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Britain reopens embassy in Tehran

Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran on Sunday, a historic step in the thawing of relations between the Islamic state and Western powers, a Reuters witness said. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declared the embassy open

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Bin Laden relatives killed in private jet crash in UK

A private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, killing four people on board, a spokesman for Britain's Hampshire police service said, and Saudi and British media said the passengers were relatives of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama Bin

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Britain cuts Lloyds stake as full privatisation looms

Britain has cut its stake in Lloyds Banking Group by a further percentage point to under 15 per cent, accelerating its drive to return the bailed-out lender to full private ownership. The latest sale means the government has so fa

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UK may break up BT to improve broadband networks

Britain's telecoms regulator is seriously considering a break up of dominant provider BT, after rivals accused it of abusing its market position and failing to invest in the broadband networks they rely on. Ofcom floated the i

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European Union without Britain 'impossible'

A European Union without Britain would be "impossible", Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday, after talks with Prime Minister David Cameron about his plans to reshape Britain's EU ties before an in-out membership r

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UK sets up regional counter-piracy HQ in Bahrain

A multi-million dollar headquarters to oversee the UK's counter-piracy and maritime anti-terrorism efforts in the Gulf will open next week in Bahrain, a report said. The BD6.3 million ($16.5 million) expansion of the UK Mariti

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Britain to sell 30pc Royal Mail stake

Britain will sell its 30 per cent stake in postal operator Royal Mail, currently worth about 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion), as it renews its drive to wipe out the budget deficit, finance minister George Osborne said. The sale

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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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