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UK jets strike ISIS jihadists west of Baghdad

2014-10-01 13:03

British fighter jets have fired on Islamic State militants west of Baghdad, the ministry of defence says, in their second strikes in as many days in Iraq.

UK manufacturing PMI hits 17-month low

2014-10-01 11:51

British manufacturing has grown at the slowest rate in 17 months in September as demand weakened at home and in Europe.

UK jets launch their first attacks against ISIS

2014-09-30 21:10

British Tornado fighter jets have launched their first attacks against Islamic State targets in Iraq since parliament approved combat operations.

UK to review banking portability service

2014-09-30 12:30

Britain is reviewing whether bank customers should be allowed to switch lenders using their existing account number in a bid to boost competition.

UK Twitter troll jailed for 18 weeks

2014-09-29 19:59

A British man has been jailed for 18 weeks for a campaign of rape threats and other abuse on Twitter against a female lawmaker.

UK vows crackdown on tax-avoiding tech firms

2014-09-29 15:15

British finance minister George Osborne says he will clamp down on tax avoidance by technology companies which try to minimise their contributions.

UK executive quits after fifth profit warning

2014-09-29 13:30

Shares in Balfour Beatty has plunged after the British construction giant issued its fifth profit warning in two years, its executive chairperson called it quits.

Berahino brace ends Burnley's hopes

2014-09-28 19:22

Saido Berahino's efforts has inspired West Bromwich Albion to a victory that sent Burnley to the bottom of the table.

UK warplanes on 1st mission to hit ISIS

2014-09-27 16:45

UK's Ministry of Defence says warplanes have taken off for their first combat mission over Iraq since its parliament approved airstrikes targeting the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria group.

No plan to undermine UK on bonus

2014-09-26 17:00

Officials say the decision to move oversight of bankers' pay to the EU's justice portfolio has been made before the nomination of Jonathan Hill.

UK arrests 2 more men in operation against ISIS

2014-09-26 12:09

UK police have arrested two men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy, as lawmakers prepare to approve PM David Cameron's plan to join US-led air strikes against ISIS.

Former British PM Tony Blair named "gay icon"

2014-09-26 09:35

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been named one of the top "gay icons" of the last thirty years in recognition of his work for gay rights.

Tesco bosses could face scrutiny over scandal

2014-09-26 07:20

British lawmakers might want to grill Tesco executives about the overstatement of profits that has thrown the retailer into turmoil, reports BBC radio.

UK diplomats must apply for visas

2014-09-25 14:26
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Holders of British diplomatic and official passports must apply for visas before travelling to South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says.

UK to join airstrikes against ISIS, says Cameron

2014-09-25 11:33

Britain should now join US-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and the country's parliament has been recalled to secure approval, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Cameron: Iran can be 'part of solution' in Syria

2014-09-25 10:00

Prime Minister David Cameron says that Iran could be 'part of the solution' in defeating jihadists in Syria after he held landmark talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Watchdog to ban deals between car insurers

2014-09-24 18:15

A British competition watchdog says it will ban agreements between price comparison websites and motor insurers.

Tesco-style accounting risks well known

2014-09-24 13:10

Tesco's disclosure of huge accounting mistakes over contracts with its suppliers has shocked industry analysts and executives.

UK seen close to joining air strikes against ISIS

2014-09-23 19:31

Prime Minister David Cameron may announce that Britain is ready to join air strikes against ISIS and that he plans to seek parliament's approval for such action, government sources say.

UK: We haven’t made final decision over air strikes in Syria

2014-09-23 15:52

Britain says no final decision has been made over whether to join air strikes launched by the US and several Gulf allies on ISIS strongholds in Syria.

UK pledges funds in fight against deforestation

2014-09-23 11:01

The UK has promised $234m to step up the fight against deforestation, tackling a key contributor to climate change on the eve of a UN summit.

Constitutionally, will the UK become more like the USA?

2014-09-22 07:33

Clem Sunter wonders whether the UK will ever be the same again after the Scottish referendum or whether it will move to the US model of federal government,

Scotland 'No' fails to stop Catalan secession push

2014-09-19 17:25

Scotland's decision to stay within the UK has cost separatists across Europe political momentum they could have gained for their own independence ambitions.

Business welcomes Scotland staying in UK

2014-09-19 13:29

Britain's business community breathed a sigh of relief after Scotland voted by a clear margin to remain in the United Kingdom.

