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Cameron Asks Danish PM to Auction Controversial Selfie for Charity.

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By Melanie Batley

British Prime Minister Dave Cameron has privately asked the Danish prime minister to auction off the selfie she took of them with President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela‘s memorial service, suggesting it could raise significant amounts of money for charity.

Cameron had a conversation with Helle Thorning-Schmidt last week, British newspapersThe Daily Mail and The Sunday Times are reporting, after the world leaders faced a barrage of criticism for taking the smiling photo as thousands of mourners gathered to pay tribute to the 95-year-old former South African leader.

Thorning-Schmidt has so-far refused to release the picture, which was taken shortly after Obama’s tribute to Mandela. She reportedly told a Danish newspaper that it was not “particularly good,” and sources say she wanted to delete it, according to the Mail.

Cameron was grilled about the picture in Parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions last week, explaining he obliged to be photographed because he “was being polite.”

Cameron’s office has refused to confirm if the conversation took place, or if it did, what was discussed, according to the Mail.

Thorning-Schmidt previously defended the shot, saying the trio was “just having a bit of fun.” The White House, meanwhile, has not commented on the photo.

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Britain’s Cameron: ‘A Great Light Has Gone Out’.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said “a great light had gone out” following Nelson Mandela‘s death, revealing that flags would be flown at half-mast at his Downing Street Office.

“A great light has gone out in the world,” Cameron wrote on his official Twitter account.

“Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I’ve asked for the flag at No.10 to be flown at half mast.”


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Britain’s Cameron Pushes EU-China Trade Deal in Beijing.

BEIJING — British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in China Monday saying he wanted to lay the ground for a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union (EU), despite growing unease about his own country’s membership of the bloc.On a three-day visit with approximately 100 business people — the largest British mission of its kind ever — Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role in China’s expansion as it talks about opening up its markets.

“China’s transformation is one of the defining facts of our lifetime. . . . I see China’s rise as an opportunity, not just for the people of this country but for Britain and the world,” Cameron told reporters after meeting Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People. “Some in Europe and elsewhere see the world changing and want to shut China off behind a bamboo curtain of trade barriers. Britain wants to tear those trade barriers down.”

Cameron’s push for an EU-China trade deal will irritate the European Commission, which is understood to oppose such a move on the grounds that it risks flooding the 28-nation bloc with cheap Chinese imports and comes as the bloc is embroiled in a dispute with Beijing over solar panel exports.

It is also likely to be seized upon by rivals as he has put a question mark over Britain’s EU membership by promising a referendum on leaving the bloc if re-elected in 2015.

“I’ve said to Premier Li that I will champion an EU-China trade deal with as much determination as I’m championing the EU-U.S. trade deal,” Cameron said.

Li said both sides agreed to fight protectionism and push for trade and investment liberalization. China, he said, welcomed Britain’s open attitude to Chinese investment, especially in the nuclear power sector.

China, he added, wanted its nationals to go to Britain for economic activity and tourism. “This will be good for China and bring even more employment opportunities for Britain.”

Li added that there had been a “breakthrough” between companies on both sides on high speed rail, but gave no details.

Cameron’s office said he was the first European leader to champion such a deal and had discussed the issue with other EU member states. Such a deal would address services liberalization and better intellectual property rights protection.

Cameron told reporters on the plane to Beijing he knew the idea was not popular in all EU member states, but said it could be a chance to tackle Beijing on intellectual property rights and trading standards.

“It’ll be the normal thing in the EU which will be a discussion where there will be some skeptics. There will be some enthusiasts and I think the enthusiasts have the wind in our sails.”


British finance minister George Osborne opened the door to further Chinese investment during a visit to Beijing last month. He announced less stringent rules for Chinese banks operating in London, in a push to make the British capital the main offshore hub for trading in China’s currency and bonds.

He also paved the way for Chinese investors to take majority stakes in future British nuclear plants.

Campaigners have often accused Cameron of putting trade before human rights. On this trip, activists want him to raise what they describe as rights abuses in Tibet.

