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Joss Stone death plotters win appeal

Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 10:13

Two men convicted of plotting to kill UK singer Joss Stone win appeals that will see them serve shorter jail terms.
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AstraZeneca rejects new Pfizer bid

Monday, May 19th 2014, 12:09
related countries: United States United States

UK drugs company AstraZeneca rejects the improved "final" £69bn takeover offer from US firm Pfizer.
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Brown among 21 added by England

Monday, May 19th 2014, 12:03

Full-back Mike Brown is one of 21 players added to England's training squad despite straining a hamstring on Saturday.
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Families want yacht search to resume

Monday, May 19th 2014, 11:01
related countries: Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean, United States United States

The families of four British sailors missing since their yacht capsized in the Atlantic Ocean appeal to the US Coastguard to resume their search.
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World Cup hero Wilkinson to retire

Monday, May 19th 2014, 10:16

World Cup-winning England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson announces he will retire from rugby at the end of this season.
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VAT hike claim over 'Yes' vote

Monday, May 19th 2014, 7:35

Scottish independence could mean Scots paying more VAT on goods such as children's clothing, according to the Scottish Conservatives.
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New Pfizer offer for AstraZeneca

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 23:28
related countries: United States United States

US drugs giant Pfizer makes an improved £69bn offer, worth £55 per share, for British firm AstraZeneca.
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Atlantic search for UK yacht ends

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 20:51
related countries: Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

An air and sea search is called off for four British yachtsmen missing in the Atlantic after their boat began taking in water.
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Clegg: We could pare back Help to Buy

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 18:59

The government's Help to Buy scheme could be "pared back" if the Bank of England believes the housing market is overheating, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says.
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Michael Jackson tops UK album chart

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 18:04

The late pop legend Michael Jackson makes it to number one in the album charts, nearly five years since his death, with Xscape.
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London Wasps 30-29 Stade Francais

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 18:02

London Wasps will take a one-point lead into the second leg of their European play-off after defeating Stade Francais.
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Bank chief warns over housing market

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 11:02

The governor of the Bank of England gives his strongest warning yet about the dangers to Britain's economy posed by the booming housing market.
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Wiggins retains Tour of California lead

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 6:18

Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins stays in the leader's yellow jersey ahead of the final stage of the Tour of California.
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VIDEO: Sandhurst training for Afghan recruits

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 3:21
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Sandhurst

The first group of officer cadets at a new British-run academy in Afghanistan are now half way through their training, modelled on Sandhurst in the UK.
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Migrants must learn English - Javid

Sunday, May 18th 2014, 2:20

Migrants to the UK must learn English and "respect our way of life", Britain's first Asian secretary of state Sajid Javid says.
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Panama's role in Scotland's downfall

Saturday, May 17th 2014, 23:03
related countries: Panama Panama
related places: How

How a settlement in Panama ruined Scotland
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St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee United

Saturday, May 17th 2014, 15:54

St Johnstone win the Scottish Cup final as goals from Steven Anderson and Steven MacLean seal victory over Dundee United.
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Academics warn over child protection

Saturday, May 17th 2014, 10:12

A group of academics say they have serious concerns about proposals to allow private contractors to take over some child protection services in England.
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Wiggins closes in on California win

Saturday, May 17th 2014, 8:49

Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins moves closer to a first win since September as he extends his Tour of California lead.
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UK told to hand over jailed Afghans

Friday, May 16th 2014, 23:49
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kandahar

The Afghan government orders the UK to hand over detainees held in military jails in Helmand and Kandahar.
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Satire of British food goes viral

Friday, May 16th 2014, 21:17
related countries: China China

Satire of British food amuses Chinese netizens
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Travel firms halt Kenya coast tours

Friday, May 16th 2014, 17:12
related countries: Kenya Kenya

British tourists are being evacuated from parts of Kenya by tour operators Thomson and First Choice, following a terrorism warning from the Foreign Office.
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Scudamore emails 'insult all women'

Friday, May 16th 2014, 16:54

England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis says emails sent by Richard Scudamore are an "insult to all women".
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Rose confident for US Open defence

Friday, May 16th 2014, 10:31
related countries: United States United States
related places: Pinehurst

British golfer Justin Rose says he is pleased with his form as he prepares to defend his US Open title at Pinehurst.
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MPs demand Police Federation reform

Friday, May 16th 2014, 8:14

A culture of bullying is endemic at the top of the organisation representing rank-and-file police officers in England and Wales, MPs say.
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Star Wars: 'Day one' shooting begins

