• 'No new evidence' against mayor

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Scotland Yard said there is "no new credible evidence" into allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement against an elected mayor - but added that they are still investigating an original claim against him. More »'No new evidence' against mayor

  • Tesco Full-Year Profit Slumps 6% To £3.3bn

    Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Tesco has reported a 6% fall in full-year group trading profit of £3.3bn. The results do not include figures for Tesco Bank, which reports separately. Tesco's market share hit a 10-year low of 28.6% - its lowest since 2004 - in the 12 weeks to March 30 compared with the same period the year before, according to the latest data from market researcher Kantar Worldpanel. The company, led by chief executive Philip Clarke, is 24 months into a turnaround plan for its main UK business that has seen over £1bn invested in store revamps, more staff, new product ranges and pricing initiatives. More »Tesco Full-Year Profit Slumps 6% To £3.3bn

  • N Korea Escalates Kim Jong-Un Hair Poster Row

    Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to step in after a London hairdresser used an image of the secretive regime's leader in a promotion for cheaper hair cuts. The poster displayed in the window at M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, west London, featured an image of Kim Jong-Un and his distinctive hairstyle alongside the words "Bad Hair Day?". Staff at the salon said on Tuesday that two men claiming to be North Korean officials had confronted the owner over the poster, while police told Sky News that they had refused a call to investigate the matter from London's North Korean Embassy. But the Foreign Office has now revealed that it also received an objection to the promotion from the North Korean embassy. More »N Korea Escalates Kim Jong-Un Hair Poster Row

  • Government says Iraqi murder allegations against its troops a conspiracy

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Allegations British troops unlawfully killed up to 20 Iraqi men at an army camp in 2004 were part of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, the British government told a public inquiry into the deaths on Wednesday. "The untruthful allegations cannot be attributed to honest mistakes or misunderstandings," lawyers for Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a closing submission to the inquiry, which has cost at least 27 million pounds. "They are the product of a conspiracy between a number of the Iraqi core participants to pervert the course of justice." Almost three years after the final British troops left Iraq in 2011, costly inquiries about the war have helped keep alive a public debate about why Britain got involved in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and how the war was conducted. Despite their allegations, lawyers for relatives of the dead Iraqis said last month there was insufficient evidence to back their clients' main claim of unlawful killing, which relates to events during and after a battle in southern Iraq on May 14, 2004. More »Government says Iraqi murder allegations against its troops a conspiracy

  • Two killed in five-vehicle crash

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Two people have died and seven have been taken to hospital after a five-vehicle motorway horror smash in rush hour traffic. More »Two killed in five-vehicle crash

  • Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the then interior minister in 2004. Coulson, who was editing Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid at the time, is on trial for conspiring to hack into voicemail messages in a case that has shaken the media tycoon's empire and Britain's political elite. Coulson has denied the charge, but admitted for the first time on Wednesday that one of his senior reporters had once played him excerpts of voicemail messages left by then Home Secretary David Blunkett on the mobile phone of a woman with whom he was having a relationship. "This was the first and only time voicemail messages were played to me," Coulson told the packed Old Bailey court where he was appearing in the witness box for the third day in a trial that has run for 5-1/2 months. More »Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages

  • F-35 fighter jet to make first trans-Atlantic flight in July

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defence Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, U.S. and British officials said Wednesday. The new warplane will make its international debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, an annual military air show held outside London in July, followed by appearances at the show, held every other year, said the officials. This fifth generation stealth combat aircraft will be a major boost to British combat air power and it is entirely fitting that the F-35's first stop outside the United States will be in the UK," British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement. Lockheed is the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier. More »F-35 fighter jet to make first trans-Atlantic flight in July

  • Official: Average Earnings Outpace Inflation

    Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Average UK earnings increased by 1.7% in the year to February, above the inflation rate of 1.6%, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it was the first time since spring 2010 that the consumer price index for inflation had not exceeded pay increases. It said pay increases averaged 2% in the private sector and 0.9% in the public sector. The unemployment rate of 6.9% is the lowest for five years. More »Official: Average Earnings Outpace Inflation

  • McConville probe woman released

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A 57-year-old woman arrested by detectives investigating the IRA murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville more than 40 years ago has been released pending a police report being sent to prosecutors. More »McConville probe woman released

  • School Places: Parents Warned About 'Crisis'

    Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Families are facing a "growing crisis" when it comes to getting their children into primary schools, the head of a teaching union has said. Dr Mary Bousted, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of failing to deliver on his main responsibility "to provide school places for the nation's children". According to the Local Government Association, some areas - Costessey in Norfolk, Purfleet in Essex and central Croydon in south London - will see 75% more pupils than school places by next year. The increasing squeeze on school places has been blamed on a rising birth rate and the impact of immigration. More »School Places: Parents Warned About 'Crisis'

