United Kingdom

Pressure Mounts as Deadline for EU-Africa Trade Talks Looms

Stephen R. Hurt
Wed 16 Apr 2014 -

LONDON, England --- The first European Union-Africa summit since 2010 was held in Brussels earlier this month. Much of the media focus leading up to the summit was on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s failed bid to instigate a boycott of the meeting by African leaders after his wife was refused ...

Some 437,000 people murdered worldwide in 2012, UN crime agency reports

Fri 11 Apr 2014 -

LONDON, UK ----Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports.

Commonwealth offers technical support for Fiji election

Fri 04 Apr 2014 -

LONDON, UK ----The Commonwealth has welcomed recent developments in Fiji and has made known it remains willing to offer any technical expertise needed to assist the conduct of the 2014 Elections in September.

Commonwealth offers technical support for Fiji election

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

LONDON, UK ----The Commonwealth has welcomed recent developments in Fiji and has made known it remains willing to offer any technical expertise needed to assist the conduct of the 2014 Elections in September.

Global climate deal hopes hinge on China, US, UN says

Thu 06 Mar 2014 -

LONDON, UK --- Closer cooperation between China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, on combating global warming is boosting prospects for a U.N. deal meant to be agreed next year, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Climate-induced migration creates perils, possibilities

Elizabeth Blunt
Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

LONDON, UK --- For Pacific islands like Palau, Tuvalu and Kiribati, the implications of climate change are clear - and devastating. Already, these governments have begun to plan for a future in which entire populations have to relocate as their islands vanish under the rising sea. But climate change also ...

Britain threatens to leave EU

Thu 16 Jan 2014 -

LONDON, UK --- Britain has told its European Union partners the EU's treaties were “not fit for purpose” and there must be reform or it would quit the bloc.

Obesity ballooning in developing countries than developed world: report

Tue 07 Jan 2014 -

LONDON, UK ---- A study by a UK-based think tank has found that obesity is affecting people in developing countries the most.

William and Kate confirm Australia, NZ tour

Fri 20 Dec 2013 -

LONDON, England --- Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tour New Zealand and Australia in April next year, most likely accompanied by Prince George.

Lord suspended after Fiji sting

Thu 19 Dec 2013 -

LONDON, England --- A former Ulster Unionist peer has been suspended from the House of Lords for four months.

Cancer deaths rise to 8.2 million, breast cancer sharply up

Fri 13 Dec 2013 -

LONDON, UK ---- The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease tightened its grip in developing nations struggling to treat an illness driven by Western lifestyles.

Tate & Lyle urges EU to abolish a sugar duty as bloc quotas end

Wed 27 Nov 2013 -

LONDON, UK ---- The European Union should abolish a duty on imports of sugar from a group of nations including leading producer Brazil and Australia to ensure a more balanced market after quotas end, according to Tate & Lyle Sugars.

Dramatic turnaround' in Fiji's sugar industry: Fiji PM

Tue 26 Nov 2013 -

LONDON, UK --- Fiji’s highly politicised, riddled with self-interest and inefficient sugar industry has achieved a dramatic turnaround.

Fiji to keep faith against Aussies at RLWC

Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

LONDON, UK ---Logic says Fiji do not have a prayer against Australia in Saturday's Rugby League World Cup semi-final, but the Bati have a faith that transcends all pre-ordained thinking.

Springboks, All Blacks dominate Barbarians squad to face Fiji

Wed 20 Nov 2013 -

LONDON, UK ---South Africa captain Jean de Villiers is one of nine Springboks included in a 23-man Barbarians squad to face Fiji at Twickenham.

Rugby League and Tourism - The perfect marketing mix: SPTO

Thu 07 Nov 2013 -

LONDON, England --- The cold English winter was overcome with warm South Pacific hospitality when a contingent of six (6) South Pacific Island representatives advanced on a 3-days United Kingdom (UK) roadshow that concluded in London.

Global warming exaggerated, former Australian PM John Howard says

Wed 06 Nov 2013 -

LONDON, England ----Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard thinks there’ll never be a worldwide climate change agreement and admits he only backed emissions trading before the 2007 election because he faced a “perfect storm” on the issue.

New top-level web domains announced by ICANN

Fri 25 Oct 2013 -

LONDON, England --- Four new generic top-level domains - the letters that appear at the end of web addresses, such as .com - have been announced.

British PM to reshuffle cabinet

Mon 07 Oct 2013 -

LONDON, England --- British Prime Minister David Cameron is poised for a ministerial reshuffle as Downing Street confirmed the resignations of two further members of the government.

Warming oceans suffer 'deadly trio'

Fri 04 Oct 2013 -

LONDON, England --- The world’s oceans are under greater threat than previously believed from a “deadly trio” of global warming, declining oxygen levels and acidification, an international study says.

Keeping sight of the bigger picture

Thu 26 Sep 2013 -

The UK Met Office is a key contributor to the IPCC Assessment Reports

‘Thumbs up’ to The Commonwealth for practical solutions to small states’ justice challenges

Thu 19 Sep 2013 -

LONDON, England --- Delegates from small states have praised The Commonwealth for providing practical solutions to the challenges they face delivering access to justice for their citizens. Law ministers and Attorneys-General met last week to discuss challenges faced by small jurisdictions and to share solutions.

UN official: World failing over climate change

Wed 18 Sep 2013 -

LONDON, UK 18 SEPTEMBER ---International leaders are failing in their fight against global warming, one of the United Nations' top climate officials has said, appealing directly to the world's voters to pressure their politicians into taking tougher action against the build-up of greenhouse gases.

Manu Tuilagi sorry for bunny ears gag on British Prime Minister

Tue 17 Sep 2013 -

LONDON, UK --- England rugby union centre Manu Tuilagi has apologised for playing a prank on British Prime Minister David Cameron during the British and Irish Lions' recent visit to Downing Street.

Prince Willliam leaves the military

Fri 13 Sep 2013 -

LONDON, England -- Prince William has finished his tour of duty as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and has left operational service with the British military to focus on royal duties and charity work, royal officials said Thursday.