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Tuesday
Mar132012

Obama and British Prime Minister Take in ‘March Madness’ Basketball Game

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(DAYTON, Ohio) -- President Obama, America’s basketball-fan-in-chief, brought British Prime Minister David Cameron to Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday evening to take in one of America’s favorite sporting events: the NCAA basketball tournament.

Obama and Cameron, dressed casually in slacks and jeans, respectively, watched courtside as Western Kentucky defeated Mississippi Valley State in the opener of the men’s tournament at the University of Dayton.

The president chatted with fans in the not-quite-full arena between plays and, from afar, it looked like the president was explaining aspects of the game to the prime minister as they sat huddled next to each other, according to media reports.

Obama and Cameron also enjoyed another great American tradition: hot dogs.

The quick trip to the swing state was intended to showcase the “close” relationship between the two nations, according to the White House.

“What makes our relationship special -- a unique and essential asset -- is that we join hands across so many endeavors. Put simply, we count on each other and the world counts on our alliance,” the president and prime minister wrote in a joint op-ed in the Washington Post Tuesday.

The outing, part of Cameron’s official visit to the United States, also gave the president another opportunity to visit the key battleground state.

While Obama carried the Buckeye State in 2008, recent polls show him in a tight race for Ohio with GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar082012

Two Western Hostages Killed During Attempted Rescue in Nigeria

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- A Briton and an Italian man, who were kidnapped by militants in Nigeria last year, were killed in a rescue attempt on Thursday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed the deaths in a rescue operation conducted by forces from both countries. The two leaders say the decision was made to rescue Christopher McManus, 28, and Franco Lamolinara, 47, because they believed the men were in imminent danger, reports BBC News. Italian authorities say they were unaware of the military action that left one of their citizens dead.

The men were working as engineers on a building project for the Central Bank in Birnin Kebbi, a city in northern Nigeria, when they were kidnapped in May by Boko Haram militants. Boko Haram has been responsible for several bombings in the country, with the worst one occurring on Christmas Day at multiple locations, resulting in dozens dead. The Islamic group, whose name means "Western education is a sin," are said to have killed McManus and Lamolinara during the rescue attempt.

The captors were reportedly caught after a heavy gun battle.

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Friday
Oct142011

Could Will and Kate's Royal Baby Girl Be Queen?

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- A centuries-old tradition that gives preference of succession to the British throne to princes rather than princesses could soon come to an end.

The British parliament has proposed changing the rules -- in place for more than 300 years -- to allow females to become monarch.  Currently, females can only do so if they have no brothers, which is why Queen Elizabeth II was allowed to become ruler.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is taking the first steps to change the rules so that the first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton could benefit.

“I am very clear that it is an issue that we ought to get sorted, and I would be delighted to play a part in that,” Cameron said of his efforts.

By the way, there’s no indication that Middleton is pregnant.

The prime minister wants to update the Act of Settlement, the 310-year-old agreement that not only gives women second-class status, but would also lift a centuries-old ban on British monarchs marrying Roman Catholics.

In a letter to Commonwealth nations that recognize the queen as their head of state, Cameron described the ban as a “historical anomaly” because it does not bar those who take spouses of other faiths.

“We do not think it can continue to be justified,” he wrote.

The 16 Commonwealth nations that recognize Queen Elizabeth as head of state must give their formal approval before the proposal can take effect.

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Thursday
Oct132011

David Cameron Hopes to Change Royal Succession Law

Peter Macdiarmid/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's Prime Minister has begun to push a law that gives females an equal right to ascend to the throne as male members of the royal family.

David Cameron has begun urging the heads of Commonwealth governments to make succession gender neutral. The current 300-year-old law makes younger males precede older females in the line of succession.

Cameron also would like to drop a legal ban on the monarch being married to a Catholic.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep162011

Libyans Welcome British and French Leaders

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a visit to Tripoli Thursday, just weeks after rebel forces drove Col. Moammar Gadhafi from the capital, allowing the Transitional National Council to gain control of the government.

The appearance of the two foreign leaders, whose countries' war planes were instrumental in helping the rebels turn the tide against Gadhafi's forces, at first caught Libyans by surprise.  But the crowds soon gathered to greet Cameron and Sarkozy, who strained to be heard over the wild cheering.