A senior source in his office said before the trip that Britain had turned the page on a rift with China over Tibet, adding that Cameron had no plans to meet the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader-in-exile, again after their meeting last year angered Beijing.

Cameroon was non-committal on the plane about raising Tibet, but said nothing was “off limits” in relations with China.

As permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Cameron said the two countries would also discuss Iran and North Korea.

Cameron visited a training academy for Jaguar Land Rover sales staff on Monday to mark its opening as the carmaker unveiled a deal worth 4.5 billion pounds ($7.38 billion) to provide 100,000 cars to the National Sales Company in China.

England’s Premier League also announced an agreement with the Chinese Super League to develop football in China.

Xavier Rolet, the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, is traveling with Cameron.

The delegation also includes Andrew Witty, the chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline. The company was drawn into a bribery case this year which resulted in police detaining four Chinese GSK executives.

Peter Humphrey, a Briton running a risk advisory group, was also detained and is still being held.

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Kirk Cameron’s ‘Unstoppable’ Brings in $2 Million on Opening Night.


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Audiences have once again shown their loyalty and support for Kirk Cameron as the results are in from his latest movie, ‘Unstoppable.’ (Facebook)

Audiences have once again shown their loyalty and support for Kirk Cameron as the results are in fromUnstoppable, which proves that audiences will head to the theater for quality projects, even on a weeknight.

The estimated $2 million earned at the box office (unaudited numbers via Rentrak) would rank the film first or second for Tuesday night, rivaling the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle Prisoners, which came in at $2.1 million.

On Tuesday, actor and producer Kirk Cameron debuted Unstoppable: A Live Event With Kirk Cameron in more than 700 select movie theaters across the country through NCM Fathom Events, in partnership with Provident Films.

More than 150,000 tickets were sold for Unstoppable, in which Cameron was linked in live to theaters from the Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Select locations added additional showings the same evening due to overwhelming demand.

Due to the demand and a large number of sold-out shows, an encore presentation is now scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. local time in more than 660 movie theaters. Select theaters are already sold out or near sold out in many markets, including Springfield, Mo.; Tulsa, Okla.; San Antonio, Texas; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Bakersfield, Calif., among others. Ticket and theater information are available at

Interest from audiences and media outlets grew stronger after it was discovered that both Facebook and YouTube initially blocked the trailer for Unstoppable, labeling it “unsafe” and “abusive.” Cameron’s supporters immediately rallied online support, and the incidents were resolved.

Cameron calls Unstoppable his “most personal” project to date, as he invites audiences to join him on a powerful, visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”

Cameron is best known for his memorable role as Growing PainsMike Seaver, a cultural icon of the ′80s, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses and wisecracking comebacks. More recently, he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary Monumental. Cameron and his wife, Chelsea, live in California with their six children.



Kirk Cameron Film Explores Age-Old Question of Good and Evil.


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Kirk Cameron releases a new documentary next week called ‘Unstoppable.’ (Facebook)

Actor Kirk Cameron releases a new documentary next week called Unstoppable.

In it, he explores an age-old question: Why does God allow suffering and evil in the world?  Cameron said that is the question that often wrecks people’s faith.

The film, he says, is based on a true story. Cameron recently lost a teenage friend to cancer—a tragedy that sent him searching for answers.

“That event really hit me hard,” he told CBN News. “It really pulled all of the air out of my lungs because this was a good boy, a boy from a great family who loved God and went to church.

“And when he died,” Cameron continued, “and God did not heal him in spite of all the prayers, in spite of all the people crying out to God, it really caused me to ask the big question: Where is God in the midst of my tragedy?”

Cameron said Unstoppable takes him on the most personal journey of his life where he has to examine his own faith, and he does it by going all the way back to the origins of good and evil.

“What I discovered is that it’s much better to understand your tragedy and mine in the context of a much larger story,” he said. “And so what I do is I try to take you up to heaven’s balcony and give you a wide-angle-lens view of history, and we start in the Garden of Eden.”

In the film, Cameron said he overcomes his own doubts and that he comes out on the other side of this meat grinder even stronger in his faith.

“Regardless of our background—whether you’re Jewish or Christian, Muslim or atheist or agnostic— we all ask this question,” he told CBN News.

