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British Gas owner profits up 1%

Thursday, February 23rd 2012, 7:57

Centrica, the owner of British Gas, says profits stayed flat due to the effect of a slump in in demand in the UK.
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Degree courses 'cut by a quarter'

Thursday, February 23rd 2012, 2:32

The number of full-time undergraduate degree courses offered at UK universities has fallen by 27% over the past six years, data shows.
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Bonham Carter honoured at Palace

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012, 13:27

British actress Helena Bonham Carter is made a CBE by the Queen, two years on from playing her mother in Oscar-winning film The King's Speech.
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Fox calling for business tax cuts

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012, 8:24

Former defence secretary Liam Fox, as well as business leaders, urge the chancellor to cut taxes to boost British business in next month's Budget.
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VIDEO: PM on hopes for Somalia conference

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012, 3:07
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: London

Prime Minister David Cameron tells the BBC what he hopes will be achieved at the international conference on Somalia in London.
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Adele cut short at Brits triumph

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012, 1:03
related places: London

Adele wins two prizes at the Brit Awards ceremony in London, but is at the centre of controversy after an acceptance speech is cut short.
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VIDEO: Highlights from 2012 Brit Awards

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 23:02
related places: London

Many of the British music industry's biggest names were in London for the 2012 Brit Awards.
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Cook hails 'brilliant' whitewash

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 20:53
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

England one-day captain Alastair Cook enjoys his side's 'brilliant' effort against Pakistan and reveals he is staying on for the Twenty20 series.
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Pietersen seals series whitewash

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 20:27
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen hits his second consecutive one-day international century as England complete a 4-0 series win over Pakistan in Dubai.
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Pakistan v England fourth ODI as it happened

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 19:08
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen scores a second successive century as England beat Pakistan by four wickets to record a 4-0 series whitewash.
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VIDEO: On board a pirate patrol plane

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 12:30
related countries: Aruba Aruba, India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean

The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner is the first British journalist to be allowed on board an Australian Maritime Patrol Aircraft flying on a counter-piracy mission over the Indian Ocean.
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Firms paid to help jobless teens

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 12:15

Firms and charities are to be offered a payment-by-results scheme to try to get 55,000 "Neet" teenagers in England into work, education or training.
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Blur to headline Olympics concert

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 9:53
related places: Hyde Park, London

Britpop band Blur are to headline a show in London's Hyde Park to celebrate the end of the Olympic Games later this year.
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Chisora apologises for Haye brawl

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 7:23
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Munich

Dereck Chisora "wholeheartedly apologises" for his part in a brawl with fellow Brit David Haye in Munich.
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Irish president visiting London

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 3:43
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: London

The Irish Republic's president, Michael D Higgins, will make his first visit to London since taking office later.
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School coach crash driver charged

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 0:42
related countries: France France

The driver of a coach that crashed in France, killing a teacher, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, but allowed to return to the UK.
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Border Agency to be split in two

Monday, February 20th 2012, 21:53

Home Secretary Theresa May is to split the UK Border Agency following revelations that hundreds of thousands of people were let into the country without appropriate checks.
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Drought affects more of England

Monday, February 20th 2012, 18:04

South-east England is the latest region to be officially in a state of drought, says the government, as it urges people to use less water.
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Morgan will not adapt his style

Monday, February 20th 2012, 16:48

England batsman Eoin Morgan insists that he has no need to adapt his batting style to play Test cricket.
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Briton to face Kenya bomb trial

Monday, February 20th 2012, 16:25
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia

A British man accused of links to Somalia's Islamist extremists is to stand trial in May for allegedly plotting a bomb attack in Kenya.
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England recall likely for Tuilagi

Monday, February 20th 2012, 15:19
related places: Twickenham

Manu Tuilagi is expected to "play some part" in Saturday's Six Nations game against Wales, says England interim coach Stuart Lancaster.
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Twickenham film studios to close

Monday, February 20th 2012, 12:09
related places: London

The historic Twickenham Film Studios in south-west London, recently used for The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn, goes into administration.
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Ferguson reveals Hart 'mistake'

Monday, February 20th 2012, 11:11
related places: Hart

Sir Alex Ferguson regrets passing up the chance to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart for £100,000 earlier in his career.
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Drought summit as rivers dry up

Monday, February 20th 2012, 10:07

Parts of England face "crippling drought" with some rivers and groundwater levels lower than in 1976, it is warned ahead of a drought summit.
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Teacher dies in school trip crash

