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UK government lends hand to BP in oil spill ruling

2014-09-08 12:15

The British government has urged the US Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling against BP over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Cameron: Scotland should stay in Britain

2014-08-28 14:15

British Prime Minister David Cameron will make a case for the economic benefits of Scotland staying in the UK as a divided business community takes sides.

British banks approve fewer home loans

2014-08-26 13:30

British banks have approved fewer home loans in July than in June, as tighter rules on mortgages lending introduced in April took the heat off the housing market.

Britain to map 100 000 DNA code sequences

2014-08-01 12:03

British scientists are to map 100 000 complete DNA code sequences in a project that will make the country a world leader in genetic research on cancer and rare diseases.

Lloyds Bank fined $370m for Libor rigging

2014-07-28 17:12

Britain's Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay $370m to US and British authorities investigating its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal.

Cellphones 'main killer on road by 2015'

2014-07-18 12:48

Drunk-driving, so far, is rated as the main cause of road deaths in the UK. By the end of 2014, however, illegal cellphone use will have pride of place. Will you be another texting statistic?

UK: Iran nuclear talks sides far apart

2014-07-10 18:26

Significant differences remain between six world powers and Iran in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme, according to British Foreign Minister William Hague.

Britain to investigate politican child sex abuse claims

2014-07-07 16:55

Britain pledged to investigate allegations that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 1980s and then used their position to scuttle attempts to uncover their crimes.

Press rivals claim victory over phone-hacking verdicts

2014-06-25 11:37

Britain's press was split over the verdicts in the phone-hacking trial, with the Rupert Murdoch press focussing on Rebekah Brooks's acquittal, and its rivals on Andy Coulson's conviction.

Ex-UK tabloid editor convicted of phone hacking

2014-06-24 14:57

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been convicted of phone hacking, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a month long trial centring on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

African, western countries create intelligence unit

2014-06-12 09:07

An external intelligence response unit has been created by five African and three Western countries as a result of a summit on terrorism held in May, an official says.

Cocaine found in the U.K.'s tap water

2014-05-14 10:08

Brits snort so much cocaine that scientists have found traces of it in the U.K.'s drinking water.

Demand for broadband lifts BT

2014-05-08 13:22

Strong demand for fibre broadband and television helped Britain's BT Group to report higher-than-expected full-year results.

UK economy grows in first quarter

2014-04-29 15:00

The British economy grew by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2014, says the Office for National Statistics, slightly lower than expectations.

Barclays to appoint new pay committee head

2014-04-15 09:56

Barclays, under fire from shareholders for raising bonuses despite a fall in profit, will appoint Crawford Gillies to its board, sources say.

Do common fertility treatments work?

2014-03-30 15:00

A new study suggests doctors should rethink traditional treatments.

Europe to loosen repackaging debt rules

2014-03-27 16:45

The European Union will loosen rules on selling securitised debt, the bloc's regulatory chief says.

UK regulator warns more Libor traders

2014-03-27 13:52

Britain's financial regulator has issued a warning notice to another two traders for "significant failings" over a period of around two years.

Time for action on older drivers?

2014-03-27 10:21

Worrying about an elderly relative driving? 42% of Britons polled are concerned about their older relatives getting behind the wheel - though were unlikely to do anything about it.

UK to sign yuan clearing deal with China

2014-03-26 15:43

Britain and China will sign an agreement to set up the first clearing service for renminbi trading outside Asia, putting London in a prime position.

Britain to sell more of Lloyds bank

2014-03-25 19:23

The British government revealed that it will seek to sell an extra stake in bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group, after offloading a chunk late last year.

Marks & Spencer loses UK clothing share

2014-03-21 18:38

Marks & Spencer, Britain's biggest clothing retailer, lost market share over the last three months, industry data show.

Britain considers changes to bank levy

2014-03-19 18:19

Britain is considering changes to its bank levy after failing to raise as much as expected from the tax.

