Edinburgh, London battle over black gold

2014-08-22 15:16

North Sea oil has been at the centre of fierce debate over Scotland's future ahead of an independence vote next month.

UK's Cameron returns to London to discuss IS video

2014-08-20 14:09

UK Prime Minister David Cameron will interrupt his holiday and return to London after Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of a US journalist, featuring comments by a man with a British accent.

Britain ready to supply Kurds with arms

2014-08-15 14:37

Britain would consider "positively" any request for arms from the Kurds to help them battle Sunni militants who have seized much of Iraq, a spokesperson for the prime minister says.

David Cameron under pressure on Iraq

2014-08-11 16:40

Pressure has mounted on British PM David Cameron to do more on Iraq, with some members of his own party urging him to recall Parliament from its summer break to consider action.

MH17 victim's father urges Ukraine fighting lull

2014-07-29 22:35

The father of a British MH17 victim said fighting in the Ukrainian plane crash zone should end to facilitate the repatriation of victims, after he met Prime Minister David Cameron.

British PM reshuffles his cabinet on Twitter

2014-07-16 10:50

British Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled a major shake-up of his cabinet through his two official Twitter accounts.

Britain's child sex abuse inquiry: the facts

2014-07-09 17:24

Britain has ordered an inquiry into claims that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 70s and 80s. Here are details of the allegations, how they came to light and the government reaction.

Ex-editor Coulson gets 18 months for hacking

2014-07-04 14:16

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, a onetime aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking.

Leaders meet British PM on N Ireland tensions

2014-07-02 19:29

Republican leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness are to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron for talks on resolving lingering tensions in Northern Ireland.

Cameron loses EU landslide

2014-06-27 19:32

EU leaders have chosen Juncker to become the bloc's new chief executive despite British opposition.

Britain spurns EU olive branches

2014-06-24 22:27

European Union officials have offered Britain several olive branches to try to prevent a summit ending in isolation and defeat.

Cameron signals tougher line on radicalism

2014-06-15 19:32

Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain had been too tolerant of Islamist radicalism in the past and allowed violent rhetoric to flourish, pledging a "muscular" approach to combat the problem.

Obama, Cameron set new Russia sanctions deadline

2014-06-06 05:00

Obama and Cameron lay out new conditions for Putin in Ukraine to avoid tougher sanctions

Putin, Cameron to hold face-to-face Ukraine talks

2014-06-02 14:47

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold face-to-face talks on the Ukraine crisis with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Downing Street says.

EU leaders look for answers amid euroscepticism

2014-05-27 15:07

European leaders are set to carry out a post-mortem, with calls for reforms to the bloc following the dramatic breakthrough of nationalist, eurosceptic and anti-immigrant parties in EU elections.

UKIP wakeup for mainstream parties

2014-05-23 22:33

The first rumbles of a political earthquake promised by UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage are rippling through UK politics.

UDM joins call for release of kidnapped Nigerian girls

2014-05-16 15:59

The United Democratic Movement has urged the AU to help ensure that more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria are found.

UK offers spy plane to help Nigeria schoolgirl search

2014-05-14 16:57

Britain has offered Nigeria a surveillance plane and a military team to help with the search for more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted a month ago by Boko Haram militants.

Cameron's EU strategy 'wishful thinking'

2014-05-09 13:45

PM David Cameron’s plans to renegotiate UK ties with the EU are wishful thinking and likely to yield only minor concessions that will unite his governing Conservation party, his coalition partner is set to warn.

Ethnic minorities to make up third of UK by 2050

2014-05-06 10:01

Almost one third of Britons will be from ethnic minorities by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a new study published by a think tank.

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.


Cameron 'shocked' that Briton likely involved in Foley's beheading

2014-08-20 21:10

Prime Minister David Cameron is shocked that a British citizen looked likely to be involved in a video purportedly showing the beheading of a US journalist James Foley.

Britain's EU exit could spark banks exodus

2014-08-18 10:35

Some Wall Street banks are drawing up preliminary plans, including moving some London-based operations to Ireland, to deal with Britain's possible EU exit.

Australia to join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq

2014-08-13 15:39

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australian planes will join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq and did not rule out the possibility of greater military involvement.

UK muslim minister quits over Gaza policy

2014-08-05 13:19

A British minister who was the first Muslim to sit in the cabinet has resigned over the government's policy on Gaza.

Fake marriages more rife than thought - UK MP's

2014-07-25 12:01

Sham marriages to win the right to live in Britain are more prevalent than thought and a major risk to immigration control, a group of lawmakers warned.

UK braces for one million strong strike

2014-07-10 10:22

Britain is preparing for one million public sector workers to strike over salary freezes and spending cuts, as the prime minister vowed to change the law to limit strikes.

Calls for inquiry into alleged Westminster child abuse

2014-07-07 09:55

The UK government is facing growing calls for a national inquiry into allegations of child abuse by politicians in the 1970s and 1980s, after it emerged that 114 files relating to the accusations are missing.

UK had plan to train 100 000 Syria rebels - BBC

2014-07-04 08:15

Britain had planned to train and equip a 100 000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar Assad before it was deemed to be too risky, BBC Newsnight reports.

Top adviser to UK PM Cameron to join Barclays

2014-07-02 09:55

Barclays has hired Tim Luke, one of David Cameron's most senior advisers, to look into technology, media and telecommunications.

Judge in phone-hacking trial criticises Cameron

2014-06-25 22:13

The judge in the British phone-hacking trial has criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for not waiting until all verdicts were in before commenting on Andy Coulson.

China has surpassed Britain's 'declining empire'

2014-06-18 12:47

China has overtaken Britain as a world power, a state-run newspaper has argued, after Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of trade deals that will see Chinese invest in British high-speed trains and nuclear power.

China, UK to sign $30bn worth of deals

2014-06-13 17:30

China and Britain will sign business deals worth at least $30bn during a visit to London by China's Premier Li Keqiang, the Chinese ambassador to Britain says.

England to host 2022 SWC?

2014-06-05 22:00

British Prime Minister David Cameron has hinted that England would be ready to stage the 2022 World Cup if Qatar loses it.

British PM appalled by 'barbaric' death sentence

2014-05-31 19:56

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "appalled" by the "barbaric" death sentence given to a Sudanese woman for apostasy.

Putin accuses Prince Charles of unroyal behaviour

2014-05-24 22:34

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Britain’s Prince Charles of unacceptable and unroyal behaviour by comparing him with Adolf Hitler.

150 000 urge US to resume search for yachtsmen

2014-05-20 15:35

More than 150 000 people have signed a petition calling on the US Coast Guard to resume the search for four British yachtsmen missing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Kerry: Fate of talks lies with Israelis, Palestinians

2014-05-15 13:26

Only Palestinians and Israelis can decide whether to resume talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned.

UK teen cancer fund-raiser dies

2014-05-14 14:56

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is deeply saddened at news of the death of a teenage cancer sufferer who raised more than $5m for charity.

World powers join search for abducted schoolgirls

2014-05-08 08:05

World powers, including the US and China, have joined in the search for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists.

48-hour strike begins on London Underground

2014-04-29 08:04

Workers on London's Underground train system has started a 48-hour strike at 21:00 (2000 GMT), threatening chaos for commuters.

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.

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