Politics

Business investment unexpectedly drops in third-quarter, GDP unrevised

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LONDON - British business investment unexpectedly fell in the third quarter of 2014 and growth relied heavily on household spending once again, raising fresh questions about the resilience of the economy's recovery.

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Cameron's party says likely to fail to cut immigration 23 Nov 2014

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives said on Sunday they were unlikely to keep a promise to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands", possibly damaging their reelection chances next year.

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Concerns about state of global economy have increased - Osborne 21 Nov 2014

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.

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In blow to Cameron, UKIP wins second parliamentary seat 21 Nov 2014

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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In class obsessed Britain, tweet of 'white van' man hits nerve 21 Nov 2014

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 public finances improve in October, remain far off-track 21 Nov 2014

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.

Labour's Emily Thornberry quits over Rochester tweet - Sky News 21 Nov 2014

- Emily Thornberry, UK Labour party's spokeswoman on judicial affairs, has resigned from the shadow cabinet over a tweet she sent during a special election in the southeast English constituency of Rochester and Strood, according to Sky News.

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UK concedes defeat in bid to block EU bank bonus limit 20 Nov 2014

BRUSSELS/LONDON - Britain suffered an embarrassing defeat in its attempt to block the European Union's new limits on bank bonuses on Thursday, withdrawing its legal challenge after an adviser to the bloc's top court made clear it was unlikely to succeed.

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Cameron seeks English lawmaker veto over English laws 20 Nov 2014

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said he would aim to give lawmakers from England a veto over laws that do not apply to other parts of Britain, a move that could appeal to voters flirting with a surging right-wing party set to win a second parliament seat on Thursday.

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UKIP set to win second UK parliament seat in blow to Cameron 20 Nov 2014

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives risk losing a second British parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Thursday, foreshadowing a possible political upheaval in next year's national election.