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We have started to collect the most important news related to United Kingdom in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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AUDIO: 'Death threats' for Afghan interpreter

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 9:31
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Three Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces in Afghanistan are taking the government to court accusing them of discriminating against them.
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RBS 'ready to privatise in a year'

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 8:48

The chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) says the bank will be ready to return to the private sector next year, as it reports a return to profit.
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Labour by-election win as UKIP gains

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 8:28
related places: South Shields

Labour retains the South Shields parliamentary seat with a reduced majority as the UK Independence Party finishes second and makes big council gains.
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Under-50s' breast cancers top 10,000

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 5:30

The number of British women under 50 having breast cancer diagnosed has reached 10,000 annually for the first time.
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Afghan interpreters in residency bid

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 3:39
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Lawyers for three Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces launch legal action to try to win them the right to settle in the UK.
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Bank of Canada names new governor

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 21:36
related countries: Canada Canada

The Bank of Canada names long-term bureaucrat Stephen Poloz as its new head, replacing Mark Carney who is going to run the Bank of England.
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Olympic Stadium gets World Cup games

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 15:56

The Olympic Stadium will host five games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup which will be held in England and Wales.
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Fake bomb detector seller jailed

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 12:29

British fraudster James McCormick is jailed for 10 years for selling fake bomb detectors to security forces around the world.
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VIDEO: Retailer calls for Bangladesh action

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 12:20
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government must do more to improve its clothes manufacturing industry, according to UK-based company Wilson Imports.
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Staff fly to NZ for UK night shifts

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 11:53
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Wrexham

Staff from a Wrexham call centre are covering the night shift - by taking turns to fly 11,000 miles to work in New Zealand.
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UK man indicted in Bangladesh

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 11:17
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh, Pakistan Pakistan

A British community leader is indicted in Bangladesh for his alleged role in the 1971 liberation war from Pakistan, accusations he denies.
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VIDEO: UK soldiers training Mali troops

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 8:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Mali Mali

A small group of British and Irish soldiers has joined a European mission to train local troops in Mali.
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UK gambler jailed for US killing

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 8:25
related countries: United States United States

A British professional poker player is jailed for 20 years in the US for killing his wife, who disappeared in 1997.
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EU energy sector in funding 'crisis'

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 0:34

The EU needs a huge investment in infrastructure if it is to deliver green, cheap and secure energy, UK peers claim.
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British territories sign tax deal

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 23:03
related countries: Bermuda Bermuda

Bermuda and other British overseas territories with financial centres have signed agreements on sharing tax information, the Treasury announces.
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American settlers 'turned cannibal'

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 22:24
related countries: United States United States

Newly discovered bones prove the first permanent English settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the winter of 1609-10, US researchers say.
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Soldiers killed in Afghanistan named

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 21:34
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The Ministry of Defence names the three British soldiers who died after their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
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Three UK soldiers die in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 17:55
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

David Cameron says officials will look carefully at how three British soldiers died in a bomb attack on a heavily armoured vehicle in Afghanistan.
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Star Trek 2 gets beaming reviews

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 11:03

Sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness earns praise from the UK press ahead of its opening next week.
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Charities criticise S Africa aid cut

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 9:56
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Oxfam and Action Aid have criticised the UK after ministers announced that direct aid to South Africa will stop in 2015.
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British man dies on Greenland trek

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 8:59
related countries: Greenland Greenland

A 30-year-old British man dies during a 400-mile trek across Greenland's ice sheet.
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Sharp warning on athletics cheats

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:55

Scotland's athlete of the year Lynsey Sharp insists drugs cheats remain a "depressing" blight on athletics.
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Fifty Shades boosts UK book sales

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:55

British publishers report record sales for 2012, with total spending up to £3.3bn, despite the recession and the rise of e-readers.
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City of Culture events may be cut

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:33

Some events at the UK City of Culture programme in Londonderry may have to be cut back because of a shortfall in funding.
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S Africa criticises UK aid decision

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 7:29
related countries: South Africa South Africa

The South African government criticises the UK after the government announces it will stop direct aid in 2015.
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Rapid rise in global family disputes

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 1:12

The number of cross-border family legal disputes referred to a UK judge who offers global assistance in such cases is rising sharply.
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Independence: UK reputation warning

