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On the eve of Brexit, Qatar pledges 5 billion pounds in investment in Britain

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LONDON Qatar pledged 5 billion pounds ($6.3 billion) of investment in Britain on Monday in a show of support for the world's fifth-largest economy just two days before Prime Minister Theresa May triggers formal Brexit talks.

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London attacker interested in jihad but no evidence of IS link - police 27 Mar 2017

LONDON British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in an attack on Britain's parliament last week, had any association with Islamic State or Al Qaeda, but he was clearly interested in jihad.

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Britain reopens privacy debate after attack, presses tech firms 27 Mar 2017

LONDON British officials have demanded tech firms do much more to give police access to smartphone communications following last week's Westminster attack, just months after new laws gave security services broader powers.

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May meets Sturgeon after blocking new independence bid 27 Mar 2017

EAST KILBRIDE, Scotland Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday held her first meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon since blocking Scotland's bid for a second independence referendum - talks Sturgeon described as "cordial and businesslike."

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Britain gives Northern Ireland more time to reach power-sharing deal 27 Mar 2017

BELFAST The British government on Monday gave Northern Ireland's largest political parties a few more weeks to clinch a deal on a power-sharing regional government, staving off the risk of a suspension of devolved power for the first time in a decade.

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UK manufacturers urge May to drop threat of no Brexit deal 27 Mar 2017

LONDON Britain's manufacturers told Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday to drop her threat that she might take the country out of the European Union without a new trade deal, saying they would bear the brunt of trade barriers with the EU. | Video

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Foreign Secretary Johnson postpones Russia trip due to NATO meeting 27 Mar 2017

LONDON British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has postponed a planned trip to Russia due to a NATO foreign ministers meeting being rescheduled, a spokesman for his office said on Monday.

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Britain to decide Northern Ireland's fate after talks fail 27 Mar 2017

BELFAST The British government was due to decide on Monday whether to take back direct rule of Northern Ireland for the first time in a decade or call a new election after the collapse of power-sharing between Irish nationalists and British unionists.

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UK to conduct major counter-terrorism exercise in October - PM May 27 Mar 2017

LONDON Britain will conduct a major counter-terrorism training exercise in October across parts of Scotland and northern England, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday, days after a lone attacker killed four people in London.

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May will highlight common Brexit aims on Scotland visit - spokesman 27 Mar 2017

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May will use a visit to Scotland on Monday to set out what she believes are significant areas of agreement with Scottish authorities on what sort of deal Britain needs to get from leaving the European Union.

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