Politics

Britain cuts EU migrants' access to welfare payments

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LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday set out new welfare rules to cut access to social security payments for migrants from the European Union, the latest in a string of British measures aimed at addressing voter concern over immigration.

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Britain cuts EU migrants' access to welfare payments 28 Jul 2014

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday set out new welfare rules to cut European migrants' access to social security payments, marking the latest in a string of British measures aimed at addressing voters' concerns over immigration.

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IMF says UK interest rates should stay low for now 28 Jul 2014

LONDON - The Bank of England won backing from the International Monetary Fund on Monday for keeping interest rates low, even as the IMF welcomed signs that Britain's surprisingly strong economic recovery is broadening.

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Russia should lose 2018 soccer World Cup over Ukraine - UK deputy PM 27 Jul 2014

LONDON - Russia should be stripped of the right to host the 2018 football World Cup unless President Vladimir Putin stops destabilising Ukraine, Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Sunday, warning the world would look weak if it did not act.

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Miliband says can win 2015 election despite poor image 25 Jul 2014

LONDON - The leader of Britain's opposition Labour party said on Friday he could win a national election next May, despite his perceived image problem, by focusing on big policy ideas rather than photo opportunities.

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Cameron says Europe must stand up to Putin 25 Jul 2014

- The loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 must prove a catalyst for changing Russia's approach and ending the conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Friday in an opinion piece in the New York Daily News.

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Britain's economy set, finally, to recover ground lost to crisis 25 Jul 2014

LONDON - Britain's economy is set to pass a landmark on Friday when official data will probably show that it is bigger than it was before the financial crisis struck six years ago.

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Ex-Murdoch reporter escapes jail over UK phone-hacking crimes 24 Jul 2014

LONDON - A former tabloid reporter who admitted hacking hundreds of phones to find stories for two Sunday newspapers was spared jail on Thursday for helping secure the conviction of Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson.

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Poll shows UK homeowner confidence stalls for first time in 18 months - YouGov 24 Jul 2014

LONDON - One measure of consumer confidence in Britain stalled for the first time since December 2012 this month as fewer people expect house prices to rise, a survey by polling company YouGov showed on Thursday.

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Lawmakers criticise UK arms sales to Russia; Cameron pledges no new exports 23 Jul 2014

LONDON - Lawmakers on Wednesday queried why Britain had granted licences to sell tens of millions of pounds worth of arms to Russia, embarrassing Prime Minister David Cameron, who has called for a Europe-wide ban on such sales because of the Ukraine crisis.

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UK’s strong GDP has a soft centre

The headline - 0.8 percent second-quarter growth - sounds good. But construction shrank and industrial production was weak. Only services were strong. It sounds like a warning of future problems. Expectations of a UK interest rate rise may be delayed, leading the pound down.