“It’s easier to be excited about your beliefs, whatever they are, when things are going well in your life, when you’re happy and healthy,” he added. “But when the roof comes down and you get hit by something you didn’t see coming, all of a sudden the questions begin. I think you will come out on the other end of this movie not having your faith shredded like has happened to many, but you will have it strengthened like it did for me.”

Back in July, Unstoppable created a social media firestorm when Facebook and YouTube blocked access to the movie trailer. That’s when over half a million of the actor’s fans rallied around him.

Facebook later said it was just a mistake and both sites ended up removing the block.

Unstoppable opens in theaters Tuesday. That night, Cameron will broadcast a special event from Liberty University. He said he wants to settle once-and-for all that good is stronger than evil and that faith is stronger than doubt.

UK’s Cameron Pays Political Price After Failed Syria Vote.

British Prime Minister David Cameron‘s failure to win parliamentary backing for military action against Syria has hurt him politically, polls showed on Monday, with most Britons thinking him “reckless” and support for his party falling.

A Comres/ITV poll showed that 59 percent of those asked thought he had been reckless to organise last Thursday’s vote on military action without knowing whether he had lawmakers’ backing.

Another poll showed the opposition Labour party had increased its lead over Cameron’s ruling Conservatives to 10 from four percentage points after the parliamentary defeat, setting back his hopes of being re-elected in 2015.

“The 10-point lead is larger than we have seen of late, suggesting at least some impact from the Syria vote,” YouGov, the second poll’s organiser, said on Monday.

Britain’s lower house of parliament voted against Cameron’s Syrian plans by 285 to 272 votes on Thursday, inflicting a shock defeat on him even though he had already made big concessions to try to win approval.

It had long been clear that most Britons opposed their country being involved in military action against Syria and did not agree with Cameron, but Monday’s polls suggest they think he badly mismanaged the overall situation too.

Cameron’s office has ruled out a re-run of the Syria vote despite pressure from some senior lawmakers to do so, saying that “parliament has spoken” with ministers keen to blame Labour for sabotaging the vote, an accusation Labour dismisses.

Commentators say both parties want to avoid a repeat. In Cameron’s case, losing another vote on Syria could trigger a leadership challenge against him, something that a significant minority in his fractious party would welcome.

Many politicians and commentators have also expressed fears that Cameron’s defeat could damage Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the United States given that President Barack Obama had asked for and not got British military support.

However, another poll showed most Britons did not share that fear. The survey, by the BBC, showed that 72 percent of those asked did not think UK-U.S. ties would be harmed, and two thirds of respondents would not care if they were.

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UK’s Prime Minister Launches ‘Global Race’ to Mainstream Same-Sex Marriage.

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United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to export same-sex marriage all over the world. (Facebook)

The United Kingdom’s prime minister has held a party for gay activists in Downing Street and said he wants to export same-sex marriage all over the world.

But David Cameron has been criticized for further alienating traditionalists and driving them into the arms of other parties like UKIP.

The Number 10 drinks reception was organized to celebrate the passage of the same-sex marriage bill.

Cameron gave a speech boasting about the speed with which he rushed the legislation through Parliament.

And he said he would send the team of civil servants who worked on the bill across the globe to show how it is done.

Cameron also said passing the same-sex marriage bill was just the start, and that he wanted to seegay rights issues pressed in schools.

But Richard Littlejohn, writing in the Daily Mail Friday, criticized the prime minister for pandering to the gay lobby.

Littlejohn said: “What does he hope to achieve by embarking on a mission to proselytize same-sex marriage around the world, other than to bask in the admiration of the gay lobby?

“It will only serve to reopen old wounds and alienate still further many of his own supporters, already heading to UKIP in droves.”

At the Downing Street party the prime minister said: “I’ve told the bill team I’m now going to reassign them because, of course, all over the world people would have been watching this piece of legislation.

“We’ve set something, I think, of an example of how to pass good legislation in good time. Many other countries are going to want to copy this.”

“So I’m going to export the bill team. I think they can be part of this global race and take it around the world,” he added.



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