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 21:27
related countries: France France

A British teacher dies and up to five people are seriously injured as a coach carrying schoolchildren home from a skiing trip crashes in France.
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Hoy storms to London sprint gold

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 17:08
related places: London

Sir Chris Hoy powers to victory in the individual sprint as Britain top the medals table at the Track World Cup in London.
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Iran 'halts UK-France oil sales'

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 15:08
related countries: France France, Iran Iran
related places: Eu

Iran halts oil sales to British and French companies, the nation's oil ministry says, ahead of a 1 July ban on Iranian oil imports imposed by the EU.
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'Jacuzzi vents' model CO2 future

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 14:53

A UK scientist studying volcanic vents in the ocean says they hold a grave warning for future marine ecosystems.
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Hague warns on Iran 'terrorism'

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 12:11
related countries: Iran Iran

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague warns Iran has "increasing willingness to contemplate utterly illegal activities in other parts of the world".
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VIDEO: Watch Chisora-Haye brawl

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 10:46
related countries: Germany Germany

Police in Germany have released without charge British boxer Dereck Chisora following a bloody brawl with rival UK fighter David Haye.
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New Somali political deal agreed

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 10:23
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: London

Key leaders in Somalia agree on a plan to end two decades of political crisis, ahead of a meeting on the country's future to be held in London.
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Chisora threatens to shoot Haye

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 7:26

Dereck Chisora threatens to "shoot" and "burn" David Haye after a clash between the pair following Chisora's defeat by Vitali Klitschko.
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Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora - live

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 21:00

Vitali Klitschko takes on Britain's Dereck Chisora for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world.
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England cruise to series victory

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 18:20
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen hits 111 not out as England seal the one-day international series against Pakistan with a nine-wicket win in Dubai.
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Hague fears over Iran 'Cold War'

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 13:56
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran's nuclear ambitions could plunge the Middle East into "a new Cold War", warns UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.
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UK activist lifting the lid on secret Syria

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 13:18
related countries: Syria Syria

Activists play central role in Syria uprising
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Lucan's 'secret life in Africa'

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 12:14

Evidence that missing aristocrat Lord Lucan was smuggled out of the UK to a secret life abroad after he disappeared is provided by two new witnesses.
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Live - Pakistan v England

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 10:32
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Openers Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen both reach 50 as England head towards victory over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Dubai.
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Councils handed 'power of prayer'

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 0:44

The government is activating a power it says will allow most councils in England to hold town hall prayers.
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Chisora slaps Vitali at weigh-in

Friday, February 17th 2012, 23:10

British boxer Dereck Chisora slaps Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in ahead of their WBC heavyweight title fight.
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GB win two golds at Olympic track

Friday, February 17th 2012, 19:54
related places: London

Great Britain win two gold medals with world record times on a thrilling first night of finals at the Track World Cup in London.
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Murdoch to launch Sun on Sunday

Friday, February 17th 2012, 19:02
related places: London

Rupert Murdoch is to launch new weekend tabloid the Sun on Sunday "very soon" and lifts all staff suspensions.
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Friday, February 17th 2012, 13:35
related countries: France France
related places: Paris

The UK prime minister and French president hail the strong ties between their two countries after agreeing to work more closely on military operations and nuclear power.
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Students lose tuition fees battle

Friday, February 17th 2012, 12:45

Two teenagers lose much of their legal battle against the raising of tuition fees in England.
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UK and France sign nuclear deal

Friday, February 17th 2012, 12:28
related countries: France France

The UK signs a deal with France to strengthen co-operation on civil nuclear energy as a Franco-British summit is held in Paris.
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VIDEO: France and UK sign nuclear deal

Friday, February 17th 2012, 11:25
related countries: France France

The UK is to sign a deal with France to strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy.
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Surprise jump in UK retail sales

Friday, February 17th 2012, 10:17

UK retail sales rose by a stronger-than-expected 0.9% in January, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
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King's Speech to open in West End

Friday, February 17th 2012, 8:15
related places: March, West End

The stage version of The King's Speech is to transfer to the West End in March at the end of its current UK tour.
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Delay call over NHS 111 phoneline

Friday, February 17th 2012, 8:12

Doctors' leaders say they have 'serious concerns' about the rollout of the NHS 111 non-emergency phoneline in England.
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VIDEO: Spying on a silent star

