Campaign for an independent Scotland stalls before historic vote


LONDON - The campaign for Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom has stalled just over a month before Scots decide whether to go it alone in a referendum, an analysis of the latest six opinion polls showed on Friday.


English FA tightens betting rules for new season 01 Aug 2014

LONDON - Tough new rules introduced by the Football Association will outlaw all football-related betting for players, club employees and match officials in the top eight tiers of the English game.


British consumer morale and housing market cool in July 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - British consumer morale dipped for the first time in six months in July and house prices stagnated, adding to signs that Britain's rapid economic recovery is cooling slightly.


Firefighters tackle blaze at UK Ferrybridge power plant 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - Firefighters were bringing a blaze at Ferrybridge coal-fired power plant in northern England under control, operator SSE said late on Thursday, adding no injuries had been reported and there was no impact on the UK's electricity supply.


SFO settles $500 million Tchenguiz damages claim 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - Britain's Serious Fraud Office has averted a 300 million-pound damages claim over its botched investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers, securing a second out-of-court settlement and closing an embarrassing chapter in its history.

'Russian involvement' central to UK inquiry into ex-KGB agent's death 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - Evidence which shows Russia was behind the 2006 murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London will mostly be given in secret, the chairman of a public inquiry into his death said on Thursday.

Ex-aide to Prince Philip charged with sex offences 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - A former aide to Prince Philip, husband of the Queen, has been charged with sex offences against a girl in the 1970s, a period he was working for the royal family, prosecutors said on Thursday.


British house price growth slows in July - Nationwide 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - British house prices stagnated in July after strong growth last month, cooled by tougher checks on mortgage lending, a survey from lender Nationwide showed on Thursday.


London platinum, palladium fixing co seeks third-party administrator 31 Jul 2014

LONDON - The London platinum and palladium fixing company (LPPFC) is seeking a third-party administrator for its price benchmarks, it said on Thursday, following a similar move by the operators of the gold "fix" earlier this month.

UK public inflation expectations edge up in July - Citi/YouGov 01 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britons' expectations for inflation over the next 12 months edged up in July to 2.2 percent from 2.1 percent in June, a monthly poll by YouGov showed on Friday.