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  • *EU summit agreed to triple search and rescue mission off Libya. *Land routes into Europe also deadly; train kills 14 migrants. BRUSSELS/ SKOPJE, April 24- British and German warships made ready to sail for waters off Libya as Europe ramped up rescue operations in the Mediterranean after up to 900 desperate migrants drowned last weekend on a boat heading for Italy.

  • *Hong Kong seen as most likely destination for HSBC. *Investors urge HSBC, StanChart to mull move after UK tax rise. LONDON, April 24- HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London's reputation as a global hub for finance and...

  • *Hong Kong seen as most likely destination for HSBC. *Investors urge HSBC, StanChart to mull move after UK tax rise. LONDON, April 24- HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London's reputation as a global hub for finance and...

  • LONDON, April 24- British Prime Minister David Cameron courted English voters on Friday ahead of a tight UK- wide election, promising to create a separate rate of income tax for England and to give English lawmakers greater powers. England is by far the most populous part of the four-nation United Kingdom and southern England in particular has long been a...

  • HSBC considers moving headquarters from Britain Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 5:10 AM ET

    LONDON— Global bank HSBC said Friday it is considering moving its headquarters from London due to tougher regulation since the 2008 financial crisis, a politically charged announcement two weeks before Britain's national election. Douglas Flint, chairman of the sprawling multinational, cited concerns over reforms including a demand to separate HSBC's...

  • LONDON, April 23- Britain's main political parties are not letting voters know how they would run public finances after the May 7 election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an independent think tank, said on Thursday. The election offers voters the biggest degree of choice over taxation and spending since at least 1992, as Britain's political leaders take...

  • LONDON, April 23- British finance minister George Osborne met his latest deficit reduction target, avoiding embarrassment two weeks before the election, but weak retail sales figures raise the risk that growth has slowed. And at just over 80 percent of GDP, net public debt has more than doubled since before the financial crisis, potentially weakening Britain's...

  • LONDON, April 23- Britain's main political parties are not giving voters important details of how they would run the public finances after the May 7 national election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an independent think tank, said on Thursday. "The electorate has a real choice, although it can at best see only the broad outlines of that choice," said Carl Emmerson,...

  • GLOUCESTER, England, April 23- Like millions of other British voters, Karl Wakeman supported Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives in the 1980 s and then Tony Blair's New Labour in the late 1990 s. But now, as Britain heads towards a general election on May 7, the 49- year-old from Gloucester has no time for either of the two parties that have dominated British politics...

  • *UK faces close national election on May 7. SOLIHULL/ LONDON, April 21- The future of the United Kingdom would be imperilled if Scottish nationalists prop up a Labour government after May 7' s election because they would use the role to prepare another independence vote, former prime minister John Major said on Tuesday. Speaking in Solihull, central England, former...

  • LONDON, April 21- Britain's stability would be threatened if a future Labour government cut a deal with Scottish nationalists, John Major, the country's former Conservative prime minister, will warn on Tuesday, saying "mayhem" and political blackmail would ensue. Major's intervention comes ahead of a knife-edge May 7 election in which neither the...

  • LONDON, April 21- As Britain heads to national elections in May, high prices have reshaped the housing market, doubling the proportion of people who rent privately and dissuading many young people from saving for a home. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party plans to expand a "Right to Buy" programme, first introduced by Margaret Thatcher in 1980, to...

  • LONDON, April 20- Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia's most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is...

  • EDINBURGH/ LONDON, April 20- The Scottish National Party set out plans for higher public spending on Monday, aiming to reverse five years of austerity measures as it goes into a close-run UK election with hopes of winning the power to broker the next British government. Polls show neither Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives nor the opposition Labour...

  • *UK tax rise will cost pair $2 bln/ yr and may rise again. LONDON, April 19- HSBC and Standard Chartered are looking at the viability of quitting London for a new home in Asia because a big jump in a tax on UK banks makes staying in Britain increasingly painful. "There is a very clear risk that HSBC and StanChart reach a pain threshold where they think it is no longer worth...

  • LONDON— Prime Minister David Cameron and his main opponent agree on one thing going into Britain's May 7 election: Voters should choose the next leader based on the health of the economy. The opposition Labour Party is urging voters to look behind the headlines. "It's about austerity and globalization," said John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University...

  • LONDON, April 18- British opposition leader Ed Miliband said on Saturday that he would set up a new government unit to prosecute employers who exploit migrant workers if his Labour Party wins power in the national election on May 7. More than 600,000 people migrated to Britain in the 12 months to September, up from over half a million the year before, while average...

  • *UK unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct. LONDON, April 17- Britain's economy created the largest number of new jobs in nearly a year and unemployment hit its lowest rate since mid-2008, official labor market data showed on Friday, the last such report before a closely fought election on May 7. The opposition Labor Party stressed the slow pace of Britain's recovery in...

  • This UK election is 'unpredictable': Skinner   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 4:45 AM ET
    This UK election is 'unpredictable': Skinner

    Gideon Skinner, head of Political Research at IPSOS Mori, says "it's too close to call" in the updating general election.

  • LONDON, April 17- European Union plans to help markets raise more funds for the economy play to London's strengths as a global trading centre, the bloc's financial services chief Jonathan Hill told leading bankers and dealers on Friday. In his first speech to London's financial community since his appointment to the European Commission last November, the...