Scot nationalists glum after 'devastating' result

2014-09-19 10:30

Supporters of Scottish independence have reacted gloomily to the results of a referendum that have dashed their hopes of leaving the United Kingdom, with some breaking down in tears.

 

UK watchdog to investigate Tesco scandal

2014-10-01 12:36

Britain's financial watchdog has launched a full investigation into the Tesco accounting scandal that has now wiped £4bn from the grocer's stock market value.

Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape

2014-10-01 08:38

High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration, scientists say.

UK reports rise in human trafficking victims

2014-09-30 17:44

Britain's National Crime Agency has reported a sharp 22% rise in suspected human trafficking cases in 2013 from the previous year, including hundreds of children.

Britons sign away children for free Wi-Fi

2014-09-30 10:41

Several Britons have agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free Wi-Fi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet.

Briton held over 'ISIS jihad recruitment'

2014-09-29 17:45

Bangladesh police say they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State organisation.

UK housing market cools further

2014-09-29 14:30

British mortgage approvals have slipped to a three-month low, falling slightly more than expected and adding to signs the housing market has cooled.

Scientists grapple with Ebola vaccine ethics

2014-09-29 06:05

Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait.

British minister quits over explicit pics

2014-09-28 16:30

A British minister has unexpectedly resigned after a Sunday newspaper reported he had sent an explicit photo of himself online.

British parliament approves ISIS air strikes

2014-09-26 21:20

Britain's parliament has voted to approve air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq by by 524 votes to 43.

Cameron - 'Years' of air strikes against ISIS

2014-09-26 14:41

British PM David Cameron has urged parliament to vote to approve “years” of strikes against ISIS, saying the group is guilty of "staggering" brutality and poses a direct threat to UK.

House prices in England and Wales stagnate

2014-09-26 10:00

Asking prices for houses in England and Wales have flatlined in September for the first time in 19 months, according to a survey.

Top UK preacher arrested in anti-radical swoop

2014-09-26 07:39

UK police have arrested nine men including leading radical preacher Anjem Choudary in London on suspicion of links to the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun.

UK's Coryton oil storage project put on ice

2014-09-25 17:45

The development of a new oil product storage facility on the site of the shuttered Coryton refinery in eastern England has been paused, the site's operator says.

UK arrests 9 in operation against Islamist terrorism

2014-09-25 13:02

British police say they have arrested nine men on suspected terrorism offences as part of what they described as an ongoing operation into Islamist-related terrorism.

UK eyes Libor abuse powers for oil, gold

2014-09-25 11:00

Britain says new powers to punish rigging of Libor interest rates with criminal sanctions should be extended for seven major benchmarks.

UK fraud agency calls on ex-Barclays execs

2014-09-25 09:33

Barclays executives have been called on to give evidence to Britain's anti-fraud agency as part of an investigation into undisclosed payments the bank made.

Weak data pegs back European shares

2014-09-24 16:31

Weak German economic data and tepid corporate results have pegged back European shares, despite supportive comments from a bank chief.

Amazon mulls e-books in the Netherlands

2014-09-24 12:46

Online retailer Amazon is in talks with a number of Dutch publishers to sell e-books in the Netherlands.

UK's Labour party pledges tobacco levy

2014-09-23 17:15

Britain's opposition Labour party says it would introduce a US-style "sin tax" on tobacco firms if it wins a national election next year.

UK Labour party to lay out battle plan for 2015 vote

2014-09-23 15:40

Britain's opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband is set to lay out his battle plan for the May 2015 election, in a bid to become the next prime minister.

London Mining in iron ore dispute with Glencore

2014-09-22 12:01

London Mining says it could end an iron ore supply contract with Glencore after a payment dispute, sending shares of the company to an all-time low.

Queen urges unity in Scotland

2014-09-20 09:00

Scottish leader Alex Salmond says he will resign after losing an independence referendum that left the UK intact, while Queen Elizabeth II has called for "mutual respect" among Scots.

PM: Scottish independence settled for a generation

2014-09-19 14:03

Prime Minister David Cameron says that the question of Scottish independence had been settled 'for a generation' after what he called a clear vote by Scots to stay part of the UK.

EU, Nato welcome Scotland referendum result

2014-09-19 12:56

Top EU and Nato officials have breathed a sigh of relief at the outcome of Scotland’s referendum on independence, in which a majority voted against separating from the rest of Britain.

Scotland's next step? Possibly more powers

2014-09-19 09:18

Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain which could amount to effective home rule.

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