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In blow to Cameron, UKIP wins second parliamentary seat

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ROCHESTER/LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Friday, an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain's two-party system in next year's national election.

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UK-Spain dispute over Gibraltar threatens European skies reform 1:10pm GMT

BRUSSELS - The dispute between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar threatens to hold up European Union plans to merge national air corridors, diplomats say.

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Concerns about state of global economy have increased - Osborne 2:20pm GMT

LONDON - Stagnation in the euro zone, recession in Japan and geopolitical crises have increased concerns about the state of the global economy, British Chancellor George Osborne said on Friday.

UK troops in largest armoured deployment in Eastern Europe for six years 6:00pm GMT

LONDON - Britain is carrying out its largest armoured deployment in Eastern Europe for six years, in a joint exercise with Poland to reassure it in the wake of Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

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Retailers look to U.S. Black Friday for Christmas lift-off 1:36pm GMT

LONDON - Next week's "Black Friday", a traditional discount day for U.S. retailers, looks set to be the biggest ever for British shops as more join in the promotional event to kickstart Christmas sales.

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In class obsessed Britain, tweet of 'white van' man hits nerve 1:03pm GMT

ROCHESTER England - Posting a picture on Twitter of a two-storey house, displaying three English flags of St. George and with a white tradesman's van outside, might seem innocuous to a foreign eye.

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UK truck driver shortage threatens Christmas logjam 10:56am GMT

- A shortage of truckers on Britain's roads could leave Christmas shoppers out in the cold as tough new rules for drivers kick in.

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FA investigating Wigan owner Whelan's remarks 1:33pm GMT

LONDON - The English FA is looking into remarks made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan despite his apology for apparently insulting Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

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UK public finances improve in October, remain far off-track 12:46pm GMT

LONDON - Britain's public finances improved slightly in October but finance minister George Osborne is still unlikely to meet his budget goals before next year's general election.

Soccer to mark 30th anniversary of Bradford disaster 2:23pm GMT

LONDON - The 30th anniversary of the fire at Bradford City's soccer ground, which killed 56 people in May 1985 will be commemorated by the Premier League and Football League next year.