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EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money nations, upsets Britain

The oil-rich kingdom is a major importer of goods and weapons from the EU and several top British banks have operations in the country. Royal Bank of Scotland is the European bank with the largest turnover in Saudi Arabia, with around 150 million euros ($169 million) in 2015, according to public data.

Britain's financial heartland unbowed as Brexit risks deepen

A no-deal Brexit would mean Britain leaving the European Union without an agreement on trade. Currently, the UK is on track for such a scenario because a deal giving London and Brussels a 21-month transition period to negotiate a trading relationship is at risk of collapse.


Germany, France, Britain to launch mechanism for trade with Iran

France and Germany had taken joint responsibility for the SPV. A German banker would head up the vehicle, which would be based in France. France, Britain and Germany will be shareholders and they hope other states will join.

Britain pledges legislation in 2019 to combat deadly air pollution

The government said Britain would become the first major economy to adopt air quality goals based on World Health Organization recommendations regarding people's exposure to particulate matter.

Britain's Conservatives prefer a 'no deal' Brexit to Theresa May's plan

Respondents in a survey shrugged off warnings that a cliff-edge departure could lead to steep price hikes and shortages of food and medicine.

Britain commissions review of Christian persecution worldwide

The review will map Christian persecution in key countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, analyse British support and recommend a comprehensive policy response, the government said.


European Union leaders seal Brexit deal, urge Britons to back Theresa May

The 27 leaders took barely half-an-hour to rubber-stamp a 600-page treaty setting terms for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union on March 29.

Brexit deal is best option to protect British economy: finance minister

Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet EU leaders on Sunday in Brussels to sign off on the Brexit deal although objections from Spain over Gibraltar could yet derail the plans.

Western powers including US, Britain denounce dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament as undemocratic

The president triggered a power struggle when he sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe late last month and appointed the island's former leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa, a pro-China strongman defeated by Sirisena in an election in 2015, in his place.

May's mounting workload: From Brexit deal to courting opposition

Conservatives who want a clean break from the EU have been the most unhappy with how the government has progressively softened their stance ahead of March 2019, when the U.K. is officially meant to go solo.

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UK museum's Dippy to be retired in 2017

Natural History Museum director Michael Dixon said the change was part of a 10-year overhaul of the museum.

Scottish voters choose to remain with the United Kingdom

Supporters of the 'No campaign' celebrate after the result was announced at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday (September 19).