British government defends security services after soldier's death

LONDON, May 24 (UPI) -- Questions were being raised about Britain's handling of intelligence information related to two men accused in the brutal hacking death of a soldier in London.

Antarctic tract named for Queen Elizabeth

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II received two Jubilee gifts Tuesday, 60 lacquered place mats from Britain's Cabinet and a large swath of Antarctica from the Foreign Office.

British 'curry college' to train chefs

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A school to train British workers in Indian cooking has been proposed as part of the government's new immigration strategy, officials say.

Official: End tax breaks for Scientology

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The government should stop giving tax breaks to the Church of Scientology, which is not classified as a religion in England, an official said.

British paying heavily for polls

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- British taxpayers are shelling out more than 1 million pounds a week, nearly $2 million, to determine what they think.

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Trash violators may face serious fines

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- British homeowners who overfill garbage cans could be punished more severely than shoplifters under proposed new standards, a member of Parliament said.

British trash-fee hike to help recycling

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Downing Street is recommending that British families be charged an additional 120 pounds ($234) annually for household trash pickup.

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Church decides kids and candles don't mix

CHELMSFORD, England, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A 259-year-old Christmas tradition involving children carrying candles in a Chelmsford, England, cathedral has been changed so no one's hair catches fire.