Mark Reckless (R), UKIP's second member of parliament, poses for a photo with Douglas Carswell, UKIP's first MP, outside St Stephen's entrance of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, November 21, 2014.   REUTERS/Andrew Winning

UKIP wins second seat

The Conservatives lose a second parliamentary seat to UKIP in an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain's two-party system in next year's general election.  Full Article 

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RBS admits to data error in European stress test 21 Nov 2014

LONDON - Royal Bank of Scotland admitted on Friday it submitted erroneous data for European bank stress tests in October and had in fact only just scraped through, calling into question whether it can pass a tougher British test.

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Biden voices support for Ukraine, denounces Russia's Putin

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KIEV - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned Russia's behaviour in Ukraine as "unacceptable" and said Moscow should abide by a September peace deal and pull its military forces out of the country.

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U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse - sources

21 Nov 2014

VIENNA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are discussing new ideas aimed at breaking the deadlock in nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers, sources close to the talks said on Friday.

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Islamic State targeted in 30 air strikes by U.S., allies

21 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies have staged 30 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday.

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Third Dutch chicken farm hit by bird flu

21 Nov 2014

AMSTERDAM - A Dutch bird flu outbreak has spread to a third farm, the government said on Friday, prompting inspections at dozens of other farms in the Netherlands, a leading exporter of eggs and poultry.

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Israel rejects EU states' appeal over razing militant homes

21 Nov 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel has rejected an appeal by the five biggest members of the European Union not to raze the homes of Palestinians who carried out lethal attacks in Jerusalem, saying on Friday that the tactic was designed to deter further violence.