Kenya drops most charges against British terror suspect

2015-01-28 21:10

A Kenyan court has acquitted a suspected British Islamist militant of nine charges but the key charge of terrorism for which he is on trial remains.

BP freezes pay in 2015 to cut costs

2015-01-28 15:45

BP is freezing base pay across the group this year, the latest in a series of steps by oil majors to cut costs in response to sinking oil prices.

Leaked Snowden program ‘used in a dozen countries’

2015-01-28 14:21

Security experts say a program used by US and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations in more than a dozen countries.

Whisky industry worth billions to UK economy

2015-01-28 09:48

Britain's whisky trade is worth over £5bn to the economy each year and provides over 40 000 jobs, according to a study.

UK banks face hefty credit card claims

2015-01-27 17:00

Britons who may have been mis-sold insurance to cover events such as credit card fraud will have to vote for a scheme that could cost hundreds of millions of pounds.

UK tourist found dead had Valium, alcohol - Thai police

2015-01-27 14:01

A British backpacker who was found dead on a popular Thai tourist island had consumed a potentially fatal combination of alcohol and Valium, police say.

UK insurance mis-selling complaints drop

2015-01-27 11:32

The number of complaints received by Britain's Financial Ombudsman about the mis-selling of loan insurance by banks has fallen.

Inquiry opens into ex-KGB man's death

2015-01-26 21:53

A public inquiry has opened into the killing of Alexander Litvinenki, the Russian intelligence agent turned Kremlin critic, who was poisoned in London in 2006.

Man United bring in Swissquote as trading sponsor

2015-01-26 20:00

Manchester United has signed a deal to make Swissquote their global forex and online financial trading sponsor, the latest of a series of commercial deals.

Imperial Tobacco launches caffeinated mouth strips

2015-01-26 16:18

Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost.

Australia PM in 'time warp' as British royal knighted

2015-01-26 13:07

Australian PM Tony Abbott has marked his country’s national day by honouring UK’s Prince Philip with a knighthood, sparking criticism from the opposition of being in a "time warp".

Millions of GMO insects may be set loose in Florida Keys

2015-01-26 08:44

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Mel B's marriage fears

2015-01-25 19:41

Mel B believes an enemy is trying to ''wreck her marriage'' by making a false accusation to police that she was ''held hostage'' in her London home last month.

Obama, Cameron condemn Japan hostage murder

2015-01-25 14:05

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killing of two Japanese hostages by the ISIS, announced in a video that has not yet been officially authenticated.

Goldman president urges Britain to stay in the EU

2015-01-25 11:00

Gary Cohn has urged the UK to stay within the European Union, warning, ahead of a May election, that an exit would put the capital's status as a major financial centre at risk.

Bank of England wants better cyber defences

2015-01-23 15:30

Britain's banks must do more to protect themselves and the wider financial system from growing and evolving cyber crime, says the Bank of England.

3-million-year-old ancestor had human-like hands

2015-01-23 10:13

The hand structure of early human ancestors who lived 3.2 million years ago suggests they had the ability to grasp and use tools, even if they hadn't invented them yet, anthropologists say.

Ex-RP Martin execs fined, banned in Libor probe

2015-01-22 15:55

Britain's financial regulator has fined and banned the former official and compliance chief of RP Martin for the alleged manipulation of Libor rates.

UK aims to pass law to ban cigarette branding

2015-01-22 11:00

The British government says it will try to pass a law to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England before May.

UK code breaker's notebook goes to auction

2015-01-21 21:10

A handwritten notebook by Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking genius depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, is going on the auction block.

UK energy watchdog sets price comparison codes

2015-01-21 15:30

Britain's energy regulator is introducing a code of practice for price comparison websites to make it easier for consumers to find better deals.

Sterling falls, gilts erase losses

2015-01-21 12:10

Sterling has fallen and gilt futures have erased losses after two Bank of England members dropped their call for a hike in interest rates.

Blair pressured over high-paid consultancies

2015-01-20 20:43

A UK lawmaker has launched a campaign to force former prime minister Tony Blair to reveal the sources of his income after reports of the former leader working for Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

UK consumers need help switching cash accounts

2015-01-20 17:30

Britons get poor value from many cash savings accounts, finding it hard to switch to rival providers, the Financial Conduct Authority says.


