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Migration to UK hits highest level since 2005

Net migration to Britain reached 318,000 in 2014, its highest level since 2005, official data showed on Thursday, a political setback for Prime Minister David Cameron who has pledged to reduce the figure to less than 100,000 annually.

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Scottish student, 20, becomes Britain's youngest MP

At the age of just 20, Mhairi Black, a student at Glasgow University, has become Britain's youngest MP since 1667. Black still has to complete her final exams but will now be putting her politics degree into practice as the pr

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Britain celebrates birth of a princess

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. The royal family's newest member was born at 8:34 a.m.

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Sabic signs deal to use US shale gas at British plant

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic) has signed a deal to use shale gas from the US at its Teesside petrochemical plant in Britain, acting chief executive Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan told Reuters on Sunday. "In fact we did sign

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BAE signs $1.3bn warship design deal with Britain

Britain agreed an GPB859 million ($1.32 billion) contract with BAE Systems on Friday, giving the green light to the British defence company to continue with the next phase of design for a new fleet of warships. BAE Systems has bee

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French, US planes strike Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq yesterday (September 25), and the United States hit them in Syria, as a US-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join.

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Scotland rejects independence, UK remains intact

Investors in British financial assets breathed a sigh of relief on Friday, spared a prolonged and unprecedented degree of uncertainty from the United Kingdom splitting apart after Scotland voted against independence. Stocks were c

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UK to give airlines 26.4m free CO2 permits

Britain will hand its airlines 6.6 million free carbon allowances a year to help reduce the cost of meeting their obligations under Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2013 to 2016, the government said. The European Union&#

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Co-op Bank loses 38,000 customers after setback

Britain's Co-operative Bank said it lost around 38,000 customers in the first half of 2014, following its near collapse last year and a drugs scandal involving former chairman Paul Flowers. Chief executive Niall Booker said he

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Asking prices for UK homes slump in August

Asking prices for houses in Britain have fallen at the sharpest pace on record for the month of August, led by a drop in London, as the market gets ready for higher interest rates, a survey showed on Monday. Prices of property com

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