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  • By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - The value of commercial and public service contracts awarded to outsourcing firms in Europe has hit its highest level of growth in four years, as cash-strapped governments and companies attempt to cut costs, despite a string of high profile contract failures in recent years. A report …

  • Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine "to the brink" in recent days and increased the risk of violent confrontation there, British Foreign Secretary William Hague will say on Tuesday in a speech in London. Hague's comments, released in advance by his office, come after Russia declared Ukraine to be on the verge of civil …

  • Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking Michael Holden and Kate Holton - Reuters - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
    Former Editor of the News of the World newspaper Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain's phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves …

  • European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to expand sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine by putting more people under asset freezes and visa bans, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. "We have agreed among foreign ministers to expand the sanctions ... and to add further names to those sanctions," …

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street in London

    China has called off talks with Britain on Beijing's human rights record, the British government said on Monday, four days after Britain published a list of concerns. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday after they agreed to restart the …

  • Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong Michael Holden and Kate Holton - Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha holiday on the Spanish Canary island of Lanzarote

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - 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. Both edited the now defunct …

  • UK government study lends weight to Osborne's case for tax cuts William James - Reuters - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gives a speech about changes to the tax and benefits regime at the old passenger terminal in Tilbury Docks, east of London

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - 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. A reduction in the real rate …

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to unequivocally condemn the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. The two leaders spoke by phone on Monday to discuss escalating tensions and the threat of Ukrainian military action following the occupation …

  • Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London

    The destabilisation of eastern Ukraine is clearly being instigated by Russia, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, and he called for further sanctions against Moscow. "There can't really be any real doubt that this is something that has been planned and brought about by Russia," Hague said as he arrived …

  • UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote William James - Reuters - Sun, Apr 13, 2014
    UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, leader of Britain's Liberal Democrat party speak during a debate on Britain's future in the European Union, in London

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - 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. The rising popularity of UKIP, which calls for …

  • Long-delayed new town an emblem for UK's housing hole David Milliken - Reuters - Sun, Apr 13, 2014
    Workers walk past the Ebbsfleet United football ground in Ebbsfleet, southern England

    By David Milliken EBBSFLEET, England (Reuters) - Where Britain's first new town in over 40 years is due to be built there is little more than a gaping hole - a symbol of the huge housing shortage successive governments have failed to fill. Now, under a new government-backed plan, more than 20,000 new homes will be built …

  • Osborne touts UK recovery on return to sceptical IMF William Schomberg - Reuters - Fri, Apr 11, 2014
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne delivers a speech on the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum in Edinburgh in Scotland

    By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne held up Britain's recent strong pace of economic growth as vindication of his austerity programme that came under fire from the International Monetary Fund last year. Osborne, who is attending the IMF's spring meetings in Washington this week, said healthier …

  • Nigel Evans cleared of sex offences Reuters - Fri, Apr 11, 2014
    British Conservative MP and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Evans arrives at Preston Crown Court

    Nigel Evans, a former deputy speaker of the Commons, was cleared on Thursday of sexual assault and a rape charge and said afterwards he had been through 11 months of 'hell'. The 56-year-old openly gay MP, who was vice chairman of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party from 1999 to 2001, had been accused of offences …

  • Jim Flaherty dies soon after quitting as Canada's finance minister Randall Palmer - Reuters - Fri, Apr 11, 2014
    Canadian Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is seen picking up a new pair of pre-budget shoes at the Roots Leather Factory in Toronto

    By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who steered Canada through the global financial crisis and then nearly eliminated the huge budget deficits he had run up in the process, died on Thursday just weeks after resigning. An unnamed source close to the family told CBC television that …

  • Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gives a speech about changes to the tax and benefits regime at the old passenger terminal in Tilbury Docks, east of London

    British Chancellor George Osborne was on Thursday pressed for more details about the government's involvement in a collapsed deal to sell hundreds of Lloyds Banking Group branches to the Co-operative Bank. Parliamentarians conducting an inquiry into the planned sale, which fell through in April last year, are trying to …