UK

MPs urge EU to stop Sri Lanka trade perks if U.N. probe not given access

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LONDON - Leading British MPs urged the European Union on Thursday to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns.

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UK terrorism watchdog criticises new security proposals 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticised the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy".

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British brothers jailed for attending militant training camp in Syria 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - Two brothers from London on Wednesday became the first Britons to be convicted for attending a militant training camp in Syria as Western governments increasingly warn of the threat posed by fighters returning from conflicts in the Middle East.

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Royal Mail warns of threat to nationwide service 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - Royal Mail warned that competition from rivals such as Whistl could make it financially impossible to fulfil its legal obligation to deliver mail across the whole country, six days a week.

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HSBC to refund Middle East, Africa customers for excessive fees 26 Nov 2014

DUBAI - HSBC will refund customers across five countries in the Middle East and North Africa for charging them excessive foreign currency fees on debit and credit card transactions, the lender confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday.

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Turner film, exhibition reveal British master to a new generation 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - With an epic sweep worthy of a J.M.W. Turner masterpiece, a new portrayal of one of Britain's greatest painters is winning the Romantic artist a new generation of admirers.

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Don't mess with UK 'free' banking, Lloyds boss says 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - Free banking services in Britain for customers who are in credit should remain and authorities should not impose charges as part of attempts to shake up the market, the boss of Lloyds said on Wednesday.

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Business investment unexpectedly drops in third-quarter, GDP unrevised 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - British business investment unexpectedly fell in the third quarter of 2014 and growth relied heavily on household spending once again, raising fresh questions about the resilience of the economy's recovery.

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British banks' rotten culture will take generation to fix - think tank 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - A "toxic culture" that has cost British banks 38.5 billion pounds ($60.6 billion) in fines and compensation over the past 15 years will take a generation to fix, an independent think tank said on Tuesday.

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EE owners confirm takeover talks with BT 26 Nov 2014

LONDON - EE's German and French owners confirmed on Wednesday they were in talks to sell Britain's biggest mobile network operator to BT as part of a wider review of its options. | Video