Both promised that their governments would free up billions in Libyan assets to assist the new regime while offering to help in the hunt for Gadhafi, who is still believed to be hiding out in Libya.

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Friday
Aug122011

Ex-Top NYPD Cop Bill Bratton Takes Job in UK

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bill Bratton, who headed police departments in Boston, New York and L.A., told ABC News he has accepted an offer to assist the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron in finding solutions to the problem of gang violence in the U.K.

"We will be working with the British government on the very specific issues of gangs and gang violence," said Bratton.

Bratton told ABC News he had received a call from Cameron Friday morning asking him to consider becoming a consultant to Scotland Yard. He said he thanked the prime minister for the offer and now he has come to a formal agreement.

Prime Minister Cameron had repeatedly signaled his intention to enlist the aid of Bratton, who as a police commissioner in three major U.S. cities developed a reputation for driving down crime rates and curbing gang activity. On Thursday, when addressing Parliament about the rioting and looting that began in London over the weekend, he cited Bratton by name as the kind of outside expert that Britain needed.

"I believe we should be looking beyond our shores to learn the lesson from others who have faced similar problems," said Cameron. "That is why I will be discussing how we can go further in coming to grips with gangs with people like Bill Bratton."

Bratton said that he would be working with all aspects of the government, including Cameron's office, the Home Office -- which oversees the Metropolitan Police -- and very likely with British police officials as well.

Bratton, a Boston native, was commissioner in Boston from 1991 to 1994, where he implemented the Neighborhood Policing project to curb youth violence.

Under New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton launched a "zero tolerance" crackdown on crime widely credited with restoring quality of life to New York and beginning crime's downward reduction. There he took guns off the streets and cleared a backlog of felons who were hiding in plain sight despite arrest warrants.

In Los Angeles Bratton faced down tough gang problems in troubled ghetto areas. His innovative "compstat" management strategy forced complacent cop bosses to be accountable for crime in their districts. It has been widely copied across the United States.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug112011

Prime Minister Cameron Seeking Outside Help in British Policing

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- In Thursday's address to Parliament, British Prime Minister David Cameron signaled his continued determination to search globally for the expertise needed to solve the crisis in British policing, notably looking toward North America where sources say there are possible candidates in both the U.S. and Canada who could assist.

ABC News has learned that Cameron's public suggestion that the government seek outside advisers -- he notably mentioned former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton by name -- is an attempt to circumvent Home Secretary Theresa May's determination not to change the requirement calling for a British citizen to be the next head of the Metropolitan Police.

May has very publicly countered the prime minister who had suggested an outsider be brought in to run the troubled department when her office posted ads seeking candidates for the post of Met boss, noting that only British citizens need apply.

While May is under fire as a result of her perceived poor oversight of the Met, it currently appears there will be no move to push her out of government.  May has no background in policing or police oversight, which is a significant part of her portfolio.

Cameron cited gang culture in his speech and noted the American experience in Boston with curbing that culture.

There, Harvard professor David Kennedy mapped gang violence and then used innovative programs in his efforts to curb it.

Bratton and Kennedy have ongoing professional ties dating back to at least when Bratton, a Boston native, served as commissioner there in the 1990s.

It was not immediately clear whether London Mayor Boris Johnson -- who has a say in who might lead the 31,000-officer department -- is aligned with Cameron's thinking.  Johnson is up for re-election in 2012.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug102011

British PM: 'We Will Take Every Action Necessary' to Quell Riots

Peter Macdiarmid/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- As violence persisted in Britain Tuesday, this time breaking out in Manchester, Birmingham and other cities, British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Wednesday to "take every action necessary to bring order back to our streets."

"We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order unto our streets.  Every contingency is being looked at it.  Nothing is off the table," Cameron said.

The prime minister announced that police have been authorized to use rubber bullets to quell the rioters that have been looting and setting fires across London and neighboring cities since the weekend.  The violence began after Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four with reported links to London gangs, was shot and killed by officers in London's Scotland Yard last Thursday.

Discussing the so-called Cobra emergency planning group, Cameron said water cannons will also be utilized to break up the rioting, if necessary.

"We agreed at Cobra that while they're not currently needed, we now have in place contingency plans for water cannons to be available at 24 hours notice," he said.

