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A strike over 953 jobs hobbles London's commuter trains

LONDON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Union leaders in London said transport workers had strong support for a two-day strike against the city's rail services that began Wednesday.

Germany pushes Afghanistan to sign security deal with U.S.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Germany's defense minister called on Afghanistan Saturday to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States.

EU nations weigh risk of jihadist spillover from Syria

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Britain and France agreed to collaborate to prevent European jihadists from travelling to Middle East hotspots and, worse, returning home with anti-Western fervor on their minds, officials said.

Britain, France strengthening military cooperation

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Britain and France have agreed to greater defense cooperation, including joint investments in procurement of defense equipment.

France cool on deadline for EU reforms

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande said Friday that Great Britain's proposal to reform the European Union would require a public vote in France.
British Prime Minister David Cameron says TV crime dramas prove need for wireless surveillance

British Prime Minister David Cameron says TV crime dramas prove need for wireless surveillance

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron thinks TV crime dramas prove the government must monitor people's online activity and mobile device data.
Evan Bleier

Cameron has to get help from Labor to win vote in British Parliament

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron was only able to win a vote on an amendment by a Conservative backbencher Thursday with help from the Labor Party.
British PM David Cameron extends hand to Syrian refugees

British PM David Cameron extends hand to Syrian refugees

LONDON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday his government would open its doors to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Britain poised to accept Syrian refugees

LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Britain must quickly accept Syrian refugees, Britain's top refugee group said, as London said it planned to let hundreds of vulnerable Syrians into the country.
Politician suspended for claiming gay marriage caused England to be 'afflicted by storms and floods'

Politician suspended for claiming gay marriage caused England to be 'afflicted by storms and floods'

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- UKIP councillor David Silvester suspended after he blames the weather on same-sex marriage marriage, says that being gay is a "spiritual disease" that could be healed.
Evan Bleier

Robert Alistair McAlpine, Conservative fundraiser, dies

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Robert Alistair McAlpine, former deputy chairman of the British Conservative Party, has died at his home in Italy, his family said. He was 71.
Gates warns U.K. defense cuts may imperil relationship with U.S.

Gates warns U.K. defense cuts may imperil relationship with U.S.

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Planned cuts in Britain's armed forces will limit its ability to be a strong ally of the United States, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

British treasury chief calls for EU reforms

LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- British Treasury Minister George Osborne warned Eurozone colleagues they must reform economic treaties and policies or risk further decline.

Fiscal watchdog: Cutting immigration could hurt Britain

LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Cutting the number of immigrants to Britain will hurt the country's economy, the head of the Office of Budget Responsibility said Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
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World leaders mourn death of Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM

World leaders mourn death of Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Condolences poured in from across the world Saturday at the news former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had died at age 85 after eight years in a coma.

Total to invest in British shale gas industry

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- French energy giant Total is expected to announce Monday a major investment in British shale gas, the BBC reported Saturday.

British conservatives call for further immigration restrictions

LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- British conservative leaders called for further immigration crackdowns this week after EU travel restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers were eased.

Labor official says British gov't hasn't helped 2011 riot victims

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Britain's opposition party has criticized the government for failing to compensate victims of the 2011 London riots, officials said.

Britain considering allowing very long prison terms

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The British government is considering imposing very long prison sentences as a work-around to a European court ruling banning whole-life terms.

United Kingdom threatened by flooding rivers, high winds

LONDON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- People in large swaths of southern and western Great Britain faced flooding rivers and the prospect of winds up to 80 mph Friday, officials said.

Talks in Northern Ireland on political violence end with no resolution

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Marathon talks in Northern Ireland on issues such as sectarian parades and national flags ended early Tuesday with no agreement, officials said.

U.S., U.K., Libya renew Lockerbie bombing investigation

LOCKERBIE, Scotland, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The United States, Britain and Libya said Saturday in a joint statement they will renew an investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Emirates shoot down BAE's $6B Typhoon jet deal

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- BAE Systems, Britain's largest defense company, has suffered a major setback with the United Arab Emirates scrapping lengthy negotiations for 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jets, a deal worth at least $6 billion.
Britain opens half of country to fracking

Britain opens half of country to fracking

LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- More than half of Britain and two-thirds of England will be open to fracking despite persistent opposition from environmental groups, the government said.
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