Iraq Press Roundup

Shabab Al Iraq newspaper carried an editorial Monday titled "Bush's allies withdraw from Iraq entanglement."
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

The bill for Europe

FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The massive new bill for Europe is hitting Britain just as the storm grows over the government's refusal of a referendum on the new Treaty that enlarges the role of the European Union., sinking Prime Minister Gordon Brown into even deeper trouble.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Leading climate scholar urges change

LONDON, Ecuador, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A leading environmental scientist urged British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to curtail plans for new coal plants in the wake of the Bali climate summit.

Mugabe 'affirmed' as Zanu candidate

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A special congress of the ruling Zanu Party in Zimbabwe has "affirmed" that President Robert Mugabe is its only candidate in next year's election.

Brown says EU should focus globally

LONDON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for a moratorium on EU integration after leaders struggled to secure the Treaty of Lisbon this week.

Banks' anti-recession plan draws praise

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Plans by the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and three other central banks to fend off global recession drew praise Thursday in a London report.

British PM announces shift in Afghanistan

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown shifted policy on Afghanistan by backing plans to reintegrate some Taliban, curb poppy cultivation and support NATO forces.

New treaty reshapes European Union

LISBON, Portugal, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Most EU leaders converged Thursday on Lisbon, Portugal, to sign a new treaty designed to streamline decision making

Brown updates British MPs on Afghanistan

LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivered a speech to Parliament Wednesday addressing plans for the ongoing role of British troops in Afghanistan.

Foreign workers may get most British jobs

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- More than 80 percent of new British jobs created over the past decade have gone to foreign-born workers, an analysis of government figures reveals.

Brown makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown ended up close to a war zone Monday when he paid a surprise visit to his country's troops in Afghanistan.

Brown makes surprise trip to Iraq

LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Gordon Brown made a surprise trip to Iraq Sunday, marking his second visit since becoming Britain's prime minister.

EU-African leaders agree to trade pact

LISBON, Portugal, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Leaders of African nations and the European Union set aside their differences on human rights to agree to a pact on trade and democracy.

Rallies for climate change held worldwide

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Environmental activists worldwide Sunday called for tough greenhouse gas emission laws as United Nations climate talks continued in Bali.

Summit agenda includes human rights

LISBON, Portugal, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The crisis in Zimbabwe and Sudan's Darfur region are on the agenda at a summit in Portugal between African leaders and the European Union.
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Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown waves farewell to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy after a joint press conference at No.10 Downing St in London, Friday March 12 2010. UPI/Hugo Philpott

James Gordon Brown (born 20 February 1951) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1983, currently for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. He served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 until 2010. Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007, after the resignation of Tony Blair and three days after becoming leader of the governing Labour Party. Immediately before this, he had served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government from 1997 to 2007. His tenure ended in May 2010, when he resigned as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Brown was one of only three people to serve in the Cabinet continuously from Labour's victory in 1997 until its defeat in 2010, the others being Jack Straw and Alistair Darling.

Brown has a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh and spent his early career working as a lecturer at a further education college and a television journalist. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1983; first for Dunfermline East and since 2005 for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. As Prime Minister, he also held the offices of First Lord of the Treasury and the Minister for the Civil Service.

Brown's time as Chancellor was marked by major reform of Britain's monetary and fiscal policy architecture, transferring interest rate setting powers to the Bank of England, by a wide extension of the powers of the Treasury to cover much domestic policy and by transferring responsibility for banking supervision to the Financial Services Authority. Controversial moves included the abolition of advance corporation tax (ACT) relief in his first budget, and the removal in his final budget of the 10% "starting rate" of personal income tax which he had introduced in 1999.

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