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Parties scramble as Britain sets May 6 election

LONDON - (APINTL) Britain will hold a national election May 6, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Tuesday. The bitterly contested race will be dominated by a recession-wracked economy and a sense that 13 years of Labour rule may be coming to an end. Brown met with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham...

High Court: football fixtures are copyrighted

LONDON - (APINTL) Betting companies and newspapers will have to pay to use and publish lists of football fixtures after Britain's High Court ruled Friday that the lists are protected by copyright law. The English Premier League and four other bodies brought a case against companies including the...

British stocks, pound drop amid uncertain election

LONDON - (APINTL) Britain's main stock index and the pound fell Friday as investors reacted grumpily to an inconclusive result in national elections against a backdrop of global market turbulence. In the first minute of trading, the FTSE 100 share index was down 1.3 percent at 5,193. That followed...

Pressure mounts in Britain to form new govt

LONDON - (APINTL) Britain's election deadlock appeared closer to resolution Monday as the Conservatives led by David Cameron and a potential ally both reported progress in talks to form a new government amid fears that prolonged uncertainty would rattle markets and anger voters. But Prime Minister...

Britain welcomes new government's odd couple

LONDON - (AP) Britain ushered in its first coalition government since World War II on Wednesday as a pair of rivals-turned-partners pledged to set aside their deep policy differences and tackle the country's disastrous budget deficit. With handshakes, smiles and a sprinkling of jokes, newly minted...

Britain to scrap unpopular ID card program

LONDON - (APINTL) Britain's home secretary said Thursday an unpopular national identity card program for U.K. citizens will be scrapped within 100 days but many foreign nationals will still require one of the credit-card sized documents carrying biometric data. Both members of the country's...

Britons brace for tough emergency budget

LONDON - (AP) After dire warnings, Britons will find out Tuesday how much pain they have to bear in the government's plans to cut the oversized deficit, which has soared amid the global banking crisis. Prime Minister David Cameron, leading a coalition government formed just last month, has warned...

Report: Illegal logging down across the globe

LONDON - (AP) Tougher enforcement and strict new rules have led to a dramatic drop in illegal logging, a British think tank says, saving huge swaths of green and cutting carbon dioxide emissions across the globe. An international clamp-down on unlawfully harvested timber has helped protect up to 17...

Britain, France, Germany urge EU emissions cuts

BERLIN - (AP) Britain, France and Germany are urging European Union nations to agree to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 in an effort to combat climate change. Britain's climate secretary, along with the environment ministers of France and Germany wrote in a joint letter published...

UK Judge Orders Payment For 'Toxic Sofa' Victims

LONDON - (AP) A British judge has ordered retailers to pay hundreds of people who suffered burns and respiratory ailments from toxic sofas. The 408 victims became ill after using leather sofas made by Chinese companies that used dimethyl fumarate, now banned in the EU. Full version available to lexis...

Damages Being Paid In UK Twitter Defamation Case

LONDON - (AP) A British politician has agreed to pay damages for an inaccurate comment he made about a rival on his Twitter account. It appeared to be the first defamation case in Britain involving a comment made on Twitter. To settle the case, Colin Elsbury has agreed to pay 3,000 pounds ($4,825) ....