Friday, February 17th 2012, 7:57

The silent movie star, Charlie Chaplin, became the subject of a British intelligence investigation after America pressed for evidence linking him to communism, according to files released in the National Archives.
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Scots 'must have straight choice'

Friday, February 17th 2012, 0:32

Scotland's voters must be given a "straight choice" between independence and remaining in the Union if a referendum is held on the country's future, peers say.
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PM makes referendum powers offer

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 21:48
related places: Edinburgh

David Cameron offers to consider more Scottish powers in the event of a vote against independence, as his talks with Alex Salmond are described as "frustrating".
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VIDEO: Argentina plans to delay UK ships

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 16:48
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The transport union in Argentina says it will delay any British ships in its ports as tensions increase over the Falkland Islands.
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Boy guilty of student riot attack

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 16:12
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia
related places: London

A 17-year-old boy is found guilty of an attack on a Malaysian student during the summer riots in London.
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Airport eye scanners turned off

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 12:58

Hi-tech eye scanners at two out of four English airports are mothballed seven years after they were introduced.
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Mallinder out of England running

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 12:46

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder says he has not applied for the job as England manager.
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Bacon nude portrait fetches £21m

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 10:27
related places: London

A nude portrait by Francis Bacon, of the Soho model Henrietta Moraes, has sold for £21m at Christie's in London.
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Fry to make London theatre return

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 9:35
related places: London, West End

Stephen Fry is to perform in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at London's Globe theatre - 17 years after he walked out on a West End production.
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BAE annual revenues drop by 14%

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 8:14

UK defence group BAE Systems reports a drop in sales as defence orders fall off, and warns that sales growth is unlikely this year.
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Argentine ire at Falklands visit

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 0:22
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Argentina condemns a planned visit to the Falkland Islands by British MPs as another sign of the UK's "militarisation" of the dispute.
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Homes of 'academy sites' revealed

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 0:14
related places: Birmingham, Bristol

Bristol and Birmingham top the areas of England where the government wants to convert primary schools into academies, the BBC discovers.
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How Germany lost the WWI arms race

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 0:08

How France and Britain won WWI arms race
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Oil fund 'could be worth £30bn'

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 22:43

Scotland's first minister has revealed plans for an independent Scotland to establish an ''oil fund'' to help future generations.
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Robshaw to remain England captain

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 19:25

Chris Robshaw will remain England captain for the remainder of the Six Nations after showing "the qualities required"
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Cook century inspires England win

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 19:24
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A second successive Alastair Cook century helps England to a 20-run win over Pakistan and a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series.
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Unemployment continues to edge up

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 17:46

UK unemployment rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million in the three months to December, the smallest increase for almost a year.
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PM promises to tackle drink abuse

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 17:14

The prime minister calls for bars, supermarkets and the drinks industry in England to do more to help tackle the "scandal" of alcohol abuse.
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Live - England v Pakistan

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 15:07
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
related places: Abu Dhabi

A close finish is in prospect as Pakistan chase 251 to beat England in the second one-day international in Abu Dhabi.
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UK economy 'to zigzag' this year

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 13:08

The UK economy will "zigzag" this year, dipping in and out of growth, says Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King.
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Missing Appel artworks recovered

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 12:44
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands
related places: More

More than 400 works of art by Dutch artist Karel Appel are recovered after being discovered in a British warehouse, a decade after they disappeared.
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Live - Pakistan v England

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 10:26
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
related places: Abu Dhabi

Alastair Cook makes a century as England close on 250-4 in the second one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
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Miller cast in US Sherlock update

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 9:15
related countries: United States United States

British actor Jonny Lee Miller will play Sherlock Holmes in a proposed US TV update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories.
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Ryanair in 'sexist ads' criticism

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 1:27

Two newspaper advertisements for the budget airline Ryanair are banned by the UK's advertising watchdog after complaints they were sexist.
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'Clarity' call over independence

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 0:13

A report by a Westminster committee calls for clarity on the "unanswered questions" of Scottish independence.
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Rangers FC enters administration

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 19:54

Rangers Football Club enters administration - meaning the club will be docked an immediate 10 points in the Scottish Premier League.
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UK inflation slows on VAT effect

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 17:51

Prices rose at an annual rate of 3.6% in January, official figures show, slower than the 4.2% rate recorded the month earlier.
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Rangers given 10-point deduction

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 17:08

Rangers are deducted 10 points after entering administration to fall 14 points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.
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Downgrade hit to Spain and Italy

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 13:51
related countries: France France, Italy Italy, Portugal Portugal, Spain Spain

