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Conservatives see best chance in 18 years to cut welfare bill

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LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have their best chance in almost two decades to remould Britain's economy next week, in their first budget statement after an unexpectedly decisive election victory.

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UK to give English MPs veto powers in parliament 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - English lawmakers will be given a veto in Britain's parliament over legislation that only impacts England, the government said on Thursday, removing the ability of Scottish lawmakers to have a decisive say on laws that do not affect them.

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Former trader Hayes put Libor wish list on Facebook, London court hears 3:02am BST

LONDON - Tom Hayes, a former trader on trial in London on Libor-rigging charges, said he must have been either stupid or untroubled by his business practices because he left reams of evidence, according to documents presented to the court on Thursday.

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France, Britain to step up action to dissuade migrants 02 Jul 2015

PARIS - France and Britain agreed on Thursday to step up efforts to discourage migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to stow away on vehicles crossing the Channel between the two countries.

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BBC to cut over 1,000 jobs as Britons trade TVs for tablets 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - The British Broadcasting Corporation will cut more than 1,000 jobs to cover a 150-million-pound gap in licence fee income next financial year as millions of viewers turn off their televisions and watch programmes on tablets and mobile phones.

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Final British death toll in Tunisia attack rises to 30 - Hammond 02 Jul 2015

VIENNA - The final number of Britons confirmed killed by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia a week ago is 30 and all victims have been identified, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday.

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Rolling Stones to stage major career exhibit at London gallery 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - Veteran rockers The Rolling Stones will put on their first major exhibition looking at their more than 50 years in music at a London gallery next year, showcasing some 500 items including original stage designs, guitars and costumes. | Video

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UK broadcasters must adapt as TV watching moves online - regulator 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - Britons are increasingly watching television online creating new challenges for the country's public service broadcasters (PSBs) which should look to adapt their models accordingly, said the country's telecoms regulator in a review.

UK woman charged with being member of Islamic State, girl held 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - British police said on Thursday they had charged a woman with being a member of Islamic State and inciting terrorism on social media, and in a separate case had arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of a terrorism offence.

HIV stigma, fear linger in UK as infection rates continue to rise 02 Jul 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rich paces the cramped, dimly-lit living room in despair, fearful of losing his friends, family and career as he struggles with the realisation that he has HIV.