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 23:50

The rest of the UK faces damage to its international reputation if Scotland becomes independent, according to a committee of MPs.
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UAE president greeted by Queen

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 15:56

The president of the United Arab Emirates is greeted by the Queen, amid controversy about the treatment of three British men jailed in Dubai.
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Kinky and Matilda lead Tony field

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 14:19

Musical adaptations of 2005 British film Kinky Boots and Roald Dahl's children's book Matilda lead the nominations at the 2013 Tony awards.
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Wilkinson opted out of Lions tour

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 12:13
related countries: Australia Australia, Ireland Ireland

Jonny Wilkinson ruled himself out of the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, says tour manager Andy Irvine.
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VIDEO: Spaceship makes first powered flight

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 12:02

The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson has made its first powered flight.
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Steroid use not widespread - BHA

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 9:20

The British Horseracing Authority says anabolic steroid use on racehorses is not widespread in the UK.
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Prisoners 'must work harder' for TVs

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 9:04
related countries: Maldives Maldives

Male prisoners in England and Wales will have to work harder from November to "actively earn privileges" such as TVs in cells, the Ministry of Justice says.
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Saturn hurricane is 12 times UK size

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 8:57

An enormous hurricane at Saturn's northern reaches - with an eye 2,000km across - has been pictured by the Cassini spacecraft.
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No charges for 10,000 violent crimes

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 8:31

More than 10,000 serious violent crimes in England and Wales were dealt with informally last year, despite ACPO guidelines to the contrary.
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UK vehicle sought in Alps shooting

Monday, April 29th 2013, 21:20
related countries: France France

An appeal to help trace a right-hand drive 4x4, probably British, seen close to where four people were murdered in the French Alps is issued.
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140 claims in Welsh abuse inquiry

Monday, April 29th 2013, 20:05

An independent investigation examining claims of historical child abuse at children's homes in north Wales finds evidence of 140 allegations.
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VIDEO: Spaceship ignites engine in flight

Monday, April 29th 2013, 18:43

The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson, under the name Virgin Galactic, has made its first powered flight.
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Warburton tipped for Lions captaincy

Monday, April 29th 2013, 18:02
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Sam Warburton is expected to be named captain when Warren Gatland unveils his British and Irish Lions squad on Tuesday.
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Spaceship ignites engine in flight

Monday, April 29th 2013, 15:43

The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson makes its first powered flight, igniting its rocket engine to go supersonic above California's Mojave Desert.
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Pinewood studios to expand to US

Monday, April 29th 2013, 14:32
related countries: Georgia Georgia, United States United States
related places: Atlanta

Renowned UK film studio Pinewood Shepperton announces plans to build its first US studios near Atlanta, Georgia.
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VIDEO: Jailed Britons 'should be pardoned' - mother

Monday, April 29th 2013, 9:24

The mother of one of three British men convicted of drug offences in Dubai has said she will continue to press for an investigation into their allegations of torture.
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Major benefits shake-up begins

Monday, April 29th 2013, 9:24

A massive shake-up in the UK benefits system starts on Monday, with the first claims being made for a new universal credit payment.
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Police urged to focus on prevention

Monday, April 29th 2013, 9:01

The primary role of the police is to prevent crime, not catch criminals, the chief inspector of constabulary for England and Wales says.
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Bafta honour for Olympic programmes

Monday, April 29th 2013, 7:58

The London 2012 Olympic Games take three awards at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Craft Awards.
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PM 'concerned' over Dubai drug trio

Monday, April 29th 2013, 0:07

UK PM David Cameron expresses concern about allegations that three Britons were tortured while in custody in Dubai.
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A tale of two monarchs

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 23:16
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

The new Dutch king compared with the UK's Queen Elizabeth II
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Scots tobacco display ban in force

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 23:01

A ban on the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in large shops in Scotland comes into force.
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Stars gather for Olivier Awards

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 18:34
related places: London

Stars of the stage are gathering in London for the annual Olivier Awards - the biggest night in the theatre awards calendar, with Helen Mirren and James McAvoy among the nominees.
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Daft Punk comeback song tops chart

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 18:01

Electronic music veterans Daft Punk secure their first UK number one with their comeback single Get Lucky.
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British racing wants Godolphin stay

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 12:41

The British Horseracing Authority hopes Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin stays in British racing despite the doping controversy.
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Okoye 'will be signing with 49ers'

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 11:51

British Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye announces that he will join the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL.
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Mother tells of Dubai 'torture'

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 7:19

The mother of British man Grant Cameron, who is accused of drug offences in Dubai, speaks of the "horror story" of his alleged torture by police.
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Appeal to save historic theatre

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 0:45

An 18th Century North Yorkshire theatre, billed as the oldest in its original form in Britain, launches a fundraising campaign to save it from closure.
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Is Russian crime arriving in the UK?

