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May's Conservatives gain parliament seat as rivals suffer setbacks

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STOKE-ON-TRENT/WHITEHAVEN, England Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives secured a landmark victory in a parliamentary by-election on Friday, strengthening her hand ahead of Brexit negotiations as her rivals suffered damaging setbacks.

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Northern Ireland leader says rivals may force return to London rule 24 Feb 2017

OMAGH, Northern Ireland Irish nationalists may force a prolonged collapse of Northern Ireland's devolved government and a return to direct rule from London if they cannot agree a new government with unionists, the leader of the British province said on Friday.

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British Airways mixed-fleet cabin crew announce more strikes 24 Feb 2017

LONDON British Airways "mixed fleet" cabin crew members are to strike for another seven consecutive days from March 3, trade union Unite said on Friday.

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On visit to London, Peugeot boss offers reassuring words on Vauxhall plants 24 Feb 2017

LONDON The head of French carmaker PSA played down the threat to British factories when he discussed the potential takeover of GM's European operations with union officials and politicians in London on Friday.

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UK mortgage approvals hit 12-month high in January - BBA 24 Feb 2017

LONDON British banks approved the most mortgages in a year last month and consumer borrowing saw some of its fastest growth of the past decade, industry data showed on Friday, contrasting with earlier signs of slowing momentum.

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Arqiva and Samsung to trial 5G network in London 24 Feb 2017

LONDON Communications group Arqiva and Samsung Electronics will trial Britain's first 5G network in London this year, the companies said, with the capability of delivering ultra-fast broadband to mobile devices and potentially autonomous vehicles.

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Retailer John Lewis to cut net 387 jobs in restructuring 24 Feb 2017

John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store chain, plans to cut hundreds of jobs in a reorganisation of its soft furnishings business and changes to the way it operates its in-store restaurants, it said on Thursday.

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Scottish government believes it can call, win new independence vote - sources 23 Feb 2017

LONDON/EDINBURGH The Scottish government is increasingly confident it can win a new independence referendum and is considering calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Edinburgh administration say.

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Emma Thompson won't take part in short 'Love Actually' sequel 24 Feb 2017

LONDON Actress Emma Thompson has said she is not taking part in a short "Love Actually" sequel for Britain's Comic Relief charity appeal because it is "too soon" to reprise her role in the romantic comedy after the death last year of co-star Alan Rickman. | Video

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Woman killed by flying debris as storm Doris batters Britain 23 Feb 2017

BROAD HAVEN, Wales A woman was killed by flying debris on Thursday as storm Doris battered Britain and Ireland, disrupting travel and leaving thousands without power as it swept in from the Atlantic.

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