  • Family tribute to marathon runner

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The family of a London Marathon runner who died after completing the course have paid tribute to a "a fun-loving and caring person". More »Family tribute to marathon runner

  • Coulson Tells Trial He Heard Hacked Voicemail

    Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former News Of The World editor Andy Coulson has told a jury he heard voicemail messages hacked from David Blunkett's phone. The 46-year-old told the Old Bailey the paper's then-chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, phoned him to say Mr Blunkett, who was Home Secretary at the time, was having an affair with a married woman. He said Mr Thurlbeck had told him he "believed the story was true" after listening to voicemail messages. "Neville told me he had a tip that David Blunkett was having an affair with Kimberly Fortier. More »Coulson Tells Trial He Heard Hacked Voicemail

  • Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp will move its European headquarters to London from the Netherlands this year and pay more tax in the UK as a result, the company said on Wednesday. The shift by the world's largest coffee chain comes after its low tax contributions in Britain provoked widespread criticism, including Prime Minister David Cameron telling a meeting in Davos that companies that avoided paying tax needed to "wake up and smell the coffee". Starbucks was called to testify before a parliamentary hearing about its tax affairs after Reuters reported in 2012 that the company had told the UK tax authority its British arm was a loss-making business while informing investors that the subsidiary was profitable. The company revealed at the hearing that it had agreed a deal with Dutch tax authorities allowing it to pay "a very low tax rate" there. More »Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax

  • British unemployment rate falls under 7.0%

    AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    British unemployment has hit a five-year low of 6.9 percent, far below most of its European rivals, as the nation's economic recovery picks up speed a year before general elections. More »British unemployment rate falls under 7.0%

  • On This Day: Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin, 21, is elected as Britain’s youngest female MP

    Yahoo News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The rebellious former student, who was expelled from university for leading civil rights protests, won a shock by-election victory in the Mid-Ulster constituency. More »On This Day: Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin, 21, is elected as Britain’s youngest female MP

  • Call to weigh Ramadan exam impact

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Teachers are calling for the summer GCSE and A-level exams timetable to take into account the impact of Ramadan on Muslim students. More »Call to weigh Ramadan exam impact

  • Villiers accused of insensitivity

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Victims Commissioner and nationalist politicians have accused the Northern Ireland Secretary of displaying insensitivity and offending victims of the conflict. More »Villiers accused of insensitivity

  • Thousands miss out on school place

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Almost one in seven children have missed out on their first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places, it has been revealed. More »Thousands miss out on school place

  • London shares end higher

    AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    London shares closed higher on Wednesday, shrugging off concerns about Ukraine on the back of positive earnings and a rise in Wall Street. More »London shares end higher

  • Clifford trial jury to resume deliberations Thursday

    AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who is charged with committing indecent assaults, was to return on Thursday to continue its deliberations. More »Clifford trial jury to resume deliberations Thursday

  • Ex-PM Brown 'to remain an MP'

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former prime minister Gordon Brown " will remain" an MP, his office said in response to speculation that he could stand down in 2015. More »Ex-PM Brown 'to remain an MP'

  • Iraq killing claims 'conspiracy'

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Allegations that British troops killed and tortured Iraqi civilians a decade ago were the product of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and get compensation payments, a public inquiry has heard. More »Iraq killing claims 'conspiracy'

  • Burberry bags rising quarterly sales

    AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    British fashion group Burberry on Wednesday reported a rise in second-quarter sales, boosted by its online division, but cautioned that currency fluctuations would hit profits this year. More »Burberry bags rising quarterly sales

  • Drug Charges For Former Co-op Boss Flowers

    Sky News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers has been charged with two counts of possession of a class A drug and one of a class C drug. The former Methodist minister was arrested in Liverpool by West Yorkshire Police officers last year. A police spokesman said: "Paul Flowers, 63, of Hollingwood Drive, Bradford, has been charged with two offences of possession of a class A drug and one offence of possession of a class C drug. Mr Flowers stepped down as chairman of the Co-op bank in June last year. More »Drug Charges For Former Co-op Boss Flowers

  • Economy maintaining momentum as BoE holds steady - Reuters poll

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy kept up its strong rate of growth at the start of 2014 and is expected to slow only marginally as the Bank of England leaves its main interest rate at rock bottom for another year, a Reuters poll found. The poll of 50 economists, taken in the past week, suggested Britain's gross domestic product expanded 0.7 percent in the first three months of 2014, matching the previous quarter and making it one of the fastest-growing major countries. If the forecast, revised up a touch from a March poll after a slew of positive data, is realised, Britain's economy will be back to its size before the financial crisis by the end of June. "Policy is very loose and the euro zone crisis has receded - I think growth is going to be well above consensus," said Michael Saunders, economist at Citi, who has one of the more optimistic forecasts and aggressive rate hike paths. More »Economy maintaining momentum as BoE holds steady - Reuters poll

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