Cameron launches EU reform drive, admits will not be easy


RIGA - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc.


Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum 7:23pm BST

DUBLIN - Ireland voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favour the 'Yes' side. | Video

British bomber jailed for life for murder of U.S. sergeant in Iraq 2:48pm BST

LONDON - A London taxi driver, convicted of making bombs which were used against U.S. forces in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. sergeant, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars.


Cameron determined to give Britons 'proper choice' on reformed EU 3:36pm BST

RIGA - British Prime Minister David Cameron predicted "ups and downs" on Friday in European Union reform negotiations but said he was determined to give Britons a proper choice on a reformed EU in a referendum he has promised before the end of 2017. | Video


UK public finances improve more than expected in boost for Osborne 9:32am BST

LONDON - Britain's public sector budget deficit narrowed more than expected in April, giving Chancellor George Osborne a boost as he renews his push to fix the country's public finances.


"David Cameron always difficult" - Euro parliament head 10:12am BST

BRUSSELS - A senior EU official said he did not expect unusually tough talks on Friday with David Cameron, who has brought his demands for reform of the bloc to a summit in Riga - because, he said, talking to the British prime minister was always difficult.


Could another English king be buried under a car park? 10:25am BST

LONDON - Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping to find him.


Cameron sets immigration red line ahead of EU summit 21 May 2015

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain's welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue.


Classified document on Bahrain rankles Britain decades later 21 May 2015

DUBAI 1 - A legal battle between an activist group and Britain over a decades-old diplomatic cable on Bahrain has exposed a thorny link between the UK's colonial past and its new military ambitions in a region it once dominated.


Phone-hacking victims win large damages from Trinity Mirror 21 May 2015

LONDON - Eight mostly celebrity victims of phone-hacking won a total of 1.2 million pounds in damages from Britain's Trinity Mirror newspaper group on Thursday in a court ruling likely to raise the cost of dealing with any future claims.