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 23:04
related countries: Russia Russia

But are they bringing organised crime to the UK?
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Armed drones operated from Britain

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 16:55

Armed drone aircraft have been operated remotely from Britain for the first time, the MoD confirms.
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John Terry would consider England SOS call

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 9:28
related places: Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry reaffirms international retirement but would consider returning in an injury crisis, sources close to the defender tell BBC Sport.
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Welby raps City 'entitlement' ethos

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 7:26
related places: City of London

The City of London has been affected by a "culture of entitlement", the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says.
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Watson drafted by Oakland Raiders

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 7:01

Manchester-born Menelik Watson is drafted by the Oakland Raiders in round two of the 2013 NFL Draft in New York.
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VIDEO: Suburban house is N Korean embassy

Friday, April 26th 2013, 23:15
related countries: North Korea North Korea

The unlikely suburban home of North Korea's UK embassy
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Royals' gifts to Obamas reported

Friday, April 26th 2013, 22:36
related countries: United States United States

The Royal Family and UK PM Cameron gave US President Obama a china tea set, a tapestry and a dog toy in 2011, the US state department reports.
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VIDEO: Syria chemical evidence growing - UK

Friday, April 26th 2013, 21:49
related countries: Syria Syria

There is "limited but growing" evidence that Syrian government troops have used chemical weapons, UK Prime Minister David Cameron says.
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Churchill to feature on new banknote

Friday, April 26th 2013, 15:11

Sir Winston Churchill will feature on the new design of a banknote which will enter circulation in 2016, the Bank of England announces.
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Syria chemical evidence growing - UK

Friday, April 26th 2013, 14:19
related countries: Syria Syria

There is "limited but growing" evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, says British Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Kenyan bomb detectors 'not fake'

Friday, April 26th 2013, 13:51
related countries: Kenya Kenya

Kenyan police seek to reassure the public that their bomb and drug detectors work, following the conviction of a British businessman for selling fake devices.
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Trainer ban 'end of the beginning'

Friday, April 26th 2013, 12:49

The eight-year ban for trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is only the "end of the beginning", says the British Horseracing Authority.
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Friday, April 26th 2013, 9:13
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: Mogadishu

Somalia's deputy chief prosecutor is shot dead by three masked men in Mogadishu, officials say - shortly after the UK reopens its embassy in the city.
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UK shale gas bonanza 'not assured'

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 23:25

Shale gas in the UK could help secure domestic energy supplies but may not bring down prices as they have in the US, MPs warn.
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VIDEO: Are shoppers concerned about Bangladesh?

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 18:35
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh
related places: Dhaka, London

Shoppers in London were asked if they knew where the clothes they were wearing were manufactured and if they were aware of the Dhaka building collapse.
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Eight-year ban for doping trainer

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 17:55

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is banned from racing for eight years after a doping scandal which has engulfed the Godolphin stable.
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UK fraud probe for Kazakh miner ENRC

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 16:32

The UK's Serious Fraud Office starts an investigation into Kazakh mining company and FTSE 100 member Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation.
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Plane fall man 'wanted better life'

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 15:51
related places: London

A man found dead in London after falling from a plane's undercarriage wanted to come to Europe for a better life, an inquest hears.
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Economy avoids triple-dip recession

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 14:22

The UK economy avoids falling into a triple-dip recession after seeing 0.3% growth in the first three months of the year.
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Hague opens new embassy in Somalia

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 12:40
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: Mogadishu

Foreign Secretary William Hague opens a new British embassy in Mogadishu - the first time the UK has had an embassy in Somalia since 1991.
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NI children's heart services to end

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 9:34
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Belfast, Dublin

Children from Northern Ireland who require heart surgery should receive treatment in Dublin as opposed to the current facility in Belfast, says a formal recommendation.
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Measles jab plan targets 1m children

