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Britain to decide Northern Ireland's fate after talks fail


BELFAST Britain's Northern Ireland minister must decide whether to call another election, return to direct British rule of the province or give parties more time after talks to form a new regional government failed.


May to press for strong union on Scotland visit 26 Mar 2017

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May will press her case on Monday for a strong union in Scotland, using a visit to staff working on international aid to say "there is no limit to what we can do" when Britain works together.


UK will double export finance available to support trade with Qatar - minister 11:29am BST

LONDON Britain will double the amount of export finance available to support trade with Qatar to 4.5 billion pounds, trade minister Liam Fox said on Monday.


UK manufacturers urge May to drop threat of no Brexit deal 12:09am BST

LONDON Britain's manufacturers told Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday to drop her threat that she might take the country out of the European Union without a new trade deal, saying they would bear the brunt of trade barriers with the EU.


UK police make another arrest in parliamentary attack investigation 2:35am BST

LONDON Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in the central English city of Birmingham in connection with last week's attack on parliament, "on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts", the Metropolitan Police said on Sunday.


Captain James Cook waistcoat fails to sell at Sydney auction 3:27am BST

SYDNEY A waistcoat owned by British explorer Captain James Cook, who claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, has failed to sell at auction, with bids far below its anticipated million dollar price tag, the auction house said on Monday.


May to set out plans to reclaim legislative sovereignty 26 Mar 2017

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May will set out how her government plans to restore sovereignty over Britain's laws on Thursday, publishing a detailed paper on ending "the supremacy of EU lawmakers".

Gulf Arab states push for UK free trade deal after Brexit - officials 26 Mar 2017

DOHA Gulf Arab states are pressing for an early deal on free trade with Britain to secure preferential arrangements after Brexit, and could have a draft agreement ready within months, Gulf officials say.


Minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable 26 Mar 2017

LONDON Technology companies must cooperate more with law enforcement agencies and should stop offering a "secret place for terrorists to communicate" using encrypted messages, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday.


Britain reviewing security at parliament after deadly attack 26 Mar 2017

LONDON Britain will review security at parliament, ministers said on Sunday, responding to criticism that a gate for vehicles was left open for a time during a deadly attack on Wednesday.

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