Migrants heading to UK hide between Xmas trees

2014-12-22 17:24

Sixteen Albanian migrants have been found hiding in a truckload of Christmas trees waiting to board a ferry to England from the French port of Dieppe, a police source says.

UK inflation expectations at its weakest

2014-12-22 12:39

Expectations in Britain for inflation in the year ahead have fallen to their lowest level in almost six years, a survey shows.

Furious at leaks, Madonna releases songs early

2014-12-21 21:16

Madonna has suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, furious that early versions had leaked online in what she had described as "artistic rape".

Mourinho questions panel

2014-12-21 20:11

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says allowing independent panels to punish players retrospectively for diving will be disastrous.

Elton John weds partner of 21 years as stars look on

2014-12-21 18:45

British pop superstar Elton John has married long-time partner David Furnish in Windsor, with David Beckham and actor Hugh Grant among the guests.

UK households to pay £1bn for power backup

2014-12-19 17:00

British households are set to pay nearly £1bn to help guarantee the country's electricity supply in 2018/19.

Tobacco company reaches $575m deal

2014-12-19 15:00

British American Tobacco says it has agreed to pay $575m to settle litigation with the Flintkote company regarding disputed dividends and asbestos claims.

British royals might remove hunting trophies

2014-12-18 21:02

Britain's royal family could remove some hunting trophies, including stuffed rhino, from Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham residence to avoid a possible debate with the EU over their legality.

UK to compensate airlines for travel chaos

2014-12-18 18:00

Airlines will get a rebate on their fees to UK's national air traffic service to compensate them for a computer failure that disrupted hundreds of flights.

Myanmar: Workers innocent of murdering UK tourists

2014-12-18 14:09

Myanmar investigators say they believe two Myanmar men accused of murdering two UK tourists in Thailand are innocent, but witnesses who might be able to prove their innocence will not testify as they fear the Thai police.

8th Irishman charged in IRA meetings bugged by MI5

2014-12-17 20:54

An eighth man has been charged with Irish Republican Army-related offenses as part of a lengthy eavesdropping operation by MI5..

Oil falls below $59, but production continues

2014-12-17 16:09

Brent crude oil has fallen below $59 a barrel, near 5-1/2-year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they will maintain output despite a supply glut.

UK warns of tougher bank stress tests ahead

2014-12-16 16:14

The Bank of England has warned Britain's banks they should expect a more exacting test next year of their defences in the event of a crisis abroad.

Bank of England stress tests pass rate

2014-12-16 12:38

All Britain's main banks would be able to withstand a sharp fall in house prices, other than the troubled Co-operative Bank, says the Bank of England.

UK watchdog bans man for fare dodging

2014-12-15 18:18

A former BlackRock investment manager has become only the second person to be banned for personal dishonesty by Britain's financial watchdog.

Britain to look into air traffic failure

2014-12-15 10:25

Britain will establish an independent inquiry into a technical failure at an air traffic control centre which disrupted flights in and out of London last week.

SA beauty crowned Miss World 2014

2014-12-14 19:00

"South Africa, this is for you," SA beauty Rolene Strauss has said after being crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London.

Lawmakers to discuss Heathrow's problems

2014-12-14 09:29

British lawmakers are to meet to discuss the computer glitch that affected thousands of passengers arriving and departing from Heathrow.

GE, Hitachi reactor design gets approval

2014-12-12 19:15

GE and Hitachi have cleared the next regulatory hurdle towards permission for the use of their joint nuclear reactor design in Britain.

British govt under pressure over CIA link

2014-12-12 14:32

The British government is under pressure to appoint a judge to investigate whether its spy agencies were complicit in the torture of terrorist suspects by the CIA after 9/11.


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UK police charge man in case of enslaved women

2014-12-11 19:55

A man who led an obscure Maoist collective and allegedly held three women against their will in a London house for 30 years has been charged with 25 offenses, police say.

UK to tighten sales rules for annuities

2014-12-11 13:39

Insurance companies will have to follow stricter rules on how they sell annuity pensions to ensure people are getting the best deal for their retirement income.

Anni’s mom: Shrien is a coward

2014-12-11 11:46

Shrien Dewani is a coward who didn’t have the guts to face his late wife’s family in court, says Anni Hindocha’s mother.


