Angry British PM won't pay EU bill

2014-10-24 19:12

Prime Minister David Cameron says he will not make an additional €2.1bn payment into this year's European Union budget.

UK factory export orders drop - CBI

2014-10-23 14:15

British factory export orders have fallen in the three months to October at the fastest pace since January 2013, according to a survey.

Tesco CEO says more ways to win back shoppers

2014-10-23 10:30

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis says there is more it can do on prices, but it was not the only way for the embattled British supermarket to win back lost market share.

UK consumer confidence tumbles

2014-10-23 10:00

Consumer confidence in Britain has taken its biggest tumble in four years this month as workers in low-paid sectors worry about losing their jobs.

Wife admits ordering killing of Briton on Bali

2014-10-22 14:48

The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police say.

UK needs to build extra 60 000 homes: Lloyds

2014-10-21 11:30

Lloyds Banking Group says at least 60 000 new homes need to be built in Britain every year above the current level of supply to ease the country's housing shortage.

UK big grocers can learn from France

2014-10-20 18:03

The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain's "big four" grocers.

UK threatens internet trolls with two years in jail

2014-10-19 21:13

People found guilty of internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined, following a number of high-profile case of abuse on Twitter.

Britain may use mediaeval treason law

2014-10-17 19:03

Britain may use a mediaeval law to charge citizens with treason if they go to fight with Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria.

BoE rates could stay lower for longer

2014-10-17 10:15

The Bank of England may need to keep interest rates lower for longer than previously thought, to reduce the chance of the economy slipping into stagnation.

Spooky SMS from the other side

2014-10-16 20:38

A grieving British couple are in the habit of comforting themselves by texting messages to the mobile phone they buried with their grandmother three years ago.

Jimmy Choo seen pricing London float at bottom

2014-10-16 15:30

Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo is expected to set its London flotation, amid declining enthusiasm for new issues.

Scotland Yard requests new genetic tests in Maddie case

2014-10-16 05:00

Scotland Yard has asked for new genetic tests to be carried out in their hunt for the missing Madeleine McCann, the head of a Portuguese medical investigation unit said.

UK terror suspect had 'Plan A' document

2014-10-15 19:24

Police have found a checklist-style document labelled "Plan A" in the home of a suspect accused of plotting a terrorist attack in the UK, a prosecutor said.

British unemployment falls to 8-yr low

2014-10-15 14:15

Britain's unemployment rate has fallen to 6% in the third quarter, reaching its lowest level in eight years, official figures have shown.

Stem cells to treat blindness appear to be safe

2014-10-15 11:33

An experimental treatment for blindness that uses embryonic stem cells appears to be safe, and it improved vision in more than half of the patients who got it, two studies show.

UK terror suspect had Blair's address

2014-10-14 16:10

A man on trial in London for terrorism had the address of a property owned by former British prime minister Tony Blair in his car when he was stopped, a prosecutor says.

Oil producer Afren fires execs in payment scandal

2014-10-14 10:45

Oil and gas producer Afren has dismissed its CEO, COO and two associate directors after an independent review into unauthorised payments.

Missing Pom parrot returns speaking Spanish

2014-10-13 20:38

A pet parrot that disappeared from the owner's home 4 years ago has returned speaking another language.

SA killer mom had mind abnormality - testimony

2014-10-13 13:52

The Old Bailey has heard that a South African mother who admitted suffocating her three young disabled children in London suffered from an "abnormality of mind".

No murder charges for SA mom in UK

2014-10-13 11:03

South African Tania Clarence will not be charged with murder for killing her three young disabled children in London, a report says.

Kurds thwart ISIS in Kobane

2014-10-13 08:41

Turkey -Attacking ISIS jihadists has met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.

US and UK to test big bank collapse

2014-10-12 16:00

Regulators from the US and the UK will get together in a war room to see if they can cope with any possible fall-out when the next big bank topples over.

UK ring-fences a hurdle for bank directors

2014-10-12 10:50

Britain's major lenders may find it hard to hire dozens of directors that are required as part of a radical reshape of the industry.

UKIP leader calls for ban on immigrants carrying HIV

2014-10-10 19:13

HIV campaigners on Friday said British political leader Nigel Farage, whose party has just won its first seat in parliament, should be "truly ashamed" after calling for an immigration ban on people carrying the virus.


Mugabe an iconic figure, says British envoy

2014-10-23 20:54

Britain's new ambassador to Zimbabwe says the country's president Robert Mugabe is an iconic figure, and is also willing to normalise relations between the two countries.