Friday, May 16th 2014, 7:35
related places: London

The latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise has begun shooting, production company Bad Robot announces on Twitter.
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Wiggins retains California lead

Friday, May 16th 2014, 6:11

Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins maintains his lead of 28 seconds in the Tour of California with three stages remaining.
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UK fossil fuels 'gone in five years'

Friday, May 16th 2014, 4:01

The UK's proven reserves of oil, coal and gas will run out in little more than five years, a report looking at energy resources warns.
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Syria elections a 'parody', says UK

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 18:13
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States
related places: London

Presidential elections in Syria will be a "parody of democracy", UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
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Mike Leigh tipped for Turner prizes

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 16:53

Mike Leigh's new film about the celebrated British artist JMW Turner, is lauded by critics at Cannes, with some suggesting it may be in line for prizes at the festival and beyond.
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Ten uncapped players in England squad

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 15:08
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Exeter

Ten uncapped players, including four from Exeter, are named in England's training squad for the tour to New Zealand.
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Statins side effects claims probed

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 14:32

Two articles claiming cholesterol-reducing statins may be unsafe are being investigated by the British Medical Journal and could be retracted.
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Times journalists beaten in Syria

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 11:00
related countries: Syria Syria

A reporter and a photographer working for British newspaper The Times are badly beaten while being briefly held by a rebel gang in Syria.
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Clegg claims unity on school meals

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 8:24

Nick Clegg says the coalition is united behind plans to give all pupils under seven in England free school lunches.
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Museums' night-time festival to open

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 7:59
related places: More

More than 500 museums galleries and historic spaces across the UK are keeping their doors open late as part of this year's Museums At Night festival.
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Europe's big TV debate

Thursday, May 15th 2014, 2:18

EU leadership battle leaves UK role uncertain
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VIDEO: Glimpse of Victorian life in London

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 23:04
related places: London

Whistler's portrait of Victorian life along the Thames
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End-of-life care 'deeply concerning'

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 23:00

The care given to people dying in hospital is "deeply concerning", according to doctors who have carried out a review of standards in England.
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VIDEO: Rise in Chinese visitors to UK

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 19:55
related countries: China China

New figures demonstrate the growing importance to the UK of tourism from China.
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Kenyan MPs' bid to evict UK farmers

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 19:02
related countries: Kenya Kenya

A group of MPs in Kenya tables a parliamentary motion calling for some British farmers to be ejected because of the forthcoming khat ban in the UK.
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Cipriani set for England recall

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 17:49
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Sale Sharks' Danny Cipriani will be named in England's preliminary squad on Thursday ahead of the tour of New Zealand.
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Bank in no rush to raise rates

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 15:25

The Bank of England says the economy "has started to head back towards normal", but that interest rates "may stay at historically low levels for some time".
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UK jobless rate at five-year low

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 14:45
related places: March

The UK's unemployment rate falls to a five-year low of 6.8% while the number of people in work rises to a record high, official figures show.
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Dip in Romania and Bulgaria workers

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 13:45
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria, Romania Romania

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has fallen since restrictions were lifted in January but is up compared with a year ago, figures show.
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Labour rejects Pfizer bid guarantees

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 11:44

Pfizer's assurances about its proposed takeover of AstraZeneca are "worthless", Ed Miliband claims as he clashes with David Cameron in Parliament.
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Dublin-Monaghan bomb victims to sue

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 10:41
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Monaghan

The victims and families of those who died in the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings are to sue the British government for damages.
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Glaxo China head named in probe

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 8:34
related countries: China China

Chinese authorities accuse a British GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) executive of ordering staff to bribe hospital officials to use its products.
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Chinese tourists: 'Make UK visas easier!'

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 5:59
related countries: China China

'Make visas easier', say Chinese tourists
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England 'some way off' Test team

Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 5:28
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

National selector James Whitaker says places in England's team for the first Test against Sri Lanka are still up for grabs.
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Court to probe UK Iraq abuse claims

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 18:33
related countries: Iraq Iraq

An initial investigation into claims that UK forces abused Iraqi detainees is to be opened by the International Criminal Court.
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Court battle over Bob Marley songs

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 18:06
related countries: Jamaica Jamaica
related places: London

The High Court in London begins hearing arguments in a copyright dispute over 13 songs by late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, including No Woman, No Cry.
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Carberry & Bresnan back for England

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 13:36
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Michael Carberry and Tim Bresnan return to the England squads for the Twenty20 and one-day series against Sri Lanka.
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Flintoff in talks over T20 comeback

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 12:58

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is in discussions with Lancashire over a comeback in this season's Twenty20 Blast.
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Heathrow and Gatwick unveil plans

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 8:44
related places: Gatwick, Heathrow

Heathrow and Gatwick airports both unveil revised expansion plans as they attempt to secure permission to build the UK's next runway.
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Will Poles influence UK elections?

