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Cameron launches EU reform drive, admits will not be easy

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RIGA - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc.

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Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum 7:23pm BST

DUBLIN - Ireland voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favour the 'Yes' side. | Video

British bomber jailed for life for murder of U.S. sergeant in Iraq 2:48pm BST

LONDON - A London taxi driver, convicted of making bombs which were used against U.S. forces in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. sergeant, was jailed for life on Friday and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars.

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Cameron determined to give Britons 'proper choice' on reformed EU 3:36pm BST

RIGA - British Prime Minister David Cameron predicted "ups and downs" on Friday in European Union reform negotiations but said he was determined to give Britons a proper choice on a reformed EU in a referendum he has promised before the end of 2017. | Video

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UK public finances improve more than expected in boost for Osborne 9:32am BST

LONDON - Britain's public sector budget deficit narrowed more than expected in April, giving Chancellor George Osborne a boost as he renews his push to fix the country's public finances.

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"David Cameron always difficult" - Euro parliament head 10:12am BST

BRUSSELS - A senior EU official said he did not expect unusually tough talks on Friday with David Cameron, who has brought his demands for reform of the bloc to a summit in Riga - because, he said, talking to the British prime minister was always difficult.

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Could another English king be buried under a car park? 10:25am BST

LONDON - Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping to find him.

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Cameron sets immigration red line ahead of EU summit 21 May 2015

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain's welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue.

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Classified document on Bahrain rankles Britain decades later 21 May 2015

DUBAI 1 - A legal battle between an activist group and Britain over a decades-old diplomatic cable on Bahrain has exposed a thorny link between the UK's colonial past and its new military ambitions in a region it once dominated.

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Phone-hacking victims win large damages from Trinity Mirror 21 May 2015

LONDON - Eight mostly celebrity victims of phone-hacking won a total of 1.2 million pounds in damages from Britain's Trinity Mirror newspaper group on Thursday in a court ruling likely to raise the cost of dealing with any future claims.