Online retailer makes strong market debut

2014-03-14 11:44

Shares in British online fashion retailer boohoo.com jumped in debut trade, giving the firm a value of around $1.45bn.

G4S to repay UK government for scandal

2014-03-12 14:13

The world's biggest security firm G4S has agreed to repay £108.9m plus tax to the British government after overcharging it on a contract to tag offenders.

 

Parents of boy with brain tumour appear in court

2014-09-01 13:51

The parents of a British boy taken out of hospital in Britain without medical consent have appeared before a Spanish judge on an extradition hearing.

Brown sets aside feud to try to keep Scotland in UK

2014-08-27 14:46

Former British PM Gordon Brown will set aside a long-running feud to make his first public appearance with Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland part of the UK.

Psychiatrists to examine man over 'bomb hoax'

2014-08-06 18:41

A man arrested over a suspected bomb hoax on a Manchester-bound Qatar Airways flight has been ordered to take a psychiatric evaluation under Britain's Mental Health Act.

UK holds crisis meeting on Ebola, warns of threat

2014-07-30 20:56

British officials have held a crisis meeting and warned of a potentially serious threat if the deadly Ebola virus spreads further.

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 child abuse inquiry head resigns

2014-07-14 16:20

A retired female judge whom the British government appointed last week to lead an inquiry into allegations that public figures abused children in the 1980s has resigned.

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.

Royal family costs Britons 56 pence each a year

2014-06-26 13:41

The public cost of the British monarchy rose by £2.4m last year to £35.7m, equivalent to 56 pence per person, palace accounts reveal.

Key moments in Britain's phone-hacking scandal

2014-06-24 16:45

As jury returns verdicts, here is a look at the key moments in Britain's tabloid phone-hacking scandal.

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.

UK watchdog rethinks retirement review

2014-06-09 15:00

Britain's financial watchdog has changed the scope and timing of a study into the annuities market in response to unexpected reforms announced by the government.

Egdon wants to buy Alkane shale assets

2014-05-12 16:11

Independent oil and gas explorer Egdon Resources says it has been in advanced talks to buy Alkane Energy's shale assets in Britain.

Do common fertility treatments work?

2014-05-05 15:00

A new study suggests doctors should rethink traditional treatments.

UN expert berates Britain's 'sexist culture'

2014-04-16 19:11

A United Nations investigator warned that Britain had a "boys' club sexist culture" that was more pervasive than in other countries.

Britain warns Scots on energy job risks

2014-04-09 09:55

Britain has warned Scotland that voting for independence would put jobs and investment in the Scottish energy industry at risk.

UK to set drug-driving limits

2014-03-28 14:29

The British government’s ambition to create drug-driving limits moved a step closer following the results of two public consultations. Should such limits be applied in SA?

Time for action on older drivers?

2014-03-27 15:20

Worrying about an elderly relative driving? 42% of Britons polled are concerned about their older relatives getting behind the wheel.

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.

UK to exit Lloyds after $7bn share sale

2014-03-27 09:29

UK government has sold £4.2bn worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group to cut its stake in the country's largest retail bank to under 25%.

UK sells Lloyds stake for £4.2bn

2014-03-26 11:04

Investors have shown their dismay with Britain's sale of an extra stake in bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group.

Standard Life in talks to buy fund manager

2014-03-24 18:51

British financial services provider Standard Life says it is in "advanced" talks to purchase fund manager Ignis from owner Phoenix Group.

Britain sets out Europe's energy options

2014-03-20 11:28

Europe has a range of options to shore up its energy security and cut dependence on Russian supplies, including asking the United States to export more gas.

Key measures from Britain's budget

2014-03-19 18:12

British finance minister George Osborne presented his annual budget statement to parliament.

UK economy to be fastest growing of G7

2014-03-12 16:31

Britain's economy will grow faster than any other G7 nation, but the Bank of England will not raise interest rates until next year, a Reuters poll shows.

Insurer Aviva returns to profit in 2013

2014-03-06 11:22

British insurer Aviva says it had swung back into profit during 2013 as it underwent major restructuring.

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