Tuesday, May 13th 2014, 2:00

What impact will Poles who live in the UK have on election day?
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Tougher penalties for dog attacks

Monday, May 12th 2014, 23:14

Dog owners in England and Wales who allow their pets to attack people face longer prison sentences under new laws that have come into force.
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Labour ward 'not for regular births'

Monday, May 12th 2014, 23:08

Women having a straightforward pregnancy "should be encouraged to give birth in a midwife-led unit", official advice for England and Wales says.
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RBS US arm Citizens in share sale

Monday, May 12th 2014, 22:50
related countries: United States United States

The Royal Bank of Scotland announces plans for a public share sale of part of its US subsidiary, Citizens, later this year.
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Monday, May 12th 2014, 21:38
related countries: United States United States

US firm Pfizer says commitments to preserve UK science jobs - if it wins a $106bn (£63bn) takeover of AstraZeneca - are legally binding.
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Barkley in England World Cup squad

Monday, May 12th 2014, 14:24

Midfielder Ross Barkley is included in England's World Cup squad as Roy Hodgson selects a youthful 23-man party for Brazil.
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Ex-Barclays chiefs face questioning

Monday, May 12th 2014, 11:57

Bob Diamond is among several former Barclays executives due to be questioned under caution by the UK's Serious Fraud Office.
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Martin and Forsyth in Scotland squad

Monday, May 12th 2014, 10:46
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Derby County duo Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth receive their first Scotland call-ups for the friendly against Nigeria.
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UK mental health cost of Afghan war

Monday, May 12th 2014, 10:00
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

There has been a "significant increase" in the number of Afghanistan veterans seeking mental health treatment, charity Combat Stress says.
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Bosses see rate rise in early 2015

Monday, May 12th 2014, 6:33

UK interest rates will rise to 0.75% from 0.5% in the first three months of 2015 as growth picks up, according to a prediction from the CBI.
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Reliance and BP in India arbitration

Monday, May 12th 2014, 3:46
related countries: Canada Canada, India India

India's Reliance Industries, UK oil giant BP and Canada's Niko file an arbitration notice against the Indian government over gas prices.
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Blue plaque honour for Tony Hancock

Monday, May 12th 2014, 2:39
related places: London

Radio and TV comedy star Tony Hancock is commemorated with a blue plaque outside his London home on what would have been his 90th birthday.
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Inmarsat offers free airline tracking

Monday, May 12th 2014, 0:49
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

UK satellite operator Inmarsat is to offer a free, basic tracking service to all the world's passenger airliners, following the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
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Cole quits international football

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 22:52
related places: Chelsea

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole retires from international football after being left out of England's World Cup squad.
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PM backs missing Nigeria girls effort

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 15:30
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Prime Minister David Cameron joins the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign as he promises Britain will do what it can to help find the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
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Coalition row over school funding

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 15:22

A row breaks out in the coalition over school places funding in England, with allies of the deputy prime minister accusing the education secretary of "lunacy".
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Billionaire list 'tops 100' in UK

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 14:40

The Sunday Times Rich List shows the UK now has more billionaires than ever before - with a combined wealth of more than £301bn.
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Aberdeen 0-1 Motherwell

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 13:27
related places: Aberdeen, Motherwell

A dramatic late winner from Motherwell clinches second place in the Scottish Premiership under the noses of Aberdeen.
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Cameron 'bullish' about EU talks

Sunday, May 11th 2014, 10:40

Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "upbeat, bullish and optimistic" he will succeed in renegotiating the UK's relationship with the European Union.
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Queen's Baton back in British Isles

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 23:01
related countries: Jersey Jersey

The Commonwealth Games baton returns to the British Isles later when it arrives in Jersey for a two-day relay around the island.
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VIDEO: British troops leave Helmand outpost

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 21:23

British troops have pulled out of their last outpost in Helmand.
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UK troops leave last Helmand outpost

