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UK man jailed for Twitter abuse against MP

A 'Twitter troll' has been jailed for 18 weeks for bombarding a British Labour MP with abusive messages after she supported a successful campaign to put Jane Austen on the STG10 note.

Bob Geldof angers independence campaigners with plea for Scotland to stick with UK

Irish artist Bob Geldof delivers a speech during a pro-union rally rally at Trafalgar square in central London, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

Chris Zappone Bob Geldof has infuriated independence-minded Scots by urging them to vote to maintain Scotland's place within the United Kingdom ahead of a historic referendum.

Boris Johnson picked for UK parliament seat

Boris Johnson speaks to the media after winning selection as the Conservative candidate for the constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip in London.

James Pheby London Mayor Boris Johnson has been chosen by his Conservative Party as their candidate to fight for a west London seat at next year's parliamentary election, raising the spectre of a future tilt at...

David Cameron begs Scotland to stay in UK "family of nations"

The Scottish flag flies alongside the Union flag over the Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street.

Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge Prime Minister David Cameron begged Scots on Wednesday not to rip apart Britain's "family of nations", visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep last minute rise in secessionist support ahead...

MH17 disaster: Russians operated Buk missile launcher seen near crash site, eyewitnesses tell UK media

A truck the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said was carrying a Buk missile launcher, apparently minus one of its missiles, heading to the Ukrainian city of Krasnodon after the July 17 crash.

Russians operated the Buk missile launcher seen near the area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down, eyewitnesses have told UK media.

UK doctor clue to identifying James Foley murderer

US journalist James Foley in 2011.

Gordon Rayner An NHS doctor from East London who was previously accused of kidnapping western journalists in Syria may hold the key to identifying the jihadist who beheaded James Foley, intelligence sources have...

1400 children sexually exploited in UK town Rotherham: report

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Danica Kirka A new report concluded Tuesday that some 1400 children were sexually exploited in one northern England town- a damning account of the collective failure by authorities to prevent children as young as...

Race, religion, immigration: the Rotherham sex abuse scandal consumes UK

Huge sex abuse scandal: a welcome to Rotherham sign seen at the entrance of the town.

Members of Britain's Pakistani community have reacted with outrage amid reports officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham.

UK parliament rejects Chinese call to halt Hong Kong democracy probe

Pro-democracy protesters take part in the rally for the beginning of Occupy Central movement outside Central Government Offices in Hong Kong.

Kylie MacLellan and Andrew Osborn Britain's parliament has rejected Chinese calls to scrap an inquiry into Hong Kong's progress towards democracy, a senior lawmaker said, warning that reforms there may violate a 1984 deal on the...

UK parliamentary appointment of Australian Carol Mills put on hold after fierce opposition

Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary Carol Mills has been recommended to take up a post in Britain as clerk of its lower House.

Nick Miller The appointment of an Australian to the most senior non-political position in the UK parliament has been put on hold, after the man who chose her for the job buckled in the face of fierce opposition.

UK Labour leader to Scots: don't leave, Cameron is on way out

Intervention: British opposition leader Ed Miliband.

William James British opposition leader to tell Scots to reject independence, promising he will win a UK general election and give them the change they crave.

UK could soon launch air strikes in Iraq and Syria

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has set out a potential timetable for a military intervention in Iraq and Syria.

Peter Dominiczak Britain could launch air strikes in Iraq and Syria within weeks after David Cameron, the Prime Minister, set out a potential timetable for a military intervention and pledged to "use everything we...

Stowaways found in shipping container at UK port are Afghan Sikhs

An ambulance arrives at the entrance to Tilbury Docks on Saturday.

Police said on Sunday that 35 people discovered in a shipping container at a British port were Afghan Sikhs and that survivors would be questioned about how they came to be there.

UK government dashes Assange's hopes of leaving embassy

Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy

Nick Miller The UK government has poured cold water on Julian Assange’s hopes he will soon be able to leave the Ecuador embassy behind Harrods where he has spent the last two years.

UK government will not appeal Rolf Harris sentence, despite 150 complaints

Nick Miller The Australian entertainer's five year and nine month sentence over sex offences not likely to be deemed 'unduly lenient', says Attorney General.

Chemotherapy will be history in 20 years, say UK scientists

Sarah Knapton Chemotherapy will be obsolete within 20 years, scientists have predicted, after announcing a project to map 100,000 genomes to find the genes responsible for cancer and rare diseases.

Flock of geese caused crash of US Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk in Norfolk, UK

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A flock of geese caused the deaths of four US airmen whose military helicopter crashed over a nature reserve in eastern England, investigators said Wednesday.

Anglican archbishops clash over assisted dying ahead of UK law debate

The Most Reverend Justin Welby

Stephen Addison Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has stressed his opposition to assisted dying as one of his predecessors announced he has changed his mind.

William Hague out as UK foreign secretary

British Foreign Secretary William Hague talks to the media outside diplomatic talks in Vienna in July.

Peter Dominiczak, Matthew Holehouse and Steven Swinford William Hague stood down as Britain's Foreign Secretary on Monday night, as David Cameron mounted a "cull of the middle-aged white men" in his biggest reshuffle since becoming Prime Minister.