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Retirement planning 'is lacking'

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 10:08
related countries: China China, Malaysia Malaysia

Some 39% of UK people have a financial plan to save for their retirement - far fewer than people in Malaysia and China, a report suggests.
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Live - England v Sri Lanka

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 9:22
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: Cardiff

England fight back but Sri Lanka are still in the ascendancy, closing on 133-2 on a rain-affected opening day of the first Test in Cardiff.
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Live - French Open

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 8:50
related countries: France France

Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka plays at the French Open, Britain's Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha are knocked out, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray ease through following a shock defeat for Kim Clijsters.
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US X Factor 'drops Cheryl Cole'

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 8:49
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

British pop star Cheryl Cole is dropped from the judging panel of the US version of The X Factor, according to a report in America.
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Child sex attacks 'hit 64 a day'

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:17

At least 64 children are sexually abused every day in England and Wales, figures obtained by the NSPCC suggest.
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Alarm over elderly patient care

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 0:24

Serious concerns are raised by the NHS care regulator after some hospitals failed to meet legal standards for looking after elderly patients.
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Obamas host star-studded dinner

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 22:06
related countries: United States United States
related places: Queen

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle mark the end of his state visit to Britain by hosting a dinner in honour of the Queen.
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Wales 1-3 Scotland

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 20:43
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Dublin

Second half goals from James Morrison, Kenny Miller and Christophe Berra cancel Rob Earnshaw's opener as Scotland defeat Wales in Dublin.
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LSE will not charge maximum fees

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 19:10

The London School of Economics becomes the first elite university in the country to set its tuition fee charges at less than £9,000.
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Obama: West still leads the world

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 19:09

Barack Obama says the influence of the US and UK will remain 'indispensable' despite the rise of new global powers, in a speech to the UK Parliament.
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Live - Wales v Scotland

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 18:14
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Dublin

Wales and Scotland meet at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in the Carling Nations Cup.
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VIDEO: Obama's speech in full

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 17:49
related countries: United States United States
related places: Westminster

The UK and US are at a "pivotal moment" in their relationship and "profound challenges" lie ahead, US President Barack Obama has told MPs and peers in Westminster.
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VIDEO: Obama "focused" on defeating al-Qaeda

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 15:44
related places: London

America is "focused on defeating al-Qaeda and its extremist allies', President Obama has told politicians gathered at Westminster Hall in London.
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Flights resume after ash delays

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 13:38
related countries: Iceland Iceland

UK flights have returned to near-normal after hundreds were cancelled on Tuesday because of drifting ash from the Icelandic volcanic eruption.
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Strauss demands focused England

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 12:51
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

England captain Andrew Strauss wants his side to step up their quest to become the world's number one Test side when they begin the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
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Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 12:20

UK firms will be given an extra year to comply with EU regulations on cookies as government works out a solution.
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Sectarian proposals go to cabinet

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 10:43

Plans for a tough crackdown on sectarianism are being put before the first meeting of the new Scottish cabinet later.
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Foreigners held over Somalia cash

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 10:41
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia, United States United States
related places: Mogadishu, Six

Six foreigners are arrested as they fly into Mogadishu with $3.6m (£2.2m) in cash, Somali police say, amid reports the money may have been a ransom payment for pirates.
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Economic growth confirmed at 0.5%

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 8:44

The UK economy grew by 0.5% during the first three months of this year, latest official figures have confirmed.
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Winter flu death toll topped 600

Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 6:23

Last winter's flu outbreak claimed more than 600 lives in the UK, with the majority of deaths among the under-65s, official figures show.
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'No decision' on UK helicopters

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 23:48
related countries: France France, Libya Libya

No decision has been made on whether to deploy UK Apache helicopters to Libya, the government says, contradicting claims by a French minister.
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Obama hails 'special' ties to UK

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 22:17
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama hails his country's "special relationship" with the UK in a speech delivered at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
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Ash flight delays hit thousands

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 22:05
related countries: Iceland Iceland

Thousands of passengers in Scotland and parts of northern England struggle with flight cancellations as ash from an Icelandic volcanic eruption blows in.
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Queen greets Obama on state visit

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 19:35
related countries: United States United States
related places: London

Barack Obama has met the Queen and senior royals at the start of a three-day state visit as he hails the "essential relationship" between the US and UK.
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Ashcroft given defence review job

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 14:43
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus

Tory peer Lord Ashcroft is to advise on a government review of the UK's military bases in Cyprus - despite objections from deputy PM Nick Clegg.
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Pirates film plunders box office

