UK culture minister resigns over expenses scandal

2014-04-09 11:07

The British minister overseeing future regulation of the press, Maria Miller, has quit her cabinet post following a row over expenses, Downing Street has announced.

Britain orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood

2014-04-01 15:08

British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns that the group is planning radical activities from a base in London.

Reporter: Andy Coulson agreed to fund hacking

2014-03-18 18:21

Andy Coulson, David Cameron's ex-media chief, agreed to fund the hacking of phones belonging to aides to Britain's Prince William and Harry, a former reporter has told a London court.

British PM laughs off Twitter parodies

2014-03-08 11:32

British Prime Minister David Cameron has laughed off the widespread mockery of a photo he posted on Twitter of him looking serious while on the phone to US President Barack Obama.

Britain's Hague to visit Kiev

2014-03-01 14:05

British Foreign Secretary William Hague is set to visit Kiev for talks with the interim Ukrainian government as tensions rise with Russia over Crimea, a foreign office spokesperson says.

UK storms 'have changed coastline forever'

2014-02-21 21:46

The huge storms and powerful winds that have battered the coast of Britain in recent weeks have caused years' worth of erosion and damage, authorities says.

British speaker slams parliament 'yobbery'

2014-02-19 05:30

The speaker of Britain's House of Commons has launched a fresh effort to curb the "yobbery" of rowdy lawmakers screaming in the chamber.

Britain warns Scotland over pound use

2014-02-13 17:43

Scotland would not be able to keep the pound if it voted to end its 307-year-old union with England, says Britain.

Fresh storms to lash flooded parts of UK

2014-02-12 22:01

Flooded communities in the UK face a fresh battering from storms and high winds as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following criticism of a sluggish response.

Union postpones London tube strike

2014-02-11 14:46

One of the two unions involved in a planned protest on London's underground rail network has suspended its 48-hour walkout.

UK: Thames on flood alert as blame game rages

2014-02-10 14:52

Thousands of homes in southeast England are bracing for flooding after the River Thames burst its banks as a political row over the handling of devastating winter storm erupts into the open.

Britons rescued as flood crisis deepens

2014-02-06 16:59

Britain is being lashed by more heavy rain as firefighters rescued people from flooded homes and Prime Minister David Cameron scrambled to deal with the crisis.

Prince Charles visits UK flood victims

2014-02-04 17:29

Britain's Prince Charles has visited flood-hit villages that have been cut off from the world by the wettest January for more than a century.

UK man appeals blasphemy death sentence

2014-01-31 14:37

Lawyers for a UK man sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy have filed an appeal, saying the court had failed to consider "overwhelming" evidence of his mental illness.

Former Thatcher aide dies

2014-01-18 17:58

Former aide to Margaret Thatcher and ex-treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, Alistair McAlpine, who was wrongly accused of child abuse in a BBC report, has died aged 71.

Gates: UK cuts limit military partnership with US

2014-01-16 22:00

Britain's military cuts mean it will no longer be a full partner alongside United States forces, former US defence secretary Robert Gates has said.

Tax breaks for fracking firms in UK

2014-01-13 16:50

British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised tax breaks worth millions of pounds to local councils who encourage shale gas development.

UK set to launch shale licensing round

2013-12-17 19:21

Britain's latest licensing round to allow companies to explore for shale gas will be launched in early summer, the government says.

Obama selfie at Mandela memorial goes viral

2013-12-10 21:05

US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela's memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz.

World bows in respect to Mandela

2013-12-06 11:53

The death of former president Nelson Mandela has unleashed a heartfelt chorus of awed respect from across the worlds of politics, religion, sport and culture.

Britain to crack down on benefit tourism

2013-11-27 11:07

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a tightening of migrant benefit rules due to concerns over migration levels from Bulgaria and Romania when restrictions are lifted.

US carrier steps up Philippines relief operation

2013-11-15 09:57

A US aircraft carrier has sent mercy flights into the typhoon-smashed Philippines, transporting food and supplies desperately needed for survivors.

Terror suspect evades UK police, wearing a burqa

2013-11-05 09:09

The British government has defended its terror prevention measures after a Somali-born suspect escaped surveillance by putting on a burqa during a visit to a mosque.

UK phone-hacking trial starts

2013-10-28 09:09

Prime Minister David Cameron's former press chief Andy Coulson and one-time Rupert Murdoch sidekick Rebekah Brooks stand accused over the phone-hacking scandal that rocked UK media.

UK PM to make landmark visit to Sri Lanka

2013-10-25 13:51

David Cameron will become the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka's war-torn Tamil heartland during next month's Commonwealth summit when he will press Colombo on human rights.