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 21:19
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

British forces pull out of their last forward base in Afghanistan
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'Hard-nosed' approach to Pfizer deal

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 14:29
related countries: United States United States

Chancellor George Osborne says he will take a "hard-nosed approach" to determine whether Pfizer's proposed £60bn takeover of UK firm AstraZeneca will deliver for UK jobs and science.
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Shard hotel rooms 'not so private'

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 14:17
related places: London

Guests at a luxury hotel in a central London landmark are being warned to close the blinds at night to avoid being seen from neighbouring rooms.
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Saturday, May 10th 2014, 10:00

Hospitals in England should be wary about having nurses care for more than eight patients each on wards during the day, draft NHS guidance suggests.
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RAF probe over 'dead Taliban' images

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 6:58

Photographs which appear to show at least one UK serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter are being treated extremely seriously, the RAF says.
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El Nino to undo England's World Cup?

Friday, May 9th 2014, 23:55
related countries: Brazil Brazil

England's bid for World Cup glory in Brazil this summer could be undone by a much-feared weather phenomenon.
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Cook says ODI conditions 'borderline'

Friday, May 9th 2014, 21:23

England captain Alastair Cook says conditions were "borderline" during their 39-run one-day victory over Scotland.
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England beat Scots in Moores' return

Friday, May 9th 2014, 19:38

England comfortably beat Scotland in a rain-reduced one-day international to give Peter Moores a winning return as head coach.
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RAF man 'posed with dead insurgent'

Friday, May 9th 2014, 18:54
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Photographs emerge which appear to show at least one British serviceman posing with the dead body of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.
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GDP 'close to pre-crisis level'

Friday, May 9th 2014, 14:58

The UK economy is close to regaining its pre-financial crisis size, according to research organisation NIESR.
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BA owner IAG sees losses narrow

Friday, May 9th 2014, 7:36
related countries: Spain Spain

British Airways owner IAG says its losses in the first quarter of the year narrowed, helped by an improved performance from its Spanish airline Iberia.
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'Pick Shaw for England ahead of Cole'

Friday, May 9th 2014, 7:15

Roy Hodgson should pick Luke Shaw over Ashley Cole in his World Cup squad, says former England left-back Graeme Le Saux.
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Barclays to cut 19,000 jobs

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 18:59

Barclays says it will cut 19,000 jobs by the end of 2016, including 7,000 from its troubled investment bank.
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EU's Barroso sees UK as special case

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 16:32

The head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, says the EU should strive not to leave the UK isolated.
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Twelvetrees a doubt for England tour

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 14:10
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Gloucester

Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees will be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury and may miss England's tour of New Zealand.
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Bank keeps UK interest rates on hold

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 11:00

The Bank of England holds UK interest rates at 0.5% for another month, and keeps the size of its bond-buying programme unchanged at £375bn.
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RBS to cut number of branch managers

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 10:42

Royal Bank of Scotland confirms it is to cut about one in five of its branch managers in Scotland as part of a major shake-up.
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Brand accepts damages from Sun

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 10:40

UK comedian Russell Brand accepts libel damages over Sun on Sunday claims he cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan.
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UK 'second best education in Europe'

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 10:40
related countries: South Korea South Korea

Global education rankings, which include higher education as well as international school tests, are headed by South Korea, with the UK in sixth place.
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British Gas: No price rise in 2014

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 8:51

British Gas owner Centrica says it expects to leave household energy prices unchanged for the rest of the year, despite a squeeze on profits.
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Lineker backs Stones for England

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 8:34

Everton's John Stones could be worth a gamble in England's World Cup squad, according to former skipper Gary Lineker.
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No Sky leader gives Swift Giro chance

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 8:04
related places: Belfast

Ben Swift is Britain's sole rider in the 2014 Giro d'Italia and will chase stage wins in the race that starts in Belfast on Friday.
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British hovercraft's Colombian role

Thursday, May 8th 2014, 5:20
related countries: Colombia Colombia

The role being played by UK-made combat hovercraft in Colombia
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Hooker Youngs to miss England tour

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 21:03
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

England hooker Tom Youngs will not tour New Zealand in June in order to support his wife, who needs treatment for an illness.
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UK team to aid Nigeria girls effort

Wednesday, May 7th 2014, 20:27
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria
related places: Whitehall

The UK is to send a small team of experts to Nigeria to help efforts to find 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants.
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