win. “Worth bookmarking these PM comments for the next time Tories (Conservatives) say they’re not a threat to the powers of the Scottish Parliament - or, even more incredibly, that they support devolving more powers,” she said on Twitter. Slideshow ( 3 images )Independence is the only way to protect and strengthen the Scottish parliament, she added. They are expected to perform strongly in elections to Scottish parliament in Holyrood in May. In the 2016 Brexit referendum, England and Wales voted to leave the European Union but Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Russell Cheyne, Brexit, Johnson, Tony Blair, Scotland’s, Nicola Sturgeon, “ Worth, , Douglas Ross, Sturgeon, Robert Jenrick Organizations: British, REUTERS, Scots, Conservative Party, Scottish National Party, Conservatives, Scottish, Twitter, Conservative, Wales, Union, Northern Ireland, Brexit, European, COVID Locations: Scotland, Calton Hill Edinburgh, Britain, United Kingdom, , Holyrood, May, England
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