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13/12/2007 - 23:57

UK today, Editoweb 13 dec 2007


Referendum calls as PM signs treaty - Diana inquest shown Prince Philip letters - Former Canada PM says sorry for accepting cash - Oil prices slump as central bank action loses luster - FTSE falls 3 pct on credit woes.



Referendum calls as PM signs treaty
for a referendum on the European Union Reform Treaty have been reignited after Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed Britain up to the document in the Portuguese capital.
Mr Brown came under a hail of criticism after missing the lavish official signing ceremony in Lisbon, attended by prime ministers and presidents from all 26 other EU states.

Diana inquest shown Prince Philip letters
Princess Diana's inquest was shown affectionate letters between her and Prince Philip Thursday in which she addressed him as "dearest Pa" and he apologised for his lack of marriage guidance skills.
In one letter about her doomed marriage to his son Prince Charles, Philip wrote: "If invited, I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability, but I am quite ready to concede that I have no talents as a marriage counsellor!!!"

Former Canada PM says sorry for accepting cash
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apologized publicly on Thursday for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from a German arms dealer, but he rejected suggestions he had taken kickbacks.
Mulroney, a mentor to current Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, had for years declined to answer why exactly he took the money from Karlheinz Schreiber after leaving office in 1993. Schreiber says he handed over a total of C$300,000 (144,147 pounds). Mulroney said he received C$225,000.

Oil prices slump as central bank action loses luster
Oil prices tumbled on Thursday as traders turned skeptical about the success of a coordinated central bank action this week aimed at easing tight credit to avert a sharp economic slowdown.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for January delivery, slumped 2.14 dollars to close at 92.25 dollars per barrel.

FTSE falls 3 pct on credit woes
he leading shares shed 3 percent on Thursday to touch a one-week low, with credit fears still playing on investors minds despite a plan by central banks to provide greater liquidity.
The FTSE 100 ended down 195.6 points at 6,364.2 -- its biggest one-day percentage loss since Aug 16.

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