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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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Russian ex-banker shot in London

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 20:46
related countries: Germany Germany, Russia Russia
related places: London

Former Russian banker German Gorbuntsov is in a critical condition after being shot several times by a man armed with a sub-machine gun in east London.
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EMI in Europe competition probe

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 20:17

The European Commission launches a probe into whether the sale of UK music firm EMI - home to the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Coldplay - breaks competition rules.
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Millar suffers broken collarbone

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 19:40
related countries: Belgium Belgium

British cyclist David Millar fractures his right collarbone in a crash while competing in Belgium.
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Minimum price for alcohol planned

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 18:15

The government proposes a minimum price of about 40p per unit of alcohol in England and Wales - but is warned it could face a legal challenge.
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EU slaps sanctions on Assad wife

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 17:40
related countries: Syria Syria

The EU imposes a travel ban and an asset freeze on Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian leader Bashar, and other family members.
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Redknapp quashes Spurs slump talk

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 13:56
related places: Tottenham

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp denies his link to the England job has contributed to Spurs's downturn in form.
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Chariots of Fire set for return

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 13:55

Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire is to be digitally re-mastered and brought back to the big screen as part of the London 2012 Festival.
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VIDEO: Sanctions imposed on Assad wife

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 13:49
related countries: Syria Syria

EU foreign ministers impose a travel ban and asset freeze on Asma al-Assad, UK-born wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, and other family members.
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Shell sued over Nigeria pollution

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 12:21
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria
related places: London

Lawyers representing a Nigerian fishing community take oil firm Shell to court in London over alleged unpaid compensation for recent oil spills.
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Pietersen wants cheats 'finished'

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 10:14

England batsman Kevin Pietersen calls for anybody who gets caught being involved in match fixing to be "finished" in the game.
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Cowell: "may the better show win"

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 7:04

Britain's Got Talent boss Simon Cowell is ready for the ratings battle with The Voice
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Abortion clinics get spot-checks

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 1:27

Inspectors have been ordered into abortion clinics across England to carry out spot-checks on how they work.
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Empty shops rate hits new record

Friday, March 23rd 2012, 0:05

The proportion of shops in Britain lying empty hit a new record, a further sign of a difficult start to the year for retailers.
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Pair found dead 'with shirts off'

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 21:20

A Florida court hears two British men shot dead last year were found with their shirts off and trousers round their thighs.
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Police ballot on right to strike

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 20:26

Police officers in England and Wales are to be balloted on whether they want to be given the right to strike, the Police Federation says.
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UK soldier killed in blast named

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 19:06
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A soldier killed in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan on Wednesday is named by the Ministry of Defence as Capt Rupert Bowers.
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Boy sentenced over London riots

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 15:55
related places: London

A 12-year-old boy who smashed a florist's window becomes one of the youngest to be sentenced over last summer's riots in London.
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Team GB 2012 Olympic kit revealed

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 15:21

Stella McCartney's design for Team GB's London 2012 kit puts athletes in blue-based clothing, with a motif inspired by the union flag, and vivid red shoes.
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Glaxo invests £500m in UK sites

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 13:33
related places: Ulverston

UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says it will invest £500m in manufacturing in the nation, including building a new factory in Ulverston, Cumbria.
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Sharp decline in UK retail sales

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 10:42

UK retail sales volumes fell by 0.8% in February compared with the previous month, official figures show, a sharper decline than expected.
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Profit up at B&Q owner Kingfisher

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 9:11
related countries: Ireland Ireland

B&Q owner Kingfisher has reported a 19% rise in annual profit, but sales in the UK and Irish Republic fell last year.
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Freed UK hostage set to fly home

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 7:52
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia

A woman kidnapped from a remote beach resort in Kenya and held hostage in Somalia for more than six months is preparing to return home to Britain.
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Liver disease deaths 'increasing'

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 0:51

Deaths from liver disease in England have reached record levels, rising by 25% in less than a decade, according to new NHS figures.
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Game sales surpassed video in UK

Thursday, March 22nd 2012, 0:06

Computer game sales overtook those of videos for the first time last year, an industry report suggests.
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UK woman kidnapped in Kenya freed

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 18:35
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia

The family of a British hostage pay a ransom to secure her release in Somalia, six months after she was captured and her husband killed in Kenya.
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Strauss and Trott hit centuries

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 13:30

England openers Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott hit centuries as Ian Bell continues to struggle for batting form.
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Prince returns from the Falklands