These latest measures in security come a day after Scotland Yard deployed an additional 10,000 officers on the streets of London Tuesday night.

So far, 770 people have been arrested in London -- including one 11-year-old boy.  Between Saturday night and Tuesday morning, 525 arrests were made -- 310 of which were overnight on Monday.  Across the country, a total of 1,100 arrests have been made.

"We will not put up with this in our country.  We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets," Cameron said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul282011

Investigation of Britain's Phone Hacking Scandal Begins

Warren Little/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The inquiry into Britain's phone hacking scandal, which will determine whether the country needs to ramp up its media regulation, officially kicked off on Thursday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for the investigation earlier this month in response to allegations that the country's highest circulated newspaper, News of the World, hacked into the cellphones of a missing schoolgirl and grieving families of terror victims, among others, in an effort to produce and break stories.

The panel, led by senior judge Brian Leveson, will start by examining whether the current self-regulation in the British press industry needs any modifications.

"My goal must be to consider what lessons if any may be learned from past events, and what recommendations if any should be made for the future," Leveson said.

Later on, the panel will also look at relations among the press, police, and politicians. Scotland Yard suffered a black eye in the scandal as well, as police officers have been accused of taking bribes in exchange for leaking details to former News of the World reporters. 

It will have the power to compel witnesses to appear.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jul232011

British Premier Says Murdoch Son 'Has Got Questions to Answer'  

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The presumed heir to the Murdoch global media empire -- Rupert Murdoch's son, James -- "clearly" must address allegations he misled Parliament in his testimony on Britain's phone-hacking scandal, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.

The fresh allegations swirling around James Murdoch, and a cartoon in a Murdoch newspaper mocking coverage of the scandal, threatened to torpedo Team Murdoch's public relations strategy to weather the crisis.

James Murdoch "has got questions to answer" about his testimony Tuesday before a parliamentary committee investigating the widespread phone-hacking that occurred at the Murdoch-owned, now-shuttered News of the World tabloid in Britain, Cameron said while visiting an auto plant in the British Midlands.

James Murdoch said he was not aware of evidence that eavesdropping at the newspaper went beyond a jailed rogue reporter.

But his claim was contradicted late Thursday by two former top staff members who said they told James Murdoch years ago of evidence that suggested wrongdoing at the paper was widespread. At the time, James Murdoch was authorizing a large payment to settle a lawsuit brought by a hacking victim.

Until now, the Murdoch family and their company, News Corp., whose holdings include the Fox Network, Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal, seemed to have adopted a classic crisis-management strategy, said Chris Tennyson, the co-leader of the crisis-management practice at the public relations giant Fleishman-Hillard.

"The best response to a crisis usually has what I call the four 'Rs': expressions of regret, evidence of reform, efforts to provide restitution and, then the fourth R, which is a longer-term thing, recovery," Tennyson said.

The testimony by James and Rupert Murdoch before parliament appeared to follow such a game plan, he added.

But the allegations that James misled parliament, if proven true, would undo the damage control, Tennyson said.

"It's one of the fundamentals of crisis communications. Three questions are always going to be asked: What did you know? When did you know it? And what did you do about it? ... The quality of those answers, the honesty of those answers, are important," Tennyson said.

In a statement, James Murdoch, 38, said, "I stand behind my testimony to the select committee."

An opposition member of parliament said he would formally ask the police to investigate whether James Murdoch lied in his testimony. "This is the most significant moment of two years of investigation into phone-hacking," lawmaker Tom Watson said.

The Murdochs have assembled a high-powered PR team to respond to the crisis, hiring Alex Bigg and James Lundie from Edelman, the world's biggest PR firm. Tennyson said they are respected PR professionals.

But PR efforts suffered another setback when the Murdoch-owned Times of London published a political cartoon titled, "Priorities" that showed three starving Somalis holding empty bowls as one of them says, "I've had a bellyful of phone-hacking."

Critics quickly blasted the cartoon. "Good God. Murdoch's troops [know] no bounds," the media critic Jeff Jarvis said on Twitter.

Tennyson said the cartoon was so at odds with News Corp.'s message of contrition during the parliamentary hearing, it had to be the work of a rogue editor.

"There is nothing to make fun of here," he said. "It certainly didn't help."

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