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William and Kate welcome a baby girl

2015-05-03 15:00

The long wait for the royal baby is finally over. At 8.34am (UK time) yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl – the first princess to be born into the House of Windsor in 25 years.

UK mulls tax on foreign property investors

2013-11-01 10:41

Britain is considering imposing capital gains tax on foreign property investors in an effort to tackle soaring house prices in the capital, a report shows.

Doubts over UK 'no work' contracts

2013-07-12 09:26

The rapid growth of 'zero-hours contracts' helps explain how Britain's barely growing economy can provide a record number of jobs, but not eveyone is a fan.

Virgin Money back in profit on takeover

2013-06-27 09:20

UK financial group Virgin Money has posted strong profit growth stemming from its takeover of nationalised lender Northern Rock, and forecasts an annual profit.

Lloyds must raise £8.6bn - regulator

2013-06-20 12:07

Lloyds Banking Group must plug a capital shortfall of £8.6bn, says a UK regulator amid plans to return the part-state owned lender to the private sector.

UK body names lenders in £25bn shortfall

2013-06-20 10:37

A UK regulator is to say capital holes at Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays account for over 90% of a £25bn shortfall, a report says.

UK ends Official Development Aid to SA

2013-04-30 19:16

The South African government says it regrets the unilateral decision taken by the United Kingdom to terminate Official Development Aid to the country from 2015.

US, UK want financial services

2013-04-19 11:42

The US and the UK aim to include financial services in a proposed free-trade agreement between America and the European Union, the British ambassador says.

Coca-Cola cans Sprite in obesity fight

2013-03-06 18:48

As part of its anti-obesity campaign, Coca-Cola says it's replacing Sprite in the United Kingdom with a version that uses a sweetener that contains fewer calories.

Fracking essential for UK - report

2012-09-21 10:40

The only way Britain can offset its increasing dependency on natural gas imports is to begin shale gas exploration in the country, says a professional body.


UK open to inquiry over role in CIA torture

2014-12-11 18:12

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he would support an inquiry into whether British spies were complicit in CIA torture of terrorism suspects.


Kate Middleton has stepped out for her first public appearance following the birth of Prince George. See the pictures.

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Middle class mysteries

2013-06-30 10:01

Chrystia Freeland explores the pros and cons of flexible labour markets.

UK banks face £27bn capital shortfall

2013-06-20 12:33

Britain's five biggest banks need an extra £27.1bn by end-2012 to meet rules on capital backup and must sell more assets and slash costs, regulators say.

UK to sell Lloyds shares, mulls RBS split

2013-06-20 10:53

Britain is ready to start selling its shares in Lloyds Banking Group and will examine whether to break up Royal Bank of Scotland, says its finance minister.

BP seeks US government intervention

2013-05-16 11:00

BP wants Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene with the US government over the costs of compensating firms for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, reports BBC.

UK credit scheme to aid small firms

2013-04-25 12:06

Britain seeks to inject new life into the country's stagnant economy by giving banks greater incentives to lend to small and medium-sized firms.

New UK tax status test could hit expats

2013-03-14 16:05

UK expats who spend part of the year in Britain need to check up on changes to the statutory residence test which come into force in April.

UK to give more funds to SA students

2012-11-13 17:31

Britain has announced it will boost the funding of its Chevening scholarship programme in SA and allocate a new scholarship.

British economy shrinks by 0.5%

2012-08-24 12:07

Britain's economic output fell by 0.5% in the second quarter, which was better than previously thought but still left the country mired in recession.

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