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 8:40

One million schoolchildren in England are to be targeted by a measles vaccination plan aimed at curbing the growing threat of outbreaks.
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Official GDP figures for UK awaited

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 23:01

Official figures out later will reveal whether the UK economy has slipped into a triple-dip recession, but many economists forecast marginal growth.
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Author Banks 'astounded' by support

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 15:48

Scottish author Iain Banks says messages of support he has had from people since announcing he is suffering from terminal cancer, are "astounding".
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UK treaty aims at Qatada extradition

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 11:50
related countries: Jordan Jordan

The government signs a new treaty with Jordan aimed at ensuring that radical cleric Abu Qatada can be extradited, Theresa May tells MPs.
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Lloyds' Co-op deal falls through

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 8:28

The planned sale of 632 UK bank branches by Lloyds Banking Group to the Co-op group falls through.
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Haddin named Australia vice-captain

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 5:40
related countries: Australia Australia

Brad Haddin will be Australia's vice-captain for the Ashes tour of England, as bowler Mitchell Johnson is left out of their squad.
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SME lending scheme to be extended

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 5:25

The Bank of England announces plans to expand a lending scheme designed to help businesses and households.
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UK 'becoming a more peaceful place'

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 3:39

Rates of murder and violent crime have fallen more rapidly in the UK in the past decade than anywhere else in Western Europe, an international study says.
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Struggling hospitals 'lose patients'

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 1:21

Patients are getting lost in UK hospitals because they are constantly being switched from ward to ward amid pressures on A&E departments, nurses say.
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'Cosmetic crisis' waiting to happen

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 1:05

Injections to plump up the skin are a "crisis waiting to happen" and should be prescription-only, a UK review of cosmetic procedures says.
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Judges refuse Abu Qatada appeal

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 15:05

The Court of Appeal refuses the government permission to take its fight to remove Abu Qatada from the UK to the Supreme Court.
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'Uncharted waters' on currency plans

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 11:55

The case for an independent Scotland retaining the pound in a currency pact with the rest of the UK is not clear, according to Treasury analysis.
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Slight dip in UK public borrowing

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 11:24

The UK government borrowed £120.6bn in the financial year to April 2013, slightly lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.
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Goldman boss: UK must stick to plan

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 9:14

Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein says the UK must stick with its austerity plan or face a negative reaction from global investors.
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Top stable in horse doping inquiry

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 8:23

Eleven racehorses test positive for anabolic steroids, in one of the biggest doping scandals in British racing history
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Primark boosts profits at AB Foods

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 6:58

Clothing retailer Primark's "exceptionally strong" performance helps to push profits higher at owner Associated British Foods.
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EU crime optouts 'could damage UK'

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 1:54

The government’s proposal to opt out of 130 EU police and criminal justice measures could damage the UK’s internal security, say peers.
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VIDEO: 'More than 100 people' killed in Syria

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 23:34
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Damascus

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he is "appalled" by reports that more than 100 people were killed by Syrian government forces in a suburb of the capital, Damascus.
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Archbishop's warning over economy

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 23:07
related places: Canterbury

It will take "something very, very major" to get the UK out of the economic "depression" it has sunk into, the Archbishop of Canterbury says.
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BA places order for 18 Airbus A350s

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 22:00

British Airways orders 18 new Airbus A350s in a deal worth $6bn (£3.92bn).
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News Corp settles phone-hacking case

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 14:50

News Corp reaches a $139m (£91m) settlement with shareholders over complaints filed in relation to the UK phone-hacking scandal.
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UK to sell nuclear fuel firm stake

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 11:32

The UK government is preparing to sell its one-third stake in Urenco, the world's second-largest provider of nuclear fuel.
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Google boss defends UK tax record

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 9:21

Speaking to the BBC, Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, defends his company for paying just £6m in UK corporation tax in 2011.
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Pret A Manger plans 500 new UK jobs

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 7:30

Pret A Manger says it plans to create 1,000 new jobs worldwide this year, with 500 in the UK, after reporting a rise in full-year profits.
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Monday, April 22nd 2013, 7:14

Convicted drug smuggler Lindsay Sandiford is to ask the Court of Appeal to overturn a ruling upholding the UK government's refusal to fund her appeal against a death sentence.
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