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  • Boris regrets rock star failure
    Boris regrets rock star failure Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Boris Johnson has said he "bitterly" regrets his failure to become a rock star and has admitted to being an "embarrassing dad" in a question and answer session with young people. More »

  • Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'
    Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John' Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron has defended Britain's security services after Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" was unmasked as London graduate Mohammed Emwazi, a man previously monitored by spy agency MI5. More »

  • Tax Break Cut To Pay For Labour Fees Pledge
    Tax Break Cut To Pay For Labour Fees Pledge Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Ed Miliband has unveiled a Labour election pledge to cut student tuition fees by a third by reducing pension tax relief for higher earners. Under the party's plans, the cap on undergraduate fees would be reduced from £9,000 to £6,000 per year from September 2016. Mr Miliband told an audience of students in Leeds that the current funding system was landing graduates with debts running into tens of thousands of pounds. Labour's funding cut would be paid for by a reduction in pension tax relief for higher earners , Mr Miliband said. More »

  • MI5 'quizzes Jihadi John teachers'
    MI5 'quizzes Jihadi John teachers' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MI5 officers have reportedly questioned former teachers of Briton Mohammed Emwazi after he was this week unmasked as the Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John. More »

  • PM Defends MI5 After 'Jihadi John' Named
    PM Defends MI5 After 'Jihadi John' Named Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    David Cameron says Britain will do "everything we can" to bring terrorists to justice after Londoner Mohammed Emwazi was identified as the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John". The Prime Minister also expressed his support for Britain's security services as questions were raised about whether appropriate actions were taken to stop Emwazi from travelling to Syria. Speaking at an event in Cardiff, Mr Cameron defended MI5 and praised the service for its "dedicated and courageous" work protecting Britain. The security agency has been criticised for its handling of Emwazi's case. More »

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  • Prezza's Return: Labour's Fantasy Frontbench
    Prezza's Return: Labour's Fantasy Frontbench Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Lord Prescott's return to Labour's frontline is more about bringing in a big name to appeal to the "Lidl People" than it is about climate change. The Labour veteran may have been a prime mover on Kyoto but he also earned the sobriquet "Two Jags" and was once pilloried for using an official car to make the 230m-journey from his hotel to the party conference. When it comes to the election campaign trail, Lord Prescott is to Ed Miliband what Boris Johnson is to David Cameron: a "star player" and the perfect Labour antidote to Nigel Farage. With Lord Prescott's  return, here's a look at some other talents Mr Miliband might look to employ. More »

  • Recycling, war on diesel threaten platinum producers' price hopes Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    By Silvia Antonioli and Ed Stoddard LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Platinum producers struggling back from South Africa's longest-ever mining strike are now contending with threats to a long-awaited price recovery, notably Europe's emerging dislike of diesel engines. The world's largest platinum miners, crippled by a five-month stoppage in 2014, have said their companies will do better this year, largely because they expect a strong price recovery from six-year lows . Amplats said it can hit the profitability target set by its parent company Anglo American in three years if prices rise as it expects. Its rival Lonmin , having plunged into the red last year, also expects higher prices, betting the European Central Bank's move to print more money to revive a flagging economy will stimulate car sales. More »

  • More 24-Hour Rail Part Of £10bn London Plan
    More 24-Hour Rail Part Of £10bn London Plan Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson have launched a government plan to put £10bn into London's transport infrastructure. Mr Johnson promised more 24-hour rail services in the capital where the first round of overnight Tube services are due to get under way soon. The proposals are part of a package of measures designed to help London stay ahead of New York and other cities in the coming years. Chancellor George Osborne and mayor Boris Johnson said 24-hour services would be expanded on the Tube and extended to London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway. More »

  • Esther McVey: I Want To Be PM One Day
    Esther McVey: I Want To Be PM One Day Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Employment Minister Esther McVey has said the one thing that no MP ever admits to: She wants to be Prime Minister. Asked if she wanted the top job during a Loose Women interview, the Tory MP responded: "If I had to give a yes or a no, I'll be honest and say ‘yes’. More »

  • Ambitious McVey aiming for No 10
    Ambitious McVey aiming for No 10 Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Employment minister Esther McVey has her sights set on Downing Street after revealing she would like to become prime minister. More »

  • Niall Horan shifted a girl and now she’s getting death threats… it’s The Dr …
    Niall Horan shifted a girl and now she’s getting death threats… it’s The Dr … Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Aaaalll the best of the day’s celebrity dirt. More »

  • London Mayor Boris Johnson Hates the IRS, Too
    London Mayor Boris Johnson Hates the IRS, Too Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Brash, self-confident, charismatic, profane, ambitious and upwardly mobile but skeptical of authority, the mayor of London (who was born in New York City) seems like he'd fit right in on this side of the Atlantic. In November, Johnson was blustering (as he is wont to do) about the U.S. government trying to hit him with a massive tax bill. Johnson sold a house in London for a cool £730,000 profit, and as U.S. citizens are required to pay capital-gains tax on overseas transactions, Uncle Sam sent Mayor Boris a bill. More »

  • Noel Gallagher is not a fan of today's politicians
    Noel Gallagher is not a fan of today's politicians Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Outspoken rocker Noel Gallagher has taken a pop at some of the leading political figures in the run-up to the General Election. More »

  • Noel Gallagher slams politicians
    Noel Gallagher slams politicians Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Rock legend Noel Gallagher has claimed that Nigel Farage does not look mentally capable enough to run a corner shop and predicted that Boris Johnson will be the next prime minister. More »