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 12:28

The fourth instalment in The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise becomes the biggest UK box office of the year, taking £11.6m over its first weekend.
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Blanchett leads Barbican line-up

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 11:25

Oscar winner Cate Blanchett leads the line-up for the Barbican's 30th anniversary celebrations next year, which also includes the UK's biggest Bauhaus exhibition for 40 years.
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Murray advances into second round

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 11:02
related countries: France France

Britain's Andy Murray begins his French Open campaign with a 6-4 6-1 6-3 win over home qualifier Eric Prodon.
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UK borrowing reaches April record

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 10:11

Britain sees its worst April public sector net borrowing on record last month as tax receipts fell.
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Edwardian films added to UN list

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 9:48

A collection of film documentaries dating back more than 100 years that was found in the basement of a disused shop in 2002 is added to a UN heritage list.
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Nato steps up Libya air strikes

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 9:04
related countries: France France, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Nato launches some of its biggest air strikes yet on Libya's capital Tripoli, with UK and French attack helicopters also set to join the campaign.
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Banks warned of Moody's downgrade

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 8:52

The credit health of 14 UK banks and building societies is under review because of the expected withdrawal of government support.
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VIDEO: Libya 'echoes' Iraq campaign

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 8:46
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Libya Libya
related places: Baghdad

The former head of the British army, General Lord Richard Dannatt, has told BBC HARDtalk that Nato's operations in Libya are reminiscent of the campaign in Baghdad in 2003.
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VIDEO: Nato strikes rock Libyan capital

Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 3:24
related countries: France France, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Nato launches some of its biggest air strikes yet on Libya's capital Tripoli, with UK and French attack helicopters also set to join the campaign.
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Allies in Libya 'helicopter' move

Monday, May 23rd 2011, 23:41
related countries: France France, Libya Libya

France says it is being joined by Britain in deploying attack helicopters to take part in Nato strikes in Libya to increase pressure on Col Gaddafi.
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Flights cancelled over ash cloud

Monday, May 23rd 2011, 23:01
related countries: Iceland Iceland

Flights in Scotland are cancelled and the US president flies to London a day early as a volcanic ash cloud heads towards the UK.
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Obama affirms US-Irish relations

Monday, May 23rd 2011, 21:35
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Poland Poland, United States United States

President Barack Obama reaffirms US-Irish ties during an open-air speech cheered by thousands in Dublin at the start of a week-long tour of Europe.
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Wilshere and Carroll out of U21s

Monday, May 23rd 2011, 16:37

Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll are left out of England's Under-21 squad for the European Championship finals in Denmark this summer.
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Alex Salmond hits out at oil tax

Monday, May 23rd 2011, 8:11

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond will call for George Osborne to reconsider his "smash and grab" raid on North Sea oil revenues.
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Kirk to consider gay ordinations

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 23:39

The Church of Scotland is due to debate the ordination of gay ministers, one of the most controversial issues it has faced.
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VIDEO: Iceland volcano ash 'to reach UK'

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 21:55
related countries: Iceland Iceland

A huge volcanic eruption in Iceland which has spewed ash up to 19km (12 miles) into the sky, and closed the airspace, could reach the UK later this week.
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Icelandic ash 'may drift over UK'

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 20:46
related countries: Iceland Iceland
related places: Ash

Ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland could begin to drift across the UK towards the end of the week, the Met Office says.
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Sherlock takes Bafta TV honours

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 20:36
related places: London

Sherlock wins a pair of trophies including best drama series at the Bafta TV Awards in London, while The Only Way Is Essex scoops the audience award.
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Adele wards off Bush's challenge

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 17:57

Adele remains at number one in the UK album chart for a further week despite a close battle with veteran musician Kate Bush.
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Paper names Twitter claims player

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 16:29

A Scottish newspaper names a footballer accused of being linked to a privacy injunction by users of social networking website Twitter.
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Forna wins Commonwealth book gong

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 14:51

British author Aminatta Forna's novel The Memory of Love is named best book at the Commonwealth Writers' Prize ceremony in Sydney.
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UK's Iraq military campaign ends

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 14:46
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The UK's military operation in Iraq will officially conclude at midnight, the Ministry of Defence confirms.
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Osborne backs Lagarde to head IMF

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 14:29
related places: Osborne

UK Chancellor George Osborne is to formally nominate Christine Lagarde for the post of managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
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Europe 'tough' on Africa migrants

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 10:55

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says Europe "can't just accept" a big influx of migrants fleeing the political unrest in north Africa.
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Queen 'symbolises England's best'

Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 8:40

Speaking before his state visit to the UK, President Obama says the Queen represents the "best of England" to the whole world.
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VIDEO: Britain backs Lagarde for IMF job

Saturday, May 21st 2011, 22:56

Britain has said it is formally backing Christine Lagarde for the job of new head of the International Monetary Fund.
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VIDEO: Danish sperm 'in huge demand'

Saturday, May 21st 2011, 20:28
related countries: Denmark Denmark

More British women than ever are going to Denmark to be inseminated, because there is a shortage of available sperm in the UK.
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Celtic beat Motherwell to win Cup

Saturday, May 21st 2011, 16:02
related places: Motherwell

Celtic claim their 35th Scottish Cup with comfortable victory against Motherwell at a rain-soaked Hampden.
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Live - Scottish Cup final

Saturday, May 21st 2011, 13:01
related places: Motherwell

Motherwell take on Celtic at Hampden with the Scottish Cup the prize for the winner.
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VIDEO: How volunteers save governments millions

Friday, May 20th 2011, 22:35
related countries: United States United States

As the UK prime minister tries to encourage people to become part of what he calls the Big Society, researchers in the United States have attempted to work out the cash value of voluntary work in the community.
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Fear for mass stranding of whales

Friday, May 20th 2011, 21:28

Marine animal experts are preparing for a potential mass stranding by more than 60 pilot whales in South Uist in the Western Isles.
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UK soldiers 'unlawfully killed'

Friday, May 20th 2011, 19:57
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A coroner returns verdicts of unlawful killing but says the state did not fail in its duty to five British soldiers who were shot and killed by a rogue Afghan policeman in 2009.
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France and UK in Strasbourg row

Friday, May 20th 2011, 15:43
related countries: France France
related places: Strasbourg

British MEPs step up their campaign against the European Parliament's trips to Strasbourg as France takes them to court.
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Billionaire to back Putin group

Friday, May 20th 2011, 15:22
related countries: Russia Russia

Alexander Lebedev, the Russian banking tycoon with UK media interests, rallies to a coalition launched by Vladimir Putin.
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Rwandans 'threatened by hitman'

Friday, May 20th 2011, 15:10
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda
related places: London

Two Rwandan exiles in London were warned last week by UK police that they faced the threat of assassination by a Rwandan government hitman.
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Tata Steel to cut 1,500 UK jobs

Friday, May 20th 2011, 12:09
related countries: India India

Indian steel giant Tata Steel is set to cut 1,500 jobs at a number of sites in the North of England, the BBC learns.
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Libyan troops 'shot photographer'

Friday, May 20th 2011, 11:59
related countries: Libya Libya, South Africa South Africa

UK-based South African photographer Anton Hammerl was shot dead in Libya by pro-Gaddafi forces, his family say.
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Singer Kathy Kirby dies aged 72

Friday, May 20th 2011, 10:16

Singer Kathy Kirby, who represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and had hits including Secret Love, dies at the age of 72.
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Million bid for 100m at Olympics

Friday, May 20th 2011, 8:39

London 2012 organisers receive more than one million requests for tickets for the Olympic men's 100 metres final.
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Lloyd Webber pledges £32m to arts

Friday, May 20th 2011, 8:09

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is to donate £32m to UK art and culture organisations, it is announced.
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UK forces 'face vehicle shortage'

Friday, May 20th 2011, 3:22

British forces will face "significant shortages" of armoured vehicles for 14 years unless investment is found, a public spending watchdog warns.
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British Museum up for Arts prize

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 19:04
related places: London

The British Museum in London is one of four cultural establishments shortlisted for this year's £100,000 Art Fund Prize.
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Glencore's shares flat on debut

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 17:41
related places: London

Shares in the commodities trading giant Glencore ended where they started on the first day of conditional trading in London.
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Goodwin anonymity ruling lifted

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 17:41

An order granting anonymity to ex-Royal Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin has been lifted at the High Court.
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Plan B wins hat-trick at Novellos

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 17:02

Rapper-turned-singer Plan B wins three prizes at the Ivor Novellos, including best songwriter - presented by Sir Elton John - and best album.
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Royal wedding boosts retail sales

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 14:38

UK retail sales rose by more than expected in April, boosted by the extra public holiday for the royal wedding.
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Coastguard closures 'scaled back'

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 13:47

The government is expected to drop some planned closures of coastguard stations around the UK, the BBC understands.
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Rail tickets 'should be fairer'

