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Britain plans tougher laws to tackle UK jihadists

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LONDON - Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley.

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Bank of England deputy says weak UK pay growth could persist 5:27pm BST

LONDON - Britain's slow wage growth is not certain to pick up any time soon, despite signs of skills shortages, Bank of England deputy governor Ben Broadbent said in a speech on Saturday.

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Britain rules out working with Syria to tackle Islamic State militants 22 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britain on Friday ruled out negotiating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against the hardline Islamic State (IS) movement that has bases in northern Syria as well as in over one third of Iraq.

Two lorry drivers charged in UK over Afghans found in shipping container 1:22pm BST

LONDON - Two lorry drivers were charged on Saturday by British police investigating the death of an Afghan man who was among 35 suspected stowaways found in a shipping container at a dock in eastern England a week ago.

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UK forces energy, mining firms to show foreign state payments 22 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britain announced that energy and mining firms would have to disclose from next year any payments made to governments in countries where they operate as it aims to curb corruption in the natural resources sector.

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For some history enthusiasts, World War One tributes go further 22 Aug 2014

LONDON - For some people fascinated by World War One, the poppies and wreath-laying of Remembrance day services and the commemorative events of solemn anniversaries like this year's centenary are not enough.

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Business leaders to speak against Scottish independence - Telegraph 22 Aug 2014

- More than 100 business leaders in the United Kingdom with operations in Scotland plan to speak out against independence in a united statement, the Telegraph reported.

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UK retail sales growth falls to eight-month low, public finances weak 21 Aug 2014

LONDON - British retail sales grew in July at the slowest annual rate since November of last year, while the government failed to make much of an inroad into public borrowing, data showed on Thursday.

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British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt 21 Aug 2014

LONDON - British Muslim leaders urged people to contact police if they knew the identity of the man with an English accent who appeared in a video showing the beheading of an American journalist.

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Norwegian Air to set up London long-haul base 22 Aug 2014

OSLO - Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle will establish a long-haul base at London's Gatwick airport and plans to move many pilots currently based in Bangkok to the British base, it said on Friday.