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UK house price growth slows again in March - Nationwide

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LONDON - British house prices rose in March by the smallest annual amount since September 2013, figures from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Friday, adding to signs the country's housing market is cooling.

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Cameron wins first TV encounter of close election - poll 12:48am GMT

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron won the first TV encounter of a close national election in Britain, an opinion poll showed, but opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband leveraged a rare opportunity to promote himself on a national stage.

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Co-op Bank sees more branch, job cuts after 2014 loss 8:59am GMT

LONDON - Britain's Co-operative Bank will close 57 more branches this year and more in the future under a turnaround plan that saw it cut 15 percent of its staff last year and make a loss of 264 million pounds.

Former telecoms regulator to lead drive to merge UK financial trade bodies 10:03am GMT

LONDON - Former telecoms regulator Ed Richards has been appointed by 10 banks and building societies in Britain to head a review aimed at merging financial trade associations.

Police watchdog to investigate more claims of child abuse cover-ups 11:06am GMT

LONDON - Britain's police watchdog said on Friday it was investigating an allegation a senior Scotland Yard figure ordered officers to drop an inquiry into child sex abuse which involved Members of Parliament, judges, media figures, actors and clergy.

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MPs slam financial watchdog over insurance debacle 12:11am GMT

LONDON - Britain's financial regulator broke its own rules by failing to keep markets orderly when it mishandled the announcement of a review into life insurance policies, lawmakers said on Friday.

Disputes with Iran must be resolved to clinch nuclear deal - Britain 26 Mar 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Six major powers and Tehran have made significant progress in negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme, but there are several key differences that must be resolved to clinch a preliminary deal by March 31, a British diplomat said on Thursday.

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Bank of England's Haldane sees case for more global rules for asset classes 10:02am GMT

LONDON - Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane said regulators around the world might need to develop more common rules for dealing with specific markets rather than take a country-by-country approach.

New British Museum galleries to help counter militants' image of Islam 26 Mar 2015

LONDON - Art from the Islamic world will be shown in the heart of the British Museum, instead of on the sidelines, in two new galleries funded by a Malaysian foundation which hopes to offset the image created by Islamic militants.

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Court rules Prince Charles letters to ministers can be disclosed 26 Mar 2015

LONDON - Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that 27 "frank" letters written by Prince Charles to ministers in 2004-2005 can be disclosed to the media, a step that could cast doubt over the political neutrality of the future king.