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Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages

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LONDON - Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the then interior minister in 2004.

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Unemployment plunges to five-year low, pay grows 16 Apr 2014

LONDON - Britain's unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped in the three months to February, reviving speculation the Bank of England will start raising interest rates earlier than it has signalled.

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UK inflation hits new four-year low, house prices continue rise 16 Apr 2014

LONDON - British inflation fell to its lowest in over four years in March, easing pressure on living standards and raising the prospect that prices may now be rising by less than wages for the first time in years.

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UKIP chief defends expenses record ahead of vote 15 Apr 2014

LONDON - The leader of anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) denied wrongdoing on Tuesday after a former party member referred him to the European Union's anti-fraud office less than six weeks before elections to the European Parliament.

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Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong 14 Apr 2014

LONDON - David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson told a London court on Monday he had not spoken to the British prime minister since his arrest, and admitted his affair with Rebekah Brooks when working for Rupert Murdoch tabloids was wrong.

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UK government study lends weight to Osborne's case for tax cuts 14 Apr 2014

LONDON - Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne's case for cutting taxes if his Conservative Party wins a 2015 election was bolstered on Monday when a government study said lower taxes would stimulate economic activity and partially offset a loss of revenue.

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Wages poised to pass recovery milestone 14 Apr 2014

LONDON - Britain's recovery from its deepest recession in decades looks set to pass a milestone this week when a six-year run of declining living standards is expected to show a turnaround.

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UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote 13 Apr 2014

LONDON - Voter support for Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at a record high according to one opinion poll on Sunday, reflecting a wider pattern of growing support for the party ahead of European elections next month.

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Scottish leader urges voters to put aside politics for independence 12 Apr 2014

ABERDEEN, Scotland - First Minister Alex Salmond on Saturday urged Scots to look beyond party politics and break the 307-year union with England when they vote in an independence referendum in September.

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Scottish leader urges voters to put aside politics for independence 12 Apr 2014

ABERDEEN - Scotland's leader Alex Salmond will on Saturday urge Scots to put aside party politics in the vote on independence, as he tries to win support from Labour rivals for his bid to leave the United Kingdom.