UK could begin fracking in 4 years

2014-04-02 13:14

Shale gas production in the UK could begin within four years if the current crisis in Ukraine escalates to such an extent that a national state of emergency is declared.

UK to probe signs of energy price fixing

2014-03-27 11:15

British regulators referred the country's energy supply sector for a full anti-trust investigation that could see some of the big suppliers broken up.

Cameron: Scots must heed business warnings

2014-03-14 17:27

British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to urge Scotland to take note of the concerns of the Bank of England and businesses about breaking away from the UK.

Tribute paid to Nelson Mandela in London

2014-03-03 22:15

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Harry were among the guests at a memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela in London.

Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea

2014-02-28 07:57

Dozens of armed men in Russian-marked military uniforms have occupied an airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region, a report says.

News Corp's Rebekah Brooks finally testifies

2014-02-20 15:26

The jury trying Rebekah Brooks over phone-hacking charges have been told not to hold her role as a former Rupert Murdoch editor with huge influence against her as she finally takes the stand.

Battered Britain faces new winter storm

2014-02-14 11:29

Yet another Atlantic storm is barrelling towards the UK, threatening to dump a month's worth of rainfall on communities already struggling to cope with the wettest winter for 250 years.

British PM Cameron 'must meet Mugabe'

2014-02-13 12:07

Engaging Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is the only way the UK can have constructive influence in Zimbabwe and bring to an end a detrimental diplomatic conflict, a political analyst says.

English homes swamped, transport flood chaos

2014-02-11 17:39

Hundreds more homes risk being swamped by floods in southeast England after the River Thames burst its banks and one of the country's busiest rail routes was severely disrupted.

Britain hints at break-up of British Gas

2014-02-10 20:15

Britain has urged regulators to launch a full-scale probe into profit margins in the gas market, hinting that Centrica unit British Gas could be broken up.

Calls for Cameron to boycott summit over Mugabe

2014-02-10 10:01

A British MP has reportedly urged PM David Cameron to boycott the upcoming EU-AU summit scheduled for Brussels in April after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was invited to attend.

London hit by travel chaos over strike

2014-02-05 16:58

Millions of commuters were caught in chaos as Underground workers began the first in a series of strikes that Prime Minister David Cameron branded as "shameful."

London faces two-day railway strike chaos

2014-02-04 07:00

London faces travel chaos as workers on the Underground railway go on strike for 48 hours to protest the closure of ticket offices with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

UK lawmaker sacked after Nazi stag party

2014-01-22 15:40

A British lawmaker had been "stupid and offensive" in organising a Nazi-themed stag party in France, but is not a racist, a Conservative Party internal inquiry has found.

Obama, Cameron discuss security, NSA

2014-01-17 07:05

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have discussed Mideast security issues and the US review of secretive spying programmes.

Total deal speeds up shale gas race

2014-01-13 19:30

Total has become the first major oil and gas company to strike a deal to explore for shale gas in Britain.

UK 'will miss key target to cut migration'

2014-01-07 12:48

Britain will fail to meet a government target to reduce the number of migrants entering the country to below 100 000 a year, business secretary Vince Cable says.

Cameron laughs off drama over "selfie" at Mandela memorial

2013-12-12 07:18

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Danish counterpart laughed off criticism that they had acted inappropriately by posing for a "selfie".

SA can be a success story, says Cameron

2013-12-10 11:05

British Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested that Nelson Mandela’s legacy could lead South Africa to true success, a report says.

Top UK energy firms vow to cut prices

2013-12-02 14:39

Four of Britain's big energy companies have promised to cut consumer gas and electricity prices after the government pledged to cut some taxes.

UK medics could face jail for patient neglect

2013-11-16 14:43

UK doctors and nurses, who neglect their patients, could be jailed under government proposals.

Sri Lankan president to defend war crimes claims

2013-11-14 11:28

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has stated that he was ready to defend his country against allegations of war crimes at this week's Commonwealth summit.

China-Norway relations remain frosty

2013-10-28 12:51

China's three-year snub of Norway over a Nobel Peace Prize award has illustrated the sharp edge of Chinese diplomacy, though there is a hope that relations will get better.

Don't tinker with spy network: Cameron

2013-10-25 21:14

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says shared intelligence with the US has benefited EU states as an eavesdropping row pushes France and Germany to demand a new code of conduct on data-gathering.

Cameron blasts Facebook over beheading videos

2013-10-22 18:17

British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned Facebook as "irresponsible" after the social networking site lifted its ban on users posting videos of beheadings.

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