UK council defers shale gas permits

2015-01-28 17:40

A local English government council has voted to delay a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects.

Black Friday genie now out of the bottle in UK

2015-01-28 14:30

Black Friday has taken a hold on Britain in a big way for the first time last year, as store groups tried to match promotions of big US online retailers for Christmas.

Qatar to buy London's Canary Wharf

2015-01-28 14:03

Qatar seems to have won a drawn-out bid to buy London's Canary Wharf after the owner of the landmark office quarter says its main shareholders favoured a sale.

UK's economy shows signs of slowing

2015-01-27 18:30

Britain's economy grew by 2.6% in 2014 - its fastest pace since the start of the global financial crisis, official figures have shown.

Bid to block fracking in Britain fails

2015-01-27 13:30

A group of British lawmakers have failed to block plans for shale gas fracking in Britain, but the government has agreed to tougher regulation.

Bid to block fracking in UK fails

2015-01-27 11:00

A group of British lawmakers have failed to block plans for shale gas fracking in Britain, but the government agreed to tougher regulation and a ban on fracking in national parks.

Church of England gets first female bishop

2015-01-26 21:15

The Church of England has ended centuries of male-only leadership as Libby Lane became its first female bishop.

British PM brushes off hoax call by prankster

2015-01-26 19:29

British Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that "no harm was done" by a hoaxer who called him on his mobile phone pretending to be the head of spy agency GCHQ.

BoE's Forbes hints rates may rise sooner

2015-01-26 15:30

British interest rates may rise sooner than many people expect if inflation rebounds strongly from its current decline, says a Bank of England rate setter.

UK reviewing security after hoax call to Cameron

2015-01-26 10:07

British officials say they are reviewing security measures in the government after a hoax caller managed to get through to Prime Minister David Cameron on the phone.

Bath into quarter-finals

2015-01-25 19:49

Bath have come from behind to beat Glasgow in a result that sees them progress to the knockouts, despite losing two games.

Sakho heads Hammers into win

2015-01-25 18:22

Diafra Sakho's header has seen West Ham beat Bristol City as they avoided becoming the latest side to be knocked out.

Plunging prices threaten UK's 'cash cow' oil industry

2015-01-25 11:30

With oil prices tumbling, Britain's North Sea oilfields face a struggle for survival, threatening a vital source of income and energy.

Ebola vaccine trial to start

2015-01-24 06:15

The first batch of an experimental Ebola vaccine has been shipped to Liberia, where the first large-scale trial will start within weeks.

Premier Foods sees positives in supermarket wars

2015-01-23 13:19

The owner of Mr Kipling cakes and Bisto gravy, Premier Foods, could gain shelf space in the intensifying battle for shoppers among Britain's supermarkets.

British tourist found dead on popular Thai island

2015-01-23 09:39

A British backpacker has been discovered dead on the popular Thai tourist island of Koh Tao, four months after a British couple were found murdered there.

UK announces new powers for Scotland

2015-01-22 20:19

The British government began a historic transfer of powers to Scotland, keeping a pledge it had given to persuade Scots to reject independence as renewed nationalist support surges.

Topless ‘Page 3’ returns to Britain's The Sun

2015-01-22 14:35

British tabloid The Sun has published a photo of a winking topless model, rebutting reports it had ended the controversial tradition that has featured in the newspaper since 1970.

Growing number of Britons switching bank acounts

2015-01-22 10:15

The number of Britons switching bank accounts has grown by 12% in 2014, marking progress in the government's push to boost competition.

Terrorist toddlers - are you kidding me?

2015-01-21 15:30

It seems the British government wants to change the role of foundation phase teachers to that of intelligence officers, says Mohamed Saeed.

UK unemployment at six-year low

2015-01-21 15:00

Britain's unemployment rate has fallen to 5.8% in the three months to November, official figures released recently show.

UK man faces prison after admitting terrorism acts

2015-01-20 22:17

A British jihadi who faked his own death faces a prison term after pleading guilty to terrorism offences.

Gary Glitter on trial for child sex abuse

2015-01-20 18:37

One-time British glam rocker Gary Glitter has gone on trial on charges he sexually abused three underage female fans in the 1970s and 1980s

UK lawmaker calls for vetting of senior bankers

2015-01-20 17:00

Financial regulators in Britain risk repeating past failures if they give existing senior bankers a free pass into a new accountability regime, says a source.

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