Italy, Spain and Portugal are among six eurozone nations to have their credit ratings cut by Moody's, while the UK and France are put on "negative outlook".
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UK and Jordan in Abu Qatada talks

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 13:05
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Home Office minister James Brokenshire is in Jordan for talks about Abu Qatada, the BBC understands.
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Radcliffe film tops UK box office

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 11:26

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe tops the UK box office chart again - this time with his new Hammer Horror production The Woman in Black.
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Chancellor: 'Can't waver' on cuts

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 9:31

Chancellor George Osborne defends continued spending cuts following a warning that the country's credit rating may be downgraded.
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Moody's warns on UK credit rating

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 9:12
related countries: Austria Austria, Italy Italy, Portugal Portugal

Moody's puts the credit rating of the UK, France and Austria on "negative outlook" and downgrades the ratings of Italy, Spain and Portugal.
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Iran sanctions won't work: Lamont

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 6:37
related countries: Iran Iran

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Lamont says sanctions against Iran will not work and are hurting British business interests, as David Lewis reports.
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Argentine union boycotts UK ships

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 2:24
related countries: Argentina Argentina, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Argentina's main transport union says it will boycott ships flying the British flag as tensions rise over the Falkland Islands.
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Home sales are 'expected to rise'

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 0:57

Sales of homes in England and Wales are expected to rise in the final weeks of a stamp duty holiday, surveyors say.
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Abu Qatada release prompts debate

Monday, February 13th 2012, 23:35

Abu Qatada, accused of being one of the UK's most dangerous extremist preachers, is freed on bail from jail, prompting debate about his right to stay in the UK.
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Student recalls London riot punch

Monday, February 13th 2012, 20:29
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia
related places: London

A Malaysian student whose jaw was broken in an attack during the London riots tells a jury how he was punched in the face and robbed.
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England bounce back with ODI win

Monday, February 13th 2012, 19:25
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
related places: Abu Dhabi

Alastair Cook and Steven Finn help England recover from their Test series whitewash to beat Pakistan by 130 runs in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi.
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'Modest progress' over referendum

Monday, February 13th 2012, 15:42
related places: Edinburgh

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says "modest progress" was made at independence referendum talks with the UK government.
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Gatland gets Lions coach blessing

Monday, February 13th 2012, 12:24
related countries: Australia Australia, Ireland Ireland

The Welsh Rugby Union is happy for Warren Gatland to coach the British and Irish Lions to Australia in 2013 should he be asked.
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Redknapp wants Scholes at Euros

Monday, February 13th 2012, 11:26
related places: Scholes

Harry Redknapp, favourite to take the England job, says Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes should play at Euro 2012.
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Mixed outlook for the UK economy

Monday, February 13th 2012, 10:17

The CBI has predicted the UK will avoid a double dip recession, but two other surveys suggest the economy may worsen.
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Bonuses in public sector reviewed

Monday, February 13th 2012, 0:13

Public sector bonuses are to face new restrictions amid anger over pay levels at taxpayer-subsidised organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Falling NHS productivity "myth"

Sunday, February 12th 2012, 23:58

Official figures have failed to reflect recent improvements in the NHS in England, according to the Lancet medical journal.
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The Artist dominates 65th Baftas

Sunday, February 12th 2012, 23:22

Silent movie The Artist dominates the 65th Baftas, taking seven prizes including best film, best director and best actor for its star Jean Dujardin.
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Wales 27-13 Scotland

Sunday, February 12th 2012, 16:47

Leigh Halfpenny scores two tries in a 22-point haul as Wales outclass Scotland 27-13 to go top of the Six Nations table.
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Live - Wales v Scotland

Sunday, February 12th 2012, 15:29
related places: Cardiff

Wales run in three tries as they beat Scotland 27-13 in the Six Nations at the Millennium Stadium.
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VIDEO: Turkey: Syria has broken promises

Sunday, February 12th 2012, 11:21
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

As Turkey takes a lead in trying to broker a settlement to end the violence in Syria the Turkish ambassador to the UK says President Assad has broken promises.
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Point of View: Why 2012 is a year to remember

Sunday, February 12th 2012, 0:42

Why 2012 is a bumper year for UK anniversaries
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VIDEO: Argentina claim UK sub near Falklands

Saturday, February 11th 2012, 12:16

Argentina's foreign minister has accused the UK of sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic, after making an official complaint to the UN. But UK officials said the accusations of militarisation were "absurd".
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