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 11:29

A wide-ranging review of Britain's railways says tickets need to be "more equitable", with some fares becoming cheaper while others are made more expensive.
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VIDEO: Rwanda's young football hopefuls

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 21:15
related countries: Mexico Mexico, Rwanda Rwanda
related places: London

The Rwandan football team has arrived in London to train ahead of the Under 17 World Cup in Mexico next month.
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Kluft to retire after London 2012

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 19:36

Former heptathlon Olympic champion Carolina Kluft says she will quit athletics after competing at the London Olympics next year.
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Pair face Stephen Lawrence trial

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 18:21
related places: London

Two men are to stand trial over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in London in 1993.
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Queen visits Croke Park stadium

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 17:56
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Dublin

The Queen has visited sports stadium Croke Park in Dublin during day two of a historic visit to the Republic of Ireland.
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Trident renewal gets green light

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 14:56

The defence secretary gives the go-ahead for initial work to begin on the replacement of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent.
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2012 Olympic torch route revealed

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 11:25

The first 74 locations on the London 2012 Olympic torch relay route, which will start at Land's End, are revealed.
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UK jobless total falls to 2.46m

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 11:01
related places: March

UK unemployment fell by 36,000 in the three months to the end of March to 2.46 million, official figures show.
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No change in Bank vote on rates

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 9:49

Three members of the Bank of England's rate-setting body voted again for an interest rate rise earlier this month, minutes show.
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Clegg fights NHS competition body

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 9:12

Nick Clegg will oppose the idea of a regulator to promote competition in the NHS in England, in direct opposition to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
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Prince set for Kent festival date

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 8:09
related places: Kent

Pop star Prince is to perform his only UK show this year at the Hop Farm music festival in Kent, organisers announce.
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Mothercare to close 110 UK stores

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 7:14

Mothercare is to close more than a quarter of its UK stores in the next two years as part of plans to cut its High Street presence.
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NHS e-records 'achieving little'

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 0:46

Patients are getting "precious little" from the £7bn NHS electronic care records system in England, a watchdog says.
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2012 torch stops to be unveiled

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 23:43

The organisers of the London Olympic Games are to announce some of the places the torch relay will visit next year.
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Pomp and substance

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 19:12

Serious business looms behind the pageantry of Obama's UK visit
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Queen in tribute to Irish fallen

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 18:34
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The Queen lays a wreath in Dublin for those who died fighting for Irish freedom from Britain, during her historic first visit to the Republic of Ireland.
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VIDEO: Knox on trial again for slander

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 14:46
related countries: Italy Italy, United States United States

Amanda Knox, the US student convicted of murdering her British housemate in Italy, faces a fresh trial, charged with slandering police officers.
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Ring-fencing row

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 14:22

Where does the UK's overseas aid money go?
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Bin Laden killing 'a precedent'

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 12:38

Osama Bin Laden's death may come to be seen as a precedent for "targeted killings" by states in the future, a report written for UK MPs suggests.
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West Ham player 'racially abused'

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 12:03
related places: London, West Ham

West Ham says one of its players was racially abused during an end-of-season gala dinner where trouble broke out.
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UK inflation rate jumps to 4.5%

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 11:05
related places: March

The UK Consumer Prices Index annual rate of inflation rose to 4.5% in April, up from 4% in March, due to rising transport costs.
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Thor continues box office reign

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 10:02
related countries: United States United States
related places: Atlantic, Thor

Thor is still the top movie in both the US and the UK after a weekend that saw the superhero film hold off competition on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Queen makes historic Ireland trip

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 9:51
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The Queen is due to begin the first visit to the Republic of Ireland by a British monarch, amid a huge security operation for the four-day trip.
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Sehwag eyes England tour comeback

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 9:47
related countries: India India

India opener Virender Sehwag expects to recover from the recurrence of a right-shoulder injury in time for this summer's tour of England.
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Players held over drug possession

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 9:37
related places: Edinburgh

Scotland footballer Garry O'Connor and two Hearts players are held on suspicion of possessing cocaine in Edinburgh.
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US student on Italy trial over police slander

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 9:11
related countries: Italy Italy, United States United States

American student Amanda Knox - convicted of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher in Italy - faces trial again, charged with slandering police investigators.
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Fox challenges foreign aid pledge

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 7:40

Defence Secretary Liam Fox challenges a plan to enshrine in law the UK's promise to spend 0.7% of its gross national income on overseas aid.
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Plant clinics boost food security

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 3:32
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

A "plant clinic" scheme to improve food security in developing nations receives a £6.8m boost from the UK and Swiss governments.
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