LONDON - Ian Edmondson, a former News of the World news editor accused of phone-hacking offences, is "currently unfit" to remain on trial with other senior ex-staff at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct British tabloid, a London court heard on Thursday.
LONDON - Billions of pounds of further cuts to Britain's welfare system will have to be taken by the country's next government to avoid deeper cuts in public services, Chancellor George Osborne said on Thursday.
LONDON - Britain's Co-operative Group, battling a capital shortfall at its bank and scandal over the unit's drug-taking former chairman, has appointed ex-Treasury minister Paul Myners to review its operations for a token one pound ($1.6) salary.
LONDON - First Utility, Britain's biggest independent energy supplier, said a deal signed with Royal Dutch Shell Plc would help it keep prices low as it seeks to break the stranglehold of the biggest players in the market.
LONDON - Wages in Britain grew at their fastest rate in six years during November, a labour market survey indicated on Monday, providing a rare signal that a long-term decline in real incomes is being checked by a return to economic growth.
LONDON - Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will have to take a bigger axe to ministerial budgets or make further deep cuts to welfare to meet his target of a budget surplus before the end of the decade, a leading think-tank said.
FRANKFURT - The chances of Britain leaving the European Union are "very remote" and making that point clear would help boost investment, Business Secretary Vince Cable said on Friday.
BERLIN/LONDON - Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.
BRUSSELS - British Prime Minister David Cameron's push to limit the free movement of people within the European Union won some support among wealthy western governments on Thursday but east European nations accused him of pre-election populism.
LONDON - Britain's day-to-day spending on public services is set to fall over the next five years to its lowest in relative terms since the end of World War Two, the government's fiscal watchdog forecast on Thursday.
They both have austerity in varying degrees but UK growth is now pushing ahead of the euro zone’s. The UK’s flexible labour market and weakened pound are advantages. A Germanically strong euro weighs heavily on a euro zone where monetary policy can’t solve the profound problems.