New Tesco boss keeps investors, staff guessing

2014-12-22 16:45

When Phil Clarke was sacked as Tesco's CEO, senior executives hoped his very early morning strategy meetings would go with him.

UK visa plans to send foreign graduates home

2014-12-21 21:18

Graduating foreign students from outside the EU would have to leave Britain to apply for a fresh visa under proposed legislation being drafted by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Liverpool snatch late draw

2014-12-21 20:28

A late header by Martin Skrtel in stoppage time has earned 10-man Liverpool a draw against Arsenal in a Premier League match.

Sunderland win with last-gasp goal

2014-12-21 19:11

Adam Johnson has scored a dramatic 90th minute winner for Sunderland as they beat Newcastle United a third successive time.

UK financial crisis board game sales soar

2014-12-19 20:00

There will be no Christmas break from market mayhem for London's financial elite if sales of a board game based on a banking collapse are anything to go by.

UK households to pay $1.6bn for backup power

2014-12-19 15:30

British households will pay nearly £1bn to help guarantee the country's electricity supply in 2018 and 2019.

UK targets financial fraud with police unit

2014-12-19 10:15

Britain is to set up a specialist police unit focused on corruption and bribery, aiming to bolster its defences against white-collar crime in the financial sector.

European stocks close sharply higher

2014-12-18 18:59

Europe's main stock markets have closed sharply higher on the back of the US Federal Reserve meeting, with the benchmark FTSE rising more than 2%.

UK sold Royal Mail too cheaply - report

2014-12-18 16:00

Shares in Britain's Royal Mail postal service may have been sold at a higher price when the firm became private, a report suggests.

UK inquiry: Soldiers mistreated Iraqi detainees

2014-12-17 20:54

A judge-led inquiry has found British soldiers mistreated nine Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle, but it rejected allegations that soldiers murdered and tortured prisoners.

European stocks close mostly higher

2014-12-17 19:19

Europe's main stock markets have mostly closed higher, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rising 0.07%.

Church of England appoints its first female bishop

2014-12-17 13:16

The Church of England has appointed its first ever female bishop, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.

British embassy in Cairo reopens to the public

2014-12-16 17:35

The British embassy in Cairo says it has resumed services to the public, nine days after it was suspended over security concerns about the mission's main building.

BT opts for EE over O2 for UK mobile deal

2014-12-16 14:15

BT has entered exclusive talks with the owners of EE for a potential £12.5bn acquisition deal to give the former UK state telecoms firm some top positions.

China snaps up UK wind farms

2014-12-16 09:18

China's largest nuclear power producer will buy an 80% stake in three British wind farms run by a unit of EDF, the French energy giant.

UK police charge 4 men with terrorism offences

2014-12-15 14:29

British police say they have charged four men near the port of Dover and in London, with terrorism offences.

Billion watch as SA beauty crowned Miss World

2014-12-14 21:21

An estimated billion viewers are believed to have watched as South African beauty Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London.

Britain wants more info on CIA torture report

2014-12-14 18:04

A UK parliamentary panel wants access to information not made public in a US Senate report that may pertain to Britain's role in the interrogation and rendition of terror suspects after the 9/11 attacks.

Queen Elizabeth growing magic mushrooms

2014-12-12 20:57

Magic mushroom can be found growing in Queen Elizabeth II's garden at Buckingham Palace.

UK airspace re-opened

2014-12-12 18:02

Airspace over London and the surrounding areas has been re-opened after it was closed due to a computer failure,.

Gold set for biggest weekly rise

2014-12-12 13:15

Gold prices have steadied, on track for their biggest weekly rise since June, as the dollar retreated and sliding oil prices hurt risk appetite.

UK deploys online spies to track child porn

2014-12-11 21:02

The British spy agency GCHQ will create a specialist unit to track child pornography and hunt abusers online, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

Dewani's UK home vandalised

2014-12-11 16:57

Vandals in the UK have welcomed Shrien Dewani home by tossing white paint across the entrance of his home, according to reports.

Thai beach murder suspects ask Suu Kyi for help

2014-12-11 12:04

The two suspects in the murder of two UK tourists in Thailand have asked Myanmar national Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to help their case, activists say.

Dozens arrested at UK protest over US killings

2014-12-11 08:00

UK authorities have arrested 76 people at a mass 'die-in' in London held in solidarity with demonstrations sweeping the United States over recent controversial killings of black men by police.

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