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 11:41
related countries: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Prince William has returned to Britain after being deployed to the Falkland Islands, Clarence House says.
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One Direction top US album charts

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 9:55
related countries: United States United States

Former X Factor contestants One Direction become the first British group to go straight to the top of the US music charts with their debut album.
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Angry Birds activity parks launch

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 8:15

Children's activity parks based on the popular smartphone game Angry Birds are set to be built in the UK, Finland and other countries.
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MPs approve government NHS bill

Wednesday, March 21st 2012, 1:16

The government's health changes survive their final parliamentary test and are set to become law.
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Afghan blast soldiers repatriated

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 20:26
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Crowds line the streets as the bodies of six soldiers killed by the same blast in Afghanistan arrive back in the UK.
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VIDEO: Jack White on 'mean' UK celebrities

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 19:47
related countries: United States United States
related places: White

American musician Jack White, best known for being one half of the White Stripes, but now going solo talks to Newsnight's Stephen Smith about the effect of programmes like the X Factor on music and television.
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Peru cancels visit by Royal Navy

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 17:45
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Peru cancels a visit by a Royal Navy frigate as an act of solidarity with Argentina in its dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands.
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London Book Fair: Row over China

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 17:26
related countries: China China

The London Book Fair is criticised by a leading Chinese dissident for inviting only writers approved by the Chinese communist authorities.
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Queen rededicates herself to UK

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 16:52

The Queen says she has rededicated herself "to the service of our great country and its people" as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.
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Broad still facing fitness battle

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 14:51
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

England's Stuart Broad remains a doubt for the first Test on 26 March despite taking 3-55 against a Sri Lankan Development XI.
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UK inflation rate falls to 3.4%

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 11:39

Inflation in the UK continued to fall in February, thanks largely to lower fuel bills, with the Consumer Prices Index falling to 3.4%, a 15-month low.
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Woman in Black movie makes £20m

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 9:42

Daniel Radcliffe film The Woman In Black surpasses the £20m mark at the UK box office, according to new figures.
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Stock Aitken Waterman acts unite

Tuesday, March 20th 2012, 8:41
related places: London

Steps, Jason Donovan and Sonia are among acts that will perform at a concert in London this summer to mark 25 years of hit-making record label PWL.
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Lords approve NHS reforms bill

Monday, March 19th 2012, 23:20

The government's planned changes to the NHS in England have cleared their final reading in the House of Lords.
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Muamba able to 'recognise family'

Monday, March 19th 2012, 21:57
related places: Bolton

Fabrice Muamba can recognise family and breathe by himself, his hospital and his club Bolton confirm in a joint statement.
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Six held over fake Viagra trade

Monday, March 19th 2012, 19:49
related countries: Spain Spain

Six people are arrested in the UK and Spain on suspicion of importing and selling fake drugs including Viagra.
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Olympic torch relay route set out

Monday, March 19th 2012, 13:33

The street-by-street route for the London 2012 Olympic torch relay is set out as over 7,000 torchbearers are confirmed.
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PM calls for 'urgent' road cash

Monday, March 19th 2012, 12:39

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says much more private investment is needed in England's road network.
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A secret British Army plan to arm Vichy France

Monday, March 19th 2012, 10:57
related places: Churchill

The general who hid from Churchill a plan to arm Vichy France
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VIDEO: Rioters fight with police in Ontario

Monday, March 19th 2012, 9:55
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: London

Rioters fought with firefighters and police in the Canadian city of London, Ontario, as St Patrick's Day parties spiralled out of control overnight.
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UK journalists are freed by Libya

Monday, March 19th 2012, 7:02
related countries: Libya Libya

Two British journalists detained in Libya after admitting entering the country illegally have been released, the Foreign Office confirms.
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UK ‘most internet-based economy’

Monday, March 19th 2012, 2:03

A study suggests that the internet contributes to 8.3% of UK GDP, a bigger share than for any of the other G20 major economies.
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VIDEO: British TV journalists freed by Libya

Monday, March 19th 2012, 1:30
related countries: Libya Libya

Two British journalists detained in Libya after admitting entering the country illegally have been released, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
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Heads 'illegally exclude pupils'

Monday, March 19th 2012, 0:52

A report from England's children's commissioner finds evidence that some schools are illegally excluding pupils.
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Wildlife drought threat warning

Monday, March 19th 2012, 0:01

The drought in parts of England could have a serious impact on wildlife, the Environment Agency warns.
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Celtic 0-1 Kilmarnock