  • London mayor Johnson plans to ditch US passport: report
    London mayor Johnson plans to ditch US passport: report Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    London's flamboyant mayor Boris Johnson plans to renounce his US citizenship to prove his "commitment to Britain", the Sunday Times reported, although he denied suggestions he wanted to become prime minister during last week's visit to the US. More »

  • China's Minsheng to invest 1 billion pounds in new London financial district … Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    (This story corrects chairman's surname in fifth paragraph) By Sue-Lin Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China Minsheng Investment Co Ltd (CMI), the country's largest private investment fund, said on Saturday it would invest 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) in a Chinese-led project to develop a new financial district in London. The project is one of the largest Chinese investments in the United Kingdom in recent years and one of the most significant for Minsheng, which launched last August with registered capital of 50 billion yuan. The private equity firm said it would become the majority investor in the project, which was unveiled in 2013 by Chinese developer Advanced Business Park (ABP) and Mayor Boris Johnson and touted as potentially London's third financial centre after the City and Canary Wharf. More »

  • Boris Johnson To Renounce US Citizenship
    Boris Johnson To Renounce US Citizenship Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Boris Johnson is to renounce his American citizenship, removing a possible obstacle to becoming Prime Minister. The Mayor of London has dual nationality because he was born in New York but says he wants to hand back his American passport. Constitutional experts say dual nationality is not a technical barrier to Mr Johnson becoming prime minister, but it is thought he would face scrutiny about his loyalties. More »

  • Boris to give up his US citizenship
    Boris to give up his US citizenship Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Boris Johnson is to renounce his US citizenship, removing a potential obstacle to becoming Prime Minister. More »

  • Early EU poll is Ukip's 'red line'
    Early EU poll is Ukip's 'red line' Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Ukip would only be willing to prop up a Conservative government following this year's general election if David Cameron offered an early referendum "conducted on the right terms", Nigel Farage has said. More »

  • Boris heads for talks with NY mayor
    Boris heads for talks with NY mayor Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Boris Johnson will return to New York for talks with his counterpart in the city as he completes his US trade mission. More »

  • Greek stalemate 'needs resolution'
    Greek stalemate 'needs resolution' Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    The stalemate between Athens and the eurozone over Greece's debts needs to be resolved to prevent damage to the British economy, David Cameron has said. More »

  • Mayor urges devolution of powers
    Mayor urges devolution of powers Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Boris Johnson has called on the Chancellor to hand massive financial powers to cities to help "detoxify" British politics. More »

  • Clinton 'clear about UK IS support'
    Clinton 'clear about UK IS support' Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Hillary Clinton is "very, very clear" that the UK must do more to support the Kurds in the fight against Islamic State, Boris Johnson has said. More »

  • Smartphone kill switches credited with stifling theft
    Smartphone kill switches credited with stifling theft Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Kill switches that render stolen smartphones useless were credited on Wednesday with stifling robberies and thefts in London, New York City, and San Francisco. More »

  • Jon Stewart's off-beat take on news gets global 'like'
    Jon Stewart's off-beat take on news gets global 'like' Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The finance minister of France once gave Jon Stewart a lesson in high finance — and then offered him a beret. More »

  • London mayor laughs off old Hillary Clinton insult
    London mayor laughs off old Hillary Clinton insult Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    It was a brief meeting in New York between two ambitious politicians understood to be fervently seeking top office in their respective countries. More »

  • Mobile 'Kill Switches' Cut Phone Thefts By Half
    Mobile 'Kill Switches' Cut Phone Thefts By Half Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    London, New York and San Francisco have seen the number of smartphone thefts plummet - thanks to so-called kill switches. Apple, Samsung and Google have all implemented techniques for owners to effectively render a phone useless if it is stolen. As a result, smartphone thefts have fallen by half in London, 40% in San Francisco and 25% in New York City. Apple added a kill switch - known as Activation Lock - in September 2013. More »

  • Smartphone theft drops in London, two U.S. cities as anti-theft 'kill switches' …
    Smartphone theft drops in London, two U.S. cities as anti-theft 'kill switches' … Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing "kill switches" that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday. The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. "We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago," said London Mayor Boris Johnson. Johnson, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman were among numerous officials arguing for new laws mandating the kill switches. More »

  • ITV reunites Spitting Image team
    ITV reunites Spitting Image team Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Some of the c ast and crew who made Spitting Image such a hit have been reunited for a new primetime puppet show promising a " biting look at the world of politics and celebrity". More »

  • ITV reunites Spitting Image team for Newzoids
    ITV reunites Spitting Image team for Newzoids Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Some of the Spitting Image team are reuniting for a new satirical puppet show. More »

  • Boris bangs drum for UK fashion
    Boris bangs drum for UK fashion Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Boris Johnson will be "talking up British fashion" at a glitzy dinner in New York City. More »

  • Boris backs earlier EU referendum
    Boris backs earlier EU referendum Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Tory plans for a referendum on Britain's future in the European Union should be brought forward, Boris Johnson has said. More »

  • May wields the stiletto at auction
    May wields the stiletto at auction Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A shoe shopping expedition with Home Secretary Theresa May and a chicken supper at the home of chief whip Michael Gove were among the most eye-catching lots on offer in an auction to raise funds for the Conservative general election campaign. More »

  • London mayor touts life sciences in visit to Massachusetts
    London mayor touts life sciences in visit to Massachusetts Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — London Mayor Boris Johnson, launching a six-day swing through the East Coast, on Monday took on the role of traveling salesman, encouraging a packed room of some of the nation's top college students and entrepreneurs to consider launching their careers as part of his city's growing technology sector. More »