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Labour faces collapse in support in Scotland - poll

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LONDON/EDINBURGH - Britain's opposition Labour party could be almost wiped out in Scotland at a UK-wide election next year, a poll showed on Thursday, raising questions about its ability to defeat Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives.

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Britain confident of reducing 2.1 billion euro EU bill - Osborne 10:16am GMT

LONDON - Britain is confident it can get its 2.1 billion euro (1.6 billion pounds) bill from the European Union reduced, Chancellor George Osborne said.

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UK outlines new legal powers for Bank of England to regulate mortgages 3:09pm GMT

LONDON - Britain's government published proposals to give the Bank of England new legal powers to control residential mortgage lending on Thursday, but said it wanted more evidence before deciding on a BoE request to regulate lending to landlords.

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Ex-Libyan rebel leader allowed to sue Britain over torture claim 11:45am GMT

LONDON - A former Libyan Islamist commander won the legal right to sue Britain for damages over the years of torture he says he suffered at the hands of Muammar Gaddafi's henchmen after being illegally handed to Libya by British and U.S. spies.

Northern Ireland police arrest man over Jean McConville murder 10:24am GMT

DUBLIN - Police in Northern Ireland on Thursday said they had arrested a man for questioning over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville, months after Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams was questioned about the same crime.

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Serious Fraud Office launches probe into Tesco accounting scandal 7:46am GMT

LONDON - Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has opened a formal criminal investigation into accounting errors at Tesco, raising the stakes in a scandal that has hammered the reputation of the country's biggest grocer.

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Scottish Power may cut size of offshore wind farm 10:53am GMT

LONDON - British energy company Scottish Power, owned by Spain's Iberdrola, said it might scale back the capacity of an offshore wind farm it plans to build off the English east coast because the government's subsidy budget is too low.

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PM Cameron appeals to Qatar emir for more investment 1:39am GMT

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged Qatar to plough more of its vast oil and gas wealth into infrastructure projects across Britain during an official visit from the Gulf state's emir.

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Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum 29 Oct 2014

LONDON/EDINBURGH - Prime Minister David Cameron rejected on Wednesday a proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) that the United Kingdom should only quit the European Union after a future referendum if a majority in each of its four constituent parts vote to do so.

British jets intercept Latvian plane over southern England 29 Oct 2014

LONDON - Two British Royal Air Force Typhoon jets were scrambled on Wednesday to intercept a Latvian cargo aircraft over southern England and escort it in to land at Stansted airport, but no security threat was found, officials said.