UN Golan Heights mission in doubt as EU lifts Syria arms embargo

Austria threatens to withdraw peacekeepers from Israeli-occupied Syrian territory if Britain helps arm anti-Assad rebelsThe future of the long-running UN peacekeeping mission on the strategic Golan Heights between Syria and Israel has been thrown into question as a result of Britain’s decision to defy most of the EU and force the lifting on the two-year […]
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Nick Clegg casts doubt on coalition’s childcare reforms

Lib Dem leader says he is yet to be convinced that childminders should be allowed to look after more childrenThe coalition’s flagship childcare reforms have been thrown into doubt after Nick Clegg signalled he does not support loosening ratios in nurseries.A spokesman for the deputy prime minister said he “remained to be convinced” that staff […]
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Hugh Muir’s diary: Mayor Boris will no doubt be welcomed in the Gulf. Not sure about his friend

Will claims about Lynton Crosby’s past come back to haunt him?• Thatcher’s earthly contribution may have ended but worry not, there is a backstop. Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, knows just what she would have done faced with the dilemmas that now face our country. Given the opportunity to lead (hint, hint), Boris would […]
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Co-op Group’s £600m loss casts doubt on deal to take over Lloyds branches

Banking arm to blame for Co-op pain as it delivers writedown and sets aside cash to compensate customers for mis-sold PPIThe Co-operative Group has been dragged to a £600m loss by its banking arm, casting fresh doubt on the grocer and funeral operator’s ability to take over 632 branches being sold by Lloyds Banking Group.The […]
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Queen’s trip to Italy in doubt

Royal visit to Rome may be cancelled after Queen pulls out of St David’s Day celebrations as she recovers from gastroenteritisThe Queen’s royal engagement to Italy next week is still in doubt as she continues to recuperate from symptoms of gastroenteritis.The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to travel to Rome for a […]
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