UK fraud prosecutor seeks extra £26.5m

2014-10-23 13:45

Britain's leading prosecutor has asked government paymasters for an extra £26.5m to help fund complex investigations, such as financial benchmark manipulation.

Skill shortage drives salaries up in UK

2014-10-23 10:15

A talent shortage in Britain's financial services and technology sectors has pushed salaries in the industry up by 2.6% in the last year.

UK's Lloyds to cut 9 000 jobs over next 3 years

2014-10-23 09:30

Lloyds Banking Group will next week announce plans to cut 9 000 jobs over the next three years, according to sources.

Hurricane remnants lash UK

2014-10-21 19:07

Hurricane Gonzalo's remnants have battered Britain, with a woman killed by a falling tree in London.

Tesco stems sales decline

2014-10-21 11:15

Sales at Britain's Tesco, the leading grocer reeling from an accountancy scandal, has fallen over the last 12 weeks, industry data shows.

Group: Suspects in Brit murders possibly abused

2014-10-20 15:39

Two suspects who confessed to the murder of a pair of British tourists on a Thai beach last month were showing possible signs of physical abuse, according to a rights commission.

Four face UK anti-terrorism charges

2014-10-17 22:22

Four men have been charged under anti-terrorism legislation with preparing to launch attacks in the UK and swearing an oath of allegiance to ISIS.

BoE may keep rates lower for longer

2014-10-17 14:42

The Bank of England's chief economist has offered the strongest signal yet that the bank is prepared to delay increases in borrowing costs.

BoE defends banker accountability law

2014-10-17 08:43

Britain's banks are over-reacting to rules aimed at making senior officials accountable for breaches which happen on their watch, says a top regulator.

New Tesco boss likely to sell assets

2014-10-16 19:19

Just six weeks into his job, Tesco boss Dave Lewis must look at selling assets as he battles to raise funds to pull the grocer out of its deepest crisis.

Colombian farmers sue BP for environment damage

2014-10-16 10:13

A case in which 100 Colombian farmers are suing British oil giant BP for environmental damage has opened in the High Court in London.

Croc on the loose in UK 'apprehended'

2014-10-15 21:37

British police have been called out to capture a crocodile on the loose in the south-western city of Plymouth.

Tata in talks to sell UK steel plants

2014-10-15 17:29

India's Tata Steel is in talks to sell loss-making European operations including mills in northern England and Scotland to Geneva-based Klesch Group.

Collapsible wings help eagle fight air turbulence

2014-10-15 12:37

Soaring eagles tuck in their wings when encountering turbulence to avoid damaging their muscles, scientists suggest.

UK over-55s to get greater pension access

2014-10-14 19:30

Britons coming up to retirement will find it easier to spend their pension savings early, according to government plans.

UK anti-terrorism police arrest six

2014-10-14 14:32

British police have arrested three men and three women in a counter-terrorism operation linked to the civil war in Syria.

Trial starts under new UK secrecy rules

2014-10-13 21:00

A British court has begun hearing the country's first major trial on terrorism charges under new secrecy rules..

Artificial coral offers solution to endangered reefs

2014-10-13 14:04

With recent studies showing the world's oceans acidifying at an accelerating rate, scientists say coral reefs are at risk of dying out. But a student at London's Royal College of Art has come up with a possible solution.

UK to send ambulances for suspected Ebola cases

2014-10-13 12:54

Ambulances and medics in protective suits will be sent to anyone calling Britain’s health emergency helpline with Ebola-like symptoms, the government says.

UK income tax receipts set to miss target

2014-10-13 10:30

British income tax receipts will probably fall short of the government's target for the current financial year despite a surge in employment.

UK to hunt for King Harold's body to test theory

2014-10-13 08:27

King Harold II has long been thought to have been killed at the Battle of Hastings. But UK archaeologists will test a theory he survived on the anniversary of the famous battle.

Cyber sex scandal MP to quit UK parliament

2014-10-12 14:42

A British lawmaker who quit Prime Minister David Cameron's government over an internet sex scandal has said he will stand down from parliament.

London monitoring '1000s' of potential extremists

2014-10-11 13:12

London Mayor Boris Johnson says Britain's counter-terrorism forces are monitoring "thousands" of potential extremists in the metropolitan area.

Euroskeptic UKIP wins seat in British Parliament

2014-10-10 13:50

The UK Independence Party has won a seat in the British Parliament for the first time, a significant breakthrough for the anti-immigration force and a protest vote against the country’s mainstream parties.

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