Sunday, March 18th 2012, 16:59

Kilmarnock win the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in their history and end Celtic's domestic treble hopes.
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Iran 'blocks' Foreign Office site

Sunday, March 18th 2012, 11:19
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Tehran

Tehran has blocked a UK Foreign Office website in Iran as part of its "ever-tightening stranglehold of censorship", the foreign secretary says.
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Wider ban on junk food ads urged

Sunday, March 18th 2012, 0:12

Scotland's public health minister writes to the UK health secretary urging support for a pre-watershed ban on junk food adverts.
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Thorpe fails to make London 2012

Sunday, March 18th 2012, 0:09
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Five-time Australian Olympic champion Ian Thorpe fails to qualify for London 2012 after finishing 21st in the trials for the 100m freestyle.
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Union fury over public pay plans

Saturday, March 17th 2012, 23:49

Unions react angrily to plans to scrap national pay rates for some public sector workers in the UK.
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Thousands celebrating Grand Slam

Saturday, March 17th 2012, 18:10
related countries: France France
related places: Cardiff

Welsh fans are celebrating a third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years after Wales beat France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
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Italy 13-6 Scotland

Saturday, March 17th 2012, 14:23

Italy secure their first Six Nations win of the season as whitewashed Scotland are confirmed as recipients of the Wooden Spoon.
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UK boy among Swiss crash victims

Friday, March 16th 2012, 18:21
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

A British boy is among 28 people - 22 of them children - killed when a coach hit the wall of a Swiss tunnel returning from a school skiing trip.
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Wales want to win it for Davies

Friday, March 16th 2012, 14:59
related countries: France France

Mervyn Davies' death gives Wales added motivation for Saturday's Grand Slam tilt against France, says backs coach Robert Howley.
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Osborne plans TV drama tax breaks

Friday, March 16th 2012, 14:02

Big budget TV dramas such as Downton Abbey could be offered 25% tax breaks for filming in the UK, the chancellor is expected to announce in Wednesday's budget.
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Failed Icelandic bank to pay out

Friday, March 16th 2012, 13:48
related countries: Iceland Iceland
related places: More

More than 50 local authorities in the UK are set to be paid back funds lost when the Icelandic bank Glitnir failed in 2008.
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Assad father-in-law defends Homs

Friday, March 16th 2012, 11:32
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: London

The father-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad compares the Syrian army's actions in Homs to the UK police's response to the London riots.
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Groupon given deadline to improve

Friday, March 16th 2012, 11:05

Voucher company Groupon has been given three months to improve the way it operates in the UK following "widespread" breaches of consumer protection rules.
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Thorpe suffers blow in London bid

Friday, March 16th 2012, 9:45
related countries: Aruba Aruba
related places: London

Ian Thorpe fails to make the 200m freestyle final at the Australian trials, and he must now hope to qualify in the 100m free.
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China detains UK bank employee

Friday, March 16th 2012, 7:57
related countries: China China

A Standard Chartered Bank employee is detained by Chinese authorities as part of a probe against one of her clients.
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Home care for elderly 'shocking'

Friday, March 16th 2012, 7:35

The standards of care provided to the elderly in their home in the UK has been labelled "shocking and disgraceful" by the consumer group Which?
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UK hits back over Falklands oil

Friday, March 16th 2012, 4:43
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The UK criticises Argentina's threats of court action over Falkland Islands oil exploration, calling its behaviour "illegal intimidation".
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Indonesia presses UK over waste

Friday, March 16th 2012, 1:14
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia

Indonesia has asked the UK to take back 1,800 tonnes of suspected contaminated waste, the Environment Agency reveals.
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Paddington named 'best animation'

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 22:39
related places: London

Paddington Bear is voted the UK's favourite animated character of all time at the British Animation Awards in London.
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PIPs: 7,000 more fitted pre-2001

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 15:59

Around 7,000 more women in the UK have been fitted with banned PIP breast implants than previously thought, according to the government.
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Arrest in Italy synagogue 'plot'

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 14:20
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: London, Milan

A man aged 20 has been arrested in northern Italy on suspicion of plotting an attack on a synagogue in Milan.
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UK's NDS bought for $5bn by Cisco

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 14:08
related countries: United States United States
related places: Cisco

US technology giant Cisco buys British digital video firm NDS, currently owned by a private equity firm and media giant News Corp, for $5bn (£3.2bn).
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Warburton boosts Wales Slam bid

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 13:03
related countries: France France

Captain Sam Warburton overcomes his knee injury in time to lead Wales in Saturday's Six Nations Grand Slam match against France.
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Tesco's UK chief executive quits

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 12:10

Tesco's UK chief executive, Richard Brasher, resigns after the supermarket chain sees disappointing sales and falling market share.
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Strettle returns to England team

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 11:17
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Fit-again Saracens winger David Strettle replaces Charlie Sharples in England's team to face Ireland.
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Ofsted: Literacy progress stalled

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 11:15

England's chief schools inspector says reading standards have not improved since 2005, and the country is being overtaken by other leading nations.
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France recall fit-again Yachvili

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 9:50
related countries: France France
related places: Cardiff

Dimitri Yachvili is back at scrum-half as France make six changes to face Grand Slam-chasing Wales in Cardiff.
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Gay marriage consultation begins

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 8:20

The government is expected to launch a 12-week consultation allowing gay couples in England and Wales to marry.
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VIDEO: Cameron honoured with state dinner

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 5:33
related places: Washington

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has been honoured in Washington with the biggest state dinner since President Barack Obama came to office.
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UK AAA rating on new credit watch

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 3:45

The Fitch credit ratings agency has joined Moody's and put the UK's top AAA rating on "negative outlook".
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Afghan mission 'in final phases'

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 23:38
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

David Cameron and Barack Obama stress progress is being made in Afghanistan and pledge to complete the mission, at a joint White House press conference.
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Truck 'driven at' Afghan runway

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 21:11
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A Nato serviceman is injured in an incident involving a vehicle at the main UK base in Afghanistan, during a visit by US defence chief Leon Panetta.
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Chisora boxing licence withdrawn

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 20:15

Dereck Chisora has his boxing licence withdrawn for his actions before and after his defeat by Vitali Klitschko in Munich.
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Libyan group transfer journalists

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 17:56
related countries: Libya Libya

Two British journalists held in Libya are transferred by a militia to government control after three weeks in captivity.
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Goldman banker quits 'toxic' firm

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 17:21
related countries: United States United States
related places: London

A manager at US banking giant Goldman Sachs in London quits, saying he could no longer work there "in good conscience".
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Rogge upset at nationality switch

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 17:05

Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge says he is concerned at the trend of athletes switching nationality for London 2012.
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EC: 'New rules no threat to Pru'

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 16:51

The European Commission says the Prudential is wrong to suggest new rules governing insurance businesses could prompt it to move from the UK.
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UK unemployment rises by 28,000

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 12:46

UK unemployment has risen by 28,000 to 2.67 million, according to latest figures, which the government says show signs of "stabilising".
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Scientists warn on animal imports

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 9:30

Pressure from animal rights activists on airlines and shipping companies is reducing the number of animals being brought into Britain for research, meaning people will "suffer and die", scientists warn.
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UK review for French Connection

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 9:12
related countries: France France

Fashion retailer French Connection says it is reviewing its UK store operations after reporting a sharp fall in profits.
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Thorpe's London hopes on the line

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 9:01
related countries: Aruba Aruba
related places: London

Ian Thorpe faces the decisive moment in his bid to compete in a third Olympic Games at this week's Australian trials.
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CS gas use 'could tackle rioters'

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 2:50

Using CS gas to disperse troublemakers during outbreaks of disorder is to be considered by the Metropolitan Police, a Scotland Yard review says.
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UK considers super long-term bond

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 2:31

The government is considering issuing a new "super" long-term bond which it hopes will cut the UK's interest payments for years.
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Brooks arrested in hacking probe

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 23:53

Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks and five others are released on bail after being arrested in connection with phone-hacking allegations.
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New rules 'may force Pru from UK'

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 18:12

Insurer Prudential fears tighter rules on the amount of capital it must hold may force it to relocate headquarters from UK.
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UK defends Nigeria rescue effort

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 17:30
related countries: Italy Italy, Nigeria Nigeria

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond tells MPs that the attempted rescue of a British and Italian hostage in Nigeria was their "best chance".
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PM and Obama to agree Afghan plan

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 15:33
related countries: United States United States
related places: Washington

Plans for UK and US forces to leave their lead combat role in Afghanistan next year, are expected to be agreed by David Cameron and Barack Obama.
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Aldama gets go-ahead for Britain

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 15:12

Word indoor triple jump champion Yamile Aldama has her nationality change approved, clearing the way to compete for Britain at the London Olympics.
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VIDEO: 'The granddaddy of corporate jets'

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 13:42

The UK's Prime Minister will be the first foreign dignitary to fly on Air Force One with President Obama.
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