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UK's Cameron says rivals' views on Europe 'extremist'

By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron described rival parties' views on the European Union as "extremist" on Thursday as he launched his bid to ward off a threat from an anti-EU party ahead of European Parliament elections. Polls show the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which campaigns for tighter immigration rules and to leave the EU, could win the most votes in next month's European vote, pushing Cameron's Conservatives into third place behind the opposition Labour Party.

British PM Cameron comes under pressure over Royal Mail sell-off

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure in parliament on Wednesday over his government's sale of Royal Mail with the opposition Labour party accusing him of selling the firm off too cheaply to a handful of rich London investors. The government's handling of the sale of a 60 percent stake in the 500-year-old state postal operator last October at 330 pence a share has come under renewed scrutiny after the country's spending watchdog concluded the government had set the price too low.

UK's Cameron wants more fracking after Crimea 'wake-up call'

By William James THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Energy independence and the adoption of technologies like shale gas fracking should top Europe's political agenda, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, calling the Crimea crisis a "wake-up call" for states reliant on Russian gas. Escalating East-West tensions over Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine have endangered the energy security of some European states, including Germany, who are heavily dependent on Russian gas supplies.

British PM sets out priorities for EU reform

Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday outlined the EU reforms he thinks are needed to stop Britain being "sucked into a United States of Europe", ahead of a planned referendum on membership in 2017. The Conservative leader said he would campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union so long as he can secure changes to reduce the bloc's influence in British affairs. In an article in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Cameron outlined for the first time his seven priorities, ranging from cutting back red tape to limiting the rights of new EU citizens to work in Britain.

Britain's Cameron puts Iran on guard, sets out support for Israel

By William James JERUSALEM (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Iran's government as a "despotic regime" in a speech to Israel's parliament on Wednesday and accused Tehran of making "despicable" efforts to arm Palestinian militants. His address to the Knesset was staunchly pro-Israeli, and he delighted his hosts by claiming Jewish ancestral roots and talking tough on Iran, which is in negotiations with world powers on curbing its contested nuclear ambitions.

British PM pledges to fight attempts to boycott Israel

Britain will stand firm against attempts to delegitimise or boycott Israel, Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs in Jerusalem on Wednesday, shortly before Palestinian militants fired at least 25 rockets at the Jewish state. Speaking at the outset of a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Cameron gave a 20-minute address to the parliament, pledging "rock solid" support for Israel's security and expressing "deep scepticism" over Iran's nuclear intentions in a speech which checked all the right boxes and won him sustained applause.

British PM in Israel to talk peace, Iran

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Israel on Wednesday for a two-day visit during which he will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss the peace talks and Iran. It is Cameron's first official visit since the Conservative leader took over as premier in 2010. After landing at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Cameron went straight to Jerusalem to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks focusing on "Iran's military nuclear programme, the peace process and bilateral ties," an aide to the Israeli leader said.

British PM followed 'normal process' over Nepali nanny

Downing Street insisted Prime Minister David Cameron had followed "proper procedures" after it emerged Friday that his Nepali nanny had been granted British citizenship. His office said neither Cameron nor his wife Samantha had written letters in support of her application. Cameron faced questions about his use of a foreign nanny after his immigration minister deplored the effects of Britain's "wealthy metropolitan elite" benefiting from cheap migrant workers.

British press says Merkel gave Cameron little to cheer

Britain's newspapers said Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron had little to cheer from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit as he seeks consensus on reforming EU migration rules. Merkel urged Britain on Thursday to stay in the European Union but played down Cameron's hopes that her trip to London would help bring major reforms on restricting freedom of movement within the bloc.

Cameron orders inquiry into N.Ireland amnesty letters

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday ordered a judge-led investigation into amnesty letters sent to IRA suspects, in an apparently successful attempt to stop Northern Ireland's top politician from quitting. The existence of the letters became public knowledge on Tuesday after one of them caused the collapse of the trial of a man accused of a notorious 1982 bombing in London by the Irish Republican Army